XXIII International Summer School ‘Nicolás Cabrera’

The Physics of Biological Systems: From Biomolecular Nanomachines to Tissues and Organisms

Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, 10-15 July 2016

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Extended registration deadline: 1 May (for fellowship application), 31 May (regular registration).

You can download de Summer School poster here (in pdf).

School program (talks schedule).

School dossier with titles and abstracts of the talks and information about speakers.

Scope and goals:

The advances in experimental techniques and the explosion of data are allowing the characterization of biological systems with an unprecedented accuracy, which is turning Biology into a quantitative science. Since Physics is the language of the quantitative, the goal of this Summer School is to explore how physical concepts and tools expand our understanding of the complex functions and organization of living systems. By bringing together leading scientists who work at the interface of both disciplines, the School will offer a comprehensive view of some of the more interesting open problems in Biology and how they can be approached (and experimentally tested) from a physics perspective.

The School is aimed at an interdisciplinary audience (biologists, physicists, mathematicians and engineers) interested in the quantitative description of biological phenomena. Lectures will provide both primers for the non-specialist and updates of the latest advances on the selected topics, with many opportunities of interaction between the School participants.


The School is organized in a series of topics (from the micro to the macro scale) with the unifying description of physical biology.

The physics of biomolecules and assemblies. 

Physical principles of biological networks.

Physics of tissues and organisms.

Confirmed speakers:

Jordi García-Ojalvo (U Pompeu-Fabra, Barcelona, Spain).

James Briscoe (The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK)

Thomas Gregor (Princeton University, USA).

Alfonso Martínez-Arias (U of Cambridge, UK).

Pieter Rein ten Wolde (AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Jané Kondev (Brandeis University, USA)

Kirill Korolev (Boston University, USA).

Edo Kussell (New York University, USA).

Lingchong You (Duke University, USA).

José Onuchic (Rice University, USA).

William A Eaton (National Institutes of Health, USA).

Devarajan Thirumalai (University of Texas Austin, USA).

George Lorimer (University of Maryland, USA).

Yann Chemla (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA).

History and venue: 

The International Summer School “Nicolás Cabrera”, funded by the BBVA Foundation, deals with current topics in materials science, condensed matter physics, nanoscience and biophysics since 1994. The School is the meeting point for numerous scientists all over the world, who share a few days in Madrid in a particularly pleasant and interacting environment.

The School is organized in the residence “La Cristalera” in Miraflores de la Sierra, a small village in the mountains near Madrid.


10-15 July 2016.

Sunday 10th July  afternoon: Reception of participants at ‘La Cristalera’. There will be a bus transportation service from Madrid to the School site.

Friday 15th July: The School will finish after lunch. There will be bus transportation services to Madrid and Madrid airport.


Full registration fee is 500 euros, and will cover full board accommodation in ‘La Cristalera’, coffee-breaks, visit to Segovia and conference dinner. For those who wish to come from Madrid, there will be a partial registration fee of 250 euros, covering attendance to the School, coffee-breaks, lunch at ‘La Cristalera’, visit to Segovia and conference dinner.

There will be a limited number of fellowships for graduate and PhD students presenting a poster, covering full registration fees.

The registration is open from 7 February to 1 May (for those applying for fellowships) or up until 31 May for the rest of regular participants. For registration details and procedures follow this link.

Please note that attendance with full registration fee is limited to 50 participants.


Raúl Guantes, Biophysics and Systems Biology Lab, Materials Science Institute ‘Nicolás Cabrera’, UAM.

David G. Míguez, Biophysics and Systems Biology Lab, Materials Science Institute ‘Nicolás Cabrera’, UAM.

Víctor Muñoz, National Biotechnology Center, CEI CSIC-UAM.


Secretary: Manuela Moreno.

e-mail: manuela.moreno@uam.es

Phone: +34 91 497 4689

Fax: +34 91 497 8734