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The great complexity of living systems and environmental processes (large span of space and time scales, multi-physics and evolving situations, variety of interactions and interdependence...) requires refined models combining innovative approaches and concepts at the interface between hard science and applications. The ‘modelling’ task encompasses a broad spectrum of theoretical and numerical approaches aiming at a scientific vision for the living and the environment. They include complex systems analyses for data interpretation, simulations for checking the adequacy of hypotheses underlying the description of physical processes, or virtual experiments to help the design and optimisation of real experiments. Many scientist belonging to the group of disciplines labelled as mathematics, physics, structure and systems in Montpellier are already involved in research on the behaviour of living organisms (human, animal and plant biomechanics/biophysics), multi-agents biological system (gene networks, host/pathogen interactions, microbial ecosystems), environmental processes (erosion, avalanches) and materials for sustainable development (wood, nanomaterials, soils…). This axis intends to federate all these contributions addressing major challenges for the modelling of the living and the environment.

Egress of malaria parasite from blood cells to explain experimental observations (Biophysical Journal 2012 [RI02])



Generation of a surface wave by the collapse of a grain column in water. Coupling of discrete elements and Boltzmann lattice approaches (‘Divided media’ Network)