By Graham Lewis – Geilo, CC BY 2.0,

The GEILO School 2022 – The Physics of Evolving Matter: Memory, Learning and Evolution, 21-31 March 2022

Organised by Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Cooperation with the Soft and Complex Matter Group at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).



Condensed Matter Physics involves the study and characterization of how individual components like atoms, molecules, particles, and other entities self-organize is some collective state and where the behavior of the collective is more important than the behavior of the individuals. The physics of evolving matter also has applications in biology.

A) Memory

Memory formation in matter, as an interdisciplinary theme, is situated at the crossroads of physics, biology, chemistry, and computer science. It relates to the ability to encode, access, and erase traces of history in the state of an evolving system.

B) Learning

Modern machine learning technology offers a new arena for study and characterization of how individual components self-organize is some collective state in condensed matter.

C) Evolution

Evolution is traditionally understood as the change in the heritable characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. It could also be denoted fundamental physical processes that give rise to biological phenomena. Condensed matter physics concepts might provide a useful perspective in evolutionary biology and animate matter.

Topics will cover both experiments and theory. In addition to about 40 hours of invited lectures and seminars, there will be tutorials and discussions. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for a poster session.


The objective of this School is to bring together researchers with various interests and background in fields like soft matter science, complex matter physics, biological physics, mechanical or chemical engineering. The focus of the School is synergism between modern science and technology in the area of physics inspired by living matter.


Invited Lecturers
Matthieu Wyart, Ecole Polytechnique, Switzerland
Jean-François Joanny, Instute Curie, Paris, France
Julia Yeomans, Oxford University, UK
Marta Zlatic, University of Cambridge, UK
Amy Rowat, UCLA, USA
Albert Cardona, University of Cambridge, UK
Eric Clement, ESPCI-PSL, Sorbonne University, Paris, France
Olli Ikkala, Aalto University, Finland
Jasna Brujic, Center for Soft Matter Research, New York Univ., USA
Giovanni Volpe, Soft Matter Lab, Univ. of Gothenburg, Sweden
Pawel Pieranskei, Université Paris Sud 11, Orsay, France

Patrick Tabeling, Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Paris, France
Maria Helena Godinho, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Irep Gozen, Softlab Norway, Univ. of Oslo, Norway
Françoise Brochard-Wyart, Laboratoire Physico Chimie Curie, Paris, France

Registration form

Registration form Geilo School 2022 – Registration deadline February 25, 2022


Arne T. Skjeltorp   – Institute for Energy Technology and Giamag Technologies, Norway (
Jon Otto Fossum  – NTNU, Trondheim, Norway (
Geir Helgesen  – Institute for Energy Technology and the University of Oslo, Norway (
Paul Dommersnes  – NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Kenneth Knudsen  – Institute for Energy Technology and NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

A 10-day  School in Condensed Matter Physics organized  every two years since 1971.

For graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, and others who would like to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of  the Physics of Evolving Matter for application to research in their respective fields.


Accommodation in wooden cabins (four bedrooms) close to the hotel and in single or double rooms in the hotel. Costs per person/night: Cabin NOK 1190, double room NOK 1450, single room NOK 1750. All meals are in the hotel.

Lecture program

Five hours of lectures and one hour of tutorials every day except Sunday. There will also be poster sessions. Extended lunch break with possibilities for outdoor/indoor activities.

Listing of all of the 25 preceding Schools can be found HERE