DTU ACTIVE : Key Goals
ACTIVE aims at training 14 PhD students in the emerging field of active systems, i.e. systems subjected to nonequilibrium driving forces keeping them away from thermodynamic equilibrium. This relatively new field is rapidly growing in importance and has enormous implications for the understanding of living systems, which represent by far the most complex class of active systems. A particular focus will be on the multiscale organisation of primary metabolism as the essential mechanism to keep living systems out of equilibrium. The links between intramolecular energy transfers, enzyme activity and nutrient exchanges will be analyzed from the perspective of active interactions at the molecular, cellular and population level. The integration of these complementary approaches will lay out more general strategies to study active interactions in mesoscopic systems and provide new insights into the nonequilibrium organisation of life.