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Form and deformation in solid and fluid mechanics


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18th September 2017 to 22nd September 2017
Eric Lauga
Jean-Luc Thiffeault University of Wisconsin-Madison

Workshop Theme

This workshop will focus on fluid and solid mechanics systems whose dynamics governs growth and determines form. Over the last decade, the field of soft condensed matter physics has paid a growing attention to problems involving solid mechanics, from crumpling of sheets to bending of leaves, and to the physical coupling between solid deformation and fluid stresses. Such problems have proven mathematically and computationally challenging, in artificial settings (dynamics of flexible microfluidic valves) and in biophysical contexts (dynamics and rheology of lipid bilayer membranes). We will thus aim to discuss new problems in fluid and solid mechanics, and will focus on those that depend on both. Reflecting the spirit of D’Arcy Thompson’s approach, many of these problems start from experimental observations in the biological world, e.g. the dynamics of the cytoskeleton in crawling cells, or the dynamical rearrangements of flagella in swimming bacteria.

Deadline for applications: 8th July 2017

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Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

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Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £227 
  • Student Registration Package: £177

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: £577

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Churchill College from the evening of Sunday 17th September to breakfast on Saturday 23rd September 2017, 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, the above charge will apply.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities, breakfast and lunches are provided at Churchill 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 20th September at Emmanuel College. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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