Workshop Details
07/19/2021 - 07/23/2021
Meeting Description:

Nature provides many examples of active matter, ranging from flocks of birds, fish, and insects to sheets of cells and swarms of bacteria. In the lab, various attempts have been made to develop biomimetic and synthetic active materials, from self-propelled colloids and mechanically agitated flocks, to dense phases of biopolymers driven by molecular motors. This is a rich field of research, and to date, much theoretical work has been dedicated to understanding the fundamental physics of these fascinating and diverse systems. Active materials are non-equilibrium systems, and thus they cannot be described in the framework of conventional thermodynamics. The unifying theme of active matter is that collections of subunits consume energy locally, translate that energy into movement, and ultimately produce large-scale flows. This large-scale motion can produce rich emergent structures, including phase boundaries and topological defects, where local order breaks down.

This workshop will bring together researchers from different academic disciplines with a common interest in active materials, especially recently developed active nematics. This include biologists, physicists, and material scientists, who have already been working in this new field, as well as researchers in nonlinear dynamics who may be new to this field of research. The idea is to bring together scientists with differing backgrounds and perspectives, both theoretical and experimental, to advance this burgeoning field.


We wish to ensure an intimate workshop setting, with no more than 25 to 30 participants. If you are interested in attending, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer before registering.

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 camps (including Telluride Academy, Aha School for the Arts, and Pinhead Institute). There is more information on childcare, camps, and family activities on TSRC's website. Feel free to contact TSRC's staff to help with any planning and/or coordinating care.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 West Colorado Ave Telluride, CO 81435

Active Matter (IN-PERSON PARTICIPANT) Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Atherton, Tim Tufts University
Beller, Daniel University of California, Merced
Berezney, John Brandeis University
Berman, Simon University of California, Merced
Betterton, Meredith Univ of Colorado Boulder
Das, Moumita Rochester Instittute of Technology
Das, Sambeeta University of Delaware
Fernandez-Nieves, Alberto U Barcelona
Fraden, Seth Brandeis
Gardel, Margaret University of Chicago
Grover, Piyush University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Hagan, Michael Brandeis University
Hirst, Linda University of California, Merced
Mitchell, Kevin University of California, Merced
Norton, Mike Pennsylvania State University
Smith, Spencer A Mount Holyoke College
Solomon, Thomas Bucknell University
Thiffeault, Jean-Luc University of Wisconsin
Voth, Greg Wesleyan University

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