Membranes form the intricately shaped compartments of life. The Biomembrane Days are a biannual workshop that highlights recent advances in understanding the morphology and molecular organization of biomimetic and biological membranes. Central topics of the Biomembrane Days 2016 were the shaping and scaffolding of membranes by proteins, synthetic cells, giant vesicles, membrane-carbohydrate interactions, and nanoparticles. 

Invited Speakers

Marino Arroyo, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
Patricia Bassereau, Curie Institute, France
Tobias Baumgart, University of Pennsylvania, USA 
Oliver Daumke, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany 
Adam Frost, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Volker Haucke, Leibniz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology, Germany  
Jim Hurley, University of California, Berkeley, USA 
Andreas Janshoff, University of Göttingen, Germany
Ludger Johannes, Curie Institute, France
Sarah Keller, University of Washington, USA
Michael Kozlov, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Ilya Levental, University of Texas, USA 
Noah Malmstadt, University of Southern California 
Daniel Müller, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Wolfgang Parak, University of Marburg, Germany
Madan Rao, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India 
Mark Sansom, University of Oxford, UK
Maria Santore, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Eva Schmid, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Dimitrios Stamou, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ilpo Vattulainen, Tempere University of Technology, Finland 
Gregory Voth, University of Chicago, USA 


Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces - Rumiana Dimova, Thomas Weikl, and Reinhard Lipowsky
Collaborative Research Centre 958 'Scaffolding of Membranes' - Stephan Sigrist

Conference office: Susann Weber, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces


The Biomembrane Days 2016 were supported by Avanti Polar Lipids, the Ernst-Rudolf-Schloeßmann-Stiftung, the International Max Planck Research School on 'Multi-Scale Bio-Systems', the International Research Training Goup 1524 'Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nano-Structures at Interfaces', and the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics