Cluster of Excellence


The Dynamic Organization of Living Matter

Our purpose

Discover new paradigms for understanding life and deepen our knowledge of living biological matter

We aim to elucidate the “laws of physics” that underlie the dynamic spatiotemporal organization of life into molecules, cells and tissues. Our unique focus is to bring fundamental physics to biology for the purpose of understanding and solving biological questions. Using this holistic approach PoL is dedicated to identify physical principles that govern the dynamic organization of active living matter across multiple scales utilizing innovative experimental approaches, theoretical predictions and computer simulation.

BeWISE – Woman in Science and Engineering

BeWISE – Woman in Science and Engineering

Together with the other two Clusters of Excellence CeTi and ct.qmat as well as other partners, PoL is co-organiser of a conference aimed at female junior researchers and junior research group leaders from selected DFG-coordinated programmes at the Technische Universität Dresden. The three-day conference offers numerous workshops and coaching opportunities (conference language is English). Due to concerns about COVID-19, the conference will be postponed to 5–7 May 2021

Web Seminar (held in english): 9 July 2020

The web seminar will give you an opportunity to meet the speakers of the 2021 conference in advance. They will present the content of their workshops in 10-minute slots and equip you with a short practical example, perhaps one that you can already apply until next year’s conference. If you are not able to attend the web seminar, you can watch the recording at the TU Dresden website.

→ Registration, program and conditions

For female PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and junior research group leaders associated to the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life (PoL). Remaining places can be assigned to other female scientists from Technische Universität Dresden.

Participation is free of charge.

EMBO Workshop
“Physics of living systems: From molecules to tissues”

7–11 June 2021 | Dresden

more information on the EMBO website

Portrait of Suzanne Eaton

Suzanne Eaton

We are heartbroken by the tragic demise of our friend and colleague Suzanne Eaton, senior Research Group Leader at MPI-CBG Dresden, Professor at the Biotechnology Center of TU Dresden, and Co-Speaker of the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life.

We have lost a dear friend, a wonderful colleague and a truly outstanding scientist who will forever be an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Suzanne.

Tributes from family, friends and colleagues can be found on the MPI-CBG website.

An obituary from TU Dresden honors Suzanne’s life and her accomplishments.

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