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Physics and Biology of Plant Growth
Monday 22 February 2021, 14:00
To Thursday 25 February 2021


The growing plant is a fascinating system involving multiple fields. From the biological side it is a multi-cellular system controlled by the complex bio-chemical network. From the physical side, it is an example of an "active solid" – an extended solid system, whose element (cells) are active, performing mechanical work to drive the evolving geometry. From the computational aspect, it acts as a distributed system, processing a multitude of local inputs into a coordinated developmental response. The goal of this meeting is to provide a rare opportunity and bring together these different but complementary views of the plant. Bringing together researchers from various disciplines to study the plant as a living, information-processing organism, which uses physical laws and biological mechanisms to alter its own shape, and negotiate its environment.


Invited speakers:

Arezki Boudaoud, ENS de Lyon

Siobhan Braybrook, UCLA

Stéphane Douady, Paris Diderot University

Yuval Eshed, Weizmann Institute of Science

Yoël Forterre, Aix-Marseille University

Hillel Fromm, Tel Aviv University

Anja Geitmann, McGill University

Daniel Goldman, Georgia Institute of Technology

Olivier Hamant, ENS de Lyon

Eleni Katifori, University of Pennsylvania

Evelyne Kolb, Sorbonne Université

Dorotha Kwiatkowska, University of Silesia in Katowice

Mahadevan, Harvard University

Alexis Maizel, Heidelberg University

Bruno Moulia, INRA Clermont-Ferrand

Naomi Ori, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Alexis Peaucelle, Paris Diderot University

Staffan Persson, University of Melbourne

Anne-Lise Routier-Kierzkowska, Université de Montréal

Richard Smith, John Innes Centre

Thomas Speck, University of Freiburg

Joop Vermeer, University of Zurich


The workshop's poster is available HERE.


Organizing committee:

Idan Efroni, HUJI

Yasmine Meroz, TAU

Ido Regev, BGU

Sigal Savaldi-Goldstein, Technion

Eran Sharon, HUJI


Location Ein Gedi, Israel
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Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, CECAM is a well established (since 1969) European organization devoted to the promotion of fundamental research on advanced computational methods and to their application to important problems in frontier areas of science and technology. CECAM's fields of interest include computational chemistry, materials science, physics, and biology.