2nd Physics of Life Symposium

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 9:20 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. PT

Note: Registration & breakfast open at 8:00 a.m.

Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF in San Francisco, CA (and limited virtual livestream)

Living systems span multiple scales and levels of organization and display phenomena that often have no analog in the inanimate world. But for the last 500 years, physics has been focused on non-living matter. The physics of living systems is emerging as a new field, promising not only to reveal new insights about the inner workings of living systems, but also to push the limits of physics itself in the context of, for example, non-equilibrium physics and active matter research.

The Physics of Life Symposium aims to bring together researchers interested in leveraging the tools, approaches, and style of inquiry of physics to the complex and beautiful phenomena of life. Our objective is to nucleate a diverse and vibrant community of physical biologists in the San Francisco Bay Area, with the CZ Biohub SF as the convergence point for the exchange of ideas in an atmosphere that fosters collaborative research.

View videos from the first Physics of Life Symposium held in January 2023 here.

Keynote Speaker

Julie Theriot

Professor of Biology at the University of Washington, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute


(all times in Pacific Time)

8:00 - 9:15 a.m
    Registration and breakfast
9:20 - 9:30 a.m.
    Welcome remarks
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
    Keynote address
10:15 - 10:45 a.m
    Coffee break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Submitted 15-minute talks
12:15 - 1:45 p.m
1:45 - 3:30 p.m.
    Submitted 15-minute talks
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
    Coffee break
4:00 - 4:50 p.m.
    Submitted 3-minute lightning talks
4:50 - 5:00 p.m.
    Closing remarks
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Poster session & social hour

In-person attendees: please register by Monday, October 2.

Contact physicsoflife@czbiohub.org

Register to Attend