The conference will start on August 23, 2021 and will end on August 25, 2021.
The time zone for the program is Central European Summer Time (UTC+2).


Monday, Aug 23, 2021

14.00-14.15    OPENING (WebEx)

14.15-15.30    SESSION 1 – Chair Kerstin Blank (WebEx)

14.15-14.45    Andreas Walther (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany)
                       Adaptive and Active Bioinspired Mechanical Materials

14.45-15.00    Michael Nash (University of Basel & ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
                       Phase Separation of Hemostatic Elastin-like Polypeptides Stiffens Fibrin Networks

15.00-15.15    Arun Sampathkumar (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany)
                       Molecular mechanism regulating microtubule response to mechanical forces at cellular and tissue scales in plants

15.15-15.30    Gregory I. Peterson (Incheon National University, Republic of Korea)
                       Comparing Solution- and Solid-State Reactivity of Bottlebrush and Dendronized Polymers

15.30-16.00    BREAK

16.00-18.05    SESSION 2 – Chair Anja Geitmann (WebEx)

16.00-16.30    Johanna Ivaska (University of Turku, Finland)
                       Cell adhesion and mechanobiology

16.30-16.45    Hanna Traeger (Adolphe Merkle Institute, Fribourg, Switzerland)
                       Strain sensing in various elastomers through non-covalent loop mechanophores

16.45-17.00    Juan M. Vanegas (University of Vermont, Burlington, USA)
                       Locally Distributed Tension MD: A Rapid and Systematic Approach to Study Mechanical Activation of Membrane Proteins

17.00-17.15    Cécile Berne (Université de Montréal, Canada)
                       Insights into Nature’s strongest glue: characterization of a bacterial bioadhesive by Atomic Force Microscopy

17.15-17.35    Roman Renger (Lumicks, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
                       Assessing biological forces across scales with real-time, single-molecule tools

17.35-18.05    Marino Arroyo (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
                       Physical aspects of cell-cell adhesion

18.05-19.00    BREAK

19.00-21.00    POSTER SESSION (



Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021

10.00-13.00    OPEN DISCUSSION (

13.00-15.00    POSTER SESSION (

15.00-16.35    SESSION 3 – Chair Ana Vila Verde (WebEx)

15.00-15.30    Yi Cao (Nanjing University, China)
                       Molecular origin of the extreme mechanical strength of an ester bond containing pathogen surface protein

15.30-15.45    Stefan L. Schaefer (Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
                       Anchoring of the SARS CoV-2 fusion peptide in host membranes

15.45-16.00    Marco De Corato (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
                       A theory for the inhomogeneous flow of chemically-responsive polymers

16.00-16.15    Aldo Leal-Egaña (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg & University of Heidelberg, Germany)
                       Time-depending mechanical heterogeneity on cancer cells cultured in 3D milieus

16.15-16.35    Tanja Neumann (C11) (JPK BioAFM, Bruker Nano GmbH, Berlin, Germany)
                        Unravelling the Mechanobiology of Living Cells while Interacting with their Environment

16.35-17.30    BREAK

17.30-19.00    SESSION 4 – Chair Andreas Walther (WebEx)

17.30-18.00    Charles Diesendruck (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel)
                       Chain Folding Effects on Polymer Mechanochemistry

18.00-18.15    Johanna Blass (INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany)
                       Light-driven molecular motors for force application to cellular receptors

18.15-18.30    Andreas Herrmann (DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials & RWTH, Aachen, Germany)
                       Controlling Biological Systems by Ultrasound: Sonopharmacology and Sonogenetics

18.30-18.45    Geonho Song (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm, Germany)
                       Aging and compressed exponential stress relaxation in collagen-inspired hydrogels

18.45-19.00    Susana Rocha (KU Leuven, Belgium)
                       Synthetic fibrous hydrogels as a platform to decipher cell-matrix mechanoreciprocity

19.00-19.30    BREAK

19.30-21.15    SESSION 5 – Chair Nancy Forde (WebEx)

19.30-20.00    Anja Geitmann (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
                       Shaping cells - from micromechanics to morphogenesis

20.00-20.15    Lauren Melcher (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
                       A computational investigation of a colloidal network that can dynamically stiffen when crosslinked by KaiABC proteins

20.15-20.30    Andrew Rutenberg (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)
                       Double-twist elastomers: mechanical untwisting and chiral buckling

20.30-20.45    Xuefeng Wang (Iowa State University, Ames, USA)
                       Super-resolution imaging of integrin tensions by cellular force nanoscopy

20.45-21.15    Emanuela Del Gado (Georgetown University, Washington, USA)
                       Mechanics of soft gels: stress localization, rigidity and microscopic dynamics


Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021

14.00-15.45    SESSION 6 – Chair Charles Diesendruck (WebEx)

14.00-14.30    Jie Yan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
                       The mechanical responses of tension-transmission supramolecular linkages

14.30-14.45    Nisha Arora (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, Punjab, India)
                       Slip-catch-slip bond characteristics forms the basis of force dissemination by inner-ear tip-link during hearing

14.45-15.00    Maria Stratigaki (DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen, Germany)
                       Towards Quantitative Detection of Covalent Bond Scission with High Resolution in Mechanofluorophore-Crosslinked Polymers

15.00-15.15    Erwin Frey (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
                       Surface tension induced budding drives alveologenesis in human mammary gland organoids

15.15-15.45    Gijsje Koenderink (Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands)
                       A biophysical perspective on extracellular matrix mechanics: from molecule to material

15.45-16.15    BREAK

16.15-17.45    SESSION 7 – Chair Michael Nash (WebEx)

16.15-16.45    Esther Amstad (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland)
                       Bioinspired processing of soft materials

16.45-17.00    Haguy Wolfenson (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel)
                       On the nature of cellular contractility

17.00-17.15    Steven M. Abel (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
                        Force-Induced Ultrasensitivity at Cell-Cell Interfaces

17.15-17.30    Zhouyang Shen (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center &
                       Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, New York, USA)

                       A synergy between mechanosensitive calcium and hydrophobic interactions mediates membrane tension-sensing
                       by C2-like domains

17.30-17.45    Martin G. T. A. Rutten (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
                       Mimicking stress stiffening properties in supramolecular synthetic ECMs

17.45-18.45    BREAK

18.45-20.45    SESSION 8 – Chair Matt Harrington (WebEx)

18.45-19.15    Cynthia Reinhart-King (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA)
                       The power of mechanobiology: sensing and measuring cellular energetics during cell migration

19.15-19.30    Nancy Forde (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada)
                       Single-molecule investigations of collagen’s sequence-dependent mechanics

19.30-19.45    Rong Ma (Emory University, Atlanta, USA)
                       Ensemble measurement of TCR-pMHC force lifetime by DNA hybridization kinetics

19.45-20.00    Lucia Youssef (McGill University, Montréal, Canada)
                       Exploring the Functional Gradients in Mussel Byssus

20.00-20.30    Hermann Gaub (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany)
                       Molecular Mechanisms of Extreme Mechanostability in Receptor Ligand Bonds

20.30-20.45    CLOSING (WebEx)