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From August 27 to 29, 2017 NCCR MSE is organizing the first biennial International Conference on Molecular Systems Engineering (ICMSE) in Basel. The ICMSE is a unique event in the emerging field of molecular systems engineering, and has the potential of leading to a long-term paradigm shift in molecular sciences. The three-day conference will be held at the University of Basel (Kollegienhaus, Petersplatz 1). 


350 participants are expected and confirmed speakers include:

  • Stefan W. Hell, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014
  • Ben L. Feringa, University of Groningen, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016
  • Frances H. Arnold, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow
  • Hagan Bayley, University of Oxford
  • David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Bert Meijer, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Andreas Plueckthun, University of Zurich
  • Joachim Spatz, Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Stuttgart
  • Erik Winfree, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Krzysztof Palczewski, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

Prior to the ICMSE, a pre-conference for students and postdocs will be held.

Profit from the ICMSE early bird fee: Until End of May CHF 450 (490) for regular participants. Postdocs & PhDs: CHF 250 (290).
There are plenty of oral presentation opportunities (selection based on abstract).
And please talk to your peers about the ICMSE 2017. We look forward to welcoming you in Basel in August 2017.

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About Molecular Systems Engineering

Biological systems display properties that cannot yet be matched by synthetic approaches. These include the ability to adapt functionality, to regenerate, to convert energy and to control complex molecular processes. Implementing the insights and advances in life sciences into the structural and design options of synthetic molecular systems is a major scientific challenge and offers one of the greatest economic potentials of our time. We are beginning to understand the molecular engineering principles developed by nature and to use these in the design and control of functional biological systems. First exciting attempts demonstrate the possibility of using functional modules to build molecular factories for industrial production or to control cellular systems in health and disease.

To address this challenge, the International Conference on Molecular Systems Engineering (ICMSE) will bring together world leaders in the characterization and engineering of complex chemical and biological systems. The conference will highlight exciting strategies of assembling synthetic systems into molecular factories allowing the chemical modification and transport of molecular compounds, nanoreactors that convert energy and functional modules that work in complementary fashion to convey reactants along spatially designed reaction sequences. However, the conference will also highlight how these engineering approaches can be used for the development of cellular and medical diagnostics, for therapeutics, and for the control of cellular systems in health and disease. As these exciting examples highlight the beginning of molecular systems engineering they show a unique potential to address existing and future global challenges.


David Spichiger, SCS