Active Soft and Biological Matter: A Conference in honour of Jacques Prost 30th September - 5th October 2012

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This meeting will focus on the physical properties and collective behavior of active soft and biological matter.

These systems are maintained in non-equilibrium states by constant input of energy, and could exist at various scales. They include the behavior of macroscopic assemblies of individuals such as birds in a flock or fish in a colony or at a smaller scale of bacterial colonies, vibrated granular materials, artificial microswimmers, active colloidal objects and various biological systems such as the cytoskeleton in cells and beating cilia in metachrony. Despite their diversity, these systems could all be described by hydrodynamic theories that are only based on the common existing symmetries and the phenomenological transport coefficients. Several general features emerge from these descriptions that seem to be of a very universal nature : pattern formation, wave propagation, and defects, among others.

The aim of the Les Houches meeting is to celebrate the distinguished scientific career of Jacques Prost, and his remarkable contribution to our understanding of soft and biological matter.

The meeting is supported by Institut Curie, Rhodia, Saint-Gobain, Fondation Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, SoftComp, and the JSPS Core-to-Core program "International research network for non-equilibrium dynamics of soft matter".

Les Houches is a village located in Chamonix valley, in the French Alps. Established in 1951, the Physics School is situated at 1150 m above sea level in natural surroundings, with breathtaking views on the Mont-Blanc mountain range.

Les Houches Physics School is affiliated with Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble I (UJF). The school is a joint interuniversity facility of UJF and Grenoble-INP, and is supported by the UJF, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Direction des Sciences de la Matière du Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA/DSM).

Ecole de Physique des Houches, Côte des Chavants, F-74310 Les Houches, France.
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