The ‘Physics of Life’ (PoL) is an EPSRC current Grand Challenge research theme, first launched in 2012 by a NetworkPlus grant. The first phase of the grant (PoLNET1) ran from 2012-2016 with the overall aim: ‘to develop a unified framework for understanding biology that integrates the molecular and the system levels of thinking into a coherent, unified whole’.
During this first phase a coherent interdisciplinary Biological Physics community was created. This community was fostered through a series of core activities (including plenary events, a series of facilitated 2-day residential workshops and early career researcher summer schools; see Past Events within PoLnet1), as well as a small number of collaborative research programmes which provided the basis for the launch of a number of major research initiatives.
It was decided that the critical mass established from PoLNET1 should continue and the community should be taken forward by applying for a second phase (PoLNET2) which EPSRC and BBSRC have now awarded funding for.
PoLNET2 commenced in 2017 and is run by a team at Durham University (see Meet the Team). It is envisaged that the second phase of this network will take the community on towards active research programmes, new topics, and continue to grow interdisciplinary connections in a sustainable way. PoLNet2 recognises that the environment is now different and ready for a new phase of activity. It constitutes an efficient way to realise the initial recommended actions of the ‘Roadmap for the Physics of Life’. There are 6 objectives and associated activities:
Upcoming Physics of Life Events
For more details on these events go to Events.