We are one of the initiators of the PhysCell Conference Series on Cell Biophysics and are since 2009 chairs of the international organizing committee. The focus of the series is the living cell, which is an immensely complex system, active and far from equilibrium – all this makes unravelling the physics underlying the working of cells very challenging. The aim of this conference series is to bring together the very best minds in physics, chemistry and biology which exchange ideas on selected topics, develop a common vocabulary, and define questions of mutual interest for the future development of the field. As a result, clear research goals and directions should emerge, with the final aim of understanding the mechanisms important for cell functions in a quantitative and fully controllable manner.
The main sponsors of the series are EMBO and DFG, while a significant contribution is provided by the De Gennes Foundation, particularly for the second conference.
PhysCell2009 was the first conference in the series with the title Physics of Cells: From the Edge to the Heart. It was dedicated to E. Sackmann and was held in Primošten, Croatia in September 2009. The chair of the conference was A.-S. Smith.
PhysCell2012 was the second conference in the series with the title Physics of Cells: From Soft to Living Matter. It was dedicated to P.G. De Gennes and was held in Hyères, France in September 2012. The chair of the conference was K. Sengupta.
PhysCell2015 is the third conference in the series with the title Physics of Cells: From Molecules to Systems. It took place in Kloster Banz, Germany in September, 2015. The chair of the conference was F. Rehfeldt.
PhysCell2018 is he fourth conference in the series with the title Physics of Cells: From Biochemical to Mechanical. It took place in Harrogate, UK in September, 2018. The chair of the conference was F. Rehfledt.