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Forces across scales

6-9 March 2024 | i3S, Porto, Portugal 

The “Forces across scales” meeting focuses on mechanobiology, a multidisciplinary area of research that explores how mechanical forces interact with biological systems, influencing cellular behavior, tissue development, and disease progression. In this meeting we will bridge different scales and processes, bringing together researchers from diverse disciplines, such as biology, biophysics, bioinformatics, and bioengineering to stimulate knowledge exchange and disseminate cutting-edge research findings. Participants are encouraged to share their latest findings and present unpublished results on all aspects of mechanobiology.

We will have 3 full days of great science on mechanobiology and force generation across scales, plus 1 optional day of great social interactions while traveling along the Douro River to visit wineries and enjoy the blossoming almond trees!

There will be plenty of opportunities to present your science and meet researchers from diverse disciplines.

The Organizing Committee




Registration deadline: December 8th, 2023

Abstract submission deadline: December 8th, 2023

Poster >>



The meeting will be held at i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, University of Porto.

Rua Alfredo Allen, 208; 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
Tel: +351 226 074 900 | Site: http://www.i3s.up.pt/ | E-mail: events@i3s.up.pt
GPS coordinates: 41º 10’ 30.008’’ N, 8º 36’ 12.488’’ W.


Meeting Organizers:
Ana Xavier Carvalho 
Jorge Ferreira
Marie-Emilie Terret
Laurent Blanchoin


Day 1 | 06 March 2024

9h30 - 10h00 Registration and poster setup 

10h00 – 10h15 Welcome remarks

10h15 - 11h45 Molecular machines and motors
10h15 Stefan Diez (GE)
10h45 Anne Straube (UK)
11h15 Selected talks from abstracts
11h30 Selected talks from abstracts
11h45 - Keynote 1 - Joe Howard (USA)

12h45 – 14h15 Lunch with poster viewing
14h15 – 15h45 Cytoskeletal forces
14h15 Manuel Théry (FR) 
14h45 Edgar Gomes (PT) 
15h15 Selected talks from abstracts
15h30 Selected talks from abstracts

15h45 – 16h15 Coffee break
16h15 – 17h45 Chromatin and nuclear mechanics
16h15 Sara Wickstrom (GE)
16h45 Alexandra Zidovska (USA)
17h15 Selected talks from abstracts
17h30 Selected talks from abstracts

17h45 - Poster viewing with beers/snacks
Day 2 | 07 March 2024

9h15 – 11h Cell Division
9h15 Nicolas Minc (FR) 
9h45 Sophie Dumont (USA)
10h15 Selected talks from abstracts
10h30 Selected talks from abstracts

10h45 – 11h15 Coffee break

11h15 - 12h45 Cell and tissue mechanics I
11h15 Frank Schnorrer (FR) 
11h45 Raphael Voituriez (FR)
12h15 Selected talks from abstracts
12h30 Selected talks from abstracts

12h45 – 14h15 Lunch with poster viewing 

14h15 – 16h00  Cell and tissue mechanics II
14h15 Alexandre Persat (CH)
14h45 Caren Norden (PT)
15h15 Selected talks from abstracts
15h30 Selected talks from abstracts
15h45 Selected talks from abstracts

16h – 16h30 Coffee break

16h30 – 17h30 Keynote 2 - Rong Li (USA) 

17h30 - Poster viewing with beers/snacks
19h30 - Conference dinner
Day 3 | 08 March 2024

9h30 – 11h15 Morphogenesis and patterning
9h30 Kinneret Keren (IL) 
10h00 Jean-Leon Maitre (FR)
10h30 Selected talks from abstracts
10h45 Selected talks from abstracts
11h00 Selected talks from abstracts
11h15 – 11h45 Coffee break
11h45 - 12h45 Keynote 3 - Thomas Lecuit (FR) 

12h45 – 14h30 Lunch with poster viewing
14h30 - 16h15 Cell motility and migration
14h30 Elias Barriga (Germany) 
15h00 Ana Maria Lennon (FR)
15h30 Selected talks from abstracts
15h45 Selected talks from abstracts
16h00 Selected talks from abstracts
16h15 – 16h45 Coffee break
16h45 – 18h Mechanics in disease
16h45 Danijela Vignjevic (FR)
17h15 Kristian Franze (UK)
17h45 Selected talks from abstracts
18h00 Selected talks from abstracts
18h15 Selected talks from abstracts
18h30 - Closing remarks

Day 4 | 09 March 2024

Optional (social program)
1-day trip to the Douro Valley



Confirmed Speakers:      
Alexandra Zidovska
Alexandre Persat      
Ana Maria Lennon
Anne Straube
Caren Norden
Danijela Vignjevic
Elias Barriga  
Frank Schnorrer                      
Jean-Leon Maitre
Joe Howard 
Kinneret Keren                           
Kristian Franze
Manuel Théry  
Nicolas Minc 
Rong Li
Sara Wickstrom                          
Stefan Diez  
Sophie Dumont 
Thomas Lecuit
Raphael Voituriez
Edgar Gomes

Abstract Submission

The call for abstracts will be open until December 8th. Abstract will be evaluated and selected for oral communication or poster communication on December 15th.

Abstracts should be structured according to the following template:

Abstract template >>

Abstract submission form >>


Registration is limited and operates on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Registration fees include coffee breaks, lunches (on 6-8 March) and conference dinner. The fee does not include the optional social program on March the 9th.

Registration will only be considered after the reception of the proof of payment.


Registration and payment deadline: December 8th, 2023
Registration form >>



Students/Postdocs: 400€

Others: 600€


Optional Social Program

1-day trip to the Douro Valley | 9 March 2024

Fee: 60€ | The fee includes train ticket, entrance in Douro Museum (in Peso da Régua) and lunch.

Participation is optional and subject to registration (in the registration form) and payment.


The following selection of hotels (all located in the city center) has been made for “Forces across scales - from cells to organisms” participants. In order to take advantage of special conditions, please use the following link for reservations:


Legenday Hotel ***

Website: https://www.legendaryportohotel.com/

Please use the code FORCES24 to take advantage of 5% of discount.


Mercure Porto Centro Santa Catarina****

Website: https://all.accor.com/hotel/1975/index.pt.shtml

Please book your accommodation using the e-mail H1975-CC@accor.com and indicate the code FORCES2024 to take advantage of 15% of discount.


Moov Hotel Porto Centro **

Website: https://hotelmoov.com/

Please use the code I3S2024 to take advantage of 5% of discount.


More information:

Events Management Unit | Rua Alfredo Allen 208 | 4200-135 Porto, Portugal

Email: events@i3s.up.pt | Tel: +351 226 074 900