1-30 June 2021 Postponed
Europe/Berlin timezone

*** MLZ conference "Neutrons for Life Sciences" postponed to

8 - 11 June 2021. More information available soon on https://indico.frm2.tum.de/event/230/ ***

Due to the deteriorating situation regarding the spreading of the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 the MLZ directors and local organizing committee see no other choice than to move the conference to next year despite the important topic it covers in this time. Given the dynamic development in the spread of the virus we do not want to take any risks for the participants and all those involved. We will announce the new date in due time at this page.


Life Sciences is a rapidly expanding field in the use of neutrons. The number of users at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Zentrum (MLZ) performing experiments related to life sciences is constantly growing. Be it contrast variation for matching out protein, DNA or lipids or the hunt for catalytical important  hydrogen atoms, neutrons play an important role in determining structures of biologically relevant molecules or membranes. Neutron tomography on living plants or tissue uses the huge difference in incoherent scattering of hydrogen as compared to deuterium. Using incoherent and coherent inelastic neutron scattering, investigation of equilibrium dynamics of biological systems is possible on the picosecond and nanosecond time scale. With future neutron sources, time resolved investigations will become more and more important. Dedicated sample environment and additional in situ measurement techniques all optimized for small sample volumes will be needed in the future.

This is why the MLZ Conference 2020 intends to bring together experts in the field of life sciences regardless whether they have used neutron scattering techniques or not. The conference will try to cover all relevant fields of life science and will discuss  on how to improve neutron instrumentation, access to neutron beam time, sample environments and support labs for future life sciences users.

We are very pleased that the following speakers have accepted our invitation:

  • Tommy Nylander, Lund University, Physical Chemistry
  • Valentin Gordeliy, Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) Grenoble & Institute of Complex Systems (ICS) Jülich
  • Frank SchreiberUniversität Tübingen
  • Bruno Demé, Institute Laue Langevin
  • Peter Moody, Leicester Institute for Structural & Chemical Biology, University of Leicester
  • Andrey Konevega, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI), NRC
  • Martin Weik, Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) Grenoble
  • Michael Sattler, Biomolecular NMR-Spectroscopy, Technical University of Munich and Helmholtz Zentrum München

We are proud that the following colleagues joined our International  Programme Committee:

  • Hanna Wacklin, ESS Lund, Schweden
  • Matthew Blakeley, ILL Grenoble, France
  • Jörg Pieper, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Frank Gabel, IBS Grenoble, France
  • Andrey Konevega, PNPI, Russia
  • Ralf Biehl, FZ-Jülich, Germany

The organizers gratefully acknowledge the funding provided by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.



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