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International Physics of Living Systems Network (iPoLS)

2014 Annual Meeting - Munich/Germany

July 21 - 24, 2014

Scope of the Workshop

NSF's Physics of Living Systems (PoLS) program funds networking activities among graduate students and educators working on the physics of living systems. This trans-institutional student research network (SRN) includes a variety of activities to encrouage regular interactions between students and faculty at participating institutions. more...


The workshop will start at the Deutsches Museum on Monday, July 21 at 9:15 am and will end on Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 pm. It will combine faculty and student talks and poster presentations.

On Monday morning there will be a shuttle bus for international participants to the Deutsches Museum.
Meeting point: LMU Main building, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
The bus will leave at 8:30 am.

Lunch and a welcome reception on Monday, as well as the conference dinner on Tuesday are included. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, please pick your own lunch spot! Close to the conference location Schellingstr. 4, you will find a multitude of takeaways, snack bars, coffee shops and restaurants in all price ranges.

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Download Book of Abstracts (PDF, 4.6 MB)

Poster Presentations

Poster session Tuesday, July 22: Presenting authors with last name A-McG

Poster session Tursday, July 24: Presenting authors with last name Mi-Z

Posters should have portrait format, size 750 x1180 mm. We recommend to use our template (.ppt or .pptx).

Munich participants: Please make an appointment for poster printing with Anna Kager (2180-3547) in time. Poster printing (only by appointment) will be possible until July 17.


  • Ben-Gurion-University
  • CNRS (France)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • LMU Munich
  • Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
  • National University of Singapore
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign
  • University of Maryland
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • TU Munich
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Yale University


We have reserved rooms in several hotels from Sunday evening (20th) to Friday morning (25th). All hotels are centrally located in the vicinity of the workshop location. Breakfast is included at all hotels.

For faculty, we have reserved rooms at the Hotel Carlton. The room charge is 89 EUR/120 USD per night for a single room and 119 EUR/160 USD for a double room.

For students, single and twin rooms are available at the following hotels: Hotel Antares and Hotel am Siegestor. The room charge is 75-85 EUR/105-115 USD per night for a single room and 98-105 EUR/135-143 USD for a twin room. Students have an opportunity to register for a single room on a first come, first served basis. Once all available single rooms have been reserved, you will be required to register for a shared twin room.

Cultural Program

For registered participants, we offer different leisure activities on Wednesday afternoon (July 23):

Tour 1: Guided City Tour, 2:00-4:00 pm
Meeting Point: Marienplatz, Fischbrunnen
Transport: underground lines U3 and U6 to Marienplatz

Tour 2: Guided Bike City Tour, 2:00-5:00 pm
Meeting Point: Marienplatz, Fischbrunnen
Transport: underground lines U3 and U6 to Marienplatz.
Bikes will be provided by the guides at Marienplatz.

Tour 3: Isar Rafting Tour, 1:30 pm - 8 pm
Meeting Point: Schellingstr. 4, lobby
Transport: underground lines to Munich main station, regional train to Lenggries/from Bad Tölz. Train tickets will be provided.
Please wear casual clothes and shoes that can cope with some splash water. Spare shoes are recommended. Soft drinks and beer can be purchased on the rafting boats, but you might want to bring a snack with you.

Local Transport

Public transport in Munich is easy, safe and comfortable. Tickets are available at the ticket machines at every subway, tram and S-Bahn stop and at some bus stops. Tickets must be validated (stamped) before entering the trains.

Arrival at the airport: If you arrive by plane at Munich Airport, the easiest way into the city is by the S-Bahn, the regional railway system. By taking the S1 or S8 from below Terminal 1, you will reach the city center (Marienplatz) in approximately 40 minutes. Tickets must be purchased at the ticket machines (ground floor near the escalators to the S-Bahn station). If you travel alone, you might want to buy an adult single day ticket (all zones, 11.70 EUR) - if you are a group of two or more (up to five), you should buy an adult partner ticket (all zones, 21.30 EUR). The hotels are located close to the U-Bahn stop U3/U6 Universität and U-Bahn stop U3/U4/U5/U6 Odeonsplatz.

On Monday morning there will be a shuttle bus for international participants to the Deutsches Museum. All hotels are within 5-10 minutes walking distance to the conference location Schellingstr. 4 (Tuesday-Thursday).

For the occasional use of public transport, we recommend buying a Stripe Ticket (Streifenkarte). The Stripe Ticket is very flexible: it can be used for several trips by one or more individuals. You are allowed to change and interrupt your trip. Return and round trips, however, are not permitted. The Stripe Ticket is better value for money than the Single Ticket. Depending on your destination, one (for short trips - up to two subway stops or up to 4 bus or tram stops) or several of the ten stripes have to be validated. If you’re planning more than 2 trips in the Munich city area on one day, we recommend purchasing the Day Ticket.

If you get to Munich by train, you can choose to buy either a single ride ticket, a day ticket, or a partner day ticket (for groups up to five) - or even three-day versions of these. Munich main station and LMU are located in the inner district, so "Innenraum" tickets are sufficient for getting from the train to the conference venue. For more information visit the international website of the MVV (linked transport system around Munich).

Confirmed speakers

Wolfgang Baumeister, MPI of Biochemistry
Ed Bayer, Weizmann Institute of Science
Dieter Braun, LMU Munich
Chen Chen, National University of Singapore
Elena Conti
, MPI of Biochemistry
Flavio Fenton, Georgia Institute of Technology
Erwin Frey, LMU Munich
Lu Gan, National University of Singapore
Ulrike Gaul, LMU Munich
Thomas Gregor, Princeton University
Taekjip Ha, University of Illinois
David Hu, Georgia Institute of Technology
Harold Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology
Erel Levine, Harvard University
Herbert Levine, Rice University
Vladimir Lorman, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, Montpellier
Wolfgang Losert, University of Maryland
Emmanuel Margeat, Centre de Biochimie Structurale, Montpellier
Utkur Mirasaidov, National University of Singapore
Simon Mochrie, Yale University
Eyal Nir, Ben Gurion University
Jose Onuchic, Rice University
Matthias Rief, TU Munich
Monica Santos de Freitas, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Raj Saurabh, CNRS
Klaus Schulten, University of Illinois
Jerson L. Silva, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Dave Thirumalai, University of Maryland
Fernanda Tovar Moll, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Arpita Upadhyaya, University of Maryland

Workshop Venue

Deutsches Museum
Museumsinsel 1
80538 Munich
LMU Munich
Physics Department

Lecture Hall H030
Schellingstr. 4
80799 Munich

Workshop Organization

Prof. Don Lamb, LMU Munich
Prof. Zan Luthey-Schulten, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Management Team:
Marilena Pinto, M.A.
Dr. Susanne Hennig
Anna Kager, B.A.

Center for NanoScience (CeNS) and SFB 1032
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München

Tel: +49-(0)89-2180-3390

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