International Research Centre for the Mathematics & Mechanics of Complex Systems (M&MoCS)


Italian Association of  Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (AIMETA)

together with the town of Sperlonga,

and the

Fondazione Tullio Levi-Civita (Cisterna di Latina)

organize the

Second Sperlonga Summer School on Mechanics and Engineering Sciences

Sperlonga (Italy), 24-28 September 2012

“Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Soft Active Matter

coordinated by Antonio Di Carlo (Università Roma Tre, Italy) and Ignacio Pagonabarraga (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)


The School will take place inside the fascinating monument of Santa Maria, the most ancient church of  Sperlonga (early 12th century).

Four six-hour courses will be held:

I. PagonabarragaSoft active matter: from molecules to organisms

D. Marenduzzo The nonequilibrium physics of active matter: from bacterial suspensions to cell motility

J. García-Ojalvo Gene, protein and population dynamics of cellular systems

A. Di Carlo From molecular motors to a half-sarcomere: an exercise in mesoscopic modelling


In addition to the regular lectures, four one-hour seminars will be given:

A. De Simone – Motility at microscopic scales

R. Di Leonardo – Hydrodynamic couplings between rotating propellers: swimming and  synchronization

L. Margheri – Characterization and modelling of the octopus as a biological model for the design of innovative soft robotics technologies

S. Melchionna – Pressure-driven and electrophoretic biological flows in nano- and micro-environments

The School will be visited by G. Ciccotti and J.-P. Ryckaert, who will participate as discussants in the closing session.


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