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  • Date and time: Tuesday 19 May 2020, 12.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Location: Genesis Facility and Debye Lecture Theatre, Genesis Buildings, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to staff, students (postgraduate researchers, taught postgraduates)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking recommended

Event details


Bill Bialek (Princeton)

Graham Leggett (Sheffield)

Julia Yeomans (Oxford)

Tom McLeish (York)

Mark Leake (York)

Debbie Smith (York)

In attendance

Brian Fulton, Debbie Smith, New PVCR, Kieran Gibson, James Moyer, Jeremy Mottram + YBRI theme leads (Ian Hitchcock, Jenny Southgate, Tony Morland)


Register and come to a half-day of celebration and launches of activities in support of research bringing physical and life scientists together, now known by the Physics of Life.

The new Physics of Life Group at York celebrates its new dedicated facility – two floors of laboratories and workspaces where experimentalists and theoreticians working together with biologists co-locate their research.

The group is also running in collaboration with colleagues in Durham, Leeds and many other UK universities, the newly-announced £360k third phase of the UK-wide ‘Physics of Life Network+’, funded through EPSRC, BBSRC and MRC. Funding workshops, sandpits, summer schools and pump-priming research, the Network’s first activity in this new phase is a 2-day workshop on the Physics of Brains, immediately following this launch day. We are delighted to welcome Prof. William Bialek, a theoretical physicist who has made leading contributions to neuroscience, at both events.



Time Activity
12.30  Lunch and welcome 
13:15 Tom Mcleish (York) - Launch  welcome
13:20Debbie Smith (PVC Research, York) on interdisciplinarity at York 

Graham Leggett (Sheffield) - The Origins of PoLNet

13:50Mark Leake (York) - The York story of biological physics 
14:10Julia Yeomans (Oxford) - TBC 
14:50Local talk 1
15:10Local talk 2
15:30 Tea and tour
16:00Mark Leake (York) - TBC
16:30Local talk 3

William Bialek (Princeton) - The Experience of ‘Physics of Life’ in the USA

17:30Refreshments and welcomes from heads of faculty and departments 


Physics of Life Network

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop


Tom McLeish

Contact us

Professor Mark Leake
Coordinator of Physics of Life Group