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About the Seminar

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We have enjoyed the privilege to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment for many years, and this seminar series is born from the desire to continue our fruitful discussions online. While triggered by the Corona virus and the suspension of traveling, online seminars turn out to be a invaluable way of promoting international exchange and discussions with researchers around the world without the need for CO2 emissions from long-haul flights.

The idea of this seminar is to bring together researchers from Biology, Engineering, Numerics, Applied Math, Robotics and Physics working on the topic of biolocomotion. While our primary focus is on insect flight, we also welcome any other contribution.

A non-exhaustive list of possible topics includes:

  • Biology (locomotor behaviors and control, muscle function, sensors and sensory processing, feedback cascades, neural coding,  interactions with the environment,  aero- and hydrodynamics, mechanics, modelling)
  • Mathematics (applied) (Modeling, numerical methods, scientific computing, reduced order models, sparse data representation, wavelets)
  • Physics (elasticity and fluid-structure interaction, fluid mechanics, turbulence, material science)
  • Engineering (Biomimetics & Bioinspiration, robotics, flight control, manufacturing, autonomous systems)

We explicitly welcome contributions employing experimental, numerical and theoretical methodology, as well as all forms of locomotion: flying (primarily), swimming and walking.

Speakers are invited by the organizing committee, but you can also contact us at if you want to give a presentation.

Participants from any university or research institution can register in the form below. You cannot participate without registration. We value your privacy and will send emails only to announce seminar talks about a week in advance, and to communicate the link for participation a few hours before the talk. Currently, talks are given via the ZOOM software, but that might be changed in the future.  Speakers simply share their screen with this software, there is no need to have any sophisticated equipment. Of course, any registration and participation is for free (and will always be!).

Typical presentations should be around 40 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for questions. The usual slot for seminars is Wednesday 14:00 CEST (Rostock / Marseille time), but for speakers from overseas the slot can be shifted to 10:00 CEST (17:00 Tokyo time) or  16:00 CEST (10:00 New York time).

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We are very much looking forward to exciting presentations and fruitful discussions.

Organizing committee
Dr. Thomas Engels, CNRS
Prof. Fritz-Olaf Lehmann, Universität Rostock
Prof. Kai Schneider, Aix-Marseille Université