Flagship InitiativeEngineering Molecular Systems
The Flagship Initiative Engineering Molecular Systems (Fl EMS) is part of the Excellence Strategy of Heidelberg University and brings together researchers from different institutes and faculties of the university as well as non-university research institutions. The aim of the Flagship Initiative is to develop new materials, methods, technologies, devices, and therapies at the molecular level using both natural and synthetically made components. This requires an alliance of disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and medicine plus theoretical computations and simulations.
FI EMS and FoF4 Call
Engineering molecular systems is a new field of research that has the potential to make groundbreaking innovations that can broadly benefit society. The field includes synthetic biology and medicine, materials science, organic electronics, and new environmental technologies. Breakthroughs are expected in the field of developing new types of carbon-based materials, from molecular machines with a wide range of applications, in regenerative medicine and from the development of vaccines or cells with tumour-fighting properties.This research could likewise advance diagnostics, sensor technology, clean and renewable energies, and the development of new data processing algorithms.
A number of institutes of Heidelberg University as well non-university research institutions – among them the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research – are involved in the Flagship Initiative’s interdisciplinary work. The Flagship also strengthens the link between Fields of Focus I (Molecular Foundations of Life, Health, and Disease) and II (Patterns and Structures in Mathematics, Data, and the Material World), thereby fostering scientific exchange beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries within the university itself.
Faculties and non-university partners
Several non-university research institutions are working alongside seven Heidelberg University faculties in the Flagship Initiative, thus facilitating and promoting interdisciplinary as well as interinstitutional cooperation.
External Advisory Board
The FI EMS Board is supported by the national and international members of the External Advisory Board
FI EMS projects are highly diverse, interdisciplinary and can be found in many different research areas. Insights into molecular systems engineering activities at Heidelberg University are given by the presented projects.
FI EMS Colloquium
The Flagship Initiative EMS is organizing a colloquium presenting the different areas of Molecular Systems Engineering. The speakers are a mixture of external experts and young scientists of Heidelberg University. The talks are open to everyone interested.
FI EMS Young Scientist Retreat
All PostDocs and PhD students of Heidelberg University and their partner institutions EMBL, DKFZ, HITS and MPImR working in the field of EMS are welcome to take part in the Young Scientists Retreats offered by the FI EMS. Submission for the retreat in May 2023 is closed. You will find more information about the retreat in November 2023 (27th-29th) in early summer.
Interdisciplinary Postdoc Fellowships
The FI EMS is seeking highly motivated and talented postdocs who want to start their own research project in the field of EMS. Find out more.
Call for Bridging-Project FoF4 and FI EMS
The FI EMS and FoF4 are funding an interdisciplinary “Bridging-Project” bringing together “Engineering Molecular Systems” and the FoF4 disciplines. Submission deadline June 15th 2023. Find out more here.
Call for Industrial Scientists
Members of Heidelberg University can apply for an Industrial Scientist to work on an Engineering Molecular Systems project in their lab/ working group.