467th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar



26 - 30 October 2010, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef




The autonomy of every living cell and the functioning of every cell organelle is ensured by a bounding membrane. The study of these membranes is one of the corner stones of the foundations of modern cell biology, and their fascinating properties have attracted attention from biochemistry, soft matter physics, colloid chemistry and mathematics. This seminar will discuss phenomena related to various membrane transformations both from experimental and theoretical point of view. The contributors will introduce and discuss current key experimental approaches, modern methodologies and theoretical approaches. The target goal of the conference is to identify the basic mechanisms underlying membrane transformations and thus to guide the impetus for future research in this area.




Phase transitions and membrane domains

Bilayers, substrates and membrane adhesion

Vesicle rheology

Membranes in electric fields

Processes in biological membranes


Leading experts are invited to introduce these topics to stimulate new research activities across the traditional borders of research areas. The seminar is supported by the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung (WE-Heraeus Foundation).


Scientific organizers:





Dr. Rumiana Dimova

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces


Prof. Carlos Marques

Institute Charles Sadron


Last modified: December 10, 2009