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Call for Papers for "Living Machines"
The University of Freiburg and livMatS will host the 9th edition of the international conference on biomimetic and biohybrid systems
The University of Freiburg and the Cluster of Excellence livMatS will host the 9th edition of the international Living Machines conference on biomimetic and biohybrid systems in Freiburg from 28th to 31st July 2020. The conference focuses on principles underlying living systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial systems. All those interested can submit their papers until 23rd March 2020.
Biomimetics is the development of novel technologies through the distillation of principles from the study of biological systems. Biohybrid systems are formed by combining at least one biological component – an existing living system – and at least one artificial, newly-engineered component. Whereas biohybrid systems are formed by combining at least one biological component – an existing living system – and at least one artificial, newly-engineered component. By passing information in one or both directions, such a system forms a new hybrid bio-artificial entity. The theme of the conference also encompasses biomimetic methods for manufacture, repair and recycling inspired by natural processes such as reproduction, digestion, morphogenesis and metamorphosis.
Consistent with the Living Machines’ tradition of choosing historical venues at the crossroads between life and human sciences, this year the conference will take place at the Botanical Garden of Freiburg.Freiburg is considered the gateway to the Black Forest and thanks to its geographical location is blessed with mild weather all year round. The city is over 900 years old and known to be the sunniest city (1,740 hours of sunshine/year) in Germany. Freiburg has a beautiful historical inner city and is home to one of the oldest universities and Botanical Gardens in Germany.