The first meeting of the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Complex Active and Adaptive Material Systems brings together junior researchers from our diverse and interdisciplinary field to discuss and share ideas on designing biomimetic material systems, with an emphasis on structure at all scales.
Our GRS seeks to introduce early-career materials scientists, physicists, engineers, biologists, and chemists to one another with the goal of formulating new ways to inscribe the vital functions found in biological systems into synthetic materials and complex structures. Topics will include recent experimental and theoretical advances in biomimetic soft matter, life-like active materials, non-equilibrium statistical physics, and multiscale mechanics of biological systems. We will address the field’s competing need for convergence and multiplicity between experts in biological and engineering science.
This meeting is an opportunity for graduate students and post-docs to present their intriguing and unpublished research in these and related topics. It will emphasize the exchange of ideas and experiences between people and disciplines, leading to new collaborations and career development. We will explore the role that modeling, data, and analytics can provide for the whole multi-scale and adaptive material community. Talks by students and post-docs, selected from submitted abstracts, will complement the main poster session. A mentorship component entitled "Visuals, Audio and Action: Multimedia and the Art of Communicating Science" will bring together experts on communicating science beyond peer-reviewed articles, such as in magazines, graphic design, public speaking, and art.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by October 26, 2018. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.