Physical Biology Circle Meeting

Focus Workshop, moved from 2020

to 13 - 15 September 2021 due to Covid-19.

The Physical Biology Circle Meeting will bring together European researchers at the leading edge of research in experimental and theoretical biological physics. The meeting aims at discussing research topics at the interface between physics and biology and at fostering interactions between key institutions playing a role in this quickly growing field. Emphasis is put on the active participation of researchers on the PhD and postdoc levels with lots of opportunities for contributed talks PhD students and postdocs. All fields of biophysics are welcome.

Topics include

    • Tissue mechanics
    • Stochastic thermodynamics
    • Phase separation
    • Epigenetics
    • Chromatin dynamics
    • Biological hydrodynamics
    • Active matter
    • Cell signalling
    • Morphogenesis
    • Soft matter

    Invited speakers

    • Nathalie Balaban (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    • Anne Grapin-Botton (MPI-CBG)

    Node Coordinators

    • Aurélie Bertin (Institut Curie)
    • Sara Cuylen-Häring (EMBL Heidelberg)
    • Alba Diz-Muñoz (EMBL Heidelberg)
    • Stephan Grill (MPI-CBG)
    • Karsten Kruse (Université de Genève)
    • Franziska Lautenschläger (Universität des Saarlandes)
    • François Nedelec (University of Cambridge)
    • Albrecht Ott (Universität des Saarlandes)
    • Ewa Paluch (University of Cambridge)
    • Guillaume Salbreux (Francis Crick Institute)
    • Michael Sixt (IST Austria)
    • Thomas Surrey (Centre for Genomic Regulation)
    • Xavier Trepat (IBEC Barcelona)
    • Jeroen van Zohn (AMOLF)

    Local Coordinators

    Frank Jülicher
    MPIPKS Dresden

    Steffen Rulands
    MPIPKS Dresden


    Claudia Domaschke

    MPIPKS Dresden, Germany


    Poster [pdf-file]

    (original 2020 version)


    There will be a new call for registration in January 2021.

    Only applications from members of participating institutions can be considered.

    The number of attendees is limited. The registration fee for the focus workshop is 140€ and should be paid by all participants. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute.

    Scientific Program

    The scientific program of the focus workshop will be available in April 2021, approximately.


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