Trachea of a fruit fly embryo (Drosophila). The cell membranes were labelled with different fluorescent proteins using the “brainbow” technique. The membranes of some cells (left) were segmented and displayed using software.
© Dominique Förster, Stefan Luschnig

International CiM Symposium 2017

Cells in Motion: Pattern formation in space and time
Münster, 4–6 September 2017

Meeting venue: lecture hall GEO1, Heisenbergstraße 2

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Monday evening at the CiM Symposium – a chance to gain new insights and talk about research.
© CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn
  • Positive atmosphere in the lecture hall: The audience got to hear a variety of exciting talks from the international speakers.
    © CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn
  • The Symposium attracted a large number of interested listeners over the entire three days.
    © CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn
  • Benny Shilo from the Weizmann Institute of Science showed how there is a blueprint for all life.
    © CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn
  • Junior researchers from the Cluster of Excellence were also given a platform …
    © CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn
  • … to present their research to the audience.
    © CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn
  • From the lecture hall to the posters: in the evenings, the researchers got talking to each other in a relaxed atmosphere …
    © CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn
  • … and showed a lot of interesting examples of the research being undertaken in CiM groups.
    © CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn

When an organism develops, cells arrange themselves into three-dimensional structures and form patterns. Within cells too, the individual cell components produce patterns which then lead to certain functions. But what are the processes behind this? This was the question that international researchers discussed at the University of Münster in September 2017. At the symposium being hosted by the Cells-in-Motion (CiM) Cluster of Excellence, speakers from the fields of chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology and medicine presented their current research results.

The topics they talked about ranged from molecular self-organisation and membrane organisation as well as cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions to tissue morphogenesis and mechanobiology. Another focus of the symposium was on various imaging technologies which researchers use to visualize the patterns and the processes being investigated. The symposium provided a platform not only for the speakers who had been invited from all over the world and for the CiM group leaders, but also for junior researchers from the Cluster of Excellence to present their research.

Organising Committee