Dynamic self-assembly and quorum effects in chemistry and biology predicted by non-linear modelling algorithms

October 20-23, 2019

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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This Workshop will bring together the expertise of UK and Russian institutions in the development of complex materials and self-regulating chemical systems. Its broad focus is dynamic self-assembly, self-organization and the related areas of unexpected ("emergent") behaviours and complexity, in systems ranging from fluids and suspensions of colloid particles, nanocapsules with controlled release properties through simple micromachines, to bacterial cells, structured self-healing, energy-responsive and antifouling coatings and soft robots. We target to fill the gap between math, computer science and development of new materials combining the expertise of UK scientists in fundamental knowledge of smart materials with the mathematic skills of Russian partners.

The key topics:

  1. Designing the dynamic systems will contribute to a range of fundamental questions in the modern science. It will:
    • help to construct an intellectual framework for understanding DySA and complexity/emergence;
    • lead to the identification of new or under-investigated classes of materials (e.g., actuators, communicating capsules/nanocontainers) or processes (gel formation, precipitation);
    • provide a series of host-guest responsive structures to examine analytical systems designed to analyse the behaviors of complex systems.
  2. The techniques of DySA will, give rise to new ways of building organized matter and provide methods for assembling small components (e.g., in micro- and nanotechnology).
  3. Workshop will facilitate the exchange of the expertise in new breakthrough materials technology sustainable energetics between UK and Russia connecting the research with current demand of the quick development of the new commercial products.


Call for participants to workshop «Dynamic self-assembly and quorum effects in chemistry and biology predicted by non-linear modelling algorithms»!

Under the Researcher Links scheme, the British Council will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Liverpool on 20th of October. The workshop is being coordinated by ITMO University and University of Liverpool, and will have contributions from other leading researchers. We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or Russia to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Researcher Links programme. The application form, with more details on the initiative, is attached and should be sent before the deadline of 31st of August.

Workshop Program

(sketch plan)

Day 1:

  • Registration, networking

Day 2:

  • 9:00-10:00"High throughput development of new materials for non-Li batteries", Prof. Hardwick
  • 10:00-12:30ECRs oral presentations
  • 12:30-13:30Networking lunch
  • 13:30-14:30"Funding and career development opportunities in UK", Prof. Shchukin
  • 14:30-15:30Interactive discussions with coordinators and mentors about collaboration opportunities
  • 15:30-16:00Tea/coffee break
  • 16:00-16:30Training seminar in writing proposals/appointment interviews
  • 16:30-20:00Visit to the Liverpool Maritime museum and Workshop dinner

Day 3:

  • 9:00-10:00"Boundaries between decidable and undecidable problems in Materials Science and self-organization", Prof. Potapov
  • 10:00-12:30ECRs oral presentations
  • 12:30-13:30Networking lunch
  • 13:30-14:30"Novel artificial membranes that can adapt to environment", Prof. Andreeva
  • 14:30-15:30ECRs session with industrial Workshop participants, short presentations about commercialisation pathways in Russia and UK
  • 15:30-16:00Coffee/Tea break
  • 16:00-17:00Interactive discussion on career development opportunities in materials development sector
  • 17:00-18:00Visit to UoL research facilities (Chemistry, Surface Science, MIF, UMPF, Physics)
  • 18:00-20:00Networking dinner with industrial partners and stakeholders

Day 4:

  • 9:00-9:30"Current trends in Russian Science", Prof. Skorb
  • 9:30-11:00ECRs poster presentations
  • 11:00-12:00"Tunable interaction in colloids in rotating electric and magnetic fields", Prof. Yurchenko
  • 12:00-13:00Networking lunch
  • 13:30-14:30Discussions with mentors about "after Workshop" interactions with ECRs
  • 14:30-15:00Output from group discussions, future collaboration plans, wrapping-up
  • 15:30-20:00Visit to Liverpool Protestant and Catholic Cathedrals, boat trip on Mersey river and farewell dinner

Application Form

Please apply before August 31, 2019

For statistical purposes. This will not affect choice of participants
(academic career, publications, markers of esteem, and any other relevant information) – no more than ½ page of A4
Please give a summary of your area of research.
Please describe your motivation for attending the workshop and how the workshop matches your professional development needs.
Please describe the expected impact of your participation on your personal and professional development, including your ability to work internationally.
Please indicate how you will disseminate the outcomes of the workshops and the new knowledge/skills you have acquired.
Workshops will take place in English as standard. Please indicate your ability to work and communicate in English (Note, translators may be provided if necessary)
  • Native speaker
  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Need support


Main organizers

Prof. Ekaterina Skorb
ITMO University (Russia)
Prof. Dmitry Shchukin
University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)


Prof Igor Potapov
University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
Prof Laurence Hardwick
University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
Prof Daria Andreeva
ITMO University (Russia)
Prof Stanislav Yurchenko
Bauman Moscow State Technical University (Russia)

Contact us

+7 (905) 283-67-82
9 Lomonosova St., Saint Petersburg, 191002