Engineering Life 2021 – Active Matter Across Scales

This year's ‘Engineering Life Conference’ will be postponed to 2022.

Organised by the B CUBE Center for Molecular Bioengineering of the Technische Universität Dresden, the conference takes place at the Steigenberger Hotel in the historic city center.

The individual motion of active entities from molecules through cells and tissues to animals give rise to emergent collective behaviour across large scales. These, often marvel, phenomena are described in the context of Active matter. Active matter encompasses out of thermodynamic equilibrium systems in which individual particles extract or produces energy used to generate mechanical work. The rules that govern the dynamics of collective motion are not only central in non-equilibrium statistical and soft matter physics but are also key in the understating of fundamental biological questions at different scales such as the self-organization of intra-cellular machineries and organelles, cell migration, tissue formation and morphogenesis and the dynamics of animal flocks and swarms. At the same time, this knowledge enables the design of programmable interactive materials with emergent life-like properties. The aim of this conference is to bring together scientists and engineers to nourish an interdisciplinary multifaceted discussion of active matter across scales.

The topics that will be discussed in the conference are:

Molecular design of Active matter
•Active nematics
•Out of equilibrium biomolecular self-assembly
•Molecular motors

Active Matter in Cellular and developmental Biology
•Tissue morphogenesis
•Intra and inter-cellular mechano-chemical coupling
•Biofilm formation
•Synthetic biology

Emergent and collective behavior
Theory and modeling
Metamaterials, topology, geometry, defects and ordering

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