The 5th European Joint Theoretical/Experimental Meeting on Membranes (EJTEMM2017) was attended by 78 participants from 32 scientific institutions and 14 countries (Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America).

The programme of the meeting included 8 lecture sessions and a poster session. Altogether 28 lectures and 40 posters were presented.

The winner of the best PhD student oral presentation competition was Benjamin Chantemargue from the University of Limoges, France, and the award for the best PhD student poster was presented to Olga Michel from the Medical University of Wroclaw, Poland. Special awards went to Sahithya Iyer from the Indian Institute of Science, India, and Anna Chmielińska from the Jagiellonian University, Poland.

The next EJTEMM will be organised in Helsinki by Alex Bunker from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Helsinki.

Important note: proceedings submission deadline is January 31st, 2018.

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The 5th European Joint Theoretical/Experimental Meeting on Membranes (EJTEMM2017) will take place at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland from 6th to 8th December 2017. Previous EJTEMM meetings were organised in Limoges (2013, Patrick Trouillas), Olomouc (2014, Michal Otyepka), Stockholm (2015, Stefan Knippenberg), and Bratislava (2016, Norbert Kučerka and Daniela Uhríková).

EJTEMM’s are interdisciplinary meetings. Their main aim is to gather together both experimentalists and theoreticians mainly from Europe to enable them to exchange information, discus, and present results of their research. Thus, the organisers cordially invite all researchers interested in investigating the structural, dynamic and functional aspects of biomembranes and their models using experimental, computational and theoretical approaches to participate in the Meeting. They hope that the Meeting, like the previous ones, will strengthen links between groups and promote better understanding between experimentalists and theoreticians. They also hope that, as a result, new experiments will be designed that will validate theoretical results and new models will be developed which will explain experimental results better.

The scientific programme will include both oral and poster presentations and a significant amount of time will be devoted to discussions. We invite participants to submit their presentations for publication in Acta Biochimica Polonica, a peer-reviewed open-access quarterly published by the Polish Biochemical Society, with a 5-year impact factor of 1.463 (

The organisers will sponsor a student oral presentation and poster competition. The competition is open to all PhD students who present at the meeting. Two prizes will be awarded courtesy of the Professor Zygmunt Wasylewski Foundation to cover publication costs in the Acta Biochimica Polonica. Details are provided in the "Speakers / Programme" section.

The conference will take place at the Jagiellonian University Przegorzały Conference Centre where the participants will also be accommodated.

Professor Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula
Department of Computational Biophysics and Bioinformatics
Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University

Important dates

  • September 18th, 2017 abstract submission and registration deadline
  • October 15th, 2017 abstract acceptance notification
  • November 1st, 2017 cancelation deadline
  • January 31st, 2018 proceedings submission deadline

Keynote speakers and scientific programme

Keynote speakers


Professor W. Karol Subczynski

Department of Biophysics,
Medical College of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, USA

Professor Akihiro Kusumi

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University,
Okinawa, Japan

Professor Ole G. Mouritsen

Department of Food Science,
University of Copenhagen,
Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Georg Pabst

Institute of Molecular Biosciences,
University of Graz,
Graz, Austria

Professor Martin Hof

Institute of Physical Chemistry,
Czech Academy of Sciences,
Prague, Czech Republic

Professor Gerald Kneller

Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire
Univeristy of Orléans
Orléans, France

Scientific programme

Tentative sessions:

  • Membrane modifiers (sterols, carotenoids, peptides, ions)
  • Lipid oxidised forms – membrane effect
  • Non-lamellar lipid phases
  • Membrane organisation and dynamics
  • Membrane active compounds – biomedical aspects
  • Membrane active and passive transport
  • New methodologies, new algorithms, parameter development
  • Discussion panel – questions and answers

EJTEMM2017 Programme

11:00 18:30 Registration Hotel Reception
13:00 14:00 Lunch Hotel Restaurant
14:15 14:30 Conference Opening Aula
S1 14:30 15:50 Session I: Membranes, membrane components and membrane functions Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula Jagiellonian University, Poland Aula
S1 14:30 15:10 Higher sterols – a prerequisite for higher life? Ole G. Mouritsen University of Copenhagen, Denmark Keynote
S1 15:10 15:50 Biological evolution selected membranes with a particular cholesterol content to perform certain functions in the cells of eukaryotic organisms W. Karol Subczyński Medical College of Wisconsin, USA Keynote
15:50 16:20 Coffee Break Hall
S1 16:20 17:55 Session I: Membranes, membrane components and membrane functions Ole G. Mouritsen University of Copenhagen, Denmark Aula
S1 16:20 17:00 Signal transduction by transient molecular complexes: findings by single-molecule tracking Akihiro Kusumi Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan Keynote
S1 17:00 17:30 About simulations of the Zika virus, and membrane bending by electrostatic potentials (flexo-electricity) Himanshu Khandelia University of Southern Denmark, Denmark Invited
S1 17:30 17:55 Membranes protection by freezing medium in cells exposed to variable temperature, pressure, overload and radiation in the stratosphere Dawid Przystupski Wroclaw Medical University, Poland Students competition
SP 17:55 18:20 Sponsor Session Anna Wiśniewska-Becker Jagiellonian University, Poland Aula
SP 17:55 18:20 When Protein Matters Jakub Nowak NanoTemper Technologies Sponsored
18:30 19:45 Dinner Hotel Restaurant
19:45 22:30 Poster Session Hall / Room F
19:45 21:00 Students poster competition Room F
20:15 21:00 EJTEMM Advisory Board meeting (TBA)
19:45 22:30 Poster session with beer and wine Hall
07:30 09:00 Breakfast Hotel Restaurant
S2 09:00 10:45 Session II: Membrane organisation Norbert Kučerka Comenius University, Slovakia Aula
S2 09:00 09:40 Lipid driven nanodomains are fluid Martin Hof Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic Keynote
S2 09:40 10:20 Asymmetric membranes: The difference it makes Georg Pabst University of Graz, Austria Keynote
S2 10:20 10:45 Identifying liquid-liquid phase coexistence: Insights from local non-affine deformation and topological rearrangements Sahithya S. Iyer Indian Institute of Science, India Students competition
10:45 11:00 Conference Photography Aula
11:00 11:15 Coffee Break Hall
S3 11:15 12:15 Session III: Lipid nanostructures Alex Bunker University of Helsinki, Finland Aula
S3 11:15 11:45 Nanodiscs vs liposomes – which model of biological membranes is more relevant? Anna Wiśniewska-Becker Jagiellonian University, Poland Invited
S3 11:45 12:15 Structural studies of nanodiscs from molecular dynamics and spectral simulations Bożena Milanović Jagiellonian University, Poland Invited
S4 12:15 16:15 Session IV – Lipid oxidised forms Piotr Jurkiewicz, Łukasz Ćwiklik Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic Aula
S4 12:15 12:45 Presence of oxysterols affects permeability of lipid bilayers Waldemar Kulig University of Helsinki, Finland Invited
S4 12:45 13:15 How does the presence of oxysterol change biophysical properties of model membranes – experimental studies Agnieszka Olżyńska Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic Invited
13:15 14:45 Lunch Hotel Restaurant
S4 14:45 15:15 Reactive oxygen species action on cell membranes: Unraveling a potential mechanism of electroporation in the biological context using Molecular Simulations Mounir Tarek University of Lorraine, France
S4 15:15 15:45 Oxidized phospholipid membranes as seen via molecular simulations Łukasz Ćwiklik Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic Invited
S4 15:45 16:15 Oxidized phospholipids – fluorescence spectroscopy Piotr Jurkiewicz Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic Invited
16:15 16:35 Coffee Break Hall
S5 16:35 18:05 Session V: Membrane modifiers Burkhard Bechinger University of Strasbourg, France Aula
S5 16:35 17:05 Interactions in the pre-AD mimicking model membranes Norbert Kučerka Comenius University, Slovakia Invited
S5 17:05 17:35 Divalent metal cations as a mediator of DNA-phospholipid bilayer binding Daniela Uhrikova Comenius University, Slovakia Invited
S5 17:35 18:05 Determinants of sodium and calcium adsorption onto neutral lipid bilayers Hector Martinez-Seara Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
CS 18:05 18:30 Conference Special Karin Riske Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil Aula
CS 18:05 18:30 The science of deliciousness Ole G. Mouritsen University of Copenhagen, Denmark Special
19:30 Departure from Przegorzały Conference Center to Market Square Hotel Reception
20:00 22:30 Banquet "Szara Gęś" Rynek 17
22:30 23:00 Return to Przegorzały Conference Center
07:30 09:00 Breakfast Hotel Restaurant
S6 09:00 10:10 Session VI – Diffusion of membrane components Martin Hof Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic Aula
S6 09:00 09:30 Antimicrobial peptide membrane interactions by solid-state NMR and other biophysical approaches Burkhard Bechinger University of Strasbourg, France Invited
S6 09:30 10:10 Anomalous lateral diffusion of lipid molecules in lipid bilayers Gerald Kneller University of Orleans / CNRS, France Keynote
10:10 10:25 Coffee Break Hall
S5 10:25 11:20 Session V: Membrane modifiers – continuation W. Karol Subczynski Medical College of Wisconsin, United States Aula
S5 10:25 10:55 Xanthophylls in membranes Wiesław Gruszecki Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland Invited
S5 10:55 11:20 Studying the behaviour of cholesterol in different phospholipid bilayers: combining classical molecular dynamics with 2-D metadynamics simulations on a microseconds' time-scale Inna Ermilova Stockholm University, Sweden Students competition
S7 11:20 12:20 Session VII: Membrane transport Daniela Uhrikova Comenius University, Slovakia Aula
S7 11:20 11:50 Edge tension of anionic membranes Karin Riske Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil
S7 11:50 12:20 Drug membrane permeation: Towards semi-quantitative structure permeation relationship Florent Di Meo Limoges University, France
12:20 12:35 Coffee Break Hall
S8 12:35 13:55 Session VIII: Methods Patrick Trouillas University of Limoges, France Aula
S8 12:35 13:05 Atomistic pictures of fluorescent probes in lipid bilayer membranes enhance lipid phase recognition through combined (non-) linear optical and fluorescence analyses Stefan Knippenberg KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden Invited
S8 13:05 13:30 Exploration of landscapes of ABC membrane exporter Benjamin Chantemargue Limoges University, France Students competition
S8 13:30 13:55 Chemical compositions of ordered and disordered domains in phase-separated lipid membranes via CARS microscopy M. Tarek Abdelwahab Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany Students competition
13:55 14:25 Closing ceremony Aula
14:25 14:35 Announcement of the winners of the Oral Presentation and Poster Competitions Aula
14:35 16:00 Lunch Hotel Restaurant

Presentation guidlines

Oral presentations

Presentation should be in .pptx or .pdf format.

Be sure that your presentation does not exceed the time allotted for presenting and taking questions from the audience.

The onsite equipment has the following characteristics: Windows 7, MS Office 2013 (.pptx supported), Adobe Acrobat Reader (.pdf supported) and Windows Media Player (.wmv, .mp4, .avi video formats supported).

Upload your presentation to the onsite equipment using USB stick. The name of your presentation file(s) should start with your last name (without special characters), e.g. Smith_presentation.pptx, Smith_video.avi, etc.

Speakers can use their own laptops during presentations. The onsite presenting equipment supports both VGA and HDMI display connection systems. Mac users are supposed to bring the appropriate adaptor (either to VGA or HDMI system).

Whenever possible, presenting authors are encouraged to check their presentation before their sessions are scheduled.


The poster orientation is vertical and size is A0 (841 x 1189 mm or 33.1 x 46.8 inches, width x height).

Posters will be organized alphabetically by the presenting author's last name. The place among the poster display area will be indicated by the number on the list placed on the registration table. Material to affix posters will be available onsite.

PhD students participating in the student poster competition will display their posters in a separate room.

A special poster session will be held on Wednesday, 6. December (check scientific program for time). All presenting authors must remain next to their posters for the duration of the session, to discuss the findings and respond to questions.

Posters have to be removed before 16:00 o'clock on the last conference day; posters not removed by their authors will be taken down by the organizers, and no responsibility can be taken for their safe return.

PhD Student award

The organisers will sponsor a student oral presentation and poster competition. The competition is open to all PhD students who present at the meeting. All interested students will be evaluated during the oral and poster sessions by members of the selection committee. Two prizes of 2000 PLN each, one for the oral presentation and one for the poster, will be awarded courtesy of the Professor Zygmunt Wasylewski Foundation to cover publication costs in the Acta Biochimica Polonica, of the awarded presentations. PhD students who are willing to participate in the competition must indicate this in the abstract.


Venue and accommodation


The EJTEMM2017 will take place in the Przegorzały Jagiellonian University Conference Centre and Guest House. It is situated in a picturesque spot on the edge of the Wolski Woods (Las Wolski), about 5 km away from the city centre and 7 km from Balice airport.

The conference will start at lunch time on the December 6th and will finish after lunch on the December 8th.


All Participants will be accommodated in the Jagiellonian University Guest House “Przegorzały” where the Meeting will take place.

The Guest House offers special rates to EJTEMM2017 participants: (1) the price of a single room + breakfast is 135 PLN per day, (2) the price for a single person in a double room + breakfast is the same as in a single room, i.e. also 135 PLN per day, (3) the price for two people in a double room + breakfast (x2) is 180 PLN per day. Accommodation may be booked on the conference registration form. Additional nights before or after the EJTEMM2017 conference can be booked through the online registration form.

Please note that the payment of the Guest House accommodation fee will be handled by the hotel directly.

Registration and abstract submission

Oral presentation and poster contributions are invited.

Acceptance notifications will be emailed by Sunday, October 15th, 2017.

Registration fee & Payment

The conference fee is 560 PLN (approximately 130€) and covers three lunches, one dinner, coffee breaks, conference banquet, the abstract book and writing materials. Conference fee for EJTEMM2017 must be made to this bank account:

All payments must be done in Polish Zloty (PLN). Please remember to write in the transfer title: "EJTEMM2017 [First Name] [Last Name]", e.g. "EJTEMM2017 John Smith" (without quotation).

Payment for the accommodation will be handled by the hotel directly. Breakfast is included in the accommodation fee.

Key dates

September 18th, 2017
abstract submission and registration deadline
October 15th, 2017
abstract acceptance notification
November 1st, 2017
cancelation deadline
January 31st, 2018
proceedings submission deadline

Cancellation policy

It is not possible to cancel the registration after after November 1st, 2017.

Invitation letters

Upon completion of payment, participants may request invitation letters to the EJTEMM2017 conference. Please contact the registration office at:

Publication of conference proceedings

Acta Polonica Biochimica

The Organising Committee of the EJTEMM2017 Conference encourage the authors of the plenary lectures, oral presentations and posters, to submit their presentations in extenso to be published in a special issue of Acta Biochimica Polonica (IF 2015: 1,187; 5 year’s IF: 1,534). The manuscripts will be subject to the standard peer-review process.

The special page fee for all participants is 200 PLN per printed page plus an additional 300 PLN for each page containing colour figures, to be covered by the authors (half of the normal price). However, you should keep an eye out for further announcements on this topic.

Travel information

Kraków is Poland’s prime tourist attraction. This former Polish capital is located in the southern part of the country on the Vistula River. Developed over many centuries, Kraków provides a showcase setting for many historic styles of architecture. Kraków's historic centre, which includes the Old Town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Royal Castle, was the first of its kind to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Old Town greatly influences the atmosphere of Kraków. The Main Market Square is a place of meetings, including summer festivals, concerts, fairs and shows.

Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life. This city is home to the Jagiellonian University – previously the The Kraków University – which is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. In the 1490s the students of the Kraków University included Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer and polymath who would revolutionize European ideas about the universe.

Kraków was named the official European Capital of Culture for the year 2000 by the European Union. There are many museums and public art galleries. Among them are the main branch of Poland's National Museum and the Czartoryski Museum, the latter housing works by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. Under the main square is The Rynek Underground museum – an evocative modern display of Kraków's 1000+ years of history through its streets, activities and artifacts.

In addition to the Old Town, the city's district of Kazimierz is particularly notable for its many renaissance buildings and picturesque streets, as well as the historic Jewish quarter located in the north-eastern part of Kazimierz. One of the most interesting places in this district is Schindler's Factory which has been turned into a World War II museum.

It is worth remembering that Kraków is now the capital of Małopolska – a partially hilly upland region with numerous spa, recreational and agritourism locations. Both in the summer and winter, a visit to the city can be easily combined with a trip to the mountains.

Today, Kraków is a modern and developing city. However, thanks to the large number of excellently preserved monuments, it has never lost its majestic character. Kraków is simply magical!


  • By plane Krakow Airport - Balice (KRK) offers direct flights to the following cities: Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Bergen, Berlin, Billund, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Bydgoszcz, Cagliari, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Dusseldorf Weeze, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gdansk, Kiev, Hamburg, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London, Madrid, Malaga, Lviv, Milan, Munich, Newcastle, Oslo, Paris, Poznan, Prague, Rome, Stavanger, Stockholm, Trapani, Warsaw, Vienna.
  • By train The city also offers convenient direct railway connections with most of the larger towns in Poland, and Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Hamburg, Kiev, Lvov, Prague, Vienna and Žilina.
  • By car Many national roads and motorways intersect in Krakow, among others the A4 running directly from the German border.

Tram and bus tickets

Tickets can be bought at newsagents or ticket machines at bus and tram stops. Ticket machines can also be found in a number of buses and trams. Drivers can sell tickets as well, but please note: they only have multiple trip tickets valid for 60 min and concessionary tickets. In all these places you can only pay in cash.

Ticket prices for all day lines and night lines:

  • one journey for one person 3,80 PLN (normal), 1,90 PLN (half-rate)
  • short-term for one person 24 h ticket: 15,00 PLN (normal), 7,50 PLN (half-rate)
    48 h ticket: 24,00 PLN (normal), 12,00 PLN (half-rate)
    72 h ticket: 36,00 PLN (normal), 18,00 PLN (half-rate)
    7 days ticket: 48,00 PLN (normal), 24,00 PLN (half-rate)

For planning trips by public transport:


Time in Poland is GMT+1 (winter), GMT +2 (summer)


The character of the Polish climate is transitional between maritime and continental. The weather is rather changeable and is likely to surprise.


The official currency in Poland is the Polish Zloty (PLN). 1€ equals approximately 4.2 PLN. The best way to check the current exchange rate of the Polish Zloty (PLN) is to go to the website of the National Bank of Poland. Polish Zloty may be obtained from Automated Teller Machines or foreign currency may be exchanged at hotels or in banks, exchange offices, airports and railway stations.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. American Express is also accepted but to a lesser extent.


Electricity in Poland is 230V. Electrical outlets in Poland are of the type 2P+Z.

Visa requirements

Poland is part of the Schengen Area. More information:

Organisers and sponsors


Local Organising Committee

  • Magdalena Tworzydło
  • Bożena Milanović
  • Robert Szczelina
  • Przemysław Płonka
  • Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula (Chair)

Programme Committee

  • Akihiro Kusumi Kyoto University, Japan
  • Tomasz Róg University of Helsinki, Finland
  • W. Karol Subczynski Medical College of Wisconsin, USA
  • Piotr Jurkiewicz Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Lukasz Cwiklik Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula Jagiellonian University, Poland

International Advisory Board

  • Patrick Trouillas – Limoges
  • Michal Otyepka – Olomouc
  • Stefan Knippenberg – Stockholm
  • Alexander Lyubartsev - Stockholm
  • Burkhard Bechinger – Strasbourg
  • Agnès Girard-Egrot – Lyon
  • Martin Hof – Prague


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