1st Kármán Conference
October 22nd 2015, Valladolid
Pioneers in the field of intelligent material systems convened at the 1st Kármán Conference (October 22, 2015)
Identifying the frontiers of science for the development of complex, adaptive material systems was the key focus of the five-day Kármán Conference ‘From molecular materials to complex adaptive systems’, which took place in Kasteel Vaalsbroek (Vaals /NL). Being jointly organized by DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, RWTH Aachen University and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Stuttgart), the conference comprised a series of lectures given by international pioneers in this highly active field of research.
The aim of the conference was to identify future material systems, which resemble biological structures both in their complexity and functionality. For this, an interdisciplinary approach between individual disciplines such as physics, biology, chemistry, medicine or engineering is a must. Top-class lectures on cutting edge research, as well as, intense scientific discussion amongst the 150 participants were core elements of the conference. Most BIOGEL ESRs joined the conference for an exciting week of science. Organized social activities and evening poster sessions offered numerous opportunities for informal conversations between junior scientists and established experts. Two of the BIOGEL ESRs presented their work with a poster. Dominik Bernhagen, working at Pepscan, presented his work on Identifying high-affinity peptide bicycles for biomedical hydrogels, while Melanie Krueger from LifeTec Group showed her work on Ex vivo osteochondral and vascular culture platforms for medical testing.