Autonomous Matter Symposium
Friday, April 21, 2023

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About Autonomous Matter Symposium

We are organizing a one-day symposium on Autonomous Matter at AMOLF on April 21st 2023. Autonomous Matter is one of the new departments at AMOLF, brought to life to catalyze and foster new links between different disciplines such as bio-inspired chemistry and robotics, and physics inspired molecular and cellular biology. The aim of our research theme is to elucidate the organizational principles of autonomy in animate and inanimate material systems. This encompasses the ability to self-generate, sense and exploit the environment, re-organize upon internal and external cues, and learn from historic conditions. A general enabling principle is the local and decentralized coupling between random motion, feed-backs, actuation, energy input, signal propagation, and growth.

To kick-start this new theme, in this first Autonomous Matter symposium world-renowned experts will present their views on how autonomous functionality can emerge at the intersection of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering.

Registration for the workshop will be free of charge, lunch will be included.  Please note that places are limited.


  • Bela Mulder
  • Wim Noorduin
  • Bas Overvelde


Invited Speakers


09:00-09:30 – Arrival

09:30-09:50 – Welcome and introduction

09:50-10:25 – Metin Sitti

10:25-11:00 – Birte Höcker

11:00-11:20 – Coffee/Tea break

11:20-11:55 – Lauren Zarzar

11:55-12:30 – Eduard Hannezo

12:30-14:00 – Photo + Lunch + Poster session

14:00-14:45 – Daan Frenkel

14:45-15:30 – Panel Discussion “Autonomous matter?”

15:30-17:00 – Drinks