We are excited to welcome you all to our Matter to Life Spring Days from 26th to 27th February. Here you will find the schedule and other information. Changes in the program schedule will be updated here.


Faculty for Physics, Hörsaal 2
Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, Göttingen

* Monday check-in time: 08:30 *

In order to reach the venue in time for the check in, you could take this connection from the hotel.


Hotel Rennschuh Göttingen
Kasseler Landstraße 93

Check-In: Sunday after 15:00

Check-Out: Tuesday before 11:00

Directions from the hotel to the venue:
The journey will take approximately 45 minutes by public transport. From the hotel, head to the Zollstock bus station, where you will catch either bus number 31 or 32. At Platz der Göttinger Sieben station, change to bus 21, 22 or 23. Get off at Tammannstraße station. You'll find the large physics faculty building right across from the bus station.


Breakfast: At the hotel (for participants staying at the hotel)

Coffee, lunch and dinner: At the venue of the event

Lab Tours 

*** Please check public transportation on Monday already so that you reach the meeting points of your tours in time (5 - 10 min before the beginning of the tour)***

Meeting points:

University of Göttingen

  • Köster-Lab
    Main entrance of the Faculty of Physics, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, in front of the reception
  • Salditt-Lab
    Main entrance of the Faculty of Physics, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, in front of the reception
  • Betz-Lab
    Main entrance of the Faculty of Physics, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, in front of the reception
  • Janshoff-Lab
    Main entrance of the Faculty of Physics, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, outside, in front of the building
  • Steinem-Lab
    Main entrance of the Faculty of Physics, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, outside, in front of the building
  • Stülke-Lab
    Dept. of General Microbiology, Institute for Microbiology and Genetics, Grisebachstr. 8
    Meet in front of the door of the department on the second floor (go up with the elevator).

Contact for questions

Jan Heidelberger, Email:; Phone: +49 17 5441-6965

Claudia Fournier, Email:

Nadja Miosga, Email:


MONDAY, February 26 th

08:30 - 09:00Check- in at Welcome Desk  

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome by Stefan Klumpp


09:15 – 09:45

Sarah Köster

Cytoskeletal Proteins as High Performance Materials

09:45 - 10:00

Michelle Kemper

Molecular Mechanics Involved in Epithelial Dome Formation

10:00 – 10:15

Karim Ajmail

Adhesion Dynamics of Natural Kill Cell Mediated Killing of Adherent Cancer Cells

10:15 – 10:45

Claudia Steinem

Artificial Model Membranes: What Information Do They Provide to Biology?

Coffee Break


11:15 – 11:45

Ramin Golestanian

Self-Organization of Shape-Shifting complexes due to Non-Reciprocal Interactions

11:45 - 12:00

Jan Geisler

Give Exocytosis-Driven Rapid Endocytosis in the Early C. Elegans Embryo

12:00 - 12:15

Gregor Häfner

  • Reaction-Driven Diffusiophoresis of Liquid Condensates: Mechanisms for Intra-cellular Organization

12:15 – 13:15

Petra Schwille

Engineering Minimal Cellular Functions – Towards a Forward-Understanding of Life?

Lunch Break


14:15 - 16:30

Career Session 

Coffee Break



Poster Pitches



Poster Session I


18:00 Dinner

19:00 Poster Session II 

TUESDAY, February 27 th

09:00 - 10:00

Lab Tours I


10:00 - 11:00

Lab Tours II


Coffee Break


11:30 - 12:30

Lab Tours III 

Lunch Break


13:30 - 14:00

Jörg Stülke

What Makes Life: Towards to the Complete Understanding of a Model Organism

14:00 - 14:15

Johannes Hahmann

  • Unlocking DNA's Mechanochemistry: Beyond Mechanophores

14:15 - 14:30

Christoph Karfusehr

Cell-sized DNA Membranes

Coffee Break


15:00 - 15:30 

Timo Betz

Quantifying Intracellular Mechanics by Active and Passive Measurements

15:30 - 15:45

Lena Strieker

  • Influence of the Plasma Membrane Sphingolipid Composition on Cellular Mechanics

15:45 - 16:00

Aysecan Ünal

  • Towards High-Resolution Structures of Native Collagen Fibrils Using Cryo-Electron Microscopy




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