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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...


  • Centre de Biochimie Structurale/CNRS Montpellier
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harvard University
  • LMU Munich
  • National University of Singapore
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign
  • University of Maryland
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Tel Aviv University
  • TU Munich
  • Yale University


The workshop will start on Monday, July 21 at about 9 am and will end on Thursday, July 24 at about 6 pm. It will combine faculty and student talks and poster presentations. Lunch menus are available at numerous restaurants in close vicinity of the workshop location.

Download preliminary schedule

Poster Presentations

In addition to the talks, all participants are invited to present a poster at the poster session taking place on Tuesday and/or Thursday.


Please register by May 18th.

Munich participants should not use the registration form but send an e-mail to Anna Kager.

Abstract Submission

Please send the abstracts for your talks and posters by email to Susanne Hennig by July 7! Abstracts submitted in time will be included into the book of abstracts. Please follow these instructions:

  • Format: ONLY Text-File (*.doc, *.txt, *.rtf)
  • Necessary information:
    • Title
    • List of authors (presenting author underlined)
    • Abstract text (1'000 - 2'000 characters incl. spaces)
  • Optional information: images and figure captions (please send the image files also separately by email!)


We have booked 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 Carlton and Hotel am Siegestor. The room charge is 75-89 EUR/105-120 USD per night for a single room and 98-119 EUR/135-160 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 Wednesday afternoon (July 23), we offer different leisure activities:

Tour 1: Munich – main sights and history (about 1.5 h, guided city walking tour)

Tour 2: Munich and the arts (about 2.5 hours, guided museum’s tour)

Tour 3: Munich by bike (about 3 hours, guided city bike tour, 10-12 km by bike)

Tour 4: Isar river rafting tour (about 3.5 hours plus 1 hour by train. Guided fun tour in large boats from Lenggries to Bad Tölz in front of the panorama of the Bavarian Alps. No special equipment or previous knowledge required, but you should be able to swim!)

Please make your choice when registering for the meeting. Alternatively, you are welcome to explore Munich on your own.

Local Transport

If you arrive by air 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). Tickets must be validated (stamped) before entering the trains. The hotels are located close to the U-Bahn stop U3/U6 Universität.

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).

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