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Colloquium Ehrenfestii 2017


COLLOQUIUM EHRENFESTII 2017

initiated by Paul Ehrenfest in 1912
currently organized by Vincenzo Vitelli & Koenraad Schalm (read about its history)


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31 May

Julia Yeomans (Oxford)

Topology in biology

Active materials such as bacteria, molecular motors and self-propelled colloids, are Nature’s engines. They continuously transform chemical energy from their environment to mechanical work. Dense active matter shows mesoscale turbulence, the emergence of chaotic flow structures characterised by high vorticity and topological defects. I shall discuss how dense active matter might be harnessed to provide energy, and the relevance of mesoscale turbulence to cell motility and cell division. In particular I shall give examples where topological defects, which are important in the physics of liquid crystals, may be of relevance in biological systems.


The Colloquium Ehrenfestii takes place Wednesday evenings starting at 19:30 hours in the main auditorium of the Oort building. Before the Colloquium, there is a common dinner in the canteen located on the ground floor of the Oort building. This dinner starts at 18:00 hours sharp and is free of charge, under the condition that one attends the colloquium and that one has made a reservation before noon on the Tuesday preceding the colloquium. [Registration may close earlier, when 80 persons have signed up]

Colloquium Ehrenfestii 2017

1 Feb

Leo Radzihovsky (Boulder)

Chiral symmetry breaking, emergent Higgs mechanism, and critical matter

15 Feb

Yossi Avron (Technion)

The geometry of non-dissipative transport: From conductance to viscosity

1 Mar

Oleg Lavrentovich (Kent State)

Dynamics of colloids in liquid crystals

8 Mar

Anne Davis (Cambridge)

The accelerating Universe

5 Apr

Jacques Prost (Curie Institute)

Long-time tissue dynamics and multicellular spheroids

19 Apr

Cristina Marchetti (Syracuse)

Active Matter: from colloids to living cells

10 May

Michael Berry (Bristol)

Variations on a theme of Aharonov and Bohm

31 May

Julia Yeomans (Oxford)

Topology in biology

14 Jun

Renata Kallosh (Lorentz Professor)

From Planck to Escher

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