Founded in 1993 by Jean Tran Thanh Van, the association Rencontres du Vietnam, a non-profit organization and an official partner of UNESCO, has as its objective the promotion of international exchanges between Vietnam and the international community, particularly in the areas of science and education. It also aims at the encouragement and integration of Vietnamese scientists into the international scientific community and at supporting the role of education and science by encouraging scientific awareness and stimulating passion for science in the younger generation. The Rencontres du Vietnam lies within the scope of two series of scientific meetings created by Jean Tran Thanh Van : the Rencontres de Moriond in 1966 and the Rencontres de Blois in 1989.

The creation of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) in the city of Quy Nhon (Central Vietnam) has the ambitious objective to focus on developing Science and Education by fostering exchanges between Asia-Pacific scientists and colleagues from other parts of the world.

This conference will cover the fundamentals, recent advances and emerging issues related to mechanobiology. It will provide a unique opportunity to advance knowledge and understanding in the area of force-sensing in biology. This field intrinsically implies interdisciplinary approaches combining biology with physics, optics and computer modeling. Moreover, mechanobiology is being increasingly appreciated as being of primary importance in a plethora of biological processes, including development and cancer.

How living cells are able to sense their environment and adequately respond in terms of shape, migration, proliferation, differentiation, and survival remains one of the most fascinating issues in cell biology. This is particularly obvious in the context of embryonic development, where the complex architectural multi-scale organization of tissues is elaborated. Conversely, tumor evolution and metastasis is associated to dysfunctions of cell adhesion that frequently lead to the loss of tissue homeostasis. Thus, numerous and various biological processes (e.g. morphogenesis, tissue repair, and cancer invasion) are governed by the response of mechanical signals and their conversion into biochemical ones. Several general features emerge from these descriptions that seem to be of a very universal nature. During this conference, we propose to cover a large spectrum of these aspects. In particular, the conference will provide an overview of the mechanosensitive signaling pathways at the level of single cell and tissues, with a detailed description of the original experimental methods commonly used in this field, as well as including presentation of the necessary theoretical approaches in order to understand and model force generation and propagation in active biological matter.

Scientific Organizing Committee

Ada Cavalcanti – Adam
University of Heidelberg
Max Planck Institute
for Medical Research

Delphine Delacour
Chairwoman of the Committee
University Paris Diderot,  CNRS,
Institut Jacques Monod, France
Sylvie Hénon
University Paris Diderot,
Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes, France
Pakorn Tony Kanchanawong
National University of Singapore,
Mechanobology Institute, Singapore
René-Marc Mège
University Paris Diderot, CNRS &
Institut Jacques Monod, France
Guy Tran Van Nhieu
Collège de France,
Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology, France


Conference venue

The conference will be organized at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education in Vietnam (ICISE) by Rencontres du Vietnam, a scientific non-profit organization. The venue is located at a beautiful beach in Vietnam, thus allowing participants also to enjoy the nature, culture while having rich scientific discussion. Information can be found here: http://rencontresduvietnam.org/introduction/.

Supporting Institutions


For questions regarding the scientific program, please contact:
Delphine Delacour (delphine.delacour@ijm.fr)
René-Marc Mège (Rene-Marc.Mege@ijm.fr)

For administrative information, please contact:
Aimie Fong (rencontres.vietnam@gmail.com)
Secretary of the Rencontres du Vietnam
BP 33, F-91192, Gif sur Yvette, France
Tel: 33 (0)1 69 28 51 35 / 33(0)7 81 29 44 15