School on Active Matter

September 30 – October 4, 2024

São Paulo, Brazil



Active matter describes systems whose constituent elements consume energy locally in order to move or to exert mechanical forces. As such, active matter systems are intrinsically out of thermodynamic equilibrium. Examples include flocks or herds of animals, collections of cells, components of the cellular cytoskeleton and even artificial microswimmers. Active matter is a rapidly growing field involving diverse scientific communities in physics, biology, computational sciences, applied mathematics, chemistry, and engineering. Numerous applications of active matter are constantly arising in biological systems, smart materials, precision medicine, and robotics.

This school is intended for graduate students and researchers interested in the physics of active matter. The lectures will cover well-tested and successful theoretical approaches as well as a discussion of experimental results. To achieve this purpose, leading experts will present lectures on fundamental aspects of active matter and a pedagogical exposition of its recent trends.

Applicants are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations.

There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.


  • Pablo de Castro (ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil)
  • Danilo Liarte (ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil)
  • Francisca Guzmán-Lastra (Universidad de Chile, Chile)
  • Leonardo Gregory Brunnet (UFRGS, Brazil)
  • Rodrigo Soto (Universidad de Chile, Chile)



Click HERE for online application

Application deadline: July 27, 2024



  • Julia M Yeomans (University of Oxford, UK): From Active Nematics to Mechanobiology
  • Rodrigo Soto (Universidad de Chile, Chile):  Computational Modeling of Active Systems
  • Aparna Baskaran (Brandeis University, USA): Theoretical Foundations of Active Matter: Lessons from Ideal Microscopic Models
  • Francesco Ginelli (University of Insubria, Italy): Physics of Flocking



Click HERE for online application

Application deadline: July 27, 2024


Additional Information

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BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by ICTP-SAIFR, should bring the boarding pass  upon registration. The return boarding pass (PDF, if online check-in, scan or picture, if physical) should be sent to by e-mail.

COVID-19: Brazilians and foreigners no longer have to present proof of vaccination before entering the country.

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa. Nationals from Australia, Canada and USA are exempt from tourist visa until April 10, 2025. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available here.

How to reach the Institute: The first week of the school will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.

Poster presentation: Participants who are presenting a poster MUST BRING A PRINTED BANNER . The banner size should be at most 1 m (width) x 1,5 m (length). We do not accept A4 or A3 paper. Click here to see what a banner looks like: