Mach-5: Molecular Machinery: Making, Measuring, Modeling
August 30 - September 02, 2020

Welcome to Mach-5 2020 in Plön, Germany

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Confirmed Participants

  • Ben Feringa (University of Groningen)
  • Sir Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University)
  • Massimo Baroncini (Bologna)
  • Florian Beuerle (Würzburg)
  • Jon Beves (UNSW, Sydney)
  • Guillaume de Bo (Manchester)
  • Stefano Crespi (Regensburg/Groningen)
  • Fayaz Ali (UNSW, Sydney)
  • Larisa Florea (Dublin)
  • Manuel Gruber (Kiel)
  • Grace Han (Brandeis)
  • Jiri Kaleta (Prague)
  • Claire Kammerer (Toulouse)
  • Salma Kassem (New York)
  • Jonas Kind (Darmstadt)
  • Mohit Kumar (New York)
  • Matthew Langton (Oxford)
  • Semin Lee (Baton Rouge)
  • Michael Lerch (Harvard)
  • Franco Leung (Hong Kong)
  • Gabor London (Budapest)
  • Katsuya Mutoh (Tokyo)
  • Manas Panda (Kolkata)
  • Elena Pazos (La Coruña)
  • Cristian Pezzato (Lausanne)
  • Da-Hui Qu (Shanghai)
  • Hai Quian (Urbana-Champaign)
  • Giulio Raggazon (Trieste)
  • Braulio V. Rodriguez-Molina (Ciudad de Mexico)
  • Alexander Ryabchun (Twente)
  • Matthew R. Ryder (Oak Ridge)
  • Yoshimitsu Sagara (Sapporo)
  • Bernd Schmidt (Düsseldorf)
  • Nadja Simeth (Groningen)
  • Juliane Simmchen (Dresden)
  • Olalla Vazquez (Marburg)
  • Feng Wang (Hefei)
  • Guanglu Wu (Cambridge)
  • Depeng Zhao (Guangdong)
  • Kelong Zhu (Guangdong)


Mach-5 (Molecular Machinery: Modelling, Making, Measuring) 2020 in Plön/Germany is the first event of a biannual conference series.

Topics: The event targets scientists who are active in the field of molecular machines and their components (motors, switches, rotors, actuators …). As in the macroscopic world, specific functions (directed motion, pumping, sensing, assembly, information storage, processing…) arise from coupling to an energy source or trigger (light, redox, concentration gradient, electric, magnetic fields …) and their interaction with the environment (solution, surface, polymers, biological systems …).

Contributions within the 3M (modelling, making and measuring) of these systems are welcome.

Who: The event is devoted to the promotion of young scientists, who define as being early in their career after the PhD, but before a tenured position. 80-120 participants are considered an appropriate size of the event.

Format: Only young scientists present their results in oral contributions with ample room for discussion. Senior scientists are welcome as chairs, tutorial presentations and in panel discussions. Several new formats should become the distinguishing feature of the event: 1. Intro talks (presentations of the research program by young starting group leaders), 2. Idea pitches (short advertisements of a project idea by postdocs or group leaders), 3. Vision statements (reflection on general problems, prospects and emerging areas by established senior scientists), 4. Beyond science (few selected contributions on cultural aspects, i.e. arts & sciences, possibly science politics etc.). Ideally, “ordinary” talks should be avoided. All of these presentations should be kept brief, ranging from 5 min pitches to max. 30 min vision statements. Every participant should present! In addition, posters might be used to facilitate individual discussions in the breaks and evenings.

Financial resources: Prof. Fraser Stoddart contributes 25 K€ to support the first meeting. Further support comes from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). A registration fee of ~400 € will cover accommodation, meals and social events. We will try to provide support for travel expenses.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Plön

Warm regards and best wishes

Rainer Herges
Chairman of the Local Organizing Commitee

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