• Living Systems II

October, 15 - 16, 2019

Lecture Hall - Max Planck Haus, Max-Planck-Ring 6, 72076 Tübingen


We are pleased to invite you to our symposium Living Systems II on the 15th and 16th of October, in the lecture hall of the Max Planck Haus. The Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology welcomes renowned scientist from outside institutions who are among the leading specialists in their field of expertise. Their keynote talks will provide insights into cutting-edge research on Living Systems and an outlook for the future of this field.

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Cameron Currie

University of Wisconsin

Cameron Currie studies the microbial ecology and evolution of complex interspecies interactions, including the paradigmatic fungus-growing ant quadripartite symbiosis.


Jeff Gore


Jeff Gore applies physics to living systems. His research focuses on how interactions between individuals determine the form, function, and emergent dynamics of microbial communities.


Annika Guse

Heidelberg University

Annika Guse studies how symbiotic associations enable organisms to adopt new ecological roles, using coral-algal endosymbiosis to learn how two distinct cells coordinate their functions to adapt to the environment and persist throughout time. 


Elaine Hsiao


Inspired by the interplay between microbes and the human nervous system, Elaine Hsiao mines the microbiota for modulators of neuroactive molecules, investigating how microbiota-immune interactions impact neurodevelopment and examining how changes in the microbiome influence neurological diseases.


Eva Nowack

University of Düsseldorf

Eva Nowack investigates the molecular mechanisms that underlie the evolution of a eukaryotic organelle from an endosymbiotic bacterium, using the photosynthetic amoeba Paulinella chromatophora and the symbiont-harboring trypanosomatid Angomonas deanei.


Oded Rechavi

Tel-Aviv University

Oded Rechavi discovered mechanisms that enable nematodes to transmit small RNAs between generations. Heretically, these mechanisms enable inheritance of environmental responses and direct the progeny’s physiology, behavior, and perhaps even evolution.


Tuesday, October 15th

Session I - Chair: Ruth E. Ley

1:30 p.m. Welcome

1:35 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Oded Rechavi - Rethinking inheritance

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Coffee Break

2:45 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Annika Guse - Symbiosis – adaptation to the environment across scales and through times

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. Cameron Currie - The rock & roll of ancient agriculture and antibiotic use in ants


Wednesday, October 16th

Session II - Chair: Detlef Weigel

8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. Eva Nowack - Endosymbioses and the evolution of novel organelles

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Coffee break

9:45 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Jeff Gore - Building microbial communities from the bottom up

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Elaine Hsiao - Uncovering mechanisms for microbiome interactions with the nervous system


Ruth Ley

Department of Microbiome Science

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