Call for Workshops

Living Machines is holding its 9th conference in Freiburg, Germany on the 28.-31. July 2020.This international conference is targeted at the intersection of research on novel life-like technologies inspired by the scientific investigation of biological systems—biomimetics, and research that seeks to interface biological and artificial systems to create biohybrid systems. We seek to highlight the most exciting international research in both of these fields united by theme of “Living Machines”.

We are organizing a one-day satellite event, such as workshops, symposia or tutorials, to be held on 28th of July immediately before to the start of the main conference.

Proposals for satellite events are invited on any theme (biomimetic, biohybrid or both) related to the main conference. Proposals will be reviewed for

  1. relevance to the themes of the conference,
  2. scientific and/or technical quality,
  3.  timeliness and/or novelty, and
  4. our evaluation of the financial risk relating to the event (i.e. costs in relation to expected registrations).

Proposals should be submitted using the included proforma by March 30th, 2020 at the latest. Please submit sooner if possible. Confirmation of accepted proposals will be provided on a case-by-case basis and by mid-April at the latest.

We look forward to receiving your proposal for a LM2020 satellite event.


LM2020 Workshops Chair
Falk J. Esser
Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg, Botanical Garden University Freiburg


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livMatS Research Group Program

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is issuing international calls for its Agnes Pockels Junior Research Group Program and the livMatS Junior Research Group Program.

The Agnes Pockels Junior Research Group Program targets female researchers within three to five years of their postdoctoral experience. It is an essential building block of the Cluster’s early career advancement and gender equality objectives.

The livMatS Junior Research Group Program targets early career researchers within three to five years of their postdoctoral experience is an essential building block of the Cluster’s early career advancement objectives.

Information on the application process for the respective programs can be found on the Cluster’s website at Agnes Pockels Junior Research Group Program and livMatS Junior Research Group Program. Applications close on March 20th 2020.

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Conference Living Machines

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Die Plant Biomechanics Group der Universität Freiburg wurde zusammen mit ihrem langjährigen Industrieprojektpartner E.G.O. Elektro-Gerätebau GmbH für das „Einschubkasten-Modul zur Sensoraufnahme für Waschmaschinen“ mit dem Materialica Gold Award 2019 in der Kategorie „Surface and Technology“ ausgezeichnet.

Bei Waschmaschinen steigen die Anforderungen an Energieeffizienz und Prozessergebnis stetig. Diesen kann man mit Hilfe von unterschiedlichen Sensoren gerecht werden. Im Einschubkasten platziert, verbrauchen sie keine weiteren Ressourcen. Der Fluidstrom wird über eine Abzweigung aus der Trommel eingebracht. Um die Waschlauge optimal zu untersuchen, braucht es aber dort speziell konstruierte beruhigte Zonen. Zum Lösungsansatz führte die Bionik – das Riechorgan des Hammerhais. Der Transfer der Anatomie in ein Einschubkasten-Modul für Waschmaschinen, das beruhigte Strömungszonen zulässt, wurde über mehrere iterative Abstraktionsschritte erreicht. Mit diesen Strömungszonen können verschiedenste Sensoren parallel eingesetzt werden.

Die Preisträger der Plant Biomechanics Group sind Thomas Speck, Georg Bold, Tim Kampowski, Max Langer, Tom Masselter und Marc Thielen.




Materialica Gold Award for the Plant Biomechanics Group

The Plant Biomechanics Group of the University of Freiburg was awarded the Materialica Gold Award 2019 in the category „Surface and Technology“ for their submission „ Detergent drawer with sensor mounting for washing machines“ together with their long-term project partner E.G.O. Elektro-Gerätebau GmbH.

The demands on energy efficiency and process results are increasing, and can be satisfied with the help of different sensors. The chosen location for such sensors was the detergent drawer, because a fluid stream can be introduced from the drum. Biomimetics provided the solution to create areas of low flow rates, as the olfactory organ of the hammerhead shark served as inspiration. The transfer led over several iterative abstraction steps to a technical sensor recording, which allows different sensor types in the fluid flow of the washing liquor. By using the existing water supply and modularity of the concept, a robust and economical unit can be achieved for the most diverse sensor connections up to the optimization of dosing devices.

The awardees of the Plant Biomechanics Group are Thomas Speck, Georg Bold, Tim Kampowski, Max Langer, Tom Masselter and Marc Thielen.



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