3rd Summer School on Statstics Physics of Complex and Small Systems
Statistical Physics, which was born as an attempt to explain thermodynamic properties of systems from its atomic and molecular components, has evolved into a solid body of knowledge that allows for the understanding of macroscopic collective phenomena. One of the largest successes of Statistical Physics has been the development of paradigms, stylized simplified models that capture the essential ingredients, for a wide variety of phenomena. These paradigms have allowed not only the understanding of the systems by themselves but also that many apparently different behaviors are just different manifestations of the same collective phenomena. The tools developed by the Statistical Physics together with the Theory of Dynamical Systems are of key importance in the understanding of Complex Systems which are characterized by the emergent and collective phenomena of many interacting units. In particular the understanding of small systems, in which fluctuations are typically large, benefits from Statistical Physics body of knowledge. In addition, small systems fuel the development of new techniques and provide the ground to test predictions at a very deep level.
While the traditional basic body of knowledge of Statistical Physics is well described in textbooks and typically at an undergraduate or master level, the applications to Complex and Small Systems are well beyond the scope of those textbooks. The Summer School on these topics aims at bridging the gap between the master level and the necessities of PhD students working on these fields.
This will be the 3rd edition of the Summer School on Statistical Physics of Complex and Small Systems and will follow the same spirit and concept that the precedent succesful editions (Palma de Mallorca 2011 and Benasque 2012)
The school will take place from September 2 to 13, 2013. During these two weeks there will be a total of six courses (three courses per week). All courses will have both a blackboard and a practical part with opportunities for the interaction with lecturers. Some short seminars will also be given by invited guests and students will be welcome to present their research.
In this 3rd edition the following courses will be taught:
First week:Stochastic Thermodynamics, Horacio Wio, Instituto de Física de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), Spain.Computational Statistical Mechanics; Christoph Dellago, University of Vienna, Austria.Statistical Physics of soft and hard interfaces; Rodolfo Cuerno, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain.Second weekEvolution and Statistical Mechanics; Susanna Manrubia, Centro de Astrobiología (INTA-CSIC), Spain.Complexity and Chaos, Antonio Politi, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.Complex Networks and Network Inference; Roger Guimerà, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain.
There is no registration fee to attend the school. The number of participants is limited to 25-30 students from any country. Students are required to attend the full two weeks of duration of the school. Lectures will be taught in English.
Due to the limited number of participants we ask the applicants to provide a brief statement of motivation, current status, and a short list of academic and scientific merits in the online registration form so that the Scientific Commitee can select ideal candidates.
We have a limited number of grants available to cover accommodation (partial or total), breakfast, and lunch in Castro Urdiales. If you want to apply for a grant, please indicate explicitly that you wish to be supported in the online registration form. Grants will be awarded on the basis of the information provided with the registration. Accepted candidates who cannot be supported with school budget will be required to cover their accommodation and living expenses.
The deadline for application/registration is June 14, 2013.