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Living systems: from interaction patterns to critical behavior

Venezia, 16-19 September 2015

Recent availability of large volumes of ecological and biological data spanning a wide range of scales, made it evident that, despite their diversity, living systems are characterized by patterns/regularities repeated from microscopic to global scales. This workshop aims to explore how these recurrent phenomena emerge as the result of concerted interactions among their constituent elements (e.g. species, or genes), using a combination of approaches inspired by statistical mechanics, network analysis and the theory of complex systems. The aim of the workshop is to introduce students and young researchers with strong background in quantitative sciences to methods and ideas used to describe such complex systems. The range of topics covered at the workshop is very broad, ranging from genomics to ecology, with the ultimate goal of identifying similarities and differences of complex biological systems operating at different scales.


Dipartimento di Fisica G. Galilei              Universita' degli Studi di Padova

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Amos Maritan, University of Padova
Flavio Seno, University of Padova
Stefano Allesina, The University of Chicago
Henrik Jeldtoft Jensen, Imperial College London
Aleksandra Walczak, ENS Paris
Maria Rita D'Orsogna, UCLA
Joshua Weitz, Georgia Tech
Agnese Seminara, CNRS Nice
Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino, University of Paris VI
Kim Sneppen, Niels Bohr Institute
Andrea Rinaldo, EPFL
Sandro Azaele, University of Leeds
Antonio Celani, ICTP
Susanna Manrubia, CSIC Madrid
Paolo De los Rios, EPFL
Guido Tiana, University of Milan
Jayanth Banavar, University of Maryland
Achille Giacometti, University of Venice
Stefano Vassanelli, University of Padova


The workshop will present a wide-range of interdisciplinary problems using creative approaches grounded in statistical physics.
The detailed programme and speakers information can be downloaded here.
Here you can download the book of the abstracts.


The conference will be hosted by Venice International University, in the island of San Servolo, Venice, Italy.

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The registration fee for the workshop is 150 Euros. Deadline for the registration has been extended to JULY 10 (very last call).
The fees and available local fundings will cover lectures and seminars (and related materials), internet access and coffee break. A direct link to register and pay the conference fee is available here
Application for scholarship by students are closed. There will be space for short talks and posters. Send a title and an abstract to

We strongly suggest to reserve your accommodation within the International University at San Servolo Island. There is the availability of 28 single rooms (90 Euro/night), 11 double bed (135 Euro/night). The sojourn tax is 1.60Euro per day and person, not included.
To all workshop participants special prices for the cafeteria are guaranteed: Breakfast: 7 Euro; Lunch: 11 Euro; Dinner: 11 Euro.

We guarantee the availability of the rooms until June 15.
For reservation please download this form and follow the instructions.

Social Event

TBA. Guided tour in Venice and social dinner. Details will follow.




ANTONIO TROVATO, ( , University of Padova.
SAMIR SUWEIS, (, University of Padova.
JACOPO GRILLI, (, University of Chicago.