SFB 1027 and DGZ International Meeting

October 10-13, Saarbrücken

Welcome to the website of Cell Physics 2023!

The “Cell Physics 2023“ will take place at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, 10-13 October 2023 as in-person format. This time, it is jointly organized by the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ, DGZ Annual Meeting) and the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1027 “Physical modeling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems“ and continues the series of conferences, which already took place five times, in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021. It is intended to be an interdisciplinary platform for scientific exchange between participants from cell biology and biophysics, both represented in roughly equal numbers.

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Important dates

The conference will start on Tuesday, 10.10.2023, 8:30 am and finish on Friday, 13.10.2023, around 2pm.

Abstract submission July 3, 2023
Early registration deadline July 3, 2023
Regular registration deadline September 10, 2023
Registration and Welcome October 10, 2023
Conference October 10-13, 2023

Registration and abstract submission

Abstract submission has closed

Register here

Early Bird Regular
until July 3,2023 from July 4,2023
Regular (academia and industry) 260 € 310 €
PhD student* 175 € 225 €
Bachelor/Master student* 90 € 120 €
Regular (academia and industry) 320 € 370 €
PhD student* 185 € 235 €
Bachelor/Master student* 100 € 130 €
(*:certificate confirming status will be requested)


The conference will be held in the building E2 2 of the UdS campus

Map of the area

How to reach

Invited speakers

Effie Bastounis Tübingen
Timo Betz Göttingen
Cristina Cardoso Darmstadt
Katia Cosentino Osnabrück
Morgan Delarue Toulouse
Alex Dunn Stanford
Sandra Siegert Klosterneuburg
Rhoda Hawkins Sheffield
David J. Hodson Oxford
Jörg Höhfeld Bonn
Dagmar Iber Zurich
Cordelia Imig Copenhagen
Eva Kiermaier Bonn
Gijsje Koenderink Delft
Benoit Kornmann Oxford
Rafael Kramann Aachen
Daniel Larson Bethesda
Noa Lipstein Berlin
Takeshi Harayama Valbonne
François Nédélec Cambridge
Florence Niedergang Paris
Alexandre Persat Lausanne
Arun Radhakrishnan Texas
Aurélien Roux Geneva
Kevin Chalut Cambridge
Rumiana Dimova Potsdam
Sebastian Streichan Santa Barbara
Magali Suzanne Toulouse
Isabelle Tardieux Grenoble
Danijela Vignjevic Paris
Chiara Zurzolo Paris
Karin John Grenoble
Ondrej Kucera Waterford
Bettina Warscheid Würzburg
Mirka Uhlirova Cologne
Anna Akhmanova Utrecht


Cell Physics 2023

Poster session

There will be three poster sessions (1x even numbers, 1x odd numbers, 1x all numbers; see program).

Posters need to have A0 Portrait (poster walls size: 93 cm x 132,5 cm (w x h)). Poster presenters will be informed by early September.


Several call-off contingents for hotels in Saarbrücken have been arranged for 9.-13.10.2023, see more information in the PDF files below :



Social Program

For Thursday afternoon, different social activities (each for a limited number of participants) have been organized. You will be able to select one of these via the registration portal (we will inform participants once opened)

1. Group booking at World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte (guided tour in English)

2. Group booking at Adventure Park Saar (Climbing park and fly-line in Saarbrücken)

3. 4hr hike around Saarbrücken: Very close to Saarland University, you will unexpectedly stumble upon smaller and larger highlights that you would not have suspected in this urban area. We will show you the special features on 13 kilometers, let your senses wander through the nearby forests and introduce you to the Saarland dialect. Look forward to legendary red sandstones, deciduous forests in the autumnal garb of the adjacent Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve and 241 steps that will take you to the heights! Since we will overcome 450 meters of altitude on different surfaces, we ask you to bring sturdy shoes and backpack food.

In addition, the Hochschulsportzentrum will offer various courses, which you can attend free of charge and without registration:

• October 10, 12:45 - 13:30 : Running meeting

• October 11, 7:15 - 8:00 : Wake-Up Yoga Get a powerful, dynamic start to your day with Wake-Up Yoga! Around the world, more and more people are discovering yoga as a way to stay fit, reduce stress and prevent illness. Yoga strengthens the muscles and thus also stabilizes the spine and joints. The relaxation between the postures at the beginning and end of the class helps the mind to calm down. All together gives strength and energy for everyday life. Yoga mats and blocks are provided.

• October 12, 7:15 - 8:00 : Functional Workout (Dip Thapa). In this class, we combine various sports programs into a powerful and mindful workout. The focus is on functionality and the joy of movement. Gymnastic mats are available. Please wear clean sports shoes.

• October 10-13, 12:45 - 13:30 : Supervision at Stations F, G and H.

The University's Campus in Motion fitness and exercise trail offers everyone on campus the opportunity to incorporate exercise, fun and fitness into their daily routine. Use your lunch break to complete a short, instructor-led exercise program at the stations. Video exercise instructions are conveniently available at each station via QR code. Participation is possible in everyday clothing (no high heels, please).


The conference poster is available for download here


Contact us

  • Sandra Iden, Prof. Dr.
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Saarland University
  • Faculty of Medicine, ZHMB, 66421 Homburg, Germany
  • E-Mail: sandra.iden(at)uks.eu
  • Tel.: +49 (0)6841 16 47912
  • Heiko Rieger, Prof. Dr.
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Saarland University
  • Campus E2 6, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
  • E-Mail: heiko.rieger(at)uni-saarland.de
  • Tel.: +49 (0)681 302 3969



Thanks to our industrial sponsors, the following contributions were awarded poster or short-talk awards – congratulations!

1 Outstanding poster award á 500 € sponsored by Carl Zeiss Microscopy Deutschland GmbH
to Rhythm Shukla, AMOLF, Amsterdam, NL, for the poster “Reprogramming of Intracellular Pathways by various CARs”
1 Outstanding poster award á 250 € sponsored by ibidi GmbH
to Rayehe Mamaghaniyeh, Leipzig University, Leipzig, DE, for the poster “Targeting Phase Separation on Membranes Using Fatty Acid-Functionalized DNA Origami”
1 Outstanding poster award á 250 € sponsored by Thorlabs GmbH
to Hector Romero, Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt, DE, for the poster “A cable salad in a pocket: effect of chromatin reorganization in nuclear stiffness”
1 Outstanding poster award á 250 € sponsored by acCELLerate GmbH
to Aamna Jain, Saarland University, Homburg, DE, for the poster “Isolation and Characterisation of ER Subdomains from Mammalian Cells”
2 Outstanding short-talk awards á 250 € sponsored by The Company of Biologists Ltd.
to Srishti Dar, EMBL Heidelberg, DE, for the presentation “Membrane fluidity and its attachment to the cortex jointly regulate cortical dynamics”
to Lucina Kainka, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, DE, for the presentation “Microtubule polymerization drives Microtentacle Formation”