Microswimmers – From Single Particle Motion to Collective Behaviour

Summer School on Physics of Microswimmers

18 - 22 September 2017
Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse, France


Autonomous microswimmers are a fascinating class of soft matter systems that exhibit an intriguing mechanics and dynamics on the level of individual swimmers and novel emergent collective behavior. Their study combines the biophysics of self-propulsion via motor proteins, artificial propulsion mechanisms, swimming strategies at low Reynolds numbers, the hydrodynamic interaction of swimmers, and the collective motion of large numbers of agents. This Summer School is aimed at students at the PhD level, but also at Master's students and postdocs, from all fields related to microswimmers, in particular physics, biology, chemistry, material sciences, and engineering. The school will provide a broad overview of the field, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary aspects.

Scientific topics

  • statistical mechanics of non-equilibrium systems
  • hydrodynamic interactions
  • biological propulsion mechanisms
  • artificial propulsion mechanisms
  • navigation strategies
  • synchronization
  • active colloids
  • active nematics
  • nanomachines
  • boundaries and external fields

Download the Summer School poster here!

Microswimmers 2017 - Poster (PDF, 677 kB)



Email: microswimmers2017@espci.fr


Start of the lectures: 18 September 2017, 8:30 am
End of the lectures: 22 September 2017, 6:30 pm

You can download the programme schedule

Programme (PDF, 28 kB) .


Letzte Änderung: 14.06.2024