Assembling matter
at all scales

from simple molecules to mighty materials

June 9 & 10, 2022


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We are excited to invite you to the Max Bergmann Symposium 2022 in Dresden, Germany. The symposium will take place at the Steigenberger Hotel in the historic city center. The meeting will include talks by leading scientists from around the world.

The event aims to offer a cross-disciplinary perspective on molecular self-assembly and self-organization. The central topics are:

1. Artificial systems: assembling synthetic molecules into well-defined nanostructures and supramolecular polymer materials.

2. Biological systems: self-organization in model organisms from all trees of life.

3. Inspiration from nature: applying lessons from biological self-assembly and self-organization to create biomimetic systems.

4. Technological applications: translation toward smart nanomaterials and molecular machines with programmable functions. 

The Speakers

Confirmed speakers (alphabetical order)

Takuzo Aida (RIKEN CEMS, Japan) | Supramolecular polymerization: significance and applications

Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard, USA) | Assembling liquid crystal elastomers at all scales

Rut Carballido-Lopez (INRAE, France) | Shaping bacteria: the actin-like cytoskeleton, from single molecules to morphogenesis

Leo Chou (University of Toronto, Canada) | RNA Extrusion from a DNA-Origami-Based Nanofactory

Knut Drescher (MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany) | Bacterial biofilm growth and disassembly

Andreas Fery (Leibniz-Institute of Polymer Research, Germany) | Multiscale assembly of colloidal materials for optical and electronic functionality 

Ethan C. Garner (Harvard, USA) | Kinases control the rate of peptidoglycan insertion and overall cell growth by measuring Lipid II levels and phosphorylating RodZ

Zemer Gitai (Princeton, USA) | The evolution of bacterial shape through a self-organizing curvature module

Stephan W. Grill (MPI for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany) | Unusual Biochemistry during Actomyosin Cortex Formation

Robert Holyst (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland) | Diffusion and flow in soft matter: 100 years after Albert Einstein


Christine Jacobs-Wagner (Stanford, USA| t.b.a.


Rafal Klajn (Weizmann Institute, Israel) | Electrostatic self-assembly of nanoparticles into static and out-of-equilibrium materials

Yamuna Krishnan (University of Chicago, USA) | Quantitative Chemical Imaging in Live Cells

Thorsten Mascher (TU Dresden, Germany) | SporoBeads - functionalized endospores of Bacillus subtilis as a structured protein displaying platform

Egbert Meijer (TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands) | From supramolecular polymers to functional materials

Yael Politi (B CUBE, Germany) | Chitin-protein co-assembly in insect cuticle

Boris Rybtchinski (Weizmann Institute, Israel) | Noncovalent Aqua Materials

Eleonora Secchi (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) | The role of eDNA in the formation of biofilm streamers

Juliane Simmchen (TU Dresden, Germany) | Assembly through active matter - understanding interactions between particles

Barbara Sacca (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany) | The effect of DNA boundaries on the kinetic linkage of a monomeric serine protease

Thorsten L. Schmidt (Kent State University, USA) | Triangulated wireframe structures: polymerase-assisted gap filling and assembly from single-stranded tiles

William M. Shih (Harvard, USA) | Crisscross polymerization of single-stranded and DNA-origami slats


Ye Tao (The MEER Framework, USA) | From an atomic-resolution mill to a new engineering solution for the climate crisis-a call to action across 17 orders of magnitude in length

Sven van Teeffelen (University of Montreal, Canada) | Physical regulation of cell shape in bacteria: the important roles of biomass growth and cell-envelope mechanics

Tanja Weil (MPI for Polymer Research, Germany) | Materials talking to cells

Igor Zlotnikov (B Cube, Germany) | Tertiary structure of silicatein and ist role in sponge spiculogenesis



preliminary timetable

Thursday, June 9

08:00 – 09:00   —   Check-In

09:00 – 09.10   —   Welcome / Introductory Comments

09:10 – 09:50   —   Morning Keynote

09:50 – 10:40   —   Morning Session

10:40 – 11:10   —   Coffee Break

11:10 – 12:30   —   Pre-lunch Session

12:30 – 13:30   —   Lunch

13:30 – 14:10   —   Afternoon Keynote

14:10 – 15:10   —   Early Afternoon Session

15:10 – 15:40   —   Coffee Break

15:40 – 17:30   —   Late Afternoon Session

17:30 – 18:00   —   Rapid-Fire Talks A

18:00 – 19:00   —   Poster Session A

19:00 – 21:00   —   Dinner

Friday, June 10

09:10 – 09:50   —   Morning Keynote

09:50 – 10:40   —   Morning Session

10:40 – 11:10   —   Coffee Break

11:10 – 12:30   —   Pre-lunch Session

12:30 – 13:30   —   Lunch

13:30 – 14:10   —   Afternoon Keynote

14:10 – 15:10   —   Early Afternoon Session

15:10 – 15:40   —   Coffee Break

15:40 – 17:20   —   Late Afternoon Session

17:20 – 17:50   —   Rapid-Fire Talks B

17:50 – 18:00   —   Concluding remarks

18:00 – 19:00   —   Poster Session B

19:00 – 21:00   —   Dinner

Abstracts & Registration

Registration is now CLOSED.


Update April 4: The conference is booked out. We cannot accept any further registrations.


Abstract submission deadline: March 6, 2022.

Early bird registration deadline: March 12, 2022.


Student: 200 € (early bird), 250 € (late)

Academic: 250 € (early bird), 300 € (late)

Industry: 400 €

Fees include all sessions, coffee/lunch breaks, and one dinner.

Important note: Participants who had previously registered for MBS2020/1 will need to register again for MBS2022 and submit a new abstract.

Registration closed

Travel & Location

Symposium Venue

Steigenberger Hotel

Neumarkt 9

01067 Dresden


+49 351 43860


Update April 8: There are no discounted rooms left anymore. However, rooms can be still booked at the regular price. Please contact the Steigenberger Hotel directly.


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Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner

Dr. Andre Nadler

Dr. Dora Tang

Max Bergmann Symposium 2022.