Patterns on Thin Sheets: From Stressed Inanimate Materials to Biomembranes and Growing Tissues

August 22, 2010 to September 12, 2010

Recent developments in biology, chemistry and material sciences have renewed the interest in the rich phenomenology of patterns evolving on thin sheets, be it elastic ones with uniform or prescribed metric, or fluid membranes, characterized by homogenous or multi-component molecular composition. The workshop will bring together experimentalists and theorists, who lead research programs in this field. By bringing together scholars whose research focuses on solid (elastic) membranes with ones whose primary interest is within the biophysics of fluid membranes, we hope to inspire fresh directions of research. In addition, special emphasis will be given to encourage participation of leading mathematicians who specialize in aspects of differential geometry of high relevance to the physics of membranes. This diverse combination of excellent researchers with complementing skills will give rise to an exciting and fruitful environment and will stir innovative intellectual activity.


Benjamin Davidovitch*, University of Massachusetts 
Ka Yee Lee, University of Chicago 
Eran Sharon, The Hebrew University