Since 1993 the Rencontres du Vietnam , which is an official partner of UNESCO, has organised international scientific conferences and schools to foster exchanges between Vietnamese or Asia-Pacific scientists and colleagues from other parts of the world.

The construction of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) in the city of Quy Nhon (Central Vietnam) will have the ambitious objective to focus on developing Science and Education, helping young Asian students and scientists to meet with the International Science community, bringing the opportunity to accelerate their knowledge from attending lectures and sharing ideas with overseas high-level counterparts.

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

Invited Speakers

Abdul Barakat
Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
University of New South Wales, Australia

Nicolas Biais
CUNY Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of CUNY

Benoit Ladoux
Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS UMR 7592
University Paris Diderot

Boris Martinac
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute,
The University of New South Wales, Australia

Guangshuo Ou
School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University,
Beijing, China

Nicolas Plachta
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology,
ASTAR, Singapore

Beth Pruitt
Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
BioMolecular Science and Engineering,
and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology,
Associate Director, Center for Bioengineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Giorgio Scita
IFOM, the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology
University of Milan, School of Medicine,
Department of Oncology and Hemato-Oncology-DIPO

Danijela Vignjevic
Institut Curie, Paris

Raphael Voituriez
CNRS- Sorbonne Université

Alpha Yap
Institute For Molecular Bioscience,
University of Queensland, Australia

Sara A. Wickström
University of Helsinki, Finland;
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany

Jennifer E. Curtis
School of Physics, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience,
Georgia Institute of Technology

Chwee Teck Lim
Mechanobiology Institute;
Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research & Technology, National University of Singapore


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