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The Rising Stars Conference 2021/22

Please note: The programme might be subject to change.
The health and safety of all participants is our highest priority. Therefore, all activities will be adapted to the pandemic hygiene regulations of the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the University of Freiburg that will be in force in March, 2022.
Only persons who are either fully vaccinated or recovered can participate on site.
One is considered recovered from the 28th to the 90th day after a positive test.
A negative Covid19 test is not sufficient for participation.
In addition, FFP2 masks will be required.


Monday, March 21, 2022

Get together & Welcome:
Time: 6 pm
Location: Motel One
The Rising Stars will be welcomed in Freiburg by the organizing team.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Scientific Conference:
Location: University of Freiburg, Kollegiengebäude I, Aula – Platz der Universität 3
Time: 8:30 am – 06:00 pm
Moderator: Katja Stempfle-Eberl

8.30 am: Networking and Coffee

9.00 am: Welcome Addresses
-> Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein, Rector of the University of Freiburg
-> Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Driever, Institute of Biology I, Developmental Biology, Speaker of Cluster of Excellence CIBSS – Centre for Integrative -Biological Signalling Studies
-> Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer, Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Functional Anorganic Materials, Speaker of the Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS)

9.30 am: Key Notes | Flagship Projects of the Clusters of Excellence CIBSS & livMatS
-> Prof. Dr. Wilfried Weber, Institute of Biology II, Synthetic Biology, Speaker CIBSS
Presentation title: Enlightened Research: Optogenetics – From Basic Mechanisms
to Control of Function
-> Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck, Institute of Biology II, Plant Biomechanics, Speaker of livMatS
Presentation title: Plant-inspired soft machines and sustainable structures: Inspiration
for greener technologies in the 21st century

10:10 am – 10:30 am: Coffee break
10:30 am – 12:05 pm: Project presentations by the International Teams

TimeRising StarHost PITitle
10:55 – 11:15Dr. Mo SunProf. Dr. Henning JessenChemical Fuel-Driven Nonequilibrium
Self-Assembly Based on DNA-Modified
Aromatic Segment Amphiphiles
11:20 – 11:40Dr. Domna-​Maria KaimakiProf. Dr. Lars PastewkaAdhesive organs with a stiffness
gradient & their interaction with surfaces
of multiscale roughness
11:45 – 12:05Stathis KyrilisProf. Dr. Bastian RappInorganic materials assessment towards
the development of recyclable 3D-printed
photocatalytic concrete

12:10 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch at Haus zur Lieben Hand
1:30 pm – 3:05 pm: Project presentations by the International Teams

TimeRising StarHost PITitle
1:30 – 1:50Zulmary Manjarres-​FaríasProf. Dr. Winfried RömerThe role of bacterial lectins in adaptive
immune response during Parkinson’s
1:55 – 2:15Dr. Partha LaskarProf. Dr. Prasad ShastriIntracellular Polymerization-induced
2:20 – 2:40Dr. Edoardo MilanaDr. Viacheslav SlesarenkoWhen soft robots meet metamaterials
2:45 – 3:05Elena VazquezProf. Dr. Jürgen RüheAdaptive skins: Exploring strategies for
hygroscopic actuation

3:10 pm – 3:30 pm: Coffee break
3:30 pm – 5:35 pm: Project presentations by the International Teams

TimeRising StarHost PITitle
3:30 – 3:50Fabian MederProf. Dr. Thomas SpeckEnergy harvesting through materials and
structures in living plants
3:55 – 4:15Dor TillingerProf. Dr. Jürgen RüheFabrication of multi-material hydrogel
4:20 – 5:40Dr. Mahdieh EbrahimiProf. Dr. Lars PastewkaMaterials design engineering and longevity
4:45 – 5:05Junaid Ahmad QayyumProf. Dr. Bastian RappPhyton-based optimization of reverse
engineering patterns for 3D printing of
intricate moduls
5:10 – 5:30Dr. Fatemeh MohandesProf. Dr. Jürgen RüheDevelopment of superhydrophobic surfaces
through C,H insertion crosslinking process

5:40 pm: End of conference day

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Scientific Conference
Location: University of Freiburg, Kollegiengebäude I, Aula – Platz der Universität 3
Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

8:30 am – 10:30 am: Project presentations by the International Teams

TimeRising StarHost PITitle
8:30 – 8:50Pei Qin (Sabrina) NgDr. Valérie HilgersCracking the nerves – RNA modifications in
nervous system development and function
8:55 – 9:15Dr. Shikha DhimanDr. Pappas CharalamposChemically activated peptide libraries
9:20 – 9:40Dr. Kenta YamamotoDr. Anne-​Kathrin ClassenUnderstanding the role of the microbiome
in inflammatory diseases
9:45 – 10:05Bernhard RöckPD Dr. Ulrich MaurerDissecting life and death decisions using
10:10 – 10:30Dr. Alexandru ChivuProf. Dr. Prasad ShastriDoes the corneal stroma play an anti-
inflammatory role for corneal implants?

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Coffee break
11:00 am – 12:10 pm: Project presentations by the International Teams

TimeRising StarHost PITitle
11:00 – 11:20Dr. María Belén CamaradaProf. Dr. Anna FischerNew rhenium – based nanocatalysts to
improve the water – splitting process for
the production of hydrogen
11:25 – 11:45Dr. Florian GlöcklhoferProf. Dr. Birgit EsserConjugated macrocycles for high –
performance organic battery electrodes

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: Wrap-up
1:00 pm: Lunch at Haus zur Lieben Hand

Social Activities
Time: 2.30 pm
Historic City Tour “City, Gates and storytellers”
The Rising Stars will have the opportunity to experience the City of Freiburg and its history with a guided tour.

Fireside Chat & Reception
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Historical Merchants Hall
Moderator: Eva Rüskamp, Research Associate Department of North American Cultural Studies

The Rising Stars will meet renowned researchers and members of the University of Freiburg’s leadership to talk about career opportunities for international researchers in Freiburg and in Germany.

-> Julia Wandt, University Management, responsible for Science Communications and Strategy
-> Dr. Viacheslav Slesarenko, PI, Junior Research Group Leader, Cluster of Excellence livMatS
-> PD Dr. Susana Minguet, Institute of Biology III, Cluster of Excellence CIBSS

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Time in the labs
The Rising Stars will spend the day with their Host Principal Investigators and their teams.

Rising Stars Night
Location: FIT Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies
Georges-Köhler-Allee 105

Admission: 6.30 pm
The programme starts at 7:00 pm.

Welcome Address:
Professor Dr. Daniela Kleinschmidt, Vice-President for Internationalization and Sustainability, University of Freiburg

Murray Hockridge (Guitarist und Singer,
Sebastian Rosenbaum (Magician, table animation,

During the “Rising Stars Night” there will be time to chat and celebrate. We will announce the winning teams that will be invited to participate in the Rising Stars in Residence Programme. Rising Stars selected for this programme will receive a travel stipend up to 5.000 Euros each for coming back to Freiburg for an extended research stay in summer or autumn of 2022.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Individual departure of the Rising Stars

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