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Past events

WS 2017/18
DateSpeakerTitleInvited by Remarks
13.10.2017Philippe Robert, INRIA, ParisStochastic Models of Gene ExpressionSylvie RoellyJoint Event with SFB 1294
20.10.2017Tom Robinson, MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

Synthetic Biology with Giant Vesicles and Microfluidic Systems

Carsten Beta
10.11.2017Felix Wichmann, Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, GermanyComparing deep neural networks against humans: Object recognition with weak signalsRalf EngbertJoint Event with SFB 1294
24.11.2017Jürgen Vollmer, MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, GermanyMoments and Autocorrelation Functions in Superdiffusion:
Exact Solution, Scaling and Universlity
Ralf Metzler
01.12.2017Alessio Spantini, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USAA class of nonlinear filters induced by local couplingsSebastian Reich

Joint Event with SFB 1294

switch to room 0.104

08.12.2017Tim Sullivan, Free University of Berlin and Zuse Institute BerlinDistributional Uncertainty in Uncertainty QuantificationJana de WiljesJoint Event with SFB 1294
08.12.2017Sandalo Roldan-Vargas, MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, GermanyAnomalies, Rare Events and Brownian MotionRalf MetzlerStart: 11:15

Charlotte Kloft, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Pharmacometrics: Analysing and understanding variability and uncertainty in clinical dataWilhelm HuisingaJoint Event with SFB 1294
19.01.2018Prof Yong Xu, Northwestern Polytechnical University, ChinaDynamics of non- Gaussian Levy noiseRalf Metzler

Michael Ghil,

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Data Assimilation: Past, Present and Future

Yuri ShpritsJoint Event with SFB 1294
SS 2017
DateSpeakerTitleInvited by Remarks
02.06.2017Michael Stich, Aston University, BirminghamSymmetry breaking in simple models of cooperative polymerizationCarsten BetaJoint Event with GRK 1558 and BCSCCS
14.07.2017 Jan van Waaij, Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica Korteweg-de Vries Instituut, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Adaptive convergence results for numerical efficient Bayesian methods Sebastian ReichJoint Event with SFB 1294
WS 2016/2017
DateSpeakerTitleInvited by Remarks
21.10.2016Patrick Cramer, MPI für Biophysikalische Chemie, GöttingentbaRalf Metzler
18.11.2016Rajarshi Chakrabarti, IIT BombayTracer diffusion in a sea of polymers with binding zones: mobile vs frozen traps.Ralf Metzler
25.11.2016Denis S. Grebenkov, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, FrancetbaRalf Metzler
09.12.2016Eugene Postnikov, Kursk UniversityCompressibility-based quantitative predictions of fluctuational, thermodynamic
and transport properties of compressed liquids
Ralf Metzler
06.01.2017Vasily Zaburdaev ,Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, GermanyEarly emergence of multicellularity in bacterial microcoloniesCarsten Beta
20.01.2017Gianni Pagnini, Basque Center for Applied Mathematics,
Bilbao, Spain
Brownian dynamics in complex media to model anomalous diffusion.Ralf Metzler
08.02.2017Vasyl Khachenko, Institut of Applied Physics, NAS of Ukraine, SumyModeling Nano-Sized Pattern Formation in Stochastic Adsorptive Systems with Interacting AdsorbateIgor GoychukWed, Feb 8, 12:15
Room 2.123
17.02.2017Henrik Flyvbjerg, Dept. of Micro- and Nanotechnology Technical University of Denmark

Thermophoretic forces on DNA measured with a single-molecule spring balance

ODER: Tauziehen mit Erbgut

Carsten Beta
24.02.2017Jalal Sarabadani, Aalto University, Helsinki Theory of polymer translocation through a nanopore.Ralf Metzler
SS 2016
DateSpeakerTitleInvited byRemarks


Raffaello Potestio, Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz Up and down the ladder - A personal account of multi-scale modeling of biophysical systems Ralf Metzler


Sabine Klapp, Technische Universität, BerlinRalf Metzler


Dr. Jaeoh Shin, ,Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik, DresdenRNA polymerase II transcription through dinucleosomeRalf Metzler


Francesco Caravelli, Invenia Labs, University College London, UK Dynamical properties of memristive networksRalf Metzler


Eduardo Sosa, Cinvestav, MexicoMotility of Escherichia coli and Trypanosoma cruzi in confined systems: Experiments and mathematical modelingCarsten BetaBeginn: 10:00
Room: 1.001
Joint event with GRK 1558 and BCSCCS


Arthur Straube,
Freie Universität Berlin
Magnetically interacting particles in tilted periodic potentials: Theory and experimentArkady Pikovsky


Bert de Groot, Max-Planck-Institute für Biophysikalische Chemie, GöttingenThe molecular dynamics and energetics of ion permeation and molecular recognitionRalf Metzler
WS 2015/16
DateSpeakerTitleInvited byRemarks


Lene Oddershede, Niels Bohr Institut Copenhagen

Dynamics of cells and within cells

Ralf Metzler


Igor Aronson, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA

Collective and individual behavior of microswimmers in anisotropic fluidsArkadi Pikovski

Simone Reber, Humboldt Universität Berlin

How the ideas of soft matter physics help us understand cellular organizationCarsten Beta

Roland WinklerForschungszentrum Jülich

Microswimmer: From swimming bacteria to collective behaviors of active
Brownian particles
Ralf Metzler


Helmut GrubmüllerMPI für Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen

Atomistic Simulation of Single Molecule Experiments: Molecular Machines and a Dynasome Perspective

Ralf Metzler


Erik Werner, Chalmers, Gothenburg

Karen Alim, MPI für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation, Göttingen

Mapping the statistics of channel-confined DNA to a 1D model

Adaptation by fluid flow in the slime mold Physarum polycephalum

Ralf Metzler

Carsten Beta

SS 2015

Date Speaker Title Invited by Remarks
08.05.2015 Mahsa Vahabi (Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam, NL) Ralf Metzler
11.06.2015 Michael Skaug (IBM Research-Zurich) Ralf Metzler Time: 2:00 p.m. Place: bldg 28, room 2.123
12.06.2015 Angelo Valleriani (Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung) Aging of Macromolecules Ralf Metzler
19.06.2015 Jörn Davidsen (University of Calgary) Earthquake triggering: From natural to induced seismicity Carsten Beta beginn 10:45
03.07.2015 Peter J. Thomas (Case Western Reserve University) Dynamical Architectures for Control of Rhythmic Behavior Carsten Beta
03.07.2015 Salvatore Chiantia (HU Berlin) Protein-membrane interaction characterized by quantitative microscopy: Examples from Influenza virus assembly Ralf Metzler
10.07.2015 Daniel Wuestner (Syddansk Universitet (Odense)) Heterogeneous diffusion of sterols and sterol-binding proteins in mammalian cells Ralf Metzler

WS 2014/15

Date Speaker Title Invited by Remarks
10.10.2014 Hesam Montazeri (ETH Zurich, Basel, Switzerland) Waiting time model for accumulating mutations Wilhelm Huisinga
14.11.2014 Tetsuya Hiraiwa (Freie Universität Berlin) Theoretical model for chemotactic migration of a eukaryotic cell Carsten Beta
28.11.2014 Zhou Yu (University of Oxford, UK) Temporal Characteristics of Earthquakes Ralf Metzler
05.12.2014 Yuli Starosvetsky (Israel Institute of Technology) Resonant energy transport and channeling in the essentially nonlinear systems Arkady Pikovsky
12.12.2014 Kai Thormann (Justus Liebig University Giessen) Upgrading bacterial motility Carsten Beta Joint Event with GRK 1558
19.12.2014 Stefan Klumpp (Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung) Physical forces in bacterial motility Ralf Metzler
09.01.2015 Gleb Oshanin (Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris) Ralf Metzler
16.01.2015 Misha Sheinman (MPI Molecular Genetics Berlin) How active gels drive themselves towards anomalous critical point Ralf Metzler
30.01.2015 Christine Selhuber-Unkel (Universität Kiel) Intracellular motion in crowded cells Ralf Metzler

SS 2014

Date Speaker Title Invited by Remarks
09.05.2014 Daniela Froemberg (MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden)
16.05.2014 John Lapeyre Jr. Ralf Metzler
11.07.2014 Manoel Manghi (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse) The role of torsion in the closure and nucleation dynamics of DNA denaturation bubbles Ralf Metzler

WS 2013/14

Date Speaker Title Invited by Remarks
01.11.2013 Rudi Podgornik (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) Disorder and Coulomb interactions, DNA condensation in virus capsids, Electrostatic interactions and stability of virus-like capsids Ralf Metzler
15.11.2013 Marco Tarantola (MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen) Mechanics and dynamics of cellular contacts: From Dictyostelium discoideum adhesion to mammalian cardiac fibrosis Carsten Beta Joint Event with GRK 1558
22.11.2013 Michael Stich (Aston University, Birmingham) Chemical and chiral oscillations in simple polymerization models Carsten Beta Joint Event with GRK 1558
24.01.2014 Frank Noe (Freie Universität Berlin) Ralf Metzler
31.01.2014 Tomaz Prosen (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) Diffusive transport in integrable systems Ralf Metzler
07.02.2014 Igor Sokolov (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) Ralf Metzler

WS 2012/13

Date Speaker Title Invited by Remarks
16.11.2012 Rainer Klages (Queen Mary University of London, School of Mathematical Sciences) The Physics of Foraging: Bumblebee Flights under Predation Risk Ralf Metzler and Carsten Beta
26.11.2012 Oleh Omel'chenko (Weierstraß-Institut, Berlin) Nonuniversal transitions to synchrony in the Sakaguchi-Kuramoto model Arkady Pikovsky and Ralf Toenjes Monday, 16:00h Room 0.104
30.11.2012 Gustavo Martínez-Mekler (UNAM, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México) Sperms in Quest of the Holy Egg Arkady Pikovsky
07.12.2012 Oliver Steinbock (Tallahassee, FL, USA) Wave Patterns in Three-dimensional Excitable Media Carsten Beta
14.12.2012 Antonio Politi Anomalous thermal conduction and Levy processes Ralf Toenjes
11.01.2013 Oliver Muelken (Uni Freiburg) Exciton Dynamics in Open Quantum System - from Quantum to Random Walks Ralf Metzler
01.02.2013 Marcus Hauser (Universität Magdeburg) Cell-cell desynchronisation in yeast cell populations Carsten Beta
08.02.2013 Igor Goychuk (Uni Potsdam) Nonlinear anomalous diffusion and transport: fractional dynamics in and out of thermal equilibrium Ralf Toenjes

SS 2013

Date Speaker Title Invited by Remarks
19.04.2013 Gabriel Amselem (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris) Random network peristalsis in the slime mold Physarum polycephalum Carsten Beta Joint Event with GRK 1558
19.04.2013 Mykyta Chubynsky (University of Ottawa) Diffusing diffusivity: A model of anomalous and "anomalous Brownian" diffusion Ralf Metzler
26.04.2013 Joachim Dzubiella (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin) Solvent fluctuations in hydrophobic cavity-ligand binding kinetics Ralf Metzler
03.05.2013 Jaeoh Shin Short DNA bending and looping: Effects of bubble nucleation and tension diffusion Ralf Metzler
14.05.2013 Robert Niven (The University of New South Wales, Australia) Maximum Entropy Analysis of Flow Systems and Networks diffusion Markus Abel Tuesday Room 28.2.123 14:15h
14.06.2013 Katharina Krischer (TU München) Synchrony and Turbulence in Electrochemical Systems Arkady Pikovsky
21.06.2013 Arik Yochelis (Ben-Gurion University, Israel) Pattern formation approach to dynamical properties of Filopodia Carsten Beta Joint Event with GRK 1558
28.06.2013 Philip Rosenau (School of Mathematics, Tel Aviv University) Well tempered Diffusion Arkady Pikovsky
05.07.2013 Philipp Hoevel Synchronization in networks with delay Ralf Toenjes
12.07.2013 Zoran Nikoloski (MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology) The dynamics of the plant cytoskeleton components relates to transport efficiency of the emerging network Carsten Beta
12.07.2013 Tatiana Marquez-Lago Diffusion barriers and envelope morphology: nuclear factors in yeast mitosis Ralf Metzler
12.07.2013 Andre Leier From random walks to lumped reaction networks Ralf Metzler