Welcome to the website of the 4th ERC Grantees Conference “From supramolecular towards systems chemistry”!

Since its inception a few decades ago, supramolecular chemistry has grown to become one of the key branches of contemporary chemistry. This growth has in part been fueled by the realization that all life-related processes are essentially based on supramolecular chemistry, which has the potential to not only generate new families of active, adaptive, dynamic, self-healing, and environmentally friendly materials, but, in the long run, to address one of the most fascinating questions in science – namely, how life began.

The ERC Grantees Conference series was initiated in 2012 by Nicolas Giuseppone and Jean-François Lutz in Strasbourg, continued by Hans Börner and Stefan Hecht in Berlin (2014) and, most recently, by Andreas Herrmann and Sijbren Otto in Zandvoort, the Netherlands (2016). The goal of these meetings is to create an interdisciplinary forum for fostering interactions, encouraging collaborations, and facilitating further development of the field of molecular systems. We the same time, the meetings aim to provide a platform for interactions between scientists supported by the ERC with emerging investigators interested in applying for ERC funding.

The 4th ERC Grantees Conference brings together some of Europe’s leading chemists focusing on the following fields:

  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Dynamic and active materials
  • Photochromism and molecular switches
  • Systems chemistry.

In addition to 27 invited talks, 6 contributed talks by early-stage researchers will be selected from submitted poster abstracts.


Deadline for poster abstracts to be considered for short talks 
October 1, 2018

Deadline for poster abstract submission and registration deadline 
November 15, 2018

Organizing committee

  • Rafal Klajn
    Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Gonen Ashkenasy 
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • The Chorafas Institute for Scientific Exchange
  • The Aharon Katzir-Katchalsky Center
  • Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Molecular Design
  • ISF, Israel Science Foundation
    Research workshop of the Israel Science Foundation
  • Advanced Science, Open Access
  • macromolecular journals

Coordinator & Accessibility Issues

Irit Veksler