Windows to Complexity 2015

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Scientific Scope

Interfaces and surfaces are very important and often dynamic elements of many processes in nature and industry. Therefore they are subject of intense theoretical, computational and experimental research in all natural sciences and their understanding is of central interest in many branches of contemporary engineering. Examples are on the one hand, soft adaptive polymer surfaces which change their properties triggered by the environment or soft and hard surfaces or layers with evolving ordered patterns or disordered textures in the nanometer range. On the other hand, surfaces and interfaces are of paramount importance for the mesoscale behaviour of biological and biomimetic systems, e.g., dynamic structures at and in biological cell membranes such as lipid rafts and self-organised protein patterns.

The scope of the workshop is to foster the exchange of recent results and ideas related to the dynamics of and at interfaces and surfaces that are investigated in a variety of (interdisciplinary) fields in the natural sciences and applied mathematics. As in many cases the resulting structures result from spontaneous self-organisation, a specific aim is to identify universal features related to the nonlinear character of the underlying processes, to place the individual systems and phenomena into the wider context of the understanding of out-of-equilibrium phenomena. Ample opportunities for exchange (including discussions after each talk and a poster session) shall allow early-stage and distinguished scientists to discuss challenges and open problems across fields and to identify ways to coordinate future efforts.

Participants will have the opportunity to contribute posters.

Registration is Closed!

Registration fee will cover coffe breaks and lunch / Registration is open until Feb. 20


Uwe Thiele,  Andreas Heuer, Oliver Kamps 

List of invited speakers

H.-J. Butt      
MPl for Polymer Research, Mainz
H. Löwen
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
R. Lipowsky
MPl für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung, Golm
J. Snoeijer
University of Twente & TU Eindhoven
F. Schmid
Institute of Physics, JGU Mainz 
I. Pagonabarraga
Universitat de Barcelona
D. Lohse
University of Twente
K. Kruse
Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
O. Pierre-Louis
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 
S. Kalliadasis
Imperial College London
B. A. Grzybowski
Northwestern University 
H. Stark
TU Berlin
U. Steiner 
Adolphe Merkle Institute, Fribourg
P. Maass
University of Osnabrück
T. Witten
University of Chicago
D. Andelman
Tel Aviv University
C. Diddens
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
A. Heuer
Universität Münster
H. Fuchs
Universität Münster
J. Vollmer
MPI Göttingen
S. Gurevich
Universität Münster
M. Schönhoff
Universität Münster
V. Gerke
Universität Münster
R. Wedlich-Söldner
Universität Münster

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