New Perspectives in Active Systems

International Workshop
24 - 28 April 2023

The study of natural and engineered active systems is rapidly evolving. Recent experimental results challenge early ideas; novel theoretical concepts describe different types of collective active dynamics. We aim to bring together experimentalists and theoreticians with innovative perspectives on active systems, focusing on new experiments, models, and emerging states.

Topics include

  • New experimental and engineered active systems
  • Natural and artificial active systems at all scales
  • Novel collective states: beyond alignment and phase separation
  • Nonstandard interactions: nonreciprocal, quorum-based, visual, hierarchical, etc.
  • New types of activity: beyond self-propulsion
  • Physics of self-propelled components
  • Novel theoretical concepts and self-organizing principles
  • Interaction network effects
  • Anticipation and trajectory dependence
  • Non-aligning dynamics
  • Active-elastic systems
  • Dense and jammed active systems

Invited speakers

Gil Ariel (IL)
Clemens Bechinger (DE)
Debasish Chaudhuri (IN)
Olivier Dauchot (FR)
Gonzalo de Polavieja (PT)
Erwin Frey (DE)
Silke Henkes (NL)
David L. Hu (US)
Jean-François Joanny (FR)
Enkeleida Lushi (US)
Andrea Perna (UK)
Pawel Romanczuk (DE)
Guy Theraulaz (FR)
Matthew Turner (UK)
Yilin Wu (HK)

Scientific Coordinators

Cristián Huepe
(Northwestern University, Chicago, USA)

Fernando Peruani
(CY Cergy Paris Université, Cergy, France)


Claudia Domaschke

Visitors Program
(MPIPKS, Dresden, Germany)


Application is closed.

We plan for a hybrid workshop with a number of participants on-site and the others connected remotely. Oral and poster presentations will be restricted to on-site participants.

For on-site participation the registration fee is 140 Euro; costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute. Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses.

No fee for remote participation.


Scientific Program Structure

Monday, 24th April, morning - registration, workshop opening and start of scientific activities

Friday, 28th April, afternoon - workshop closing

Workshop registration will be possible throughout the workshop week, starting Monday morning 7:30 am.


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