Workshop Details
Plasticity in Biological Organization
09/20/2020 - 09/24/2020
Meeting Description:

Biological systems across multiple length-scales and timescales are united by a need to organize themselves in a manner that is both robust to noise and responsive to relevant perturbations. This idea of biological plasticity exists at the level of individual molecules and persists through multicellular organization and beyond. As a result, while many research groups are focused on specific questions that fall under this general umbrella, superficially these topics may seem unrelated, despite the fact they are fundamentally asking about analogous physical frameworks.

The Plasticity in Biological Organization Telluride Science Workshop will bring together a collection of world-class scientists working on questions surrounding plasticity and adaption in biological systems who would, under normal circumstances, never meet. This will involve scientists from theoretical models of cellular organization to organismal and cellular responses to environmental changes to the evolution of allosteric communication, body plan patterning, and the emergence of multicellularity. We feel that the small, intimate setting of a TSRC workshop will be the ideal environment for fostering deep discussion and collaboration between researchers exploring the diverse spaces under the umbrella of biological organization and plasticity.


Given the deliberately interdisciplinary nature of this meeting, talks will be 20 minutes with 20 minutes of questions built in (for a total slot of 40 minutes). We believe this will foster an environment that becomes more like a structured discussion rather than formal uninterrupted presentations.

TSRC is about expanding the frontiers of science, exploring new ideas, and building collaborations. The workshop schedule will allow for substantial unstructured time for participants to talk and think. All participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop.

Scientists are encouraged to consider bringing family or friends. Telluride offers a number of options for children's care. There is more information on childcare and family activities on TSRC's website at Please contact Cindy Fusting at for more information.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Firehouse Meeting Room
131 West Columbia Ave Telluride, CO 81435

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