Inaugural lecture Prof. Anupam Sengupta “LIFE: a paradox of order amidst disorder”

  • Location

    Université du Luxembourg, Belval campus, Maison du Savoir, room 3.350

    2, place de l'Université

    4365, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

  • Topic(s)
    Physics & Materials Science
  • Type(s)

The inaugural lecture of Prof. Anupam Sengupta from the Department of Physics and Materials Science (DPhyMS) will take place on 26 March 2024 at 17:30 in Belval (Maison du Savoir, room 3.350). He will present his research about LIFE “Living In Fluctuating Environments”.


  • 17.30 Introduction
  • 17.35 Lecture by Prof. Anupam Sengupta
  • 18.15 Questions and Answers
  • 18.30 Cocktail


LIFE “Living In Fluctuating Environments” is a paradoxical quest for claiming order where there might exist none. Over the last years cross-disciplinary approaches developed by us and elsewhere have allowed us to not only detect order-and thereby engineer biological processes and systems-but also predict future scenarios with reliable degree of accuracy. After a short introduction to the tools and techniques we develop, I will present some of our key discoveries spanning life-giving aquatic algae and pathogenic biofilms to tumors and cancer tissues. In closing, I will touch upon future challenges and how understanding LIFE could help ideate sustainable bio-based solutions in anticipation of a resource-limited society of the future.


Prof. Anupam Sengupta is an FNR-ATTRACT Fellow and Head of the Physics of Living Matter Group at the Department of Physics and Materials Science since 2018. Before joining the University, Prof. Sengupta was a Human Frontier Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, first at the MIT (Cambridge, USA) and then at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland); and held a Marie-Curie Doctoral Fellowship during his PhD studies at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany. His multidisciplinary team combines material physics, microbiology, mathematical modelling and machine learning to understand how living systems respond and adapt to dynamic environmental conditions. Currently, Prof. Sengupta is a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies and Course Director of the Bachelor in Physics at the University of Luxembourg.