5-8 July 2021
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Europe/Berlin timezone

Compartmentalisation is a key property of life and its role can be understood from a chemical, biological, physical, and material standpoint with informed applications in biotechnology, origin of life, and cell biology. This course provides a glimpse into this fascinating, interdisciplinary world.

This school provides lectures and hands-on tutorials to introduce the key concepts of protocellular research. The Summer School includes webinars focused on the practical aspects of making coacervates microdroplets and lipid vesicles via bulk and microfluidic methodologies, networking opportunities and targeted careers sessions.

In addition to lectures and tutorials, we will feature plenary lectures by distinguished scientists working with compartmentalisation in the fields of origin of life and cell biology and host an afternoon focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and careers. The program includes first-hand stories of how companies grew from fundamental research and networking opportunities with scientists from academia and industry.

Approximately 40 Master, Diploma, and early stage PhD students with a background in Natural Science and a keen interest in compartmentalisation in Origin of Life, Synthetic Biology, or Cellular Biology will participate in the summer school. All aspects of this summer school will take place online.

Companies wishing to participate in the summer school will have their logos included in the abstract booklet and may be asked to provide a speaker as part of the "academia to innovation" or "careers" panels. Logos may be uploaded directly in the registration form. Arrangements for speakers will be made individually with the organizers.

Course Overview:

  • Compartmentalisation in origin of life and cell biology
  • Self-assembly of coacervates and lipid vesicles
  • Theory of phase diagrams and Ostwalds ripening
  • Enzyme kinetics in compartments
  • Principle of microfluidic fabrication and applications
  • Basic principles of light microscopy and image analysis
  • Networking & Focus on careers in academia and industry



  • Shrada Das (Blue Matter)
  • Julia Sepulveda (Elvesys)
  • Jessica Ayache (Elvesys)
  • Fabrice Gallou (Novartis)
  • Shruti Rattan (DuPont)
  • Eliott Varon (Direction Generale de l'Aviation Civile)
  • Adam Perriman (University of Bristol, UK)
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstrasse 108 D - 01307 Dresden

The course will accept 40 full participants. Others will have access to the streaming plenary sessions. 

We assume participants will have at least Bachelor-level in any of the following areas: Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cell Biology.

No prior experience or knowledge protocells is required, but a strong interest in origin of life, synthetic biology or cell biology is required. 

Application for this event is currently open.
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