Membranes form the intricately shaped compartments of life. The Biomembrane Days highlight recent advances in understanding the morphology and molecular organization of biomimetic and biological membranes.  In 2014, the focus of the Biomembrane Days was on the four topical areas "Membranes and vesicles", "Adhesion", "Particles at membranes", and "Theory and simulations", which are strongly interrelated. 

Invited Speakers

Membranes and vesicles:
Philippe Bastiaens, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany
Christian Eggeling, University of Oxford, UK
Daniel Fletcher, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Akihiro Kusumi, Kyoto University, Japan
Yonggang Liu, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China
Benjamin Neuman, University of Reading, UK
Eugene Petrov, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
Lukas Tamm, University of Virginia, USA

Jay Groves, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Deborah Leckband, University of Illinois, USA
Gerhard Schütz, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Kheya Sengupta, Aix-Marseille University, France
Joachim Spatz, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
Claudia Steinem, University of Göttingen, Germany

Particles at membranes:
Wolfgang Binder, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Nils Gauthier, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Michael Gradzielski, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Volkmar Heinrich, University of California, Davis, USA
Katharina Landfester, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
Samir Mitragotri, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Theory and simulations:
Olle Edholm, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Giacomo Fiorin, Temple University, USA
Jelger Risselada, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
Bartosz Rozycki, Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Pierre Sens, ESPCI ParisTech, France
Mark Stevens, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Mounir Tarek, University of Lorraine, France

Organizers: Rumiana Dimova, Thomas Weikl, and Reinhard Lipowsky, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

The conference was supported by the International Max Planck Research School on 'Multiscale Bio-Systems', the International Research Training Group 1524 'Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nano-Structures at Interfaces', the Ernst-Rudolf-Schloeßmann-Stiftung, and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces.

Additional support was provided by