Collective behaviour of soft and biological matter
Functional dynamics of cell contacts









Fred Wolf
Jörg Großhans
Christoph Schmidt

Summer school and experimental course

"Tissue as active matter -- Quantitative approaches in Developmental biology"

Göttingen, September 14th - 25th

This course is set up for post-docs and advanced doctoral students in biology or biophysics with an interest in the interface between both disciplines and quantitative approaches.

Daily lectures in the morning by invited experts will provide an overview of current research topics and experimental approaches. For the remainder of the day, the course particpants will perform experiments in small groups of 3 to 5 students that are organised in two-days blocks. Each block consists of an experiment to gain hands-on experience and a part with quantification. We will employ several experimental systems, including Drosophila embryos, C. elegans, Xenopus laevis embryos, Dictyostelium discoideum cells, and cultured cells.

In addition to the four experimental blocks, a two-day theory block for all participants will introduce to statistical and computational analysis as well as modelling approaches, including excercises at the computer.

The instructors of the experiments are members of the FOR 1756 and SFB 937. The experiments will be performed at various locations of the Göttingen campus at institutes of the university, the medical school and Max Planck society.

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