28 Aug-6 Sep 2018 Gif-sur-Yvette (91) (France)


2018 August 28th - September 6th

Gif-sur-Yvette (Paris), France    




Microbial Life is Physics. More and more physicists are nowadays attracted and fascinated by the microbial life. They try to discover the underlying mechanisms by which microorganisms live and build their community. The recent progress made in different fields of theoretical physics (statistical physics, out-of-equilibrium physics, mechanics,...) combined with the technical progress opening to the design of new setups and improving the performance of the experimental instruments down to the microbial scale, have strongly contributed to the emergence and development of a new scientific community.


This international and multidisciplinary summer school aims to bring together world-leading experts in the field (mostly on bacteria), international students (master 2, graduate students, post-doc) and young/senior scientists, to provide a comprehensive overview of the current progress, and to stimulate further interactions and collaborations. Microbiology lecturers will introduce the microbial life and present the most recent research results in biology while Physics lecturers will expose the many facets of the current understanding.




The school will be held in Gif-sur-Yvette, in the near suburb of Paris, at the edge of the Natural Regional Park of "Vallée de Chevreuse". Lectures, Meals and Housing will be at the centre CGT Frachon in Gif-sur-Yvette.





Pietro Cicuta, Biological and Soft Systems, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge (UK)

Knut Drescher, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology & Faculty of Physics, Philipps-Universität Marburg (GER)

Eric Raspaud, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, CNRS - Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay (FRA)



Sabine Hoarau & Sarah Garçon (assistance & secretary) and Sandrine Ermisse (financial management), Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay - France

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