The Minisymposium “Active Assemblies” will take place on September 21–23, 2022 at the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences at Leipzig University in Leipzig, Germany.


The coupling of active components through physical and chemical interactions yields dissipative collective states of considerable complexity. They are addressed as active fluids or tissues, fluctuating cohesive swarms, or autocatalytic biochemical networks. But they can equally be interpreted as integrated circuits processing information to solve computational tasks, such as to equip a squadron of cells with the emergent ability to assemble into adaptive metastructures, or even to think, worry, and have fun. The minisymposium intends to foster discussions and an exchange of ideas between scientists with complementary perspectives on emergent phenomena at the intersection of active matter and information processing.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Laura Alvarez, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Ralph Gregor Andrzejak, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Simon Brown, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Gianmaria Falasco, University of Padova, Italy
  • Michael Hagan, Brandeis University, USA
  • Viktor Holubec, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Lucio Isa, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Daniela Kraft, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Supriya Krishnamurthy, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Demian Levis, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Corinna Maaß, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Sofia Magkiriadou, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • David R. Nelson, Havard University, USA
  • Ignacio Pagonabarraga, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jérémie Palacci, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
  • Fernando Peruani, CY Cergy Paris University, France
  • Patrick Pietzonka, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany
  • Viola Priesemann, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany
  • Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, The University of Arizona, USA
  • Pawel Romanczuk, HU Berlin, Germany
  • Friedrich C. Simmel, TU Munich, Germany
  • Dora Tang, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
  • Matthew Turner, University of Warwick, UK
  • Thomas Voigtmann, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Cologne, Germany
  • Giorgio Volpe, University College London, UK
  • Christophe Ybert, University of Lyon, France

Scientific Organizers

  • Frank Cichos, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Klaus Kroy, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Ralf Seidel, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Juliane Simmchen, TU Dresden, Germany

Local Organizer

  • Andrea Kramer, Universität Leipzig, Germany

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