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EMBO Workshop

Physics of living systems: From molecules to tissues

08 – 12 June 2020 | Dresden, Germany

This EMBO Workshop has been postponed to 7–11 June 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The organisers of the meeting will be in contact with the participants with further details.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • Payment Deadline

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About the Workshop

Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrödinger asked the question ’What is Life?’ in his well-known book. However, until today, physical insight into the mechanics and statistics of living matter, from molecules to cells to tissues, remains far behind our understanding of how collections of dead particles are organized. The central aim of our EMBO Workshop is to discuss recent advances in the field of biological physics and identify emergent principles that govern the dynamic organization of living matter. We will use this conference as a platform to discuss living matter as a self-organizing and active form of soft condensed matter. This approach will, as we believe, reveal original and new physics and establish a new perspective on dynamic biological processes as self-organizing dynamical systems. The goal this EMBO Workshop is the emergence of a new understanding of living systems as physical systems where spatiotemporal structure emerges robustly through energy and matter flows. We intend to identify physical principles of organization across scales – from molecules to cells to tissues. We have selected a synergistic group of speakers from physics, biology, and computer science to embrace the interdisciplinarity of our scope. Our sessions will be dedicated to the following topics: Active forces in Biological Systems, Self organization of Living Systems, Compartmentalization of the Cytoplasm, Nuclear Organization, Tissue Mechanics, and Tissue Morphogenesis.







  • Registration Deadline
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • Payment Deadline



*Day Tickets are free of cost on Monday, 8 June, 2020. Not valid for Industry participants.

Registration includes:

  • Admission
  • Conference materials
  • Meals
  • Coffee breaks
  • The social program

Participants are expected to book and pay for their own accommodation and travel expenses.

All changes or cancellations must be submitted in writing. Registration fees will be refunded for cancellations up to May 31st, 2020 afterwards will be charged with 50% of the registration fee and 25 € handling fee. Cancellations after May 31, 2020 are not refundable. All refunds will be settled within 6 weeks after the meeting.

Selection criteria

The organisers will check the scientific topic of the research and scientific excellence based on their abstract.

We will accept up to 120 conference attendees.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

Poster specifications

Poster boards are 120x150cm (portrait) and thus fit A0 posters in both directions.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants page.

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.

Assistance for the hearing impaired will be provided on request. Please contact Ilona Kreher directly.



Ilona Kreher

+49 351 463 40133





Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Rooms have been reserved at our partner hotels, allowing participants to choose a suitable hotel at a discounted rate. Booking can be done during registration process (credit card is needed).


Arriving by air:

From the Airport, please take the train S2 (every 30 min) to the train station Bahnhof-Neustadt. Then take the tram no. 6, direction Niedersedlitz, to the station Blasewitzer/ Fetscherstraße. There you walk on Fetscherstraße (direction north) and turn after 5 minutes left, where you can see our institute.

Arriving by train:

From the main train station [Hauptbahnhof] take tram no. 10, direction Striesen, to Fetscherplatz. Then take tram 12, direction Striesen, Blasewitzer/ Fetscherstraße. There you walk on Fetscherstraße (direction north) and turn after 5 minutes left, where you can see our institute.

You can also use tram 3 (Wilder Mann) or 7 (Weixdorf) and change at Pirnaischer Platz to bus line 62 direction Johannstadt, Neubertstraße. There you walk on Pfotenhauerstraße (direction east) and turn after a few meters right, in 250 metres on the right side you can see our institute.

From Bahnhof Neustadt, take tram 6, direction Niedersedlitz, to Blasewitzer/ Fetscherstraße. There you walk on Fetscherstraße (direction north) and turn after 5 minutes left, where you can see our institute.

Arriving by car:

From the Highway A4 and A13: Take the highway exit Dresden-Hellerau (No. 81a) and follow the signs along Hansa Strasse to the centre of Dresden „Zentrum“ until the point when you pass the train station, „Dresden-Neustadt“. At the first traffic light after the train station, turn left, (you may only turn left here) and drive straight on following the signs to the „Staatskanzlei“. Passing the Staatskanzlei on your right, follow the sign „Zentrum“ and cross the Albert-Bridge. At the second traffic light after the bridge turn left and follow the sign „Johannstadt“ into Gerokstrasse which will later become Blasewitzer Strasse. When you reach the third traffic light turn left into Fetscherstrasse. After approximately 50 meters, turn left where our institute is situated.

Unfortunately, there is no free parking near the venue.

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