Tethered Membranes: Fundamentals and Applications (TETHMEM)


29 Aug - 01 Sep 2021


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Dr. Claudia Steinem, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen • Dr. Marta Bally, Umeå University • Prof. Dr. Fredrik Höök, Chalmers University of Technology

Supported and tethered lipid bilayers have emerged as one of the most popular mimics of the cell membrane. While initially serving as model systems in research aimed at gaining fundamental insights about biophysical and physicochemical properties of cellular membranes, they have in recent years gained increasing acceptance in the context of studying complex biological processes as well as in various pharmaceutical and diagnostic applications. The aim of the TETHMEM WE-Heraeus seminar is to provide an exchange platform for scientists of various backgrounds and career levels working with lipid assemblies as cell membrane mimics. To exploit the full potential of these lipid membranes, we will discuss the latest progress in the production and characterization ofthese complex molecular architectureswith current state-of-the-art and newly developed biophysical techniques. This will be followed by a survey of potential applications in fundamental biology, but also in diagnostics and drug discovery. Accordingly, we expect participants from a variety of fields including physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology and medical science to gather around a common interest. The seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the different aspects of this steadily growing field. Leading international experts will review the present status of supported and tethered membranes as well as their applications in keynote and invited talks. Ample time will be devoted to exchange and discussion, providing the opportunity for established and young researchers to maintain and create new connections, thereby cementing the TETHMEM community. Participants are invited to present their current research in poster sessions. Poster flashes will be given.

The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.