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Theory of Living Matter Group


Conferences and Workshops


Physics of Cells and Tissues 2015 - Modelling meets Experiment

30 Sep - 2 Oct 2015, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany


The aim of BIOMS | EMBL Conference: Physics of cells and tissues 2015 - modelling meets experiment is to bring together some of the leading researchers in the emerging field of “Physics of cells and tissues”, which has experienced a dramatic growth over the last years. Fueled by advances in experimental techniques, cells and their communities can now be approached quantitatively to a much higher degree than formerly thought possible. We are now at the brink of establishing a physical picture of how cells interact with their environment and with this conference we want to highlight the current state and future perspectives in the field.

Hydra XI - The European Summer School on Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

6 Sep - 13 Sep 2015, Hydra, Greece


The Summer School provides intensive training on fundamental concepts and contemporary issues in stem cell biology. Leading experts will give an in-depth, week-long programme of lectures, workshops and discussion groups. From molecular networks to breaking therapies.

Physics of Cells: From Molecules to Systems (PhysCell 2015)

30 Aug - 4 Sep 2015, Bad Staffelstein, Germany


This third conference in the EMBO series Physics of Cells aims to bring together scientists with different background who are all interested in a fundamental and quantitative understanding of living cells. We want to bring together the very best minds in physics, chemistry and biology for a fruitful exchange of ideas. This conference will provide an environment for a fruitful exchange of ideas and will identify questions of mutual interest for future directions of the field.

Physics and Biology of Active Systems

23 - 24 June 2015, King's College, Aberdeen, UK


One of the grand challenges in modern physics is developing theories of out-of equilibrium systems and applying them to a wide variety of systems, ranging from developmental biology to economics. Active Matter is a young and rapidly developing field with tight connections to and applications in biology. Research in active systems has a strong presence in the UK. With a few exceptions, nearly all examples of active systems are biological in nature, and this meeting intends to bring together theoreticians with experimental groups especially in cell and developmental biology who have not yet been in contact.

Fluid and Elasticity

22-24 June 2015, Biarritz, France


The objective of the conference is to bring together researchers of different communities (applied mathematics, biomechanics, fluid mechanics, physics) working on fundamental problems involving coupling between a fluid and a deformable body. Contributions of work in progress or completed are welcome.

Chromatin and epigenetics

6-10 May 2015, Heidelberg, Germany


Frontiers in Stem Cells and Cancer

29-31 March 2015, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany


This conference aims to establish an interactive forum for stem cell- and molecular biologists that study pluripotency and its impact on cancer. Major emphases are cancer growth- and stem cell self-renewal mechanisms, their regulation by epigenetic means and non-coding RNAs. As such, the meeting is designed to connect scientists working in some of the most-intensely studied areas of research, not usually interacting in a concise conference setting.

Keystone Symposia meeting - Transcriptional and Epigenetic Influences on Stem Cell States

23-28 March 2015, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA


This Keystone Symposia meeting will bring together researchers who strive to: 1) Describe transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms that control specific stem cell behaviors; 2) Generate predictive models of stem cell fate determination; 3) Delineate the influence of cell cycle and signaling on stem cell state; and 4) Understand mechanisms governing cell fate change, including differentiation, reprogramming and transdifferentiation.

59th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society

7-11 February 2015, Baltimore, Maryland


The Annual Meeting is held each year in February or March. With over 7,000 attendees, the meeting is the largest gathering of biophysicists around the world. Over 4,000 abstracts are submitted each year, which are programmed into poster and platform sessions. The meeting includes symposia, workshops, platform sessions, subgroup programs, and the National Lecture, as well as educational exhibits, exhibitor presentations, career-related programs, and committee events.

Physics of cells

2015, France

The aim of the meeting is to bring together eminent researchers from interdisciplinary fields working on various aspects of cell and tissue biophysics including adhesion, mechanics, mechano-sensing, morphogenesis, transport, single molecule studies among others.


Life in Extreme Environments

10-11 November 2014, Weetwood Hall, Leeds


The Physics of Life network are holding a workshop at Weetwood Hall, Leeds on 10th/11th November (lunchtime to lunchtime format) on the topic of Life in Extreme Environments. The main purpose of the workshop is to provide opportunities for researchers to talk and interact through brief flash presentations, speed-dating exercises, facilitated discussions and other activities. Each meeting also features a top-class line-up of invited speakers to set the scene and stimulate discussion. The goal is to provide a context in which researchers can build new collaborative cross-disciplinary partnerships to address key challenges in Understanding the Physics of Life.

Physics of Living Matter 9 Symposium

18-19 September 2014, Cambridge, UK


The PLM series grew eight years ago from an interest to promote the interface between the Life and Physical Sciences in Cambridge and over the years has become a popular annual event that attracts people from outside and abroad. Over the last three years the Symposium has been organized jointly between the University of Cambridge and University College London as a way of bringing together the communities that exist in these institutions.

Meeting of the German Biophysical Society

14-17 September 2014, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany


As an interdisciplinary oriented association the DGfB will bring together scientists from various research fields to stimulate and promote the exchange of ideas and information about biophysics. The focus of the meeting 2014 will be Molecular Biophysics, Membranes, Cells, Networks, Medical Biophysics.

Physics Meets Biology

3-5 September 2014, St. Annes College, Oxford, UK


Physics Meets Biology 2014 will provide a view of the most recent and exciting research across a broad range of topics and scales: its scope includes physical probes and imaging, bionanotechnology and synthetic biology, molecular machinery, cytoskeletal mechanics, signalling, control, neural systems, development, evolution and ecology.

International Physics of Living Systems (iPoLS) Conference

21 - 24 July 2014, Munich, Germany


Physics and Biological Systems

24 – 27 June 2014, Gif-sur-Yvette, France


The 2nd International Conference on Physics and Biological Systems aims to bring together a broad range of physical and life scientists working at the interface between the two disciplines around in-depth talks by first-rate international speakers.

The Physics of Soft and Biological Matter

14-16 April 2014, Homerton College, Cambridge, UK


This conference will bring together the broad and diverse community interested in the physics of soft and biological matter, which includes liquids, liquid crystals, polymers, colloids, membranes, interfaces, cellular biophysics, and biological macromolecules.