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)
Ludwik Leibler (FR)
Edward Lemke (DE)
Carlos Marques (FR)
Madan Babu Mohan (UK)
Roland Netz (DE)
Rohit Pappu (US)
Jacques Prost (FR)

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


Maria de Haas
(Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany)


Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form on the event‘s web page. The number of attendees is limited. The registration fee for the international focus workshop is 140 Euro and should be paid by all participants. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute.

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