online KITP program « Physics of Elastic Films : from Biological Membranes to Extreme Mechanics » (May 17 – June 18)


Dear colleague,

We are happy to inform you that the KITP program on “The Physics of Elastic Films: from Biological Membranes to Extreme Mechanics” will be held virtually from May 17 until June 18, 2021. If you have not registered yet and are interested, please visit and register at

https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/films21
For each of the five weeks of the program, four pre-recorded talks will set the basis for two-hours long discussion sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 8:00am Pacific Standard Time. Each of the five weeks will be devoted to one of the following themes:

• (Non-) Equilibrium fluctuations of fluid membranes and solid shells
• Extreme Mechanics
• Frustrated solid sheets and fluid membranes
• Mechanical stress propagation in fluid and solid membranes
• Wetting of deformable sheets

You can find the core program at the end of this email. Additionally, we plan to start each week on Monday with a “meet and greet” event, where participants will have the opportunity to briefly present themselves and their interests. We will also make sure to offer possibilities for spontaneously organized meetings for further discussions and interactions. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require additional information.

Best Regards,
Markus Deserno, Rumiana Dimova, Andrej Kosmrlj, and Carlos Marques

PS. Please feel free to advertise the attached flyer.

Tentative program
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WEEK 1 (May 17-21): (Non-) Equilibrium fluctuations of fluid membranes and solid shells

Monday: 8:00-9:00 AM PDT
Meet & Greet

Tuesday: 8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Petia Vlahovska 
David Nelson 

Thursday: 8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Richard Pastor 
Patricia Bassereau 

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WEEK 2 (May 24-28): Extreme Mechanics

Monday: 8:00-9:00 AM PDT
Meet & Greet

Tuesday: 8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Sabetta Matsumoto 
Marcelo Dias 

Thursday:8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Dominic Vella 
Benny Davidovitch

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WEEK 3 (May 31-June 4): Frustrated solid sheets and fluid membranes

Monday: 8:00-9:00 AM PDT
Meet & Greet

Tuesday: 8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Shu Yang
Arezki Boudaoud

Thursday: 8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Ed Lyman
Paola Nardinocchi

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WEEK 4 (June 7-11): Mechanical stress propagation in fluid and solid membranes

Monday: 8:00-9:00 AM PDT
Meet & Greet

Tuesday: 8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Hiroshi Noguchi 
Margarita Staykova

Thursday: 8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Padmini Rangamani
Martin Müller

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WEEK 5 (June 14-18): Wetting of deformable sheets

Monday: 8:00-9:00 AM PDT
Meet & Greet

Tuesday: 8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Reinhard Lipowsky
Joseph Paulsen 

Thursday: 8:00-10:00 AM PDT
Luca Monticelli
Abdou Rachid Thiam

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