The Physics of Evolving Matter:
Connectivity, Communication and Growth

13-23 March 2023, Geilo, Norway

Condensed Matter Physics involves the study and characterization of how individual components like atoms, molecules, particles, and other entities self-organize is some collective state and where the behavior of the collective is more important than the behavior of the individuals. The physics of evolving matter also has applications in biology because biology is all about evolving collective effects.

A) Connectivity
Connectivity in evolving matter is essential in the ability of all living matter to efficiently self-organize.
B) Communication
Communication enables cells and entities in all living matter to connect and self-organize in some collective state.
C) Growth
The phenomena of Growth is the origin of all changes of form in living matter.

Topics will cover both experiments and theory. In addition to about 40 hours of invited lectures and seminars, there will be tutorials and discussions. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for a poster session.

The objective of this School is to bring together researchers with various interests and background in fields like soft matter science, complex matter physics, biological physics, mechanical or chemical engineering. The focus of the School is synergism between modern science and technology in the area of physics inspired by evolving matter.

  • Invited Lecturers. Click on their names to see their webpages.
  • L. Mahadevan, Harvard University, USA
  • Stéphane Douady, Université Paris Cité, France
  • Petter Holme, Aalto University, Finland
  • Albert-László Barabási, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
  • Florence Elias, Université Paris Cité, France
  • Francoise Brochard-Wyart, Institut Curie, France
  • Ivan Davidovitch, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
  • Vinny Manoharan, Harvard University, USA
  • Christophe Eloy, Aix-Marseille University, France
  • Orlin Velev, North Carolina State Univ., USA
  • Olli Ikkala, Aalto Univ., Finland
  • Min-Hui Li, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, France
  • Yves Meheust, Univ. Rennes, Geosciences, France
  • Jarle Breivik, Univ. Oslo, Norway
  • Maciej Lisicki, Univ. Warsaw, Poland

  • Organizing Committee
  • Arne Skjeltorp, director - Institute for Energy Technology and Giamag Technologies, Norway
  • Jon Otto Fossum - Soft and Complex Matter Lab, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
  • Leide P. Cavalcanti - ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Didcot, UK
  • Paul Dommersnes - Soft and Complex Matter Lab, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
  • Kenneth Knudsen - Institute for Energy Technology and NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
  • Françoise Brochard-Wyart - Institut Curie, Paris, France
  • Maria Helena Godinho - New University of Lisbon, Portugal

    A 10-day School in Condensed Matter Physics organized every two years since 1971.

    Listing of all the preceding Schools can be found here: The 26 earlier Geilo Schools

    For graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, and others who would like to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the Physics of Evolving Matter for application to research in their respective fields.

    Details and registration can be found here: Registration

    Travel instructions for registered participants can be found here: Travel instructions

    The Program (latest version) of the Geilo School 2023 can be found here: Program