August 27 to September 1 2023

HEiKA Summer Science Academy 2023 on 3D Materials and Applications

Welcome to the HEiKA Summer Science Academy 2023 on

3D Materials and Applications

27.08.2023 - 01.09.2023

Schwarzwald Hotel “Zuflucht“

Hosted by the Heidelberg-Karlsruhe Strategic Partnership HEiKA in partnership with the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order, we invite interested (Master) Students to join us for an all-expenses-paid stay at the picturesque Schwarzwald Hotel "Zuflucht.“

During the program, you will attend daily workshops and lectures presented by leading PIs in the field of 3D Materials and Applications, on topics reaching from new 3D printing strategies, to optoelectronic devices, microscopy and spectroscopy, and hybrid organoid systems. In addition, you'll have the chance to network with fellow students, PIs, and researchers, share ideas and explore exciting future research opportunities.

Our goal is to provide a unique and immersive experience that exposes students to cutting-edge research, fosters collaboration, and encourages innovation. So if you're interested in expanding your knowledge of 3D Materials and Applications, while enjoying a beautiful location and making valuable connections, we encourage you to apply today!

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Attending Principal Investigators and Researchers

We are happy to announce that we will be joined by PIs and researchers of the 3D Matter Made to Order Cluster of Excellence from Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. They will host the workshops and lectures listed below.

Prof Dr. Jasmin Aghassi-Hagmann

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Nanotechnology

Prof. Dr. Martin Bastmeyer

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Zoologisches Institut

Prof. Dr. Peer Fischer

Heidelberg University, Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering and Advanced Materials

Prof. Dr. Pavel Levkin

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institut für Organische Chemie

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwarz

Heidelberg University, Institute of Theoretical Physics

Prof. Dr. Christine Selhuber-Unkel

Heidelberg University, Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering and Advanced Materials

Prof. Dr. Petra Tegeder

Heidelberg University, Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut

Prof. Dr. Jochen Wittbrodt

Heidelberg University, Center for Organismal Studies

Prof. Dr. Jana Zaumseil

Heidelberg University, Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut

Dr. Venera Weinhardt

Heidelberg University, Center for Organismal Studies


Workshop 1: Contractility of biological cells and active materials

This workshop is taught by Prof. Dr. Martin Bastmeyer (KIT) and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwarz (Uni HD).

Abstract: Contractility is one of the hallmarks of animal cells and the basis for essential cell processes such as division and migration. We will first discuss how the actomyosin system leads to contractility in both muscle and non-muscle cells. We then will address the question of how contractility can also be achieved in synthetic systems made from soft matter, for example from hydrogels or nematic elastomers.

Workshop 2: Design and dissection of cell-material interactions in 3D

This workshop is taught by Prof. Dr. Pavel Levkin (KIT), Prof. Dr. Christine Selhuber-Unkel (Uni HD), and Dr. Venera Weinhardt (Uni HD).

Abstract: Life exists in 3 spatial dimensions. This 3D nature is increasingly important in designing and probing materials to trigger a change in cell functions, such as proliferation, differentiation, and migration. The workshop will focus on approaches to trigger and characterize cell-material interactions in 3D, mainly from the viewpoint of chemistry, physics, and materials science.

Workshop 3: Printable circuits and devices for bioelectronics

This workshop is taught by Prof. Dr. Jasmin Aghassi-Hagman (KIT) and Prof. Dr. Jana Zaumseil (Uni HD).

Abstract: During this workshop, we will explore a range of printable materials with metallic, semiconducting, or insulating properties that can be combined into functional devices (e.g., transistors, sensors) and circuits. We will look at the fundamental properties of these materials (organic, inorganic, nanomaterials etc.), different large-area and high-resolution printing techniques as well as applications in wearable sensors, point-of-care diagnostics and bioelectronics.

Workshop 4: Light, microscopy, and spectroscopy

This workshop is taught by Prof. Dr. Peer Fischer (Uni HD) and Prof. Dr. Petra Tegeder (Uni HD).

Abstract: "Super-resolution microscopy, laser lithography, and nano-spectroscopy" Together, we will explore and learn about modern lithographic, microscopic, and spectroscopic experimental methods for the fabrication and characterization of structural and electronic properties of molecular nanomaterials.

Apply now!

You can apply now to join us at Hotel Zuflucht for the 2023 HEiKA Summer Academy on 3D Materials and Applications! The official registration period starts on May 1st and registration will remain open until the end of July. The first acceptance letters will be sent out by the end of June. If you are a bachelor's student in your final year or a Ph.D. candidate, you are welcome to apply as well!

To apply, we require a comprehensive letter of motivation (1 page), your curriculum vitae (C.V.), an up-to-date transcript of records, and a letter of recommendation from one of your supervisors. After receiving your application, we will review it thoroughly and reach out to you with our decision.


Natur- und Sporthotel Zuflucht

1, Zuflucht Bad Peterstal-Griesbach, BW Deutschland, 72250

Registration period

April 23, 2023 - 22:00 until July 15, 2023 - 21:30

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