We are excited to welcome you all to Ringberg Castle for our Matter to Life Symposium from 16th to 22nd July. Here you will find the schedule and other information about the week. Changes in the program schedule during the week will be updated here.

Arrival on Sunday

We are excited to welcome you all to Ringberg Castle for our Matter to Life Symposium! 

The welcome desk can be found in the “Dukes Study Room”.
Please check-in here after your check-in at the castle reception. The welcome desk is open from Sunday 4 pm until dinner as well as Monday morning from 9 am until noon.

Here you can receive general information and your name tag. If you arrive at a different time, please just find one of the coordination team in the castle and we are happy to help. 

Website of Castle Ringberg


BREAKFAST: From 8 am to 9 am

LUNCH: From 12:30 pm to 1.30 pm

DINNER: From 6:30 pm to 7.30 pm

For our celebration on Monday, there will be a special bavarian dinner!  

Master Celebration Ceremony

Starts at 4.30 pm on Monday afternoon, please find here the agenda.

Special Scientific Program

Tuesday afternoon from 2 pm

Introduction into the Croucher Foundation by their representative and scientific talks by their students

Thursday afternoon from 2.30 pm

Ethics Workshop: „ChatGPT, AlphaFold and Bard: How will AI change research and education?“ by Gösta Gantner, Stefan Klumpp und Klaus Tanner

Excursions & Team Building


Guided Castle Tour with Mr. Essl from 5.30 pm. 


The boat tour will start at 3 pm from Rottach-Egern, Strandbad. You can either walk (45 min) or we can organize Taxis for you – please contact us if needed.

Please make sure to bring 18.50 € in cash for the tour. 


On Friday we will have an Experience tour "Everything in butter" in German + short movie in English + small snack at the Sennerei in Kreuth. The tour needs to be paid on your own, please be sure to have 14.50 € with you.

Start at 3.30 pm; Duration 1.5 h

You can either walk (30 min) or we can organize Taxis for you – please contact us if needed


In case you need a Taxi at any point, here are some contact details:

  • Taxi company: 08022-99 445
  • Taxi Jasinski: 08022-95 099
  • Happy Taxi: 0175 900 10 01

Contact us


Mobile+49 17 1417-0873


Mobile+49 15 1721-26775


Click here to see the program overview 

MONDAY, July 17 th




09:15 – 09:30

Stephen Casale

In Vitro Neuronal Networks with Controlled Polarity

09:30 – 09:45

Frauke Gräter

A Short Walk Through the Molecular Forces in Life

09:45 – 10:00

András Major

In Vitro Observations of Vesicle Clustering Induced by Synapsin I

10:00 – 10:15

Ulrich Schwarz

Competition between Efficiency and Selectivity during Self-Assembly

10:15 – 10:30

Jan-Niklas Haug

Development of Semisynthetic NAD+ Sensors Using the Bump and Hole Approach

Coffee Break


11:15 – 11:30

Ramin Golestanian

Self-Organization of Primitive Metabolic Cycles due to Non-Reciprocal Interactions

11:30 – 11:45

Misael Real Enriquez


11:45 – 12:00

Kerstin Göpfrich

Overriding the Central Dogma: Genetically Encoded RNA Origami in Synthetic Cells

12:00 – 12:15

Ada Cavalcanti

Adhesion-Mediated Guidance of Cell Mechanics

From 16:30 Celebration Ceremony of the 2 nd MtL Master Cohort
Please find the link to the agenda here


TUESDAY, July 18 th


09:15 – 09:30

Douglas Diehl

Modulating the DNA Surface Condensation Pattern of the Transcription Factor KLF4

09:30 – 09:45

Job Boekhoven

Self-Sustaining Chemical Compartments. Nonliving Matter Towards Life

09:45 – 10:00

Michelle Kemper

Formation and Stability of Curved Epithelial Monolayers

10:00 – 10:15

Erwin Frey

Self-Organisation of Active Matter Systems

10:30 - 11:45  

Coffee Break


11:15 – 11:30

Wojtek Treyde

AlphaBind: Repurposing AlphaFold2 for Molecular Docking

11:45 – 12:00

Ming Hong Lui

Mechanical Forces During Zebrafish Development

12:00 – 12:15

Stefan Klumpp


Croucher Foundation Presentations from 14:00


Anna Law

Short Introduction of The Croucher Foundation Limited (5 min)


Ailene Chan

Venturing Into the Unseen (15 min)


Chloe Huang

Gene-Launched Self-Assembling Nanoparticle Vaccine Platform Development (15 min)


Chris Chung

Investigating the Dynamics and Interactions Involved in Oligomerisation of the Influenza A matrix 1 Protein (15 min)


WEDNESDAY, July 19 th


09:15 – 09:30

Rajlaxmi Saha


09:30 – 09:45

Ole Berendes

Studying a Ribosome-Binding Antibiotic with Computer Simulations

09:45 – 10:00

Anastassiya Schramm

Trigger-Responsive Vesicles: a Novel Approach to Target PDL1-PD1 Checkpoint

10:00 – 10:15

Gregor Ibbeken

Reaction Driven Assembly: Ordering Effects and Directed Movement

Coffee Break


11:15 – 11:30

Nitin Bohra

Characterization of the Specificity of Aminotransferase Enzymes for Bottom-Up Assembly of In Vitro Metabolic and Genetic Pathways

11:30 – 11:45

Johannes Hahmann

DNA Nicks and Sonic Tricks: Amplifying Precision in DNA Cleavage with Ultrasound

11:45 – 12:00

Till Hülsmann


12:00 – 12:15

Julia Ivanova

DARPins as Novel Actin Binders: A Modular Tool to Regulate Actin Dynamics

THURSDAY, July 20 th


09:15 – 09:30

Christoph Karfusehr

GelPy: Quick and Low Effort Quantitative Gel Electrophoresis Analysis with Python

09:30 – 09:45

Adel Iusupov

Investigating the Role of Phosphorylation in the Intrinsically Disordered Region of INCENP

09:45 – 10:00

Karin Jacobs


10:00 – 10:15

Ahandeep Manna

Dynamic Compartmentalisation in Xenopus Cell Extract

10:15 – 10:30

Jan Jedryszek

Investigating Physarum Polycephalum in the Context of Matter-to-Life

Coffee Break


11:15 – 11:30

Sunnatullo Fazliev

Minimal Actin Networks Stabilize Synthetic Cells Against External Deforming Forces

11:30 – 11:45

Joachim Spatz

Bottom-up Design of Synthetic Cells

11:45 – 12:00

Lena Strieker

Influence of the Plasma Membrane Sphingolipid Composition on Cellular Mechanics

12:00 – 12:15

Oliver Drozdowski

The Physics of Spherical Epithelial Shells

From 14:30

Workshop on "ChatGPT, AlphaFold and Bard: How will AI change research and education?"



  • Gösta Gantner
  • Stefan Klumpp
  • Klaus Tanner

FRIDAY, July 21 st


09:15 – 09:30

Philippe Bastiaens

Ultra Rapid Cryo-Arrest

09:30 – 09:45

Krishna Ramesh

Photomechanical control over stem cell functions

09:45 – 10:00

Philipp Baur

Patellamides - Cyanobactins Made for Copper Binding

10:00 – 10:15

Maximilian Schuler

The Life of Transient Bioactive Peptides: A Tragic Story of Rescue and Destruction

10:15 – 10:30

Kevin Kaub

Bringing Actin and DNA together - on Composite Networks

Coffee Break


11:15 – 11:30

I Chen

Mechanical Characterization of Migrating Cancer Cells in a 3D-1D Tumor Like Model

11:30 – 11:45

Tarun Mascarenas

Decision Making in Stochastic Systems

11:45 – 12:00

Mingqi Yan

A Thermodynamic Model for Bubbles in Active Brownian Particle Systems

12:00 – 12:15

Brianda Paola Lopez Santini

  Recycled Macrocycles



Departure after breakfast



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