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IAS Distinguished Lectures

Usually lasting for 1-2 hours, these lectures focus on topics of wider interests for a general audience.

Energy Transduction in Biomolecular Machines (May 27)
Speaker: Gerhard Hummer   Max Planck Institute of Biophysics

Origins and the Future of Microfluidics (May 31)
Speaker: Patrick Tabeling   École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris

Bumblebees, Cracks and Nonlocal Modeling (Jun 3)
Speaker: Qiang Du   Columbia University

Bio-Inspired Low Energy Information Processing and the End of Moore's Law? (Jun 14)
Speaker: Tom Daniel   University of Washington

Reverse Engineering Nature's Robots (Jun 17)
Speaker: Tom Daniel   University of Washington

The Intersection of Operations Research, Kinetic Theory, and Genetics (Jun 20)
Speaker: David Siegmund   Stanford University

From Organic to Bioorganic Devices (Jun 24)
Speaker: Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci   Johannes Kepler University of Linz

Joint School Lectures

In collaboration with various Schools, these events cover a specific topic that is of interest to those from a particular discipline.

Mining Social Ties Beyond Homophily (Jun 22)
Speaker: Ke Wang   Simon Fraser University

Probing the Dynamic Architecture of Live Cells with Single Imaging and Manipulation (Jun 23)
Speaker: Maxime Dahan   Ecole Polytechnique

IAS Programs

These advanced programs feature in-depth discussions on specific research topics in such formats as seminars, workshops and student-led discussions, often spanning multiple days.

Molecular Machines of Life: Simulation Meets Experiment (May 23 - 27)
Qiang Cui   University of Wisconsin-Madison
Xuhui Huang   HKUST
Haw Yang   Princeton University

Gordon Research Conferences (GRC)

As one of the world’s premier conferences, GRC gathers prominent scientists in biological, chemical and physical science disciplines at IAS for a weeklong conference, which provides an interactive platform for hundreds of researchers, scholars and postgraduate students to exchange new research ideas and broaden their network in the global academic community.

Chairs & Vice-Chairs:

*Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (Jun 11 - 17)

Yi E Sun   University of California at Los Angeles
John J Ngai   University of California at Berkeley

Hybrid Electronic and Photonic Materials and Phenomena (Jun 19 - 24)

Tobin J Marks   Northwestern University
Henry Yan   HKUST
Deqing Zhang   Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Licheng Sun   KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (Jun 26 - Jul 1)

Maria Lung   The University of Hong Kong
Lawrence Young   University of Warwick
George S Tsao   The University of Hong Kong
Fei-Fei Liu   Princess Margaret Hospital

Personalized Medicine (Jul 10 - 15)

Chih-Ming Ho   University of California at Los Angeles

Edward McCabe   March of Dimes Foundation
Yen Yun   Taipei Medical University
Edward J Benz   Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Solar Energy Conversion (Jul 17 - 22)

Edward Sargent   University of Toronto
Wei Huang   Nanjing Tech University
Ali Javey   University of California at Berkeley
Jia Zhu   Nanjing University

*Genomic Instability (Jul 23 - 29)

Robert S Weiss   Cornell University

Junjie Chen   The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Anja Groth   Biotech Research and Innovation Center, University of Copenhagen
Anindya Dutta   University of Virginia

Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure Development (Jul 31 - Aug 5)

Christopher Leung   HKUST
David A Lange   University of Illinois
Changwen Miao   Jiangsu Research Institute of Building Science
Pedro Castro Borges   CINVESTAV del IPN Unidad Mérida, México

Tissue Niches and Resident Stem Cells in Adult Epithelia (Aug 7 - 12)

Tudorita Doina Tumbar   Cornell University
Rongwen Xi   National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing
Carla Kim   Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Jane E Visvader   The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

*These two conferences start with a Gordon Research Seminar on the first day. For more details:

The above activities were last updated on May 20, 2016. For the latest list of events, please visit