The aim of the annual “Molecular Interactions” workshop is to give an overview about state-of-the-art methods and techniques in the life sciences. We are inviting [internationally] renowned scientists to report on the most current and up-to-date developments within their specific areas of research. In particular within “omics” research, the development and use of modern technologies that require a high degree of specialist knowledge is of high prominence. We believe that the transfer of knowledge and know-how is essential for a fruitful and successful future of functional genome research.

In 2005, we started our series of “Molecular Interactions” workshops which focus on research technologies and methods. Our main motivation is to inform early career scientists about the newest research trends, technology developments and analytical approaches with a hands-on focus, and to share our enthusiasm for state-of-the-art science and technology. In addition, we would like to provide a platform for junior researchers to network and get in contact with experts from academic research institutions and industry. Our workshop is organised by scientists from universities and other research institutions in Germany, and has been growing continuously over the years.

This year, “Molecular Interactions” will celebrate its fifth anniversary. We are happy to note that we have increasing numbers of international participants both as speakers and within our audience. To enhance our visibility, we are introducing the publication of a “Molecular Interactions” abstract book this year. Last year’s “Molecular Interactions” focussed on systems biology. This year, we would like to add a new aspect: synthetic biology.


R.K. Hartmann (DE), MPI for Infection Biology

Charlotte Förster (DE), Free University Berlin

Günter Mayer (DE), University of Bonn

Markus Landthaler (DE), Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine

Michael Sattler (DE), Helmholtz Zentrum Munich

Henning Urlaub (DE), MPI for Biophysical Chemistry

Karla M. Neugebauer (DE), MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Sofia Depner (DE), DKFZ

Friedrich Herberg (DE), Kassel University

Pascal Braun (US), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Sebastiaan Meijsing (DE), MPI for Molecular Genetics

Tina Romeis (DE), Free University Berlin

Bernd Schmeck (DE), Charité Berlin

Carsten Beta (DE), University of Potsdam

Christina Kiel (Spain), Centre for Genomics Regulation

Nicola Zamboni (Swiss), ETH Zuerich

Miguel Andrade (DE), MDC Berlin

Björn Heynisch (DE), MPI for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems

Stefan Kubick (DE), Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering

Vitor A.P. Martins dos Santos (NL), University Wageningen

Susanne Röblitz (DE), Zuse-Institute Berlin

Judy Armitage (UK), University of Oxford

Lars Kaderali (DE), University of Heidelberg

Hauke Busch (DE), University Freiburg

Holger Erfle (DE), University Heidelberg

Rondon P. de Mendonca Neto (Brazil), Universidade National de Minas Gerais

Martin Güldenagel, European Scientific Support Expert

Daniel Varón Silva (DE), MPI for Colloids and Interfaces

Aneta Koseska (DE), University of Potsdam

Ronald Frank (DE), Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Kai Licha (DE), Free University Berlin