Scientific Calendar Event

Starts 25 May 2020
Ends 29 May 2020
Central European Time
Giambiagi Lecture Hall (AGH)
via Grignano, 9 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
In response to the recent developments regarding COVID-19 and following the extension of the red zone to the entire Italian territory, and  the possibility of a  prolonged emergency situation,
the Workshop has been POSTPONED to 2023.

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Life is a nonequilibrium phenomenon, requiring the constant consumption of energy to circumvent the pernicious effects of fluctuations. Recent advances in experimental techniques and in the theory of nonequilibrium processes offer new opportunities for the study of fluctuations in biological systems.
What are the energetic costs of key processes needed to sustain life at the cellular level? What statistical features are unique in biological systems? How can we harvest energy efficiently from living matter? What is the biological relevance of fundamental results such as the fluctuation theorems and the thermodynamic uncertainty relation?
This workshop aims at gathering active scientists (experimentalists and theorists) from different domains across physics and biology who have made significant contributions to address fluctuations in living systems. The workshop will provide a unique framework for researchers from developing countries to establish a scientific dialogue with their counterparts from around the world performing cutting-edge research in physics and biology. Students and early career scientists will get a flavour of the possibilities and outstanding questions in biophysics.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss existing efforts on understanding nonequilibrium fluctuations using biological and physical methods, but more importantly, to identify future questions in this domain and the collaborations that will help to answer them.
Key topics include:
  • Sensory systems, oscillators and memory
  • Active matter
  • Cytoskeleton and membrane dynamics
  • Molecular motors
  • Nonequilibrium thermodynamics


Jordan Horowitz (University of Michigan), Saar Rahav (Technion), Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan (Indian Institute of Science Bangalore), Edgar Roldan (ICTP), Local Organiser: Antonio Celani