Biomolecular motors are the driving force behind many essential processes of life, they transport cargoes in cells, process the genetic information and power cell motility as well as developmental processes. Their functions are based on movements on many time and length scales, ranging from the sub-molecular to the cellular scale. This three-day symposium will highlight recent advances in the study of their function and their dynamics. The central topics of the meeting are 

  • Transport by cytoskeletal motors
  • Information-processing by polymerases and ribosomes
  • Molecular machines in cell movements and other processes

Invited Speakers

Cytoskeletal motors:
Stefan Diez, Technical University Dresden, Germany
Arne Gennerich, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA
Adam Hendricks, McGill University, Canada
Erik Schäffer, Tübingen University, Germany
Kristen Verhey, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Gerhard Hummer, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Jean-Francois Joanny, Institute Curie, Paris, France
Jan Kierfeld, Dortmund University, Germany
Ludger Santen, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
Claudia Veigel, LMU Munich, Germany

Ribosomes and RNA polymerases:
Patrick Cramer, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
Joachim Frank, Columbia University, New York, USA
Helmut Grubmüller, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
Sophia Rudorf, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany
Tobias von der Haar, University of Kent, UK
Paul Whitford, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Daniel Wilson, LMU Munich, Germany

Cell movements and other biomolecular machines:
Berenike Maier, University of Cologne, Germany
Joshua Shaevitz, Princeton University, USA
Stephan Grill, Technical University Dresden, Germany
Guillaume Romet-Lemonne, Institut Monod, Paris, France
Lotte Sogaard-Andersen, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany
Kai Thormann, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Alexander Rohrbach, University of Freiburg, Germany
Kerstin Blank, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany
Ortrud Wartlick, University College London, UK


Conference fee: 250 €. The conference fee includes lunch on all conference days and dinner on December 7 and 8.

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

Organizers: Stefan Klumpp and Reinhard Lipowsky, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
                     Christian Spahn, Charité Berlin


The symposium is supported by the the IMPRS on 'Multiscale Bio-Systems', SFB 740 'From Molecules to Modules: Organisation and Dynamics of Functional Units in Cells', the Ernst-Rudolf-Schloeßmann-Stiftung, and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces.