467. WE-Heraeus-Seminar: Biophysics of Membrane Transformations

Biophysics of Membrane Transformations

Tu, 26.10.2010 00:00  –   Sa, 30.10.2010 00:00
Rumiana Dimova, MPI Golm; C. Marques, U Strasbourg/F
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation
Contact person:
Dr. Rumiana Dimova,


The autonomy of every living cell and the functioning of every cell organelle is ensured by a bounding membrane. The study of these membranes is one of the corner stones of the foundations of modern cell biology, and their fascinating properties have attracted attention from biochemistry, soft matter physics, colloid chemistry and mathematics. This seminar will discuss phenomena related to various membrane transformations both from experimental and theoretical point of view. The contributors will introduce and discuss current key experimental approaches, modern methodologies and theoretical approaches. The target goal of the conference is to identify the basic mechanisms underlying membrane transformations and thus to guide the impetus for future research in this area.


Phase transitions and membrane domains
Bilayers, substrates and membrane adhesion
Vesicle rheology
Membranes in electric fields
Processes in biological membranes

Leading experts are invited to introduce these topics to stimulate new research activities across the traditional borders of research areas. The seminar is supported by the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung (WE-Heraeus Foundation).

Scientific organizers:

Dr. Rumiana Dimova
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Prof. Carlos Marques
Institute Charles Sadron