History and background

We welcome you to TETHMEM 2017 in Vienna. This topical mini-conference  follows in the tradition of the tethered membrane meetings first held by the Prof. Wolfgang Knoll at Schloß Ringberg. Since then, the meeting has traveled the world and after meetings in Leeds and Singapore, in 2017 the gathering takes place at Schloß Schönbrunn in Vienna on 7-9th of August 2017. The conference is organized by Prof. Erik Reimhult (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien) and Prof. Fredrik Höök (Chalmers University of Technology).

The topical conference provides a forum to present and discuss the latest results in the field of surface-based membrane platforms. With its main focus on supported and tethered lipid membranes it has expanded to encompass also fundamentals of lipid and block copolymer membrane assembly, methods to investigate amphiphile membranes, lipid membrane and membrane protein sensor platforms and biomimetic membrane research. We cover both fundamental research and applications oriented research.

In keeping with its traditional format the meeting mainly features invited speakers, mixing established members of the community with up-and-coming young investigators. The mix of established and cutting-edge research, and a format emphasizing putting the latest research into the context of the development of the field, is ideally suited to provide an overview to both established and young scientists interested in the field.


The meeting takes place over three full days of scientific talks. We therefore include lunch and refreshments to keep a dense schedule. Social activities including an evening dinner at a famous Viennese "Heurigen" are also included.

The complete program can be found here.

Confirmed speakers are (alphabetically):

Marta Bally, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Christian Becker, University of Vienna, Austria

Stephan Block, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Steven G. Boxer, Stanford University, USA

Nam-Joon Cho, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Susan Daniel, Cornell University, USA

Stephen D. Evans, University of Leeds, UK

Fredrik Höök, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Giovanna Fragneto, Institut Laue-Langevin, France

Andreas Janshoff, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

A. Toby A. Jenkins, University of Bath, UK

Peter Jönsson, Lund University, Sweden

Reinhard Lipowsky, Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Germany

Matthias Lösche, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Michael Mayer, Adolphe Merkle Institute, Switzerland

Kenichi Morigaki, Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Madhavan Nallani, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Cornelia Palivan, University of Basel, Switzerland

Atul Parikh, University of California Davis, USA 

Peter Pohl, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria

Andela Saric, University College London, UK

Gerhard Schütz, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Eva-Kathrin Sinner, Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU) Wien, Austria

Claudia Steinem, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany


We are happy to welcome additional attendees to TETHMEM 2017, but have a limited capacity. Regular attendees can present a poster and we will strive for that as many as possible also can present a "pitch talk during the conference days. Information on how to submit your interest to attend can be found here.

The conference site

The conference will take place at the Schloß Schönbrunn Meeting & Events in the Apothekertrakt of the famous Schloß Schönbrunn within the Vienna city limits. The recommended conference hotel (Hotel Park Royal Palace Vienna), where the invited speakers will stay, is in close proximity of the conference site (across a park). There are plenty of alternative hotels available at an easy distance for those seeking their own accommodation.

The conference site and the hotel are easy to reach by public transport. They are situated on the subway line U4. The meeting venue is located at the subway station "Schönbrunn". The hotel can be reached from both this station and from the next station "Hietzing". A map of the area is available here.

If you arrive by air and choose not to take a taxi (~30€ depending on reservation), a local train (S7) or CAT (train) shuttle can take you to the station Wien Mitte / Landstraße, from which you can change directly to subway line U4. The public transport in Vienna is safe and efficient. Taxis are available in the arrival hall of the airport, but you get the best price (and a personal pick-up) if you book one of the airport taxi companies in advance. For more information, see the airport (Flughafen Wien) and public transport company (Wienerlinien).