Photo courtesy of Marinna Madrid in Mazur Lab, Physics Dept. - "Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of a single fixed HeLa cell on a self-assembled nano cavity substrate”

2016 Annual Meeting of the International Physics of Living Systems (iPoLS) Network

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DATES: July (23) 24-26, 2016
ORGANIZERS: Eric Mazur, Aravinthan Samuel, Erel Levine, and Ariel Amir - Harvard University
LOCATION:  Harvard University Geological Museum - Geological Lecture Hall (Rm 100) - 24 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 USA - 2 miles outside Boston, MA


The conference will consist of an evening registration event on July 23rd followed by three full days of networking and exciting talks from 
students and faculty members of the PoLS Network: University of Maryland, University of Illinois, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Rice University, and Georgia Institute of Technology. There will also be two poster sessions, and two "Unconferences", consisting of discussions on particular topics. 

Important Information:   The sessions in this year’s meeting are arranged by topic, not by institution.

To make the meeting more cohesive, sessions will be arranged by topic. 
Students self-identified the category in which their talk best fits, and topics have been reworked into 10 sessions. These topics are:

  1. Motility
  2. Sensing and behavior
  3. Cellular Regulation
  4. Collective Behavior and Morphology
  5. Molecular Structure and Function
  6. Evolution
  7. Experimental and Computational Methods
  8. Cell and Tissue Mechanics

The poster venue will be organized in primarily alphabetically order, by number. All posters are to be posted the full 90 minutes of both poster sessions, giving all ample opportunity to present as well as explore other posters.

More interactions, fewer talks.

Based on feedback from previous years, we will have more time for poster sessions and informal discussion and fewer talks. In addition we will introduce “unconference” sessions, which facilitates open discussion (if you’re curious, look up ‘unconference’ in wikipedia). Thus, we ask that no institution contribute more than 4 student talks, and suggest that each institution chooses its own speakers. This can be done before the registration process (such that only 4 students from your institution indicate in the registration form that they plan to give a talk), or after (in which case, we will contact you after the registration period to narrow down the list of speakers). 

PI talks and session chairs.

Each PI who volunteers to give a talk will be asked to self-assign to one of the sessions, and may be invited to chair that session. Session chairs will be asked to give a five-minute introduction to the topic, describing the status of the field, identifying burning questions, and placing student talks in this context.