The 8th Soft Matter Summer School

"Emergence of Life"



July 20 - Aug 24, 2021           Venue: Zoom Live Streaming

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The overall aim of this series of summer schools since 2013 is to offer the participants, mostly advanced graduate students and post-docs, an up-to-date view of contemporary research that links soft matter and biological physics in order to promote understanding of the basic science underlying biological materials and living organisms. This is achieved by assembling outstanding scientists from diverse disciplines who provide mini-courses on their areas of expertise.  


The 2021 Soft Matter Summer School on “Emergence of Life” is formatted to Colloquium Series. The 11 speakers will each deliver 1.5  hour + 30 min Q&A colloquium lecture on a designated date. The foci of the Colloquium lecture will be on various issues concerning the emergence of life: (1) Stochastic Thermodynamics; (2) Information Processing in Biological Processes; (3) Quantitative Study and Engineering of Artificial Living Systems; (4) Active Matter; (5) Evolution; (6) Evolutionary Game Theory. 


Invited Speakers 

Pierre Gaspard (Universite libre de Bruxelles) 

Ramin Golestanian (MPI/ Oxford University) 

Paul Chaikin (New York University)

Erez Braun (Technion University)

Kate Adamala (University of Minesota)

Hyunggyu Park (Korea Institute for Advanced Study)

Tetsuya Yomo (East China Normal University)

Ulrich Gerland (Technical University of Munich)

Yongjoo Baek (Seoul National University)

Irene Chen (University of California Los Angeles)

Nicholas Hud (Georgia Institute of Technology) 


Organizing Committee

Changbong Hyeon (Korea Institute for Advanced Study), Chair

Hyuk Kyu Pak (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, IBS)

Fyl Pincus (University of California Santa Barbara)

Mahn Won Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

Myung Chul Choi (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)



Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), Institute for Basic Science (IBS) Center for Soft and Living Matter, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). 


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