The meeting will take place in the first week of September in 2012 at the Mediterranean coast of France. The aim of the meeting is to bring together eminent researchers from interdisciplinary fields working on various aspects of cell and tissue biophysics including adhesion, mechano-sensing, morphogenesis, transport, single molecule studies etc. We hope to stimulate exchange of ideas between theorists and experimentalists, and between physicists, chemists and biologists. We also hope for large participation from young and emerging scientists who would benefit vastly from exposure to this eclectic gathering.
A two and a half days of advanced school, aimed at graduate students as well as researchers at the interface of biology with physical sciences, will precede the four day conference. The conference is the second in the series on Cell Biophysics and is a follow up of the first meeting "Physics of Cells - PhysCell2009" which was organized in 2009 in Croatia in honour of Prof. Erich Sackmann. The current meeting will be dedicated to Pierre Gilles deGennes and will benefit from close collaboration with the foundation set up in his memory.