The primary conference with focus on ›Sepsis‹ | 6.–8. Sept. 2017 | Weimar


Bugs (Difficult-to-treat infections)
Drugs (Novel strategies for antmicrobial treatment)
Damage (Targeted strategies in organ failure)
Repair (Post acute care and outcome research)

Dear colleagues,

Located in the heart of Germany, in the Cultural Landscape of the Rivers Saale and Unstrut, Naumburg Cathedral bears extraordinary testimony to the claims to power and the self-confidence of the worldly and spiritual rulers within the pan-European network of patrons and artists between the 11th and 13th centuries as well as to the region’s crucial role as a place of interchange between Western and Eastern realms. The Stifterfiguren (donor figures) by the Master of Naumburg are often referred to as an extraordinary work of early Gothic sculpture in Germany. Situated in the western choir, the twelve life-sized sculptures, among them Gräfin Uta von Ballenstedt and her husband, show nobles who were among the founders of the cathedral. For early Gothic sculptures, these figures are extremely realistic and show a large amount of individual detail.

Uta von Ballenstedt was born in 1000 and died in 1046, perhaps of sepsis and had been referred to as the most beautiful face of medieval times. When Umberto Eco was asked with which women from European art he would most like to spend the evening, he replied: “In first place, ahead of all others, with Uta von Naumburg.”

Life was challenging in the middle ages, and sudden or premature death was common. Most people died young, before the age of 35 due to poor hygiene, poor diets and infectious diseases. Only 10 percent lived to age sixty or later.

In 2014, life expectancy at birth in the European Union was estimated at 80.9 years, reaching 83.6 years for women and 78.1 years for men. However, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases represent a continuous challenge for Europe and the world. It is estimated that infectious diseases represent roughly 10% of the total burden of disease in the European Union. This figure, however, might be underestimated because it does not fully take into account the whole spectrum of long-term sequelae caused by infections and related sepsis.

The 8th International congress “Sepsis and multiorgan dysfunction” of the German Sepsis Society aims to face the challenges by focusing on the four ongoing challenges in daily care and tasks for future research as identified by the Center of Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC) : Bugs, Drugs, Damage, Repair.

Why Weimar?

Due to its unique features, the Weimar Sepsis Congress has built up a reputation on a national and international level: leading experts from all over the world with excellent publications in basic and clinical research, no parallel sessions – everything under a single roof – vivid discussions in a smooth and casual atmosphere. And of course the legendary get-together party with the Septic Shockers on the terraces of the Weimarhalle. Weimar – that’s science, entertainment and culture.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Prof. Herwig Gerlach Prof. Tobias Welte Prof. Frank M. Brunkhorst
President Vice President Managing Director

Scientific committee

Prof. T. Welte, Hanover
Prof. F. M. Brunkhorst, Jena
Prof. H. Gerlach, Berlin
Prof. H. Seifert, Cologne
Prof. M. Weigand, Heidelberg

Congress language

German & English

simultaneous translation for German lectures


Poster awards for the three best abstracts
German Sepsis Society Research Awards
German Sepsis Society Media Award