Active Days EUTOPIA -- Challenges in Active Matter

5-7 December 2022

Venue: CYAS auditorium, International House of Research (MIR), Neuville Université

CY Cergy Paris University

SUMMARY: Active Matter (AM) is a new, fast growing interdisciplinary field at the interface between biology and statistical physics that aims to understand ensembles of active particles. The term “active” refers to the ability of the particle to convert energy into work, e.g. to self-propel. The ultimate goal of Active Matter is to develop a material science of living systems and shed light on highly relevant and diverse topics such as bacterial infections, cancer growth, tissue formation, and embryogenesis, as well as on the design and synthesis of biomimetic materials, which are likely to play a fundamental in medicine in the coming years. The aim of the workshop is twofold. On the one hand, it aims to present AM as a transversal, cross-disciplinary research axis within EUTOPIA bringing together renowned international leading experts in the field and the main actors working on AM within the Alliance to discuss the main current challenges in AM. On the other hand, the workshop strives to foster joint AM projects among the EUTOPIA member universities.

Invited Speakers:

Andreas Deutsch (TU Dresden)

Benjamin Friedrich (TU Dresden)

Cécile Cottin-Bizonne (CNRS Lyon)

Demian Levis (U. Barcelona)

Daniel Pearce (Geneva U.)

Ana-Suncana Smith (Erlangen)

Simon Schnyder (University of Tokyo)

Amin Doostmohammadi (Niels Bohr Institute)

Cesare Nardini (SPEC/CEA, University of Paris-Saclay)

Nuno Araujo (Universidade de Lisboa)

Teresa López León (ESPCI, Paris)

Maria Guix Noguera (U. Barcelona)

Juliane Simmchen (TU Dresden)

Pallab Sinha Mahapatra (I.I.T. Madras)

Julien Barré (University of Orléans)

Eric Clément (PMMH-ESPCI, Sorbonne Université, Paris)

Ananyo Maitra (CY Cergy Paris Université)

Ignacio Pagonabarraga (University of Barcelona)


Matthew Turner (U. Warwick) (UK)

Miha Ravnik (U. Ljubljana) (SI)

Giovanni Volpe (U. Gothenburg) (SE)

Fernando Peruani (CY Cergy Paris U.) (FR)


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Local Organizers:

Fernando Peruani:, Sudipta Pattanayak:, Marta Pedrosa:

The venue of the workshop is provided by the CY Cergy Paris University.