Fakultät für Physik




Physics of Life – Overview


Organization of the lecture

  • [26.06.2019] Note that the upcoming iPoLs conference in Martinsried will be soon, in case you are interested.

  • [26.06.2019] The lecture on Thursday, 27th of June is cancelled.

If not stated otherwise, the lecture takes place on

  • Wednesday, 10:00 c.t. - 12:00 in room A348, Theresienstr. 37 
  • Thursday, 10:00 c.t. - 12:00 in room A 348, Theresienstr. 37

Seminar dates:

  • June 13
  • July 4
  • July 11
  • July 18
  • July 25

Attendance to the seminars is compulsory (for details see "Seminar & Tutorials")

Credits: 4 SWS lecture + 2 SWS exercise class, 9 ECTS


In this lecture an overview of the physics of living systems will be given. This field has experienced tremendous growth and excitement in recent years, with areas of focus ranging across all scales, from dynamic processes and structural organization at the cellular scale to the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of populations.

The lectures will focus on the main concepts from physics that are relevant for an understanding of the fundamental principles governing complex processes in cellular systems. This includes information processing, control theory, self-assembly, self-organization, pattern formation, as well as evolutionary dynamics.

The lectures will be supplemented by a seminar series where you will work through some of the key publications in the field under the guidance of a tutor and present your work as a talk and a short research paper. Your grade for the lecture will be based on the talk and the research paper.

Finally, there will be a summer school on the “The Physics of Life” in the period October 7-11, 2019, where we will host some of the leading scientists in the field.

During the summer term there will be also a conference of the International Physics of Living Systems Network in Munich (July 8-11) where you may want to participate.


Review Articles on various topics of the Physics of Life: