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Soft and Biological Matter

Monday 19th March - PS128

Department of Physics, University of Warwick

Organisers: Mike Allen, Matthew Turner, and Neil Wilson (Physics, Warwick)

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[Sponsored by Warwick Physics Department]


Background and Purpose

Soft matter physics embraces the fundamental understanding of structure, self-assembly kinetics, and rheology of complex fluids and soft solids (EPSRC's definition). The materials involved include colloids, polymers, gels, liquid crystals, granular matter, glasses; areas of topical interest are active systems, biomimetics, multiphase flow, interfaces, and the study of fluid surface interactions. Biophysics (again according to EPSRC) includes the physical modelling and experimental investigation of biological systems using techniques such as optical tweezers, microscopy, spectroscopy, and single molecule probes. These may be employed to study cellular processes, bacterial motility, biopolymer kinetics, self-organisation, and molecular motors. At Warwick, research into soft and biological matter is carried out in several departments. This one-day meeting will give an overview of this work at Warwick, together with presentations of research in the area carried out elsewhere, and will provide an opportunity to discuss ways of building on the existing strengths.



Time Title Speaker
Monday 19th March
9:30-10:00 Coffee and registration  
Chair: Rudolf Roemer
10:00-10:05 Welcome  
10:05-10:45 Investigating the dynamics of clathrin recycling Dr Corinne Smith (Warwick, Life Sciences)
10:45-11:25 Cell rheology and hydraulics Dr Guillaume Charras (UCL)
11:25-11:55 Coffee break  
  Chair: Matthew Turner  
11:55-12:35 Linking structure and function using flux imaging Prof P. Unwin (Warwick, Chemistry)
12:35-13:15 Confined colloids: spheres and rods Dr D. Aarts (Oxford)
13:15-14:00 Lunch Break  
Chair: Neil Wilson
14:00-14:40 Kinesin backsteps Prof R. Cross (Warwick, Medical School)
14:40-15:20 Probing soft and biological matter with the atomic force microscope Dr J. Hobbs (Sheffield)
15:20-15:50 Tea Break  
Chair: Mike Allen
15:50-16:30 Mechanics of bilayer membranes and red blood cells Dr P. Cicuta (Cambridge)
16:30-17:10 Microphase separation in mixed membranes Prof M. Turner (Warwick, Physics)
17:10-17:15 Closing  
17:15-18:15 Wine and posters for those that can stay  
19:00 Dinner for invited speakers  


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Participation is open to anyone in Warwick, although registration is required, and externally by invitation. Please contact if you think this workshop is interesting. Normally, we would be happy to accept self-invitations, but will not be able to pay for any expenses in this case. All members of Warwick Physics (and other departments!) are welcome to attend, but please let us know if you will be around for the refreshments (i.e. register) so that we can get the numbers correct.

The symposium will start on Monday 19th March at 09:30 am at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15 (pick up a blue token from the car park and hand it to the secretaries in Physics).

Name Affiliation Name Affiliation Name Affiliation
Matthew Turner Warwick, Physics Mike Allen Warwick, Physics Neil Wilson Warwick, Physics
Corinne Smith Warwick, Life Sciences Guillaume Charras UCL Pat Unwin Warwick, Chemistry
Dirk Aarts Oxford Rob Cross Warwick, Medical School Jamie Hobbs Sheffield
Pietro Cicuta Cambridge Alison Rodger Warwick, Chemistry Ellak Somfai Warwick, Physics
Gil Rutter Warwick, Physics David Quigley Warwick, Physics Robin Ball Warwick, Physics
Oksana Trushkevych Warwick, Physics Jack Heal Warwick, MOAC Rachel O'Reilly Warwick, Chemistry
Joseph Patterson Warwick, Chemistry Oier Bikonda Warwick, Physics James McLachlan Warwick, MOAC
Nigel Dyer Warwick, Systems Biology Chrissie Waddington Warwick, MOAC Alex Rautu Warwick, Physics
Adam Miller Warwick, Complexity Andrew McAinsh Warwick, Medical School Rudolf Roemer Warwick, Physics
Wei-Chang Lo Warwick, Physics Quentin Caudron Warwick, Complexity Anne Straub Warwick, Medical School
J.Emilio Jimenez-Roldan Warwick, Physics Isaac Liu Warwick, Engineering Joe Jones Warwick, MOAC
Stephen Wells Warwick, Physics Steve Norton Warwick, Chemistry/Life Sciences Caroline Montgomery Warwick, MOAC
Till Bretschneider Warwick, Systems Biology Sam Gallagher Warwick Ventures Richard Napier Warwick, Life Sciences
Bart Vorselaars Warwick, Physics Daniel Turner Warwick, MOAC Stepan Ruzicka Warwick, Physics
Lorenzo Frigerio Warwick, Life Sciences Davide Michieletto Warwick, Physics Vincent Hall Warwick, MOAC
Rebecca Notman Warwick, Chemistry Richard Tyson Warwick, Systems Biology Gareth Alexander Warwick, Physics
Matthew Thomas Warwick, Physics Jonathan Duffy Warwick, Physics Gemma Newby Diamond Light Source
Sally Bridgwater Warwick, Physics Józef Lewandowski Warwick, Chemistry    


Venue and Accommodation

The workshop will be held in PS128 with lunch, coffee and posters on the Science Concourse outside the Physics Lecture Theatre. The Physical Sciences building is number 46 on the campus map, just next to the Physics building.

The workshop will start with the registration. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

Accommodation for invited speakers will be provided at (tbc) please contact or one of the organisers to get this arranged.

Scarman Training & Conference Centre
The University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
Coventry, CV4 7AL UK
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7622 1111
Fax: +44 (0) 24 7652 0362

In case you are self-invited, please call the conference centre directly and arrange your stay.


Physics Department
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom