Summer School in Protocell Models

Coacervates and Vesicles

Compartmentalisation is a key property of life and its role can be understood from a chemical, biological, physical, and material standpoint with informed applications in biotechnology, origin of life, and cell biology. This course provides a glimpse into this fascinating, interdisciplinary world.

This school, as part of the Protomet ETN and hosted by the MPI-CBG, provides lectures and hands-on tutorials to introduce the key concepts of protocellular research. The Summer School includes webinars focused on the practical aspects of making coacervates, microdroplets and lipid vesicles via bulk and microfluidic methodologies, networking opportunities and targeted careers sessions.

In addition to lectures and tutorials, we will feature plenary lectures by distinguished scientists working with compartmentalisation in the fields of origin of life and cell biology. We will also host an afternoon focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and careers. You will hear first-hand stories of how companies grew from fundamental research and have the opportunity to discuss and network with scientists from academia and industry. View the timetable & apply here!

Course Overview:

  • Compartmentalisation in origin of life and cell biology
  • Self-assembly of coacervates and lipid vesicles
  • Theory of phase diagrams and Ostwalds ripening
  • Enzyme kinetics in compartments
  • Principle of microfluidic fabrication and applications
  • Basic principles of light microscopy and image analysis
  • Networking & Focus on careers in academia and industry



  • Shrada Das (Blue Matter)
  • Julia Sepulveda (Elvesys)
  • Jessica Ayache (Elvesys)
  • Fabrice Gallou (Novartis)
  • Shruti Rattan (DuPont)
  • Eliott Varon (Direction Generale de l'Aviation Civile)
  • Adam Perriman (University of Bristol, UK)

The Summer School is intended for Master, Diploma, and early stage PhD students with a background in Natural Science and a keen interest in compartmentalisation in Origin of Life, Synthetic Biology, or Cellular Biology.

All aspects of this summer school will take place online. Learn more and apply by 21 May 2021. A limited number of 40 students will be selected to participate in the summer school full-time. When possible, streaming access to plenary sessions will be made available to all interested parties.


5-8 July 2021

Register by 21 May 2021