Fundamentals of Growing Active Matter


A wide variety of physical properties of living systems arise from interplay between activity and growth. These include pattern formation in bacterial colonies, ordering in actin networks and the emergence of resistance in tumours.

The workshop's main goal is to gather together researchers working on different systems and using different techniques (theory, simulations, and experiments). We hope that the meeting will help to identify universal characteristics of growing active matter and reveal unifying general principles (if they exist).

Objectives of the meeting:
- explore connections between specific growing active matter systems (bacterial colonies, cancer) and fundamental models of non-equilibrium physics
- raise the profile of active growing matter in the active matter and non-equilibrium physics community
- strengthen the link between theory and experiments
- discuss possible joint grant applications in the area of active growing matter

The workshop will be beneficial to anyone (in particular early career researchers and PhD students) working in the area of active matter.

Registration will open soon

Confirmed speakers:

Jens Elgeti
Luca Giomi
Rhoda Hawkins
Silke Henkes
Julia Yeomans

Contributed talks and posters

We plan to have a few short contributed talks, and a poster session. Registration for these will open up soon. The deadline for abstract submission is 31 March 2020.

Organising committee:

Richard Blythe
Martin Evans
Chiu Fan Lee
Davide Marenduzzo
Bartek Waclaw

Event co-sponsered by


Fundamentals of Growing Active Matter

Higgs Centre Workshop
Higgs Centre Seminar Room, JCMB
The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
School of Physics and Astronomy
James Clerk Maxwell Building
Peter Guthrie Tait Road