8-10 July 2024
Nucleus Building
Europe/London timezone

The physics of self-organising active matter is a key frontier in contemporary science, bringing together theorists working in non-equlibrium physics and applied mathematics with experimentalists in fields as varied as cell biology, robotics and soft matter physics. The field has the opportunity to address deep questions in non-equilibrium physics, developmental biology, chromosomal dynamics etc. It also offers possible downstream industrial applications in active materials, robotics etc. This meeting will bring together leading international researchers working on both theory and experiment to exchange ideas and explore new directions in this highly contemporary and exciting field.

This meeting also serves as the second international conference under a JSPS-funded "core to core" program grant on the physics of self-organising active matter https://sites.google.com/kyoto-u.ac.jp/c2c/home. A key objective of the core-to-core program is to create connections with younger scientists. There are opportunities for student exchanges and internships. The program has several nodes in the UK as well as in Germany/Austria, China and Japan (leading). This workshop therefore also aims to bring together two important communities working on self-organising active matter, those based in Asia and in Europe. It is a rare opportunity for exchange and collaboration between these two communities that have many interests in common but that could be better connected. The hope is that this workshop will act as a "bridge" in this respect. This program grant will run for five years with further follow-up workshops, including one that is already being planned in Dresden for 2025. Thus it gives participants the unusual opportunity to be included at the start of this ambitious program and the relationships and collaborations that will emerge from it. Involvement in the workshop is not restricted to those working in program grant node institutions.

Please register by 27 May 2024 using the 'Registration' option on the left. Once you have registered please use the following link to pay the registration fee: Registration Fee Payment

Key deadlines:

Registration: by 27 May 2024

Abstract submission for contributed talk: by 8 May 2024

Poster presentation submission: by 8 May 2024

Notification of outcome: 20 May 2024

To help with your travel plans talks will start at 0900 on Monday 8 July and end at 1700 on Wednesday 10 July. A detailed timetable will be published in due course.

Delegates are required to book their own accommodation for the conference. Please note that accommodation in Edinburgh does get booked up quickly so we would advise you to make your reservations as soon as possible. We have attached a list of suggested venues for your reference but you are free to choose your own accommodation.

If you book one of the University of Edinburgh hotels please us the code EVENT which may give you a discount.

If you are booking one of the suggested guest houses, please do mention that you are a visitor to the University of Edinburgh, as some offer preferential rates.

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Nucleus Building
Yew Lecture Theatre
Thomas Bayes Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FG
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