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35th IFF Spring School

Physics Meets Biology. From Soft Matter to Cell Biology

22 March 2004 - 2 April 2004 . Jülich . Germany



With the IFF Ferienschule 2004, we want to contribute to the integration process of soft matter physics, biophysics and biology of the cell. The lectures will be grouped into four topics:

  • General concepts and basic facts will provide an overview that covers statistical mechanics, Brownian motion, self-assembly, and the components of biological cells.
  • Techniques and methods will introduce several modern experimental techniques as well as computer simulations.
  • Polymers, biopolymers, and proteins cover a wide range of systems, including flexible and semiflexible polymers, polyelectrolytes, dynamics of proteins, protein crystallization, and the cytoskeleton.
  • The lectures on membranes range from the statistical mechanics of fluctuating surfaces to the complexity of membrane proteins, endo- and exocytosis and cell adhesion.

Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of statistical physics and biology of the cell.

The School offers about 50 hours of lectures plus discussions, as well as the opportunity to take part in practical courses and visits to the participating institutes at Research Centre Jülich. All lectures will be given in English. All registered participants will be given a copy of the lecture notes, which contain all the material presented during the school. The lecture notes are also in English.


The topics of the lectures cover:

  • Macromolecular Assemblies
  • Statistical Physics
  • Receptors
  • Membranes
  • Motor Proteins
  • Nerve Signalling
  • Endo- and Exocytosis
  • Physical Techniques for Cell Studies