Physics of Living Matter


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The European Summer School of the University of Strasbourg is a prestigious one-week meeting of students from all over Europe. They present their research projects and attend lectures on some of the most recent topics in physics presented by internationally known scientists.

The 2016 edition of the school is organized by the faculty of physics and engineering of the University of Strasbourg together with the Collaborative Research Centre 1027 of the University of the Saarland.

Scientific Program

Cell Physics has emerged as a new branch of Physics during the last decade. Quantitative experiments that address the cellular dynamics can nowadays be performed directly in the living cell, tissue or organism. This enables the investigation of biological systems using a typical physicist’s approach, including a tight interaction between models and experiments. Because living matter exhibits new, complex out-of-equilibrium properties, cell physics has received a lot of interest from theorists in terms of model building.

New aspects have been developed in biology, concerning topics such as collective effects, chirality, quantum biology, as well as the origin of life. We now witness the appearance of a new generation of scientists that are trained in Physics as well as in Biology, who know about theory as much as about experimental work. The recently created Cell Physics Master in Strasbourg University is based on this scientific direction. The scope of the school covers recent developments in cell physics with a central emphasis on their biological relevance.

Students are expected to have validated at least 3 years of university studies in physics in order to be able to follow the lectures.

Now open for applications until June 1st, 2010

The lectures will start on Monday morning, the 4th of July and will end on Friday evening, the 8th of July.

All lectures will take place at
Faculté de Physique et Ingénierie / Faculty of physics and engineering
3-5 rue de l’Université, Strasbourg
except one day in Saarbrücken at the Saarland University

Validation of the Summer School

An attestation for the successful participation at the summer campus will be established on the basis of the Poster presented and the active involvement in the workshops and discussions during the lectures. The attestation may help to validate ECTS points at the home university. We suggest that home universities recognize the successful participation with up to 3 credit points (ECTS). Due to the short (1 week) duration of the school it is not possible to organize a formal exam at the end.

Housing and Transportation

Accommodation for students will be provided free of charge. Within the limits of our budget we can support some students individually by contributing modestly to their travel expenses.

Participating Institutions

The School is funded by the French Excellence Initiative (IdEx) and the Université franco-allemande (ufa). This support underlines the collaboration between the Universities and Research Institutions in the region of the Upper Rhine Region. Besides the scientific programme the participants will have the opportunity to explore the cultural and political heritage of the region of Alsace and Strasbourg, where the European Parliament and the Council of Europe are located.

List of institutions supporting the European Summer School 2016.

Université franco-allemande
Deutsch-Französische Hochschule
Université de Strasbourg Centre National de
la Recherche Scientifique
Institut Pluridisciplinaire
Hubert Curien
Faculté de Physique et Ingénierie Universität des Saarlandes
Collaborative Research Center 1027 Institut Charles Sadron Institut de génétique et de biologie
moléculaire et cellulaire
Institut de Physique et Chimie
des Matériaux de Strasbourg
Projet IdEx de
l'Université de Strasbourg
Communauté urbaine et
ville de Strasbourg
Eucor – Le Campus européen