Animal, Vegetal, Mineral?

19-23 Sept 2016, Yallingup, Western Australia

(posted 8 Feb 2016)

The conference "Animal, Vegetal, Mineral? - Emergence and function of complex nanostructures in biological tissue and synthetic self-assembly" will be held in Yallingup, Western Australia from the 19th to the 23rd of September 2016. The conference is part of the prestigious Boden Research Conference series of the Australian Academy of Science.

Complex nanostructures abound in biological tissue and related synthetic soft materials. These convoluted forms remain largely unexplored, both in terms of how and why they emerge, and undoubtedly involve interplay of biology in vivo with physicochemical factors at work in vitro. ‘Animal Vegetal Mineral’ will be an interdisciplinary forum to discuss and attempt to demarcate the similarities and differences between structure formation mechanisms in biological materials and synthetic soft self-assembled materials. We invite and welcome interested scientific researchers from biology, chemistry, materials science, physics and mathematics to join us for an open-minded exploration of the relations between shape, structure formation and function in biological tissue and nano- and mesostructured materials.

Please see the website for more information about topics, submissions and the stunning coastal location Yallingup in Western Australia.

A special issue of the journal Interface Focus will be dedicated to the themes of the conference. Participants are encouraged to propose contributions to this issue.