From Functional Soft Matter to Biology - Future Challenges

Dates: 4 February 2013
Venue: IBS - Grenoble
Organizing Committee: T. Narayanan, M. Burghammer, O. Konovalov,  C. Riekel and M. Wulff
Administrative Assistant: Marion Glückert


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Final Programme

Scope of the workshop


The goal of the workshop is to explore how the proposed improvements of the ESRF source could be exploited to address grand challenges in the fields of functional soft matter and biology. Particular emphasis will be on development of new scattering/diffraction methods and the infrastructure that will enable the full exploitation of such outstanding source properties. One of the challenges will be to design optimized experiments that permit investigation of radiation sensitive systems with the enhanced brightness.  A set of new problems which cannot be addressed with the existing state-of-the-art facilities shall be identified.

Confirmed speakers and titles

  • Prof. Kenneth A. Dawson, CBNI University College Dublin, Ireland
    'Nanoscale interface between engineered matter, and libing organisms:
    Understanding the biological identity of Nanosized materials'
  • Prof. Jianwei Miao, University of California, U.S.A.
    'Coherent diffraction imaging: current status and future perspectives'
  • Dr. Franck Artzner, DoR CNRS/UMR Rennes, France
    'New challenges in biomimetic and bioinspired materials research'
  • Prof. Enzo di Fabrizio, Research Director IIT/ Nanostructures Genova, Italy
    'Nanostructures: from physics to bio and nanomedicine'
  • Prof. Stephan Foerster, University of Bayreuth, Germany
    'New avenues in micro fluidics combined with micro and nanobeams'
  • Prof. Simone Techert, MPI Göttingen, Germany
    'Coming to Selection - Future Perspectives of Structural Dynamics Investigations'

Discussion leaders


  • Dr. Andrei Petukhov, Utrecht
  • Prof. John Seddon, Imperial College, London, UK
  • Dr. Olivier Diat, CEA Grenoble, France


The Registration is now closed


Contact for further information: Marion Glückert