The Gordon Research Seminar on Complex Active and Adaptive Material Systems is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.
This meeting is dedicated to junior researchers from diverse and interdisciplinary backgrounds to discuss and share ideas on designing complex active and adaptive materials. We will bring together early-career scientists in the fields of biology, mathematics, physics, engineering, material science, and chemistry to formulate 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, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and multi-scale biomechanics. This is an opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to present their unpublished or recently published research before more senior scientists arrive for the associated GRC. We will also have a mentorship component with invited experts on communicating science, designed for you to reach wider audiences through the art of writing, graphic design, and refined rhetoric.
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 30, 2020. 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.