Statussymposium on Functional Macroscopic Systems

Beginn: Uhr
Ende: Uhr
Schloss Herrenhausen
Fachpublikum Wissenschaft

Scientists funded within the initiative "Integration of Molecular Components in Functional Macroscopic Systems" will meet in Hanover from May 2 to 4, 2016, to present and discuss their research projects.

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Cooperation projects as this one in Quantum Computer Research form the core of many projects of the initiative " Integration of Molecular Components in Functional Macroscopic Systems" (Photo: Jens Steingässer for Volkswagen Foundation )

The meeting will be held in the framework of the funding initiative "Integration of Molecular components in Functional Macroscopic Systems".

Currently numerous novel nano-scale materials and components with exceptional properties are developed. However, wider-scope applications based on these components still remain the exception. The main focus of the symposium, therefore, is to promote the advancement of molecular or nanoscale units to more complex functional systems at a macroscopic scale.

The symposium is meant to provide a platform for scientific exchange. Based on the results achieved to date within the program, both the established state-of-the-art as well as relevant developments in connected fields will be presented. During the conference, about 25 project leaders will present their results. Furthermore, three plenary lectures by invited experts are planned. In addition to the lectures, a poster session will provide the opportunity to present and discuss results of all project parts.


Please download the current program by clicking the link on the right column.

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe, University of Bochum

Prof. Dr. Kilian Singer, University of Kassel

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Harneit, University of Osnabrück 


The conference language is English.


Participation is open for scientists funded within the initiative. Please register by writing an email to

Venue and Public Transport

The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a new conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by subway: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".  


The funding initiative "Integration of Molecular Components in Functional Macroscopic Systems" was launched in November 2007. Up to now the Volkswagen Foundation supported more than 50 projects with about 30 Mio. EUR. The final call for new proposals will be in August 2016.