The ITC decision process

The chairpersons and overall topics of each International Titisee Conference (ITC) are selected by the Board of Trustees of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF), which includes six internationally renowned scientists. These selections are made every autumn, two years in advance. The Conferences take place in the spring and autumn of each year.

Suggestions and proposals from the scientific community are welcome and should reach the BIF no later than September, each year.

The BIF endeavours to support the conference chairs as comprehensively as possible by looking after all organizational matters and by funding the entire conferences, including participants' travel and accommodation expenses.

Proposing an ITC

Written proposals for chairs and topics for an ITC should be informal and brief (max. three pages). Each submitted proposal should describe:

  • What major contributions the proposed chairpersons have made to the respective field
  • Why the topic is relevant, timely, and at the cutting edge of science
  • Why representatives of the proposed subdisciplines should be brought together.

You are welcome to email your proposal to Iris Bodenbender.

Selection criteria for ITCs

  • Conference topics must be in an area of basic biomedical research, highly topical, and/or cover a field where major advances are to be expected, and/or are currently being made. For examples, please refer to Past conferences.
  • Conference chairs and co-chairs must be internationally renowned scientists who have made major contributions to the subject area(s) of the respective ITC
  • Chairpersons should be able to bring together the leading scientists of two or three different scientific communities to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation
  • At least one of the chairpersons should be a scientist working in Europe.