A new paradigm in material synthesis is emerging, in which living cells are incorporated into non-living matter to augment it with programmable, life-like capabilities. This results from the integration of synthetic biology tools in materials research and promises to deliver a whole new generation of high-performance material systems. Engineered Living Materials open new avenues for more sustainable material production and advanced property combinations like integrated multifunctionality, adaptability, resilience, or evolvability.
The Second International Conference Engineered Living Materials 2021 will bridge materials science with the synthetic biology, biotechnology, and biophysics communities to discuss the compositional and technical challenges for a functional marriage of non-living matter and living components, and the experimental and computational solutions to realize them.

Due to the pandemic situation, the conference will take place in a virtual format with a reduced program. We will organize some life and some recorded sessions to keep discussion possibilities in spite of the time differences across the continents. The number of participants is limited to 300.


Organizing Committee

Dear colleagues and friends:

The field of Engineered Living Materials is growing very fast and fascinating achievements have been reported in the last year. After the great experience we had in February 2020 in Saarbrücken, we have decided to gather the community in the Second Conference for Engineered Living Materials this year again, though this time in a virtual format. We are very thankful to the speakers that already agreed to participate. We hope you will join us as well and look forward to an exciting scientific event!

Aránzazu del Campo

INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany

Wilfried Weber

BIOSS, University of Freiburg, Germany

Shrikrishnan Sankaran

INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany


    Conference Office:

    Christine Hartmann
    INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials
    Campus D2 2
    66123 Saarbrücken

    Phone: +49 (0)681-9300-244
    Fax: +49 (0)681-9300-223

    Email: livmat@leibniz-inm.de


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12. March 2021 20:28

The Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM), the Saarland University (UdS), and the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) grounded the Leibniz Science Campus „Living Therapeutic Materials“ on July 1st, 2020. The LSC is co-funded by the Leibniz Association, the Regional state of Saarland, and the partner institutions.

Research at the LSC is dedicated to the design of self-regulated and self-replenishing drug delivery systems for long-term and personalized administration of biopharmaceuticals. For this purpose, the biomaterials competence at INM, the generic engineering power at HIPS, and the medical, biotechnology and bioinformatics expertise at the UdS are synergistically integrated in cooperative projects within the LSC platform.

The LSC is organized as a graduate school where more than 20 young scientists perform interdisciplinary research between the partner institutions. They also take part in a structured program for special training at the interface between materials science, synthetic biology, and medicine.

Leibniz Science Campi are a strategic networking instrument of the Leibniz Association within the German scientific landscape. They support research in specific topics based on local networks between Leibniz institutes and universities and other research organizations.

12. March 2021 20:26

Session 4 “Understanding Bacteria Confinement” is held in cooperation with CRC /SFB 1027 “Physical modeling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems” at Saarland University.

04. February 2021 13:22