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Statistical Physics of Complex Systems
7-11 May 2019 Nordita, Stockholm



Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden

Organizing and Scientific Committee

  • Christian Beck (chair) (QMUL London)
  • Guido Caldarelli (Lucca)
  • Leticia Cugliandolo (Paris VI)
  • Ewa Gudowska-Nowak (Krakow)
  • Holger Kantz (MPI Dresden)
  • Paul Manneville (Palaiseau)
  • Stefano Ruffo (SISSA Trieste)
  • Raul Toral (IFISC Palma)

EPS - European Physical Society The above team of organizers is identical with the current Board of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (SNPD) of EPS (the European Physical Society).

This will be the 2nd conference of the EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division, connected with the award of the EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Prize. The previous conference, where the prize was awarded for the first time, was in Krakow in 2017.

For informal enquiries about this joint EPS-Nordita conference, contact the chair, Prof. Christian Beck (


Statistical mechanics provides a universal formalism to understand the behavior of a variety of complex systems on a variety of spatio-temporal scales. This conference will deal with a selection of the most recent developments and cutting edge scientific research topics within the general area of nonequilibrium statistical physics, stochastic modelling, complex networks, nonlinear dynamical systems, chaos and turbulence, disordered quantum systems and spin glasses, phase transitions and critical phenomena, and interdisciplinary applications in physics, biology, economics, and the social sciences. There will be ample opportunity for informal discussions and interdisciplinary interaction between people from different scientific backgrounds within the broad area of statistical and nonlinear physics.

The conference will include a number of topical areas that represent major recent developments in the field, such as recent progress in stochastic thermodynamics, fluctuation theorems, non-equilibrium systems and entropy production, small complex systems, quantum thermodynamics, billiards and deterministic diffusion, anomalous diffusion processes, superstatistical processes, large deviation theory, long-range interactions, extreme events, multiplex and multilayer complex networks, time-evolving complex networks and their applications. The plan is to allow for a fruitful exchange of ideas between different subject areas. Possible adoption and further refinement of useful techniques of statistical physics in an interdisciplinary setting will be a major goal. In addition there will also be a special symposium session on a more applied topic: For 2019 we have chosen the topic "Statistical Physics of Power Grids", an area in which many people have recently started to work in, and where statistical physics methods can be very usefully applied to better understand the effect of renewables and trading in present and future power grids.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Erik Aurell, Stockholm
  • A-Laszlo Barabasi, Boston
  • Debra Bernhardt, Queensland
  • Ginestra Bianconi, London
  • Leonid Bunimovich, Atlanta
  • Gavin Crooks, Berkeley
  • Thierry Dauxois, Lyon
  • Bernard Derrida, Paris
  • Peter Haenggi, Augsburg
  • Chris Jarzynski, Maryland
  • Kimmo Kaski, Aalto
  • Katja Lindenberg, San Diego
  • Robert MacKay, Warwick
  • Michael Mackey, Montreal
  • Christian Maes, Leuven
  • Peter McClintock, Lancaster
  • Ralf Metzler, Potsdam
  • David Mukamel, Rehovot
  • Juan Parrondo, Madrid
  • Mariangeles Serrano, Barcelona
  • Christian van den Broeck, Hasselt
  • Aleksander Weron, Wroclaw

    EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics prize award session

    This prestiguous prize of the EPS Statistical Nonlinear Physics Division was created and awarded for the first time in 2017. It is given out every 2 years. The 2019 prize will be awarded during the conference in Stockholm.

    There will be 4 prize winners, 2 for the senior prize and 2 for the junior prize. Prize winners will be selected by the selection Committee in early 2019, in consultation with the scientific community.

    In 2017 the two senior prize winners were Itamar Procaccia and Peter Grassberger. The two junior ones were Laura Foini and Edgar Roldan. More information can be found at the website of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (EPS-SNPD).

    Special applied symposium: Statistical Physics of Power Grids

    The invited speakers for this special 2-hour session on the statistics of frequency fluctuations in the power grid, with particular emphasis on statistical physics methods for renewables (wind and solar), demand response, storage and transmission will be Martin Greiner (Aarhus), Benjamin Schaefer (Dresden), + further speakers.

    Further symposia on special topics

    Depending on interests of participants, there is the possibility to organise further 2-hour mini-symposia on topics of particular interest. Please contact the conference chair with suggestions.

    Young scientists

    Participation of PhD students and young postdocs is strongly encouraged. We plan that also some young people at the beginning of their career will be given the chance of a short oral presentation (to be selected out of the poster contributions).

    Registration fee

    Regular participant: 400 Euro
    EPS member: 300 Euro
    PhD student: 250 Euro
    PhD student that is EPS member: 200 Euro

    To benefit from the reduced EPS registration fee, there is the possibility to become an EPS member.

    Registration for this conference has not yet been opened.

    More information on how to register will be available soon.


    Nordita can provide a limited number of rooms and apartments in the Stockholm apartment hotel BizApartments. If you are interested in this accomodation, please indicate when registering for the conference.

    Sponsored by:

    Nordita EPS - European Physical Society

  • Dates: from 07 May 2019 09:00 to 11 May 2019 13:00
    Location: Nordita, Stockholm
    Room: Lecture room at AlbaNova Center
    Chairs: BECK, Christian
    CUGLIANDOLO, Letitia
    KANTZ, Holger
    RUFFO, Stefano
    TORAL, Raúl
    Additional info: Arrival day is Monday 6 May, departure day is Saturday 11 May.

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