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Physics of Life Symposium 2024

M. Lisa Manning, Ph.D.

Keynote Speaker

M. Lisa Manning, Ph.D.


Wednesday, September 25, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT


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.

Please register by Monday, September 16.

M. Lisa Manning, Ph.D.

M. Lisa Manning, Ph.D.

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics at Syracuse University





Registration opens

8:00 - 9:15 a.m

Breakfast available

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 (TBA)

12:15 - 1:45 p.m


1:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Submitted 15-minute talks (TBA)

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Coffee break

4:00 - 4:50 p.m.

Submitted 3-minute lightning talks (TBA)

4:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing remarks

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Poster session & social hour

Students, postdocs, and early career researchers (non-PIs) are encouraged to share their work via a 15-minute talk or 3-minute lightning talk, and all attendees are encouraged to present a poster. More details and the submission process are included during registration. For full consideration, talk abstracts should be submitted by the end of the day on Thursday, August 15.

Questions? Contact the event organizers at