Kavli colloquium - Kavli Chair Erwin Frey (LMU Munich): “Emergence and Self-Organisation in Biological Systems”



15:00 hrs


Joost van der Grintenzaal, Faculty of Industrial Design, Delft


Isolated systems tend to evolve towards thermal equilibrium, a special state that has been a research focus in physics for more than a century. By contrast, most processes studied in biological systems are far from equilibrium. A fundamental overarching hallmark of all these processes is the emergence of structure, order, and information, and we are facing the major challenge to identify the underlying physical principles. Two particular exciting problems are the self-organised formation of spatio-temporal patterns and the robust self-assembly of complex structures. In both fields there are recent advances in understanding the underlying physics that will be reviewed in this talk. In reaction–diffusion systems, it has been shown that the essential dynamics is the spatial redistribution of the conserved quantities which leads to moving equilibria. Efficient self-assembly of macromolecules and protein clusters is a vital challenge for living organisms: Not only are resources limited but also are malfunctioning aggregates a substantial threat to the organism itself.

15.00 hr

Pre-programme: Introducing 2 new faculty members

- Dimphna Meijer

- Wolfgang Tittel

15.45 hr


16.00 hr

Kavli colloquium by Erwin Frey: “Emergence and Self-Organisation in Biological Systems”

17.00 hr

Drinks & time to meet


Kavli Colloquium

Date: April 4, 2019
Location: Faculty of Industrial Design, Joost van der Grinten room