Conference Structure

The program offers oral presentations of international experts as well as sessions for poster presentations. They will cover a broad range of different topics of the conference research field, future trends and emerging technologies.

The conference also provides the opportunity for networking and time for informal gathering and open discussions during the coffee breaks or in the evenings.
The spacious monastery complex with its nice convent garden or its monastery coffee house offers the best conditions for meeting and exchange.

All program activities and sessions except the social program will take place in the plenary hall and the meeting rooms of Schöntal Monastery.

Preliminary Program

Please be aware that program is a first draft and can be subject to modifications.


2:30 AM6:30 PMArrival and On-Site-Registration
6:00 PM8:00 PMDinner (at individual times)
8:00 PMGet-Together
9:00 AM9:15 AMOpening & Welcome
(Prof. Dr. Martin Bastmeyer & Prof. Dr. Joachim Wittbrodt)
9:15 AM10:00 AM3D Laser Nanoprinting
Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener
10:00 AM10:45 AMProf. Dr. Joachim Wittbrodt
10:45 AM11:15 AMCoffee Break
11:15 AM12:00 PM3D Laser Nanoprinting for Cell Biological Applications
Prof. Dr. Martin Bastmeyer
12:00 PM1:00 PMFlash talks
1:00 PM2:00 PMLunch
2:00 PM2:45 PMPiconewton-sensitive biosensors to investigate adhesion mechanics in cells
Prof. Dr. Carsten Grashoff
2:45 PM3:30 PMStandardized hydrogel beads and their applications in mechanobiology
Prof. Dr. Jochen Guck
3:30 PM4:00 PMCoffee Break
4:00 PM4:45 PMModelling cell shape and dynamics in three-dimensional scaffolds
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwarz
4:45 PM5:30 PMCollective Cell Order Maintains Homeostasis of Human Cornea: A New Physical Biomarker for the Quality Control of Cell Culture and the Prediction of Long-Term Prognosis
Prof. Dr. Motomu Tanaka
5:30 PM6:30 PMPause
6:30 PM8:00 PMDinner
8:00 PMPoster Session I
9:00 AM9:45 AMIntegrated Organ-on-a-Chip systems: Microphysiological platforms recapitulating complex human tissue
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Peter Loskill
9:45 AM10:30 AMEngineering epithelial organoids
Prof. Dr. Matthias Lutolf
10:30 AM11:00 AMCoffee Break
11:00 AM11:45 PMGastruloids: an ESC based model for mammalian gastrulation and axial organization
Alfonso Martinez-Arias, Professor
11:45 PM12:30 PMEstablishing an in vitro model of the human segmentation clock
Cantas Alev, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
12:30 PM1:30 PMLunch
1:30 PM2:00 PMIndividual Time
2:00 PM6:00 PMSocial Program
6:00 PM6:30 PMIndividual Time
6:30 PM8:00 PMDinner
8:00 PMPoster Session II
9:00 AM9:45 AMUser Programmable Hydrogel Biomaterials to Probe and Direct 4D Stem Cell Fate
Cole A. DeForest, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
9:45 AM10:30 AMRetinal organoids – Non-invasive testing of metabolic function and sheet transplantation
Magdalene J. Seiler, Ph.D., Associate Professor
10:30 AM11:00 AMCoffee Break
11:00 AM11:45 PMMicro-3D printing to understand biological dynamics
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michael Heymann
11:45 PM12:30 PMProf. Dr. Ute Schepers
12:30 PM1:30 PMLunch
1:30 PM2:15 PMSelected talk from abstracts
2:15 PM3:00 PMSelected talk from abstracts
3:00 PM3:30 PMCoffee Break
3:30 PM4:15 PMSelected talk from abstracts
4:15 PM5:00 PMSelected talk from abstracts
7:00 PMConference Dinner
9:00 AM9:45 AMtbd
9:45 AM10:30 AMMaking retinal organoids, a voyage of discovery
Majlinda Lako, Ph.D., Professor
10:30 AM11:00 AMCoffee Break
11:00 AM11:45 PMBuilding the retina one cell at a time
Seth Blackshaw, Ph.D., Professor
11:45 PM12:30 PMImproving retinal organoids: lessons from developmental biology
Thomas A. Reh, Ph.D, Professor
12:30 PM1:30 PMLunch
1:30 PMDeparture