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GFS follow on: Mathematics of form in active and inactive media

25th March 2019 to 29th March 2019
Fitzwilliam College
Andrzej Herczyński Boston College
Arezki Boudaoud ENS - Lyon
Eric Lauga University of Cambridge
Maciej Lisicki University of Cambridge, Uniwersytet Warszawski


Workshop theme

This workshop builds upon Growth, Form and Self-Organisation (GFS) programme held at INI in the autumn of 2017, on the 100th anniversary of “On Growth and Form” by D’Arcy Thompson. The focus will be on mathematical and physical aspects of growth, shape, and deformation in animate and inanimate systems. The principal aim is to review progress since the GFS programme, as well as new developments at the frontier of research. Challenges identified in the parent programme, such as the interplay between morphogens and hydrodynamics, and between the micro and macro scales, will be stressed.

New mathematical and physical modelling approaches will be highlighted, along with advanced numerical methods and experimental techniques to elucidate a host of interdisciplinary questions and encompassing such themes as morphogenesis at various scales, shape differentiation, self-organisation in various contexts, pattern formation, cellular mechanics, growth and adaptation of plants, and evolution of complex living and inanimate systems. The workshop will also explore treating active media via the methods from inactive media, for instance techniques for flexing membranes and for agglomeration processes.

The workshop is in part supported by the NSF

Deadline for applications: 3rd February 2019

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Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: £280

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £676

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation from the evening of Sunday to breakfast on Saturday, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Wednesday - Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.


Bed and breakfast are provided at Fitzwilliam College.



Lunch timings will be confirmed with timetable.

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner date and location will be confirmed with timetable. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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