Physics of Active Matter, Suzhou, 2015
Active matter is a fast developing field of interdisciplinary research dealing with out of equilibrium systems where energy is spent at the local scale to produce some motion. It thus covers a broad range of phenomena, like the flocking of birds, swarming of bacteria, the spatiotemporal self-organization of the cytoskeleton, self-propelled colloidal and granular particles, etc. Statistical physics can be viewed as central in so far as it investigates, across many time- and length-scales, the general properties governing these phenomena at the collective level.
The conference will be held at the Center for Soft Condensed Matter Physics & Interdisciplinary Research, Soochow University, Suzhou, China, from May 12 to 16, 2015. It will focus on the statistical physics of active matter. We expect it to be a major opportunity to catch the latest trends and results from key researchers in the active matter community. Many of the most prominent researchers in that field have indeed agreed to deliver invited lectures. We hope that this major international event will also help strengthening the budding Chinese active matter community.
The conference will be preceded by a Spring School to be held at the Beijing Computational Science Research Center on May 9-10. The school aims at providing basic conceptual grounding on quantitative studies of active matter phenomena using experimental, computational, and analytical approaches. More information about the school can be found at http://www.csrc.ac.cn/actm15/index.html
Hugues Chaté, Yu-qiang Ma and Xia-qing Shi