COS Symposium 2022

Building functionality - the relevance of form across biological scales

How structure, shape & architecture guide functionality is a fundamental open question in biology that expands through all biological scales: From the structure of the DNA to the morphology of organs. In this symposium, we aim to highlight common and differential features emerging from the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ architecture in the animal and plant kingdoms. We will also discuss how to engineer biological models to generate novel functions. 

Program of the COS Symposium 2022

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October 13-14, 2022 

Venue - new lecture hall of the Centre for Organismal Studies, Im Neuenheimer Feld 230 – Heidelberg University



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Registration and Contribution


Registration is closed. 


Master, PhD and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to submit an abstract to present their research. Poster presentations will be selected by their scientific excellence.

Submissions should include a list of authors and their institutes. Abstracts should contain a brief description of background, experimental question, methods and/or a summary of the main findings. Abstracts should be submitted online as single-spaced text. The main body of the abstract should not exceed 350 words.
Abstract submission is not mandatory but if registrations exceed the number of available spaces, preference will be given to applicants who have submitted an abstract.

A0 size, vertical posters. Further details will be provided to accepted applicants by email.


Michael Raissig, Josy Bageritz, Linda Manhart, Angelika Wunderlich and Sergio P. Acebrón