Plenary Event 1: The Living Cell

22/23 July 2013

The Ridge, University of Sheffield

This conference is the first of three ‘plenary’ events which will consider different aspects of the EPSRC NetworkPlus Understanding the Physics of Life. Here we will concentrate on challenges from the molecular to cellular scales. The conference will include a series of invited talks from leading biologists and biophysicists to “set the scene”, as well as beginning the process of drawing up a strategic roadmap for the Network through intensive discussion.


Our Focussed Workshops will provide a mechanism to nucleate new collaborative partnerships that wil lead to outstanding science and the award of grants by research councils. One of the central goals of the Plenary Events will be to prepare the ground for those Workshops and to help us build a programme for understanding the physics of life. Discussion sessions will be a very important element of the events, and it is hoped that all attendees will come ready to engage fully in that element of the programme.

Who should attend?

We invite particiption by academic staff from physical and life science departments in the UK who are interested in the central goal of the Network. We are particularly keen to encourage participation by clinicians and industrial scientists, to foster the development of relationships with end-users of the research.


Day 1
12:30 lunch
1:30 Introduction
13:45 – 14:25 Talk 1 Prof Daan Frenkel, University of Cambridge
14:25 – 15:05 "Molecular Machinery", Prof Richard Berry, University of Oxford
15:05 – 15:30 Discussion
15:30 – 15:50 Coffee
15:50 – 16:50 Breakout 1
16:50 – 17:10 Report back
17:10 – 17:50 "How Cells Exploit Mechanical Forces to Recognize Physical Aspects of their Environments", Prof Viola Vogel, ETH Zurich
18:30 – 20:00 Dinner
20:00 "Mechanochemical Cell Biology and the Physics of Life", Prof Robert Cross, University of Warwick
Day 2
09:00 – 09:40 "What can we learn about cellular membrane r traffic from in vitro systems?", Prof Patricia Bassereau, Institut Curie
09:40 – 10:20 "Nanoscale Biophysics of Intracellular Calcium Signalling", Prof Christian Soeller, University of Exeter
10:20 – 10:45 Discussion
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee
11:00 – 12:00 Breakout 2
12:00 – 12:15 Report back
12:15 – 13:00 "The legacy of the alphaB-crystallin protein chaperone interaction with intermediate filaments – making muscles efficient and bending photons", Prof Roy Quinlan, University of Durham
13:00 Lunch and Close


Register for this event. The registration fee (£80) includes lunch on both days and dinner, bed and breakfast for the night of July 22. For those attending all three events, discounted registration at £40 will be available for the final event. Registration closes on July 10.


The meeting will take place in The Ridge, Ranmoor Village, Sheffield S10 3A (see map; Ranmoor village is in the lower left-hand corner and the railway station is on the right-hand side). The entrance to Ranmoor Village is from Shore Lane; from Fulwood road, go up Shore Lane and you will find the entrance on your left after about 100 yards. Just past the barriers are steps leading down to Ramshaw block; The Ridge is just to the right of Ramshaw (see map of Ranmoor Village). It is a short bus journey from Sheffield city centre (take the number 120 from Sheffield Interchange, a few hundred yards from the railway station), or alternatively, a short taxi ride.




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