Phase Transitions in Polymeric and Protein Systems

International Focus Workshop
14 - 15 February 2019

An increasing number of organelles and biochemical
compartments in cells, which form by assembly
of proteins and RNA in condensed phases, have
been characterized in recent years. In the study of
such membraneless cell compartments, concepts
from polymer physics, soft matter physics and the
theory of liquid-liquid phase separation play a key
role. This meeting brings soft matter and polymer
researchers together with molecular and cell biologists
to discuss macromolecular phase separation
and the physical nature of protein condensates.

Topics include

  • Membraneless organelles and RNA-bodies
  • Phase transition of macromolecules in complex/crowded solutions
  • Active components and liquid-liquid phase separation
  • Disordered proteins
  • Non-equilibrium models of droplet-formation and segregation

Invited speakers

Job Boekhoven (DE)
Johannes Buchner (DE)
Ramin Golestanian (DE)
Alexander Grosberg (US)
Edward Lemke (DE)
Carlos Marques (FR)
Madan Babu Mohan (UK)
Roland Netz (DE)
Rohit Pappu (US)
Yitzhak Rabin (IL)

Scientific Coordinators

Frank Jülicher
MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany

Tony Hyman
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

Jens-Uwe Sommer
Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany


Jenny Kuehne
(Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany)


The deadline for applications was 11 November 2018. The participants list is closed.


Scientific Program

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 8:00 - 10:30

Scientific program:
Thursday, 14. Feb 11:00 - Friday 15. Feb 12:00

The detailed scientific program will be available about 4 weeks prior to the workshop.


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