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The Gordon Research Seminar on Complex Active and Adaptive Material Systems is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. This meeting is dedicated to junior researchers from diverse and interdisciplinary backgrounds to discuss and share ideas on designing complex active and adaptive materials. We will bring together early-career scientists in the fields of biology, mathematics, physics, engineering, material science, and chemistry to formulate new ways to inscribe the vital functions found in biological systems into synthetic materials and complex structures. Topics will include recent experimental and theoretical advances in biomimetic soft matter, life-like active materials, non-equilibrium statistical physics, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and multi-scale biomechanics. This is an opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to present their unpublished or recently published research before more senior scientists arrive for the associated GRC. We will also have a mentorship component with invited experts on communicating science, designed for you to reach wider audiences through the art of writing, graphic design, and refined rhetoric.