Interdisciplinary life of microbes:
from single cells to multicellular aggregates

Moved from 2020 to 2021due to Covid-19.

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International Workshop
08 - 12 November 2021

Bacteria switch from a nomadic form of life to biofilms when they come in contact with surfaces. Biofilms are complex and robust multicellular communities of bacteria that can be either detrimental, leading to severe infections, or beneficial, such as in plant-microbe associations. Once formed, biofilms are extremely hard to eradicate. Forming virtually on any surface and thus affecting numerous aspects of human life, biofilm research calls for an interdisciplinary effort. This workshop will bring together experts from biology, experimental and theoretical biophysics, and medicine to encourage lively discussions on the multifaceted topic of biofilms.



Topics include

  • Biofilm structure, mechanics, and rheology
  • Cell differentiation and multicellularity
  • Communication in biofilms: quorum sensing and signaling
  • Biofilm extracellular matrix
  • Functional amyloids
  • Biofilms in medicinal settings 
  • Antibiotic resistance of biofilms
  • Biofilm imaging: seeing through the film
  • Biofilm ecology and evolution
  • Theoretical modeling and simulations

Invited speakers

N. Balaban (IL)
E. Banin (IL)
A. Be‘er (IL)
S. Ben-Yehuda (IL)
N. Biais (US)
Ch. Bogdan (DE)
M. Chapman (US)
H. Chaté (FR)
K. Daniels (US)
M. Delcea (DE)
K. Drescher (DE)
Y. Dufrêne (BE)
G. Duménil (FR)
A. Eldar (IL)
U. Endesfelder (DE)
A. Friedler (IL)
R. Golestanian (DE)
V. Gordon (US)
S. Grill (DE)
M. Hannig (DE)
S. Häußler (DE)
R. Hengge (DE)
N. Henry (FR)
F. Jülicher (DE)
R. Kishony (IL)
S. Klumpp (DE)
R. Kolter (US)
M. Landau (IL)
B. Maier (DE)
M. Meijler (IL)
H. Oschkinat (DE)
V. Pelicic (UK)
B. Sabass (DE)
P. Silberzan (FR)
V. Sourjik (DE)
G. Wong (US)

Scientific Coordinators

Liraz Chai

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Elizabeth Shank

University of Massachusetts Medical School


Vasily Zaburdaev

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Claudia Domaschke

MPI-PKS Dresden


Poster [pdf-file]

(original 2020 version)


The application form will be re-opened in April 2021.

The application deadline will be 15th August 2021.

The number of attendees is limited. The registration fee for the international workshop is 140 Euro and should be paid by all participants. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute. Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses.

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Scientific Program

The detailed scientific program of the workshop will be available in early Oktober 2021, approximately.

The tentative program structure can be found here

Program Structure

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