Physics Colloquium: Active bacterial fluids

Joint colloquium of the Faculty of Physics and Earth System Sciences and b-ACT^matter

The Faculty of Physics and Earth System Sciences and b-ACT^matter jointly invite you to the next lecture of the Physics Colloquium.

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 at 4:30pm


Active bacterial fluid

Prof. Dr. Eric Clément (PMMH-ESPCI-PSL, Sorbonne University, Paris)

Understanding the way motile microorganisms such as bacteria explore their environment is central to many ecological, medical and biotechnological issues. Fluids loaded with swimming micro-organisms have become a rich domain of applications and a conceptual playground for the statistical physics of “active matter”. Such active bacterial fluids display original emergent phases as well as unconventional macroscopic transport properties, hence leading to revisit standard concepts in the physics and hydrodynamics of suspensions.
Prof. Dr. Eric Clément will present some recent advances obtained in his group, on the anomalous spatial exploration undertaken by flagellated bacteria undergoing sequences of runs and tumbles. He will address the question of spontaneous emergence of a “critical fluid” for a dense suspension of bacteria, characterized by a vanishing viscosity and the presence of large scale collective motion.

Venue of the event

Universität Leipzig
Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences
Small Lecture Hall
Linnéstraße 5
04103 Leipzig

Everyone is welcome to a reception with coffee, drinks and cookies in the Aula following
the talk.

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#futureSAX innovation forum in Delitzsch

On Thursday, 21 March 2024, industry leaders, scientists and technology transfer stakeholders discussed #trend technologies and innovations in the field of #chemistry as a building block of the future at the #futureSAX innovation forum in Delitzsch, Saxony

In the World Café Panel Life Science, Dr Susanne Ebitsch, Managing Director of the Research and Transfer Centre for Bioactive Matter, and Dr Oliver Uecke, COO Lipotype GmbH, discussed with participants the services that are still missing for a functioning circular economy:

o There is a lack of (sustainably financed) exchanges or databases for recyclable residual materials.

o In order to increase recycling rates in the plastics and textiles sector(Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI)), suitable sorting processes and new technologies are needed that enable the recycling of composite materials, 3D printing waste(Better Basics Laborbedarf GmbH) and new plastics, for example.

Delitzsch will also be the location of the large-scale research centre Center for the Transformation of Chemistry (CTC). In his keynote speech at the futureSAX Innovation Forum, Peter Seeberger, Head of the CTC, presented the vision of a future-oriented, cycle-based utilisation of raw materials and their recycling at the end of the product cycle.

USP of the region: There is space for innovative companies and living space, paired with creative science.

Thank you for the inspiring talks! Now let’s get to work.

Images: futureSAX & S. Ebitsch

The futureSAX Innovation Forum I – Chemistry as a Building Block of the Future: Innovations, Sustainability and the Molecules of Progress will take place in Delitzsch on March 21, 2024

Designing innovative solutions and exchanging ideas: How is chemistry finding practical use as a connecting element in the fields of materials science, life science and energy? Which innovative products, services and processes are already being used today? You will receive answers to these questions and further impulses at the futureSAX Innovation Forum in North Saxony.

Dr. Susanne Ebitsch, Managing Director of the Research and Transfer Centre for Bioactive Matter at the University of Leipzig, and Dr. Oliver Uecke, Managing Director of Lipotype GmbH and Chairman of biosaxony e.V. will jointly moderate the World Café Panel Services Life Science, in which innovative, future-oriented services for the transformation of the chemical industry will be discussed in an interdisciplinary manner.

Workshop „Transforming Discoveries into Products”

You are cordially invited to our b-ACTmatter workshop on March 19 2024 entitled “Transforming Discoveries into Products”. This workshop will discuss the strategies and practices needed to transform your research results into products and services. It will also discuss how Leipzig University approaches the patenting and licensing of inventions and how to realize spin-off ideas.

March  19 2024, 10.00 – 12.30

BBZ, Seminar Room 1.3,
Deutscher Platz 5, 04103 Leipzig

Learning Objectives

  • A broad overview of the field of Technology Transfer;
  • Gain insights into patenting and patent evaluation, and the licensing process;
  • Increase knowledge on setting up a spin-off company, including the broad financing possibilities;
  • Understanding which steps are necessary for developing a product or service
10:00 – 10:10Welcome and introduction
(Dr. Susanne Ebitsch)
10:10 – 10:35How to protect and valorize IP at Leipzig University?
(Dr. Dirk Wilken, Stefanie Funke)
10:35 – 11:00 SMILE: Startup support and funding opportunities for prototyping at UL
(Christian Scheffler, Christian Hauke)
11:00 – 11:10 Break
11:10 – 11:20Introduction  to the Workshop (Dr. Susanne Ebitsch)
11:20 – 12:20Steps toward the successful commercialization of your research results
12:20 – 12:30Wrap-Up

Flyer of Event

Dr. Susanne Ebitsch,

Please register by 29 February by E-Mail.

Biochemical Colloquium

Joint colloquium of the Faculty of Life Sciences and b-ACT^matter

The Faculty of Life Sciences at Leipzig University and b-ACT^matter jointly invite you to the next lecture of the Biochemical Colloquium.

23 January 2024 | 4:00 pm


The electro-biotechnology for biosynthesis of chemicals and fuels

Dr. Bin Lai

Dr Bin Lai is BMBF Junior Research Group Leader for Biophotovoltaics in the Department of Environmental Microbiology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ Leipzig.

The lecture will take place in presence and online.

Venue of the event

Presence :
Kleiner Hörsaal
Brüderstraße 34
04103 Leipzig

Meeting-ID: 655 9707 2918
Kenncode: 328510

Plastics meets medical technology

Lecture as part of the network event of the Leipzig Plastics Center

From January 31 to February 1, 2024, the networking event “Plastics meets Medical Technology” of the Plastics Center will take place in Leipzig. The series of events offers an interface between plastics and medical technology, where experts from both sectors can meet and share their specialist knowledge on innovative approaches and tried-and-tested experiences.
As part of the event, Dr. Susanne Ebitsch, Executive Director of b-ACT matter, will give a presentation at BIO CITY Leipzig.

The plastics and medical technology industries are currently operating in a dynamic market environment: global megatrends such as sustainability, digitalization and demographic change are having a significant impact on decisions in companies and research institutions. How are both sectors dealing with the current challenges and far-reaching changes? What can be derived from this for your own company? The networking event will address these questions.
Theoretical requirements versus practical experience will be examined in detail in high-caliber presentations on topics such as materials, design, function & research, processes, measurement technology and quality.
Around 150 participants from all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland are expected to attend the event.

The event will be accompanied by exhibitors from both sectors, excursions to companies and scientific institutions involved in medical technology and medical research in Leipzig, as well as a networking evening at Da Capo.

One of the event excursions will go to BIO CITY: Dr Susanne Ebitsch, Executive Director of the Research and Transfer Centre for Bioactive Matter b-ACT matter, will give a lecture during the event and present the work of the centre as well as technologies based on so-called hybrid living materials.

  • Technologies for the sustainable production of polymers with living hybrid materials and enzymatic plastics recycling
    Lecture by Dr Susanne Ebitsch
    31 January 2024 at 16:00 | Seminar room 2 of the Biotechnological-Biomedical Centre (BBZ)

If you are interested in attending the event, please register via the Kunststoff-Zentrum Leipzig website:

Website of Event “Plastics meets medical technology”

b-ACT matter at the Saxon Transfer Forum 2023

The Saxon transfer community met at Halle/Leipzig Airport in November

Halle/Leipzig Airport, is a place to take off and therefore perfect for a meeting of the Saxon transfer community on November 16, 2023. In his welcome address, Thomas Kralinksi, Saxon State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Labour, emphasized that transfer must always be considered, even in research. Dr Andreas Handschuh, Saxon State Secretary for Science, Culture and Tourism, explained that one of the main demands of the “university development plan” was to establish a stronger bridge between business and research.

At our booth, we convinced all visitors that we have already set out to accelerate the transfer from the university with the b-ACTmatter Research and Transfer Centre for Bioactive Matter.

In the REPLACER project, we are working with Leipzig and other European partners to develop high-performance hybrid living materials (HLM) that will be an energy- and cost-efficient solution for producing biomass as animal feed (microbial proteins) using greenhouse gases.

b-ACT matter and REPLACER at the Transferforum 2023.
Left: Marina Heimann (futureSax), Dr Andreas Handschuh (SMWK), Thomas Kralinski (SMWA) at the panel discussion. Right: Dr Susanne Ebitsch Dr. Susanne Ebitsch at the REPLACER stand. Photo: Leipzig University, b-ACTmatter

Bioeconomy Workshop Saxony “Bioprocesses for the Bioeconomy” on 06.09.2023

How can small helpers such as bacteria, algae, fungi and enzymes be effectively integrated into large-scale production processes?

The German Biomass Research Center gGmbH, biotopa gGmbH and the Research and Transfer Center for Bioactive Matter b-ACTmatter of the University of Leipzig invite to the fifth Bioeconomy Workshop Saxony on 06 September 2023 in Sohland. The workshop will focus on the bioprocesses of the bioeconomy as the basis for a successful biobased economy in Saxony.

To the program and registration

b-ACTmatter Workshop “Sustainable Chemistry” I 15.06.2023 I 10:00 – 17:00

How does chemistry transition toward biobased sustainability and a circular economy?

Chemistry is a key to sustainable transformation: On the one hand, it is a cause of problems such as environmental pollution or damage to health; on the other hand, chemistry is indispensable for human well-being because it offers diverse solutions for a wide range of areas such as health, nutrition, and functional materials and products such as plastics.

Sustainability in and with chemistry needs networked action of actors from science and industry to develop future-oriented innovative biobased products, production, and recycling technologies that are safe, sustainable, and resource-saving, thus strengthening the economy in Leipzig / Central Germany.

We therefore cordially invite you to our workshop “Sustainable Chemistry”, a joint event with the IHK zu Leipzig

on June 15, 2023, 10:00 – 17:00, at the BBZ / Bio City Leipzig.

Based on the technologies developed at the Research and Transfer Centre for Bioactive Matter of Leipzig University in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ.

  • Photo and Industrial Biotechnology for the production of plastics, proteins for animal feed & foodstuffs
  • Electro-Biotechnology for the production of fine chemicals
  • Enzymatic plastics recycling

we would like to discuss the following topics:

a) Include your experience in further development and scale-up

b) Thinking about the needs of your companies and the markets at an early stage

The workshop aims to create a framework for long-term, reliable and efficient research and development cooperation in order not to ‘develop past the market’ and to align the design, functionality and usability of the respective product with customer needs. Regulatory challenges also have to be taken into account.

Have we aroused your interest?

Then please contact us! Please briefly state to which technology(s) you would like to contribute with your expertise:

  • 1 Photo and Industrial Biotechnology
  • 2 Electro-Biotechnology
  • 3 Enzymatic plastics recycling

Registration to the following E-Mail by 28.04.2023 is requested.

You can find the agenda here.

If you have any questions regarding the content, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We would be pleased to welcome you at our company.

Best regards

Susanne Ebitsch, on behalf of the b-ACTmatter team

Circus of Science

The infotainment show “Circus of Science” will take place on March 01, 2023 in the Kupfersaal Leipzig.

“Jack Pop’s Circus of Science” is the evening show with brain food for nerds and noobs, for smart alecks and smart asses, for inquisitive and open-minded people.”” Selina Hanisch, a doctoral student at the b-ACTmatter Research and Transfer Center for Bioactive Matter and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig UFZ, will report

“How a WG full of slimy bacteria is helping to shape our energy transition.”

In the energy transition, we want to move away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energies. A key element for this is hydrogen. To produce this in a “green way,” we are harnessing the unique capabilities of microbes.

The goal: to produce hydrogen using only water, air and love! How this is supposed to work?! With bacterial slime communities, so-called biofilms. There, bacterial species live together on different “floors” and interact: protecting themselves from dangers such as antibiotics, sharing food among themselves and using energy sources efficiently. These slimy layers may pave the way to technically feasible hydrogen production.

The show promises lectures complete with ad hoc experiments, showband jingles, interactive quizzes and plenty of infotainment.

Tickets are available here:

“Jack Pop’s Circus of Science” is kindly supported by the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the UFZ e.V.