Physical Biology Circle Meeting

Focus Workshop
13 - 15 September

(moved from 2020 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.

We plan for a hybrid workshop with a number of participants on-site and the others connected via video conference.


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

    Node Coordinators

    • Aurélie Bertin (Institut Curie)
    • Sara Cuylen-Häring (EMBL Heidelberg)
    • Alba Diz-Muñoz (EMBL Heidelberg)
    • Stephan Grill (MPI-CBG)
    • Edouard Hannezo (IST Austria)
    • Anna Kicheva (IST Austria)
    • 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 (Université de Genève)
    • Thomas Surrey (Centre for Genomic Regulation)
    • Xavier Trepat (IBEC Barcelona)
    • Jeroen van Zon (AMOLF)

    Local Coordinators

    Frank Jülicher
    MPIPKS Dresden

    Steffen Rulands
    MPIPKS Dresden


    Maria Voigt

    MPIPKS Dresden, Germany


    Only applications from members of participating institutions can be considered.

    Applications are initially for online attendance only. The scientific coordinators will decide about on-site presence at a later point.

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

    application form

    Scientific Program / Technical Realisation

    The scientific program is online.

    General information on technical realisation:
    The talks will be given via Zoom. The software will be used for the presentation of the posters.
    A poster flash session via Zoom is scheduled at the beginning of the poster session.


    How to reach us


    Useful information for your way to the venue.

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