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2nd Bioforphys conference “Biological evolution and nonequilibrium physics: close encounters”

The 2nd Biology for Physics conference entitled ¨Biological Evolution and Nonequilibrium Physics: Close Encounters¨ ( to be held inBarcelona on the 3rd-7th July 2022 is now open for submissions.

Registrations for participants will open on the 2nd of May 2022. Please, check here for deadlines.

The conference is organized under the patronage of theDivision of Physics for Life Sciencesfrom the European Physical Society and will be held at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) on the beautiful Barcelona seashore (

"Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution" this sentence has been credited to the evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975) and raises the question of the role of physics in evolution. The 2nd Bioforphys conference will be focused on the most general aspects of evolution from the perspective of physics. In particular, we aim to set up a wide-open interdisciplinary forum of researchers to discuss ideas regarding how our current knowledge of physics can contribute to understanding evolution in biology, from ancestral chemistry to molecular, cellular, and organismic entities.  Evolution stands out as one of the current most exciting research topics with broad implications in all modern sciences, from Darwinism in biology to evolutionary diseases and pandemics, passing through the most varied spectrum of fundamental problems in physics and mathematics. We expect to organize a fantastic interdisciplinary and inspiring conference with the most relevant topics and wonderful speakers in the area. We expect to see you all in Barcelona!!

The conference brings prominent scientists ( also names list at the bottom of this email) who have been working over the past years on biological evolution and to whom physics is an everyday source of inspiration to understand biology better.The conference will debate questions such as:  How can physics contribute to understanding evolution in biology? Are there hidden principles in biological evolution, or is evolution consequential by the physical and chemical forces we know? Instead, does natural evolution have the flavor of physical law, or is it just conditional for life to exist? The conference is a forum where recent scientific results are presented by our invitees but dressed in a way to convey to the audience a personal view on the aforementioned questions and to trigger discussion and reflection on them. The conference contents are organized under the umbrella of a few selected themes that all share the underlying playground of nonequilibrium physics at the core of biological evolution. Topics include physics, life, and information; statistical physics of biological landscapes and networks; molecular evolution, from nucleic acids to proteins; microbial and viral evolution to evolutionary ecology; multicellularity, growth, and development; proteomics, genetics, and cancer among others.

In addition to the invited talks, the conference will select a number of oral contributions on the basis ofscientific originality and interest, plusample time devoted to poster exhibitionsby participants and researchers to promote exchanges and interaction between them and our invited speakers. Three prizes will be awarded to the best posters.The conference is agreat opportunity for young researcherswho want to have abroad overview of the current most relevant topics in evolution that are reshaping our way to understand the physical and biological world.   

All sessions will be plenary and on-site.

We can only accept up to 150 participantsto this event and thereforewe encourage you to register as soon as the registration is open ( submit an oral or a poster contribution by May 15th, 2022 at the latest (

Contributions and participation will be accepted according to the order of registrationuntil the maximum number of participants (150) is reached.We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event in Barcelona, with lots of science and stimulating discussions.With kindest regards,

Felix Ritort (Conference Chair and Division of Physics for Life Sciences, EPS)
Local Organizing Committee
Jaume Casademunt (Universitat de Barcelona)
Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) 
Marta Ibanes (Universitat de Barcelona)
Maria Manosas (Universitat de Barcelona)
Tomas Marqués (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) 
Pere Roca-Cusachs (IBEC, Barcelona)
DPL Board members
Fred Mackintosh (Rice University, Houston, USA)
Matteo Marsili (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
Ralf Seidel (University of Leipzig, Germany)
Cecile Sykes (Institut Curie, Paris, France)
International Advisory Committee
DPL Board members
Paolo de Los Rios (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Raymond Goldstein (University of Cambridge, UK)
Ramin Golestanian (Max Planck Institute, Gottingen, Germany)
Eytan Domany (Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Rehovot, Israel)
Confirmed invited speakers

Aviv BergmanAlbert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Jordi BascompteUniversity of Zurich, Switzerland
Johannes Berg, University of Köln, Germany
Antonio CelaniICTP, Trieste, Italy
Lee CroninUniversity of Glasgow, UK
Michael DesaiHarvard University, USA
Daniel FisherStanford University, USA
Nigel GoldenfeldUrbana-Champaign San Diego, USA
Raymond GoldsteinUniversity of Cambridge, UK
Oskar HallatschekUC Berkeley, USA
Iain JohnstonUniversity of Bergen, Norway
Kunihiko KanekoTokyo University, Japan
Fyodor KondrashovIST, Austria
Michael LassigUniversity of Köln, Germany
Susanna ManrubiaCNB, Madrid, Spain
Michel MilinkovitchUniversité de Genève, Switzerland
Jose OnuchicRice University, USA
Roberto OroseiESA,Bologna, Italy
Tzachi PilpelWeizmann Institute, Israel
Chris SanderHarvard Medical School, USA
Ricard SoleUniversitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Peter StadlerUniversity of Leipzig, Germany
Aleksandra WalczakENS, Paris
Sara WalkerArizona State University, USA
Peter YunkerGeorgia Tech, USA


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