June 3, 2022

PHYMOT Workshop W1-Paris


Nov. 2-4, 2022, ESPCI, PARIS


From the largest animals to the smallest single-cell organisms, motility is a fundamental characteristic of life. Cell swimming, in particular, underpins a wide range of fundamental biological phenomena, including microbial grazing that fuels the base of the food webs, inter-microbial communication, animal reproduction, and parasitic infection—including severe diseases like malaria trypanosomiasis. Motile microorganisms are among the most important life-forms on earth, not only because of their abundance, but also because of their vital functions, e.g., in symbiosis with mammals or in ecosystems. Unravelling the basic principles of their propulsion mechanisms is essential for the development of novel strategies in the treatment of diseases, to understand microbial transport like the migration of marine phytoplankton in aquatic environments, and ultimately to open avenues for control of biological systems and the design of artificial nanomachines. 


  • Motility and Sensing
  • Collective Motion
  • Geometry and Motility​

Invited speakers (confirmed)

Ingmar Riedel-Kruse (University of Arizona, Tucson)
Michael Shelley (New York University)
Lisa Fauci (Tulane University, New Orleans)
Philippe Bastin (Institut Pasteur, Paris)
Teresa López-León (ESPCI, Paris)​
Kirsty Wan (University of Exeter)
Daniel Tam (TU Delft, Delft)
All PHYMOT projects will be presented


Scientific Organization

Anke Lindner (ESPCI, Paris)​
Eric Clement (ESPCI, Paris)​
Roberto Di Leonardo (University Rome La Sapienza)​
Thomas Kiørboe (Technical University Denmark)
Gerhard Gompper (Forschungszentrum Jülich)​

Local Organization

Anker Lindner & Eric Clement

PHYMOT management​

G. Gompper & G. Vliegenthart


The conference fee includes coffee-breaks, lunch breaks, buffet/finger-food at the poster session and the conference dinner. Accommodation is not included in the fee. For suggestions for hotels go to the section “links” below. 

Student  early (before Sept. 25, 2022): 125 euro
Student late​: 175 euro
Other early​ (before Sept. 25, 2022): 175 euro
Other late​: 225 euro

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: Sept. 9, 2022

Notification of accepted abstracts: Sept. 16, 2022

Early bird deadline: Sept. 25, 2022

Payment deadline: Oct. 14, 2022

Note that invoices will be send only after abstract notification


Please follow the registration procedure as indicated:

  1. Register first, you will receive a 4-digit registration number by email. Use the registration number for the submission of your abstract.
  2. Please use the correct billing address and email address in order to avoid cancellation and reissuing the invoice.
  3. Download the template (Tex/Word) for the abstract here.
  4. Submit your abstract as a .zip file (max 10Mb). With your submission include the Tex/Doc file as well as the Figures in PDF, PNG, JPG,…

For registration, you will be asked to provide

  • Name
  • Email
  • member of PHYMOT group or PHYMOT partner Y/N
  • Affiliation as on badge
  • Billing address (check with your institution)
  • Invited speaker Y/N
  • Dietary restrictions

Registration is closed, for information contact etn-phymot@fz-juelich.de


Covid 19

Please take notice of the regulations for travel to and in France on the website of the French ministries of foreign affairs and internal affairs.

In case of COVID related restrictions on travel and in person meetings we may decide to hold the meeting online. Please check this website regularly.

Information for speakers

Invited talks: 30 minutes including discussion

PHYMOT talks: 20 minutes including discussion

Contributed talks: 20 minutes   including discussion


Technical boundary conditions require your presentation to be uploaded to a fixed computer in the conference room.  Please check your presentation in the break before your session. 

Information for poster presenters

Posters are presented in a single poster session Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 18.00. The order of posters is by registration number and a list of posters can be found in the book of abstracts or as a separate list to be downloaded below.

Poster boards are A0 in portrait format.

You are kindly asked to remove your poster at the end of the poster session.

Program for download

You can download the short program and list of posters here
(Last updated Oct. 28)

You can download the book of abstracts here
(Last updated Oct. 30)



The workshop will take place at the Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes at 6 Rue Jean Calvin, 75005 Paris.

The closest Metro stations are “Censier – Daubenton”  and “Place Monge” line 7. 

Please be aware of pickpocketers during travel by public transport.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Thursday night from 18.00 on, at the Salle Panoramique,

Tour Zémanski, 24th floor Campus Jussieu, Sorbonne Université, 4, place Jussieu, 75005 We will

walk here all together after the last talk of the day.


You can find hotel booking sites here or here.

Travel information for Paris is found here.

General tourist information for Paris is found here.