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IHRS BioSoft Symposium 2014

When studying biological organisms, one is confronted with the sheer complexity of the physiological processes that are essential for life.

Every biological system requires a delicate hierarchical organization of interactions spanning from processes in a single cell to the collective behavior characterizing bionetworks.

This symposium aims at providing an interdisciplinary event to bring together the complementary skills of experimentalists and theoreticians to better understand the role of forces, flow and fluctuations within biological systems.

Organizers: S. Dasgupta, G. Saggiorato, G. Fabris, M. Balbach

 IHRS-BioSoft abstract book (PDF, 2 MB)


9:00-9:10Introduction to the symposium
9:10-10:05BiomimeticsA. Roux - Univ of Geneva (Switzerland)
Mechanics of protein coats in cell membrane traffic
10:05-11:00CytoskeletonJ. Guck - TU Dresden (Germany)
How cells feel - and why that's important
11:00-11:15Coffee & tea break
11:15-12:15Cell AdhesionE. Sackmann - TU München (Germany)
Physics of cell adhesion
12:15-14:15Poster session @ lunch
14:15-15:15Collective BehaviorP. Silberzan - Institut Curie, Paris (France)
Imposing and releasing confinement to an epithelium
15:15-16:15BionetworksT. Mora - ENS, Paris (France)
Inferring the statistical mechanics of collective phenomena
16:15-16:45Coffee & tea break
16:45-17:45MorphogenesisP. F. Lenne - IBDM, Marseille (France)
Mechanics of cell contacts during tissue morphogenesis
17:45-18:45Developmental Biology

L. Hufnagel - EMBL Heidelberg (Germany)

BioImaging across scales with light-sheet microscopy: from cells to embryos

18:45-19:00Valedictory remarks


The symposium will be held at Forschungszentrum Jülich, building 4.7, auditorium (opposite to the central library). The lunch buffet and the poster session will be at the foyer of the central library.

 Campus map (jpeg, 603 kB)

Registration, costs and poster submission

Posters can be presented by anyone who registers. Please provide an abstract with up to 200 words. Students and young researchers are encouraged to present their work – this is a great chance to discuss with the invited speakers and the faculty. We will try to accommodate all posters, but priority will be given to those submitted earlier.

Registration form (The registration for the symposium is closed.)

Interested to join the social dinner with invited speakers and participants? Register here.

Registration is free of charge and is now open until 6 October 2014 subject to availability. Note that due to limited seats registration is mandatory for all, including IHRS BioSoft fellows and FZ Jülich employees. Participation will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.

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Additional Information

Poster download

IHRS-BioSoft symposium poster



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