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539th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar

The seminar is generously funded by the WE-Heraeus-Stiftung.



Micro- and Nanostructured Interfaces for Biological and Medical Research


539th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar

June 30 to July 3 2013 in Bad Honnef, Germany





In recent years, advances in nanotechnology and microtechnology have introduced a variety of approaches and methods for studying systems at small length scales. This not only comprises sophisticated tools for imaging and probing but also novel techniques for precise chemo-physical control down to the nanometer regime. Hence, small structures can be created, studied and manipulated to elucidate the complex behavior arising from chemical and physical interaction at various length scales.

Applying these methods, techniques and concepts to biological nano- and micro-systems promises to widen our understanding of the essential system properties of cellular and sub-cellular structures and how they arise. This not only addresses key questions of fundamental research in the field of life sciences but might also lead to new strategies in medical treatment. Goal of the workshop is to bring together scientists from nano- and micro-sciences as well as experts from biological sciences, studying nano and micron sized structures and systems.

This interdisciplinary workshop aims to stimulate a mutual exchange between different scientific and technological fields and addresses two key questions: First, how can nano- and micro-technology with their tools and models help to gain insight in the complex properties of biological systems? And second, what can nano- and micro- technology learn from biology for designing and controlling small (biomimetic) systems?





The workshop is intended to encourage the communication between established and young researchers, especially PhD and diploma/master students, young post-docs and junior scientists.
The seminar addresses international scientists interested in cell-material interfaces. This topic covers aspects from (bio)physics, biophysical chemistry, biology and materials science.



Scientific Sessions


Session 1:
General biophysical concepts: Physics of soft condensed matter

Session 2:
Super resolution microscopy and new optical methods for the characterization of micro and nanostructured interfaces

Session 3:
Nanotechnology and Nanosciences: Role of spatial organization for the biological signal transduction

Session 4:
Replicating Nature: Engineering biomimetic materials for biological and medical applications

Poster sessions and poster flashes:
(short oral presentations selected from the abstracts) Poster prize for best poster