A new paradigm in material synthesis is emerging, in which living cells are used as active components in man-made materials to augment non-living matter with life-like capabilities. “Living Materials” promise to change the way we design technological and medical devices, and open infinite possibilities for programmable functions. Self-ventilating sportswear, bio-syncretic robots, self-renewing bioremediation devices, biosensing tattoos, personalized drug delivery systems or self-healing concrete walls are just a few examples.

This conference will provide an open forum for sharing recent advances and discussing current challenges and potential of Living Materials among experts and newcomers in the field.  It will gather leading scientists and industrial partners, and tackle fundamental science and application-oriented approaches. The event will be organized with a max. of 100 participants.

Session Topics

  • Compatibilization of living components with non-living matrices
  • Processing technologies for fabricating Living Materials
  • Programming living materials with synthetic biology tools
  • Technical application scenarios for Living Materials
  • Special focus session: Living Therapeutic Materials
  • Discussion forum: Risks, regulatory issues and future of Living Materials


Organizing Committee

Aránzazu del Campo

INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany

Shrikrishnan Sankaran

INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany




    Conference Office:

    Christine Hartmann
    INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials
    Campus D2 2
    66123 Saarbrücken

    Phone: +49 (0)681-9300-244
    Fax: +49 (0)681-9300-223

    Email: livmat2020@leibniz-inm.de


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21. January 2021 14:20

Living cells are capable of synthesizing a staggering number of complex molecules from a few precursors. Such processes in natural materials allow for continuous, efficient, and autonomous (re)generation and adaptation in response to external factors.

17. January 2021 14:27

Awarding of the poster prize at Living Materials 2020; from left to right: Professor Aránzazu del Campo (INM Saarbrücken), Dr. Anja Wecker (Wiley-VCH), Dr. Hanna Wagner (BIOSS Freiburg), Dr. Ulrike Kauscher Pinto (Wiley-VCH) and Shrikrishnan Sankaran (INM Saarbrücken)

02. October 2019 08:19