Joint STRUCTURES-FI EMS Workshop -FROM STRUCTURES TO FUNCTION

May 9, 2022

International Academic Forum Heidelberg (IWH)
Heidelberg, Germany



General Description
The cluster of excellence STRUCTURES and the Flagship Initiative Engineering Molecular Systems (FI EMS) are hosting the joint Workshop “FROM STRUCTURES TO FUNCTION” on May 9th 2022, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg.

Each of the two initiatives has invited several of their members to deliver short talks about their research and connecting elements between STRUCTURES and the FI EMS. Heidelberg University members as well as members of the partner institutions DKFZ, EMBL, MPIA, MPIK, MPImR and HITS working in the fields of STRUCTURES or FI EMS are welcome to join the workshop as participants and to explore new avenues for synergies between the two initiatives.

The workshop will start with talks by Jana Zaumseil, Peer Fischer, Kerstin Göpfrich and Wolfram Pernice on “Engineering Materials”, starting at 9 am, followed by the session “Biological Systems” with Ilka Bischofs-Pfeifer, Falko Ziebert, Michael Boutros and Thomas Henning. After the lunch break, the third session, “Information Processing”, will comprise talks by Anna Marciniak, Anna Wienhard, Simon Anders and Ulrich Koethe. Christine Selhuber-Unkel and Ulrich Schwarz will chair the workshop and wrap up the talks during an open discussion in the afternoon. During all parts of the schedule, there will be time for discussions about common research interests and possible collaborations between STRUCTURES and FI EMS.

Further information:

The cluster of excellence STRUCTURES explores new concepts and methods for understanding how structure, collective phenomena, and complexity emerge from the fundamental laws of physics. These concepts are also central for finding structures in large datasets, and for realizing new forms of analogue computing. STRUCTURES address specific, highly topical questions about the formation, role, and detection of structure in a broad range of natural phenomena, from subatomic particles to cosmology, and from fundamental quantum physics to neuroscience.

The Flagship Initiative Engineering Molecular Systems is part of the institutional excellence strategy of Heidelberg University and was established to promote growth of the new research field of “engineering molecular systems”. It supports cutting edge science dealing with the smart use of natural or synthetic molecular components to design advanced functional materials, methods, technologies, devices, and therapies on the meso- and/or macroscopic scale. The field is highly application driven and will have potential for new concepts in diagnostics, drug discovery and delivery, sensor, energy and environmental technologies, for vaccines and (synthetic) cells with unique properties as well as for the development of new algorithms for data processing.

The two initiatives have many common elements, in particular the emergence of new phenomena and functions in complex systems with different constituents and the development of new systems for information processing, including new ways to perform computation in both physical and biological systems. Moreover, both initiatives put a strong focus on theoretical understanding and computation to explore such new directions. This workshop is meant to identify and foster synergies between the two initiatives.


Organizing Committee
  • Christine Selhuber-Unkel (IMSE)
  • Ulrich Schwarz (ITP)


Organized by
STRUCTURES and FI EMS