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EMBO Workshop

ImmunoBiophysics: From fundamental physics to understanding immune response

24 – 26 March 2021 | Virtual

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 5 March 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 5 March 2021
  • Chosen Participants for Talks and Posters Will Be Notified By
  • 15 March 2021

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About the Workshop

Immune cell responses are triggered by molecular-scale interactions with antigens that are amplified to induce cellular and multicellular responses. Deciphering the complexity of immune cell function has traditionally been the realm of biologists, but as experiments become more quantitative physics is playing an increasingly important role. Researchers specialising in statistical physics, non-linear physics, active matter, and soft matter have been crucial to deciphering and predicting the behaviour of the molecules and cells that participate in the immune response. The principal objective of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together researchers with similar interests but from different fields in the life and physical scientists to create a forum to discuss ideas spanning immune cell biology, biological physics, and mechanobiology to gain a better understanding of the initiation and coordination of the immune response.

Keywords : Immune cell biology / Antigen recognition / Biophysics / Mechanobiology / Multiscale modelling

This workshop is in the frame of the School of Physics of Les Houches.

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Les Houches School of Physics has been welcoming physicists from around the world since 1951. The School has seen the biggest names in modern physics training young researchers at the start of their careers, some of whom have since won Nobel Prizes for physics. The school perpetuates a tradition of excellence, while continuing to adapt to the evolutions of science.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.





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  • Registration Deadline
  • 5 March 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 5 March 2021
  • Chosen Participants for Talks and Posters Will Be Notified By
  • 15 March 2021


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Selection criteria

The organizers will select participants on the basis of their CV and abstract, aiming to ensure a fair representation of career stage, nationality, and gender. Additionally, the organizers aim to integrate researchers working in different sub-fields and aim to have participants from four broad research areas: mathematical/theoretical biophysics; experimental biophysics; biophysical chemistry; and immune cell biology. All participants are advised to present a poster, and a limited number of abstracts will be selected for short talks.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are limited to 1 page and can include one image and selected references. These will be included in an abstract book available for all participants.

A template file for CV and abstract is available on the registration page.

Poster specifications

Posters should be A0 format (841 × 1189 mm or 33.1 × 46.8 inches), oriented in portrait (vertical) as a PDF file.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Pierre-Henri Puech

Email: pierre-henri.puech@inserm.Fr


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