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6th International Symposium on Resilience Research

Sept. 23-25, 2020 in Mainz/Germany

The meeting covers latest developments and breakthroughs in stress resilience research, both in animal models and in human studies. One focus this year will be the question of potential positive effects of adversity, strengths that individuals might develop under stress, inoculation, mastery, self-efficacy.

The symposium is organized yearly by the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR), the International Resilience Alliance (intresa), the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center 1193 "Neurobiology of resilience", and the EU Horizon project DynaMORE.  We are part of the Rhine-Main Neuroscience Network (rmn²).

Confirmed speakers

  • Amparo Acker-Palmer, Frankfurt

  • Richard Bryant, UNSW Sydney

  • David Fletcher, Loughborough

  • Willem Frankenhuis, Radboud University Nijmegen

  • Catherine Hartley, NYU

  • Thomas Larrieu, Lausanne

  • David Lyons, Stanford

  • Anthony Mancini, Pace University

  • Crystal Park, U Conn

  • Scott Russo, Mount Sinai

  • Michèle Wessa, Mainz

Preliminary scientific program

Link to preliminary program.

Poster sessions – young researcher short talks – travel grants – poster award

Participants are invited to submit poster abstracts (max. 300 words, please give full author list and affiliations) via e-mail. Deadline: July 1st. Suitable posters by young researchers are selected for short talks. Please indicate your age when submitting. Speakers will be reimbursed for their travel expenses. The best poster will receive a poster award (300 €).


Raffael Kalisch, Beat Lutz, Michèle Wessa, Mainz; Birgit Kleim, Zürich

Organizing committee

Sevil Duvarci, Christian Fiebach, Jochen Roeper, Frankfurt; Marianne Müller, Mainz

The venue

University Medical Center, Langenbeckstraße 1, building 708, 55131 Mainz

The city

Mainz is located in the heart of Germany, only 30 min from Frankfurt International Airport. Mainz is Germany’s third oldest city and the place where Johannes Gutenberg invented print. Mainz offers various tourist attractions, including the historical city center with its 1000 year-old cathedral, the Gutenberg Museum (home of the Gutenberg Bible), Marc Chagall‘s blue stained-glass window in St. Stefan’s church, and the baroque fortress overlooking the city. Mainz is surrounded by vineyards which produce some of Germany’s best white wines. Taste them in one of the city’s many winehouses.

Travel information

From Frankfurt International Airport

Frankfurt Airport is connected to Mainz Central Station ("Mainz Hbf") via regular direct regional trains from its regional train station (not long-distance train station!). No prebooking is required. Tickets can be bought from ticket machines in the train station (cash, credit card, EC card).

Take either an R or an S8 train (not S9!), leaving from platform 3.

Costs: about 5 € one-way. Travel duration: 26 min. Timetables: here.

Cabs take 25-35 min. Costs: 60-70 € one-way.

Check Frankfurt International Airport for information.

From Mainz Central Station (Mainz Hbf)

On foot: Take back exit (“Ausgang West“). Walking distance 15 min.

By bus: On station square, bus bay G, take buses 9 (dir. Brezelbäckerei), 62 (dir. Weisenau), 63 (dir. Laubenheim), 67 (dir. Zornheim), 76 (dir. Landwehrweg).

Buses leave every few minutes. Exit next stop. Travel duration 4 min.

Tickets (1,75 €) can be bought from the driver (cash) or from ticket machines at the bus stop (cash, EC card).

By cab: station square. Travel duration 5 min.

By car

Use parking garage Augustusplatz (Am Römerlager, 55131 Mainz, 5 min by foot).

A map of the location and ways to reach it is coming soon.

Hotel recommendations

For further travel information, please contact us.

Be part of the Resilience Symposium 2020 – register now!


Please download and fill in our registration form (Word document) and send it back to us via e-mail.

Registration is mandatory. Registration deadline: August 1st.

Fees (early bird by May 1st - please see attached registration form)

  • Senior researchers: €150

  • students and postdocs: €80

  • FTN and rmn2 students: €20

Fees are waived for speakers.

Please note that your registration is only guaranteed upon receipt of your payment by 15th August 2020 at the latest

Bank details
Mainzer Volksbank
IBAN: DE 60 5519 0000 0966 5010 17
Reference: Resilience Symposium 2020

Administrative contact
Martina Diehl
Operational Management
Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research
Wallstraße 7
55122 Mainz
Tel +49 6131 89448 06

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