Physics and Biology of Active Systems
23rd and 24th June 2015

Physics and Biology of Active Systems
23rd and 24th June 2015


The meeting will take place in the historic Linklater rooms in King’s College at the University of Aberdeen.


One of the grand challenges in modern physics is developing theories of out-of equilibrium systems and applying them to a wide variety of systems, ranging from developmental biology to economics. Active Matter is a young and rapidly developing field with tight connections to and applications in biology. Research in active systems has a strong presence in the UK.  With a few exceptions, nearly all examples of active systems are biological in nature, and this meeting intends to bring together theoreticians with experimental groups especially in cell and developmental biology who have not yet been in contact.


The meeting will be held over 1.5 days, consisting of three sessions with two or three invited speakers in each session, followed by three or four shorter contributed presentations. As part of the EPSRC network activities, for each thematic subgroup, there will be group discussions and then a plenary discussion relating to the organization of the road map. There will also be a poster session.

Invited Speakers (confirmed)

  • Ramin Golestanian (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Tanniemola Liverpool (University of Bristol, UK)
  • M. Cristina Marchetti (Syracuse University, USA)
  • Davide Marenduzzo (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Inke Nathke (University of Dundee, UK)
  • John Toner (University of Oregon, USA)
  • Kees Weijer (University of Dundee, UK)


Registration is now closed.

Travel Reimbursement

Participants who are members of the EPSRC Network Plus ‘Emergence and Physics far from Equilibrium’ are eligible apply for travel and accommodation reimbursement.


We have reserved a block of rooms at Crombie Halls, which is very conveniently located opposite the conference venue. The rooms are all single with en-suite bathroom, and include breakfast. Accommodation is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night as required, for £31.67 per night. Network members are entitled to a reimbursement of their travel costs.

Sponsored by


EPSRC via the UK Network on Emergence and Physics far from Equilibrium.



  • Silke Henkens (Aberdeen)
  • Francesco Ginelli (Aberdeen)
  • Rastko Sknepnek (Dundee)