Material Technology

The Geilo School 2017: Physics Inspired by Living Matter

Mar 20, 2017 to
Mar 30, 2017
Geilo, Norway

This will be the 24th Geilo School held every two years since 1971 at Geilo Norway See list of previous Geilo Schools

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A Collective dynamics occurs for example in birds flocking, swimming bacteria colonies, and cells forming dynamic aggregates. In these systems, known as active matter, the energy is injected at the level of the “particles”. In driven matter the energy is injected at a macroscopic global scale, such as systems subject to vibrations, thermal gradients, electric or magnetic fields. Active matter and driven matter generally exhibit self-assembled or self-organized dynamic structures.

B Topological features affect the physical properties of matter from nano- to macroscales. Important examples of topological effects are disclinations in liquid crystals, knots and entanglement, twisting and chirality of filaments. Living matter provide numerous examples of such phenomena.

C Functionality relates to the properties of engineered materials inspired by living matter, such as materials formed by colloidal and polymeric building blocks that can be tuned precisely to achieve macroscopic features such as non-wettability, thermal insulation, or structural coloration.

Topics will cover both experiments and theory. In addition to about 40 hours of invited lectures and seminars, there will be tutorials and discussions. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for a poster session.

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The objective of this School is to bring together researchers with various interests and background in fields like soft matter science, complex matter physics, biological physics, mechanical or chemical engineering. The focus of the School is synergism between modern science and technology in the area of physics inspired by living matter.

Invited Lecturers

  • Julia Yeomans, Oxford University, UK
  • Silvia Vignolini, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Maria Helena Godinho, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Vinny Manoharan, Harvard University, US
  • Francesco Ginellli, King's College, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Jon Otto Fossum, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
  • Paul Dommersnes, NTNU, Trondheim and Giamag Technologies, Norway
  • Vincenzo Vitelli, Instituut-Lorentz, Leiden University, Holland
  • Giovanni Dietler, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Pawel Pieranski, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France
  • Igor Musevic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Jaakko Timonen, Aalto University, Finland

Organizing Committee

Arne T. Skjeltorp - Institute for Energy Technology and Giamag Technologies, Norway
Jon Otto Fossum - NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Geir Helgesen - Institute for Energy Technology and the University of Oslo, Norway
Paul Dommersnes - NTNU, Trondheim and Giamag Technologies, Norway
Kenneth Knudsen - Institute for Energy Technology and NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Target participants

The Geilo School is intended for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and others who would like to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of cooperative phenomena for application to research in their respective fields.

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The number of participants will be limited to about 75.
Deadline : 17 February


It is planned to have lectures in this School published as papers in The European Physical Journal as a Special Topics Issue (Springer).

Geiloskolen 2015. Collage

The Geilo School 2015