An interdisciplinary discussion meeting on patterns and geometry, and their role in biological and synthetic microstructured materials and tissue. We invite contributions from biology, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, physics and related fields addressing the genesis, properties and function of complex nano-scale geometries, as well as underlying geometric and topological concepts for the study of complex structure and shape.
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  • Geometric and topological concepts in soft condensed matter
  • Characterization of structure and function
  • Topological data analysis and image reconstruction
  • Self-assembly of bi- and polycontinuous phases
  • Negatively curved surfaces and hyperbolic geometry
  • Structure enumeration & network-like phases
  • Function of complex nanostructures in biology
  • Bio-inspired design of materials
  • Knots and entanglements in physics
  • Emergence of chirality, order and the role of disorder
  • Symmetry, graphs and discrete geometry
  • Tessellations, area-minimising foams and packings
  • Three-dimensional topology of cellular microstructures
  • Pattern formation and complex structures in soft materials

Invited speakers:

  • Simon Čopar (U Ljubljana)
  • Herbert Edelsbrunner (IST Austria)
  • Karsten Große-Brauckmann (TU Darmstadt)
  • Jemal Guven (U Nacional Autónoma de México)
  • Stephen Hyde (ANU)
  • Rob Kusner (UMass Amherst)
  • Jeremy Mason (Boğaziçi U)
  • Sabetta Matsumoto (Harvard U)
  • Konstantin Mischaikow (Rutgers U)
  • Michael O’Keeffe (Arizona State University)
  • James Sethian (UC Berkeley)
  • Ullrich Steiner (Adolphe Merkle Institute)
  • John M. Sullivan (TU Berlin)
  • Adam Squires (U Reading)
  • Salvatore Torquato (Princeton U)
  • Silvia Vignolini (U Cambridge)
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