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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 Statistical Physics of Complex and Small Systems series, open to master and PhD students and young postdocs world-wide, aims at bridging this gap.

Following the same spirit and concept of the precedent succesful editions (Palma de Mallorca 2011, 2013, 2014 and Benasque 2012) the 5th edition will take place from July 6 to 17, 2015 in Barcelona. During these two weeks there will be a total of six courses (three courses per week):

First week COURSE 1: Biological membranes and biofluids at the microscale. Aurora Hernández-Machado, Universitat de Barcelona COURSE 2: Coarse grained dynamics and mesoscopic computational methods. Ignacio Pagonabarraga, Universitat de Barcelona COURSE 3: Information theory for complex systems. Stefan Thurner, Medical University of Vienna​ Second week COURSE 4: Dynamics on and of complex networks. Albert Diaz-Guilera, Universitat de Barcelona COURSE 5: Statistical physics of tailored random graphs: entropies, processes, and generation​, Ton Coolen, King's College London COURSE 6: Field theory of reaction diffusion processes. Gunnar Pruessner, Imperial College London Courses will include lectures and hands-on sessions. Lectures will be taught in English. Students are welcomed, and encouraged, to present their research, both as short talks and posters.

In addition, this year the school features a keynote talk by Prof. David Jou, who will give a broader view on some of the topics of the school.

​KEYNOTE TALK: Entropy, temperature and second law of thermodynamics beyond local equilibrium. David Jou, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.​

LocationCentre de Recerca Matemàtica​​​​​, Barcelona
Starts on06/07/2015
Ends on17/07/2015
Registration closes on07/03/2015

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