International Conference on Molecular Systems Engineering (ICMSE 2017)

The first International Conference on Molecular Systems Engineering (ICMSE 2017) in Basel focuses on the emerging field of molecular systems engineering and will feature speakers and participants from leading international research institutions.

From 27 - 29 August 2017, the NCCR MSE is organizing the first biennial International Conference on Molecular Systems Engineering (ICMSE 2017) in Basel. The ICMSE is a unique event in the emerging field of molecular systems engineering, and has the potential of leading to a long-term paradigm shift in molecular sciences. The three-day conference will be held at the University of Basel (Kollegienhaus, Petersplatz 1).

Register now for the ICMSE 2017!

  • All PhD/postdocs: now CHF 250 / CHF 290 (from 01/07/17)
  • Regular participants: now CHF 450 / CHF 490 (from 01/07/17)

Profit from the Early Bird fee valid until 30 June. Click here to register.
For more info click here.

Submit an abstract to be considered for a talk or a poster > more here


Stefan W. Hell: © Peter Badge
Frances H. Arnold
Martin Fussenegger
Bert Meijer
Hagan Bayley
Joachim Spatz
Lee Cronin
Andreas Plueckthun
Wilhelm T.S. Huck

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Stefan W. Hell, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014
  • Ben L. Feringa, University of Groningen, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016
  • Frances H. Arnold, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow
  • Hagan Bayley, University of Oxford
  • David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Bert Meijer, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Andreas Plueckthun, University of Zurich
  • Joachim Spatz, Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Stuttgart
  • Erik Winfree, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Krzysztof Palczewski, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
  • Martin Fussenegger, ETH Zurich, D-BSSE
  • Wilhelm T.S. Huck, Radboud University Nijmegen

and many more.

Opening of ICMSE 2017: Sunday 27 August 2017, 6pm

Ben L. Feringa
  • Welcome by Dr. Conradin Cramer representing the City of Basel (Regierungsrat), and Thomas Ward, Director of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering.
  • Keynote: Ben L. Feringa, University of Groningen, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016.
  • Klang der Moleküle - The sound of molecules: Concert premiere with the argovia philharmonic.
  • Apéro and networking.

Scientific program 2017

Tinguely Museum, Basel (CRE).

The scientific program of the ICMSE 2017 is divided into four sessions/modules:

Monday, 28 August 2017:

Session/Modul 1 discusses functional molecular modules having a chemical or biological origin and which are fundamental to the successful assembly of molecular factories for the control of cellular systems. Examples include the control of molecular transport proteins and complexes, GPCRs, membrane proteins and channels. Other examples include light initiated processes to build up chemical gradients between molecular compartments in vitro and in vivo and new synthetic modules for the production of chemical compounds.

Session/Modul 2 overviews how to guide principles of supramolecular chemistry that allow the assembly of molecular modules having chemical (synthesis) and/or biological origin (receptors, enzymes etc). This session also aims introducing basic design principles of molecular systems that result from the hierarchical assembly of (supra)-molecular modules.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017:

Session/Modul 3 focusses on the integration of functional bio- and synthetic molecular modules into multifunctional synthetic systems to address novel structures, properties and functionalities.

Session/Modul 4 introduces various approaches use bio- and synthetic molecular modules and systems to guide cellular systems for health control or to be applied biotechnologically for the benefit of mankind. The contributions redefine ways medical diagnosis and therapy can be conducted and chemical substances will be produced more efficiently in the future.

There will be plenty of networking opportunities such as the opening of the ICMSE 2017 on Sunday evening, and the keynote talk with Stefan Hell on Monday, followed by an Apéro and the conference dinner.

Read more about the NCCR MSE here.

ICMSE 2017 Ethics talk: Open to the public!

Sunday 27 August 2017, 4.10pm
Hörsaal HS 118, Kollegienhaus Uni Basel, in English 

  • Kai Kupferschmid, host and contributing correspondent for Science Magazine, Berlin
  • Joyce Tait, Innogen Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • Randall Platt, project leader, NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering. 

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be at the new Roche tower in Basel.

A special treat will be the speech by the internationally renowned scientist Stefan Hell, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry. His lecture is part of the ICMSE and will be hosted by the "Roche Innovation Lectures"-Serie" at their new "tower" in Basel. It will be followed by an apéro with a ICMSE poster show, and a dinner (incl. in the registration fee) in the tower, a landmark designed by the local architects Herzog & de Meuron. With 41 office-floors and a height of 178 meters, this is currently the tallest building in Switzerland and usually not accessible to the public.

ICMSE 2017 at the University of Basel

The three-day ICMSE 2017 conference will be held at the “Kollegienhaus” of the University of Basel. This remarkable main building features a large auditorium for the conferene (Aula) and a wonderful courtyard for socializing.

Kollegienhaus (main building) at Petersplatz, Basel.
The courtyard of the main building: Ideal for socializing.


Prior to the ICMSE, a pre-conference will be held on August 26 to 27, 2017. The pre-conference is for members only of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering, the Research Training Group GRK2062 "Molecular Principles of Synthetic Biology" (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich) and FMS Research Center (Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems; University of Groningen, Radboud University Nijmegen, Eindhoven University of Technology). More details here.

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ICMSE: August 27-29, 2017

ICMSE Pre-conference

for selected students and postdocs > more info here.

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