December 2020

“Physics Meets Biology Webinar” : ’Through the glass darkly’: DeepMind AI at the protein olympics! by Dr. Nazim BOUATTA from Harvard Medical School.

Date: December 16, 2020 – Webinar. More details: 2020_16_16_Nazim BOUATTA_Physics meets Bio Webinar

November 2020

“Physics Meets Biology Webinar” : Liquid Crystals and the Origin of Life: Features of an Ancient Liquid  Crystal World by Prof. Noel Clark (University of Colorado, at Boulder)

Date: November 18, 2020 – Webinar. More details: 2020_11_18_Noel Clark_Physics meets Bio Webinar

May 2020

Colloquium: Conflicts and synergies between individuality and collective behavior by Associate Prof. Thierry EMONET from Yale University (CT-USA)

Date: May 18, 2020 at 4 pm – Campus Limpertsberg. More details: 2020-05-18_Physics Colloquium_Thierry Emonet

April 2020

WebEx Colloquium: Cells as living liquid crystals and the role of topological defects by Assistant Prof. Francesca SERRA from Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Certain types of living cells are elongated objects, able to align with each other spontaneously. All these characteristics make them remarkably similar to liquid crystals, fluids made of rod-like molecules that possess long-range orientational order. However, unlike traditional liquid crystals, cells can deform, move and multiply. In this “special” liquid crystal system we look at topological defects, i.e. the regions where the alignment of cells is frustrated or suppressed. These are important because of their role in regulating cell extrusion and apoptosis. We use topographical cues to guide the local orientation of the cells in monolayers, and we characterize the liquid crystallinity of various cell types and their arrangement near topological defects. From our observations, we intend to correlate the liquid crystal properties of the monolayers with the biological properties of the cells. More details …

Date: April 22, 2020 at 4 pm

March 2020

Special Colloquium: Making the Tiniest Machines by Professor David Leigh from Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester (UK)
David Leigh was suggested as one of three candidates for the potential award of a Nobel Prize for synthetic molecular machines in 2016. He is well known for his excellent and entertaining presentations
More details:2020-03-23_Special Colloquium_David Leigh

>>>> Due to COVID 19 health measures, this special colloquium is cancelled.

November 2019

Colloquium: Quantum machine learning and perturbation theory for accelerated exploration of compound space by Prof. Anatole Von Lilienfield
Date: November 14, 1 to 2 pm – Campus Limpertsberg. More details…


Colloquium: Stimuli-responsive and active soft matter by Prof. Andreas Menzel
Date: November 14, 9 to 10 am – Campus Limpertsberg. More details…


2nd CriTiCS Bio International Workshop – The challenges of multi-scale integration in Biology

November 7-8, 2019 – University of Luxembourg, Belval, Luxembourg

CriTiCS workshop is a multidisciplinary workshop focused on experimental and theoretical aspects of Critical Transitions. It is organized by the Doctoral Training Unit CriTiCS of the University of Luxembourg, which welcomes experts and young researchers intrigued by the challenges of modeling, understanding and predicting the evolution of complex dynamical systems. Keynote talks and roundtable discussions will set the stage for debates about the applicability of the theoretical foundation of states transition in cutting-edge areas such as biology, biomedicine, finance and many more. CriTiCS workshop is a joint event of the 5th International System Biomedicine Symposium.

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October 2019

Colloquium: Molecular simulations of biological interfaces: living dangerously out-of-equilibrium by Prof. Stefano Vanni
Date: October 17, 1 to 2 pm –  Campus Limpertsberg BSC 1.03. More details…


Colloquium: Unraveling the potential of nanostructures in molecular detection: a modeling paradigm by Prof. Maria Fyta
Date: October 17, 9 to 10 am – Campus Limpertsberg BSC 1.03. More details…


Colloquium: Understanding and controlling bacterial dynamics: from swimming and swarming to biofilm formation by Prof. Jörn Dunkel
Date: October 14, – 1 to 2 pm –  Campus Limpertsberg BSC 2.04. More details…


Colloquium: The role of chance in the survival of the fittest by Prof. Oskar Hallatschek
Date: October 14, – 9 to 10 am –  Campus Limpertsberg BSC 2.04. More details…


Seminar: The Physics of Bioemulsions by Prof. Elizabeth K.Mann (Kent State University)
Date: October 11, 10 to 11 am – Campus Limpertsberg BSC 0.15. More details…


Colloquium: Non-equilibrum processes in biosystems: active membrane fluctuations and the formation of cell aggregates by Prof. Dmitry Fedosov
Date: October 10, 4 to 5 pm – Campus Limpertsberg BSC 0.04. More details…


Colloquium: Lattice dynamics, phonons and mechanics in disordered and dissipative systems by Prof. Alessio Zaccone
Date: October 10, – 9 to 10 am – Campus Limpertsberg BSC 0.04. More details…


Colloquium: Modelling cell mechanics and movement by Prof. Rhoda Hawkins
Date: October 8, from 1 to 2 pm – Campus Limpertsberg BSC 0.15. More details…


Colloquium: Towards a physical understanding of bacterial infections: applying active ,matter to unveil how bacteria move and infect by Prof. Fernando Peruani
Date: October 8, – from 9 to 10 am – Campus Limpertsberg BSC 0.15. More details…


Colloquium: Nature’s amazing labyrinths: Bicontinuous phases in biology and materials by Prof. Gerd Schröder-Turk (Murdoch University Perth)

Date: October 3, 10 to 11 am – Campus Limpertsberg BSC 1.03. More details…

May 2019

Physics beyond physics: secondary school teachers meet researchers

Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2019

On 6 May 2019, the Scienteens Lab organised an afternoon of training for Luxembourgish teachers on Limpertsberg campus. Titled “Physics beyond physics: From liquid crystal-enabled design to microbes in a changing climate”, this event covered the interdisciplinarity of physical sciences, and was opened to a wider audience within the framework of the “Physics meets Biology” initiative. Read more…







December 2018

“Physics meets Biology” meeting: fruitful interdisciplinary exchanges

Published on Tuesday, 15 January 2019


What happens when physicists meet biologists? A dense and rich event with exciting presentations and lively discussions. This is how a recent initiative from the Physics and Materials Science Research Unit (PHYMS) and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LSCB) from the University of Luxembourg started with the first edition of the “Physics meets Biology” meeting. Read more