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Shape Up 2015

Exercises in Materials Geometry and Topology

Berlin (Germany), 14-18 September 2015

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Dear Scientists and Mathematicians,

We wish to announce our upcoming conference:

Shape Up 2015

Exercises in Materials Geometry and Topology

The conference will be an interdisciplinary discussion meeting on

patterns and geometry, and their role in biological and synthetic

microstructured materials and tissue.. We invite contributions

from biology, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, physics

and related fields addressing the genesis, properties and function

of complex nano-scale geometries, as well as underlying geometric

and topological concepts for the study of complex structure and shape..

The key areas of interest include:

* Geometric and topological concepts in soft condensed matter

* Characterization of structure and function

* Topological data analysis and image reconstruction

* Self-assembly of bi- and polycontinuous phases

* Negatively curved surfaces and hyperbolic geometry

* Structure enumeration & network-like phases

* Function of complex nanostructures in biology

* Bio-inspired design of materials

* Knots and entanglements in physics

* Emergence of chirality, order and the role of disorder

* Symmetry, graphs and discrete geometry

* Tessellations, area-minimising foams and packings

* Three-dimensional topology of cellular microstructures

* Pattern formation and complex structures in soft materials

The conference will run from Monday morning 14 September 2015 to the

late afternoon of Friday 18 September and will feature an extended

poster session, 15-20 contributed talks as well as invited lectures

by

* Simon Copar (U Ljubljana)

* Herbert Edelsbrunner (IST Austria)

* Karsten Grosse-Brauckmann (TU Darmstadt)

* Jemal Guven (U Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)

* Stephen Hyde (Australian National University)

* Motoko Kotani (Tohoku U)

* Rob Kusner (UMass Amherst)

* Jeremy Mason (Bogazici U)

* Elisabetta Matsumoto (Harvard U)

* Konstantin Mischaikow (Rutgers U)

* Piotr Pieranski (U Poznan)

* James Sethian (UC Berkeley)

* Ullrich Steiner (U Fribourg)

* John M. Sullivan (TU Berlin)

* Adam Squires (U Reading)

* Salvatore Torquato (U Princeton)

* Silvia Vignolini (U Cambridge)

The conference is hosted at the Technical University of Berlin on

Strasse des 17. Juni that leads right up to the famous Brandenburg Gate,

next to Reichstag, the parliament of Germany. Museum Island, Berliner

Philharmonie, Opera Houses, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Television Tower

and other famous sites are within a few kilometers walking distance and

are easily accessible via public transport that connects all of inner

Berlin – from vibrant Prenzlauer Berg to Gendarmenmarkt at the heart

of Berlin. All lectures and the poster session will take place at the

Institute of Mathematics, Strasse des 17. Juni 136.

We are inviting abstracts for contributed oral presentations and for

posters. We encourage you to use the latex-template on the website

(http://www.shape-up.academy/) and to include both attractive images

and references in your abstract. The deadline for abstract submission

is

*** 31 May 2015 ***

Registration will open 15 June 2015.

We are hopeful of encouraging people from a wide variety of scientific

and mathematical backgrounds to attend. Any queries can be addressed

to the organising committee at shape-up@math.tu-berlin.de.

Best regards, and we hope to see you in Berlin,

The Organising Committee

Myfanwy Evans (TU Berlin), Andrew Kraynik (Sandia, (Ret.)), Frank Lutz

(TU Berlin), Gerd Schroeder-Turk (Murdoch) and Bodo Wilts (Fribourg)