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Cell mechanics, morphogenesis and pattern formation: perspectives from the experimental and theoretical points of view


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14th September 2015 to 18th September 2015

OrganisersTill Bretschneider (Warwick), Damir Khismatullin (Tulane)Sharon Lubkin (North Carolina State) and Christian Schmeiser (Vienna)

Workshop Theme

The mechanical characterisation of individual cells is complex and dynamic. Nonetheless, great progress has been made in understanding how the dynamics of subcellular structures leads to cell shape and motility. Static tissues have also been well characterised. It is at the level of morphogenesis where the bridging of scales between individual cell dynamics and tissue dynamics is least understood. This workshop aims to (1) present a framework for understanding what is already known about cell-level and tissue-level mechanics, (2) identify gaps in our understanding of how cells interact mechanically in tissues in order to actuate morphogenesis, (3) propose new collaborations to increase our understanding of the cell-tissue emergent dynamics. We will bring together experts in development, microscopy, image analysis, biomechanics, and modeling.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Carl-Philipp Heisenberg (IST Austria)
  • Dr. Sean Megason (Harvard)
  • Professor Anne Ridley (King's College London)
  • Professor Denis Wirtz (Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine)


Deadline for applications: 21 August 2015

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Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £230
  • Student Registration Package: £185

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: £555

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Robinson College from the evening of Sunday 13 September 2015 to breakfast on Saturday 19 September 2015, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as Visiting Fellows, programme participants or their guests, the above charge will apply.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities and breakfast are provided at Robinson College.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Accommodation Package and Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place on Wednesday 16 September at Cambridge Union Society. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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