Membranes form the intricately shaped compartments of life. The Biomembrane Days 2012 were focused on recent advances in understanding the morphology and molecular organization of biomimetic and biological membranes. A central topic of the conference was the interplay of curvature and composition that governs membrane shapes. Other topics included membrane domains, membrane proteins, cell adhesion, and dynamic processes.

Invited Speakers

David Andelman, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Patricia Bassereau, Curie Institute, France
Tobias Baumgart, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Alfred Blume, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Markus Deserno, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Rumiana Dimova, MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Michael Dustin, New York University, USA
Evan Evans, Boston University, USA
Gerhard Gompper, Research Center Jülich, Germany
Wolfgang Helfrich, Free University Berlin, Germany
Andreas Herrmann, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Paul Janmey, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Christine Keating, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Michael Kozlov, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Reinhard Lipowsky, MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
Harvey McMahon, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Roland Netz, Free University Berlin, Germany
Yoshinori Ohsumi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Zhong-can Ou-Yang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Rob Phillips, California Institute of Technology, USA
Joachim Rädler, University of Munich, Germany
Erich Sackmann, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Sam Safran, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Thomas Schmidt, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Ulrich Schwarz, Heidelberg University, Germany
Udo Seifert, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Organizers: Thomas Weikl, Angelo Valleriani, and Susann Weber, MPI of Colloids and Interfaces

The conference was supported by the International Max Planck Research School on Biomimetic Systems.