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Margarida Telo da Gama <[log in para visualizar]>
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Margarida Telo da Gama <[log in para visualizar]>
Sat, 25 Oct 1997 19:25:14 +0100
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I enclose an ascii file with information on the school, as part of this
message, for those of you who do not have latex on your machines. I had
problems enclosing a word file both with this and with another
e-mail list.
In any case, we still use good old paper and ordinary mail ... Glossy
coloured leaflets and posters are expected to arrive from the printers
next week. If you want to receive the printed version of the leaflet
and/or the poster, please send your ordinary mail address to the
school secretariat at

  [log in para visualizar]

The information contained in the electronic and the printed
versions is the same ... but ISTAS will be happy to send you the glossy
printed information.

The registration form will be available at the ISTAS web address.

I apologize for the messed up messages sent earlier and to those who
were forced to read an unprocessed latex file.




                   LISBOA, PORTUGAL
                   MARCH 9 TO 20, 1998

This spring school is part of a program on `Spatio-temporal coherence in
the solid state and in living matter' promoted by the Institute for
Scientific and Technological Advanced Studies - Portugal


Biological systems exhibit complex equilibrium and dynamical behaviour as
a result of different levels of self-organization: molecular,
macromolecular (polymers and membranes) and self-replicating structures
(RNA). The latter are at the frontier of darwinian
dynamics characterised by the development of structures of
increasing complexity, by self-replication those that take better
advantadge of the external conditions. In
statistical mechanics powerful methods were developed, combined with the
construction of effective models, in order to solve problems characterised
by spatial and/or temporal coherence. At present, some of these techniques
are ripe for applications to selected biological problems.
In this school the application of statistical mechanical techniques to
problems of self-assembly and evolution are discussed. The level of
presentation is appropriate for young post-docs and advanced PhD students,
with a sound knowledge of basic statistical mechanics.


--- From micelles to membranes
--- Vesicles and biological membranes
--- Dynamics of self-assembling systems
--- RNA folding
--- Models of evolution
--- Population dynamics
--- Microtubule assembly


--- Henrik Flyvbjerg, Risoe National Laboratory
--- Gerhard Gompper, MPI Kolloid und Grenzflaechenforschung
--- Luca Peliti, Universita Frederico II, Napoli
--- Brian Robinson, University of East Anglia
--- Peter Schuster, Universitaet Wien
--- Karl Sigmund, Universitaet Wien
--- Reinhard Strey, Universitaet Koeln
--- Michael Wortis, University of British Columbia

                     Organising Committee

Margarida Telo da Gama
Departamento de Fisica e
Centro de Fisica da Materia Condensada da Universidade de Lisboa
Av. Prof. Gama Pinto, 2, 1699 Lisboa Cobex, Portugal
Phone +351 1 7904725, Fax +351 1 7954288
E-mail [log in para visualizar]

Pedro Tarazona
Departamento de Fisica Teorica de la Materia Condensada
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, C-V
Madrid, E-28049, Spain
Phone +34 1 3974907, Fax +34 1 3974950
E-mail [log in para visualizar]

                  Correspondence Address

Spring School March 1998
Av. Prof. Gama Pinto, 2, 1699, Lisboa Codex, Portugal
Fax  +351 1 7954288
E-mail [log in para visualizar]


The school is planned to provide in-depth teaching together with some
practical training. We have kept the number of lecturers rather low
in order to allow them to take their time to explain their
ideas, concepts and techniques in detail. Three hours of lectures plus one
or two research seminars and/or informal discussions are scheduled every
day, with a long break in the early afternoon.


Application for grants --- December 10, 1997
School registration --- January 30, 1998
Abstract submission --- February 10, 1998


A number of grants will be available for participants from EU countries.
These grants will be given preferentially to young participants
(graduate students, post-docs, etc.) Applications including a short C.V.
(with a list of publications) should be sent to the address given above.
The deadline for grant application is December 10, 1997. The applicants
will be notified before January 30, 1998 by E-mail or fax whether their
applications were successful.


Please complete the enclosed registration form and return it to the
School secretariat before January 30, 1998. Please follow the payment
instructions given on the form. The registration fees for the School
are as follows:

Before January 30, 1998 US dollars 300
After  January 30, 1998 US dollars 400

                     Submission of Abstracts

Contributions on the topics of the School will be accepted as short
talks but a few longer talks are also envisaged. Authors should submit
an abstract to the organising committee before February 10, 1998. They
will be notified by February 25, 1998 whether their abstracts have been

                        Social Program

A School dinner will be offered to participants and accompanying persons.
Lisbon and its surroundings are worth visiting and we have no doubt
that participants will find something to do over the weekend when the
School is off.
The conference secretariat offers help in organising local
sightseeing excursions if requested.

                       Hotel Accomodation

Tentative advance reservations have been made by the organising committee.
Participants should complete the corresponding information in the
registration form.


The scientific activities will take place at the Complexo Interdisciplinar
da Universidade de Lisboa. The registration desk and School secretariat
are located there for the duration of the School. Participants have
access to terminal rooms where they can log-in to their home accounts. If
justified, a
local computer account may also be obtained. A couple of rooms are
reserved and may be used for work and/or informal discussions. Quiet work
may also be carried out in the library, which is located next to the
lecture theatre. There is restaurant and bar (with a terrace) in the
building where coffee breaks, and hopefully lunch, will be taken, so that
contacts among participants and lecturers are optimised.


This School is financed by the European Commission through the TMR
programme and ISTAS-Portugal and co-sponsered by:

--- Ministerio da Ciencia e Tecnologia
--- Complexo Interdisciplinar da Universidade de Lisboa
--- Centro de Fisica da Materia Condensada