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EMBO Workshop

Physics of living systems: From physical principles to biological function

03 – 07 July 2023 | Dresden, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 April 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 June 2023

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About the Workshop

Workshop illustration

Many biological processes, including the formation of functional structures at subcellular scales (mitotic spindle, cell cortex, nucleus, etc.) or at the tissue level (tissue morphogenesis and organ formation), involve a tight coordination of molecular, genetic and physical events in space and time. Several physical principles have recently helped understand these processes in a more unified way, and provided frameworks to connect length and time scales. The aim of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together scientists across disciplines, both experimentalists and theorists, interested in identifying the emergent principles that control the dynamic organization of living matter, especially when these principles underlie biological function.

This second edition of the EMBO Workshop on Physics of Living Systems will be held in person to foster interactions within the quantitative biology, biological physics and biophysics fields. We aim to provide a platform for networking to stimulate community building and future collaborations, while learning about the most exciting and innovative research being carried out at the intersection of biology and physics.

This EMBO Workshop will include some of the most important recent topics in the field, glued together by the search of the fundamental principles that underlie the spatiotemporal organization of living matter, including mechanochemical feedbacks, information transfer across scales, and robustness, among others. We have selected a synergistic group of speakers from physics, biology, and engineering backgrounds to embrace the interdisciplinarity of our scope.

Image credits: Otger Campas, Stephan Grill

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.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 April 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 June 2023



Registration includes:

  • Admission and conference materials
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Refreshments and snacks during poster and career mentoring sessions
  • COVID-19 safety measures
  • Welcome Reception with food and drinks
  • Gala Dinner

Excluding accommodation and travel expenses.


The registration fee should be paid after the acceptance to the meeting, and no later than 01.06.2023.

The payment details for the registration fee will be forwarded to the participants via e-mail.

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Selection criteria

Up to 120 participants will be selected on the basis of scientific excellence with a strong consideration for early career scientists, ensuring gender, demographic and geographic balance. From those, the organisers will select 22 short talks from the submitted abstracts, where preference will be given to:

  • Early career researchers (e.g. group leaders with less than 5 years experience, PhD students, postdocs)
  • Maximum one applicant from the same lab
  • Underrepresented groups

We aim to foster an inclusive early career researcher participation. We will therefore assign 40% of the workshop talks to speakers selected from the abstracts. All other applicants will present their work during poster sessions.

Pending successful external sponsorships, we will waive the registration fees for the speakers with talks selected from the abstracts.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts (maximum 350 words) must be written in English.

The organisers will review all abstracts and selected participants will receive an email letting them know whether their abstracts have been selected for an oral or a poster presentation by 01.05.2023.

Poster specifications

A0 – Further details will be provided to accepted applicants.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

Travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. EMBO travel grants and registration fee waivers are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Additional travel grants are available for EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are availablefor scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey. Grants are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

A maximum of 700 Euros per participant are available to cover registration fees, travel, and accommodation (no additional subsistence costs can be covered). To apply, please indicate the itemized amount requested in the travel grants section of the registration form.

Child care grants

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional childcare 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 childcare grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Code of conduct

Anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy

This EMBO meeting shall maintain an environment free of harassment and discriminatory behaviour for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, beliefs (religious or otherwise) or manner of articulation.

Harassment and discrimination of attendees in any form, either in person or online is not tolerated.

Attendees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and all communication and behavior should conform to a respectful environment for all.



Angela Jacobi

Cluster of Excellence 'Physics of Life', TU Dresden, DE

Ilona Kreher

Cluster of Excellence 'Physics of Life', TU Dresden, DE




Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD)


Fetscherstr. 105

01307 Dresden



All participants will take care of their own accommodation. Around the conference venue, there are a variety of accommodations at different price ranges within walking distance or reachable through public transportation.

The conference organizers will provide support to registered participants on accommodation possibilities and public transport details, including special accommodation deals.


The Dresden international airport (DRS) is 15 minutes from the city center and 25 min from the workshop venue, either by taxi or by train (S-Bahn), which runs regularly from the airport to the two main Dresden train stations, from which trams and buses also run regularly. In addition to buses and trams, Dresden also has a public bicycle program and an electric scooter system that can be used to reach the conference venue from the hotel.

Dresden can also be reached from Berlin, Frankfurt, or Prague. Both Berlin (BER) or Frankfurt (FRA) airports have also train stations on site, from which direct high-speed trains to Dresden run regularly (2h and 4.5h travel time, respectively); Prague airport (PRG) also has regular train and bus connections to Dresden (2.5-3h travel time).

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