This meeting is part of a series of Focussed Workshops delivered through the EPSRC NetworkPlus in ‘Understanding the Physics of Life 2’.
Workshop overview: Nanofluidics is a central theme in biological systems, from the flow of water, ions and small solutes through protein pores and channels, to biomolecules folding, and molecular processes taking place at the interface with biological membranes. Despite this ubiquity, our understanding of nanofluidics in biology is still significantly limited, first by the difficulty to investigate biological systems on the nanoscale and in relevant conditions. Second, at that scale, the traditional boundaries between fields tend to blur and most problems become inherently interdisciplinary: measuring, understanding and modelling nanofluidics in soft systems is central theme in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering. This is exemplified by the question of water flow through Aquaporins, found to overcome the diffusion limit by orders of magnitudes. Elements of answer came from physics, biology, and chemistry, and important technological parallels could be found with carbon nanotubes.
The idea of this workshop is to bring together people from biological/physiological background with physicists/engineers to discuss challenges and opportunities in the field, both in terms of fundamental scientific questions and strategies/methods to answer them. The workshop will focus systems where unusual biophysics takes place, often beyond existing theories. A few examples are aquaporins, fluid dynamics at biointerfaces and biolubircation between rubbing membranes, and retarded diffusion along interfaces through correlated effects. Ample time has been planned for discussions (plenary and in groups) aimed at identifying the key interdisciplinary questions requiring immediate attention from the scientific community, taking into account available technology and developments.
Who should attend?
We invite participation by academic, industrial and clinical scientists in the UK who are interested in the central goal of generating new collaborative research interactions at the physical/life sciences interface focussed on this subject area.
The meeting is organized over 3 full days and features many world-renowned scientists across all relevant disciplines.
Invited talks will constitute the backbone of the workshop, there will also be allocations for shorter contributions from postgraduate students and postdocs, and a poster session.
There will be ample time for discussion and networking with 2 dedicated sessions: (i) a guided discussion on the 2nd day to identifying the open challenges and opportunities in the field, and (ii) the last afternoon dedicated to more targeted discussions in groups along identified key questions for the immediate future. The goal will be to set the basis for new collaboration/funding applications around the identified themes.
Confirmed invited speakers: Massimo Antognozzi (Bristol) Paula Booth (KCL) Simon Connel (Leeds) Alex Conner (Birmingham) Jamie Hobbs (Sheffield) Bart Hoogenboom (UCL) Ulrich Keyser (Cambridge) Phil Kitchen (Birmingham) Tuomas Knowles (Cambridge) Mervyn Miles FRS (Bristol) Teuta Pilizota (Edinburgh) Roy Quinlan (Durham) Alexander Schlaich (FU Berlin) Margarita Staykova (Durham) Takayuki Uchihashi (Nagoya University)
Further programme detail will be uploaded shortly.
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The meeting will take place in PH30, Department of Physics, Durham University.