Workshop "Bridging the Divide" (2023)


Bridging the worlds of condensed matter physics and biophysics, our workshop gathers experts from both fields and their intersection. With a focus on machine learning and numerical methodologies, we aim to inspire collaborative advances. Our workshop provides a platform for insightful talks and engaging discussions in the fields of condensed matter physics and biophysics. We welcome your participation and ideas.


The workshop takes place at the University of Augsburg from Wednesday, September 13, to Friday, September 15, 2023.


While application for in-person participation is limited to members of the University of Augsburg and their collaborators, it is planned to video broadcast the talks at the workshop.


Support by the MNTF Graduate Center is gratefully acknowledged.




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The registration has been closed, but you may contact one of the organizers for participation.

Invited Speakers

  • Ricard Alert (MPIPKS Dresden)
  • Marin Bukov (MPIPKS Dresden)
  • Marcello Dalmonte (ICTP Trieste)
  • Christoph Dellago (Universität Wien)
  • Fernando Iemini (UFF Niterói Brazil)
  • Zala Lenarčič (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana)
  • Hartmut Löwen (HHU Düsseldorf)
  • Steffen Rulands (LMU München)
  • Francesco Piazza (MPIPKS Dresden)
  • Suropriya Saha (MPIDS Göttingen)
  • Michael Schmiedeberg (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Abhinav Sharma (Universität Augsburg)
  • Holger Stark (TU Berlin)
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Preliminary Program (13-15 September 2023)

The program of the workshop can be downloaded here and is shown below:


09:00-09:15 Opening of the Workshop
09:15-10:00 Zala Lenarčič (Efficient description of weakly open quantum systems)
10:00-10:45 Fernando Iemini (Floquet time-crystals as sensors of AC fields)
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:00 Ricard Alert (From topological defects to fruiting bodies in bacterial colonies)
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Suropriya Saha (The non-reciprocal Cahn-Hilliard model - traveling waves and effervescence)
14:15-15:00 Abhinav Sharma (The Physics of Odd Systems)
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:00 Julian Kappler (Stochastic action for tubes: Connecting path probabilities to measurement)
16:00-19:00 City Tour
09:00-09:45 Francesco Piazza (Non-equilibrium thermodynamics of quantum materials inside optical resonators)
09:45-10:30 Marin Bukov (Prethermalization in periodically-driven many-body spin systems)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:45 Marcello Dalmonte (Data mining quantum simulators)
11:45-12:05 Tiago Mendes (Spectral functions of two-dimensional systems with Neural Quantum States)
12:10-12:30 Sebastian Falkner (Enhanced Sampling of Configurations and Paths in a Generalized Ensemble)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Steffen Rulands (Multi-scale matter)
14:15-15:00 Michael Schmiedeberg (Perturbing the athermal jamming transition by activity)
15:00-18:00 Poster Session
09:00-09:45 Hartmut Löwen (Role of activity in condensed matter and biophysics)
09:45-10:30 Holger Stark (Exploring and controlling the emergent collective dynamics of microswimmers)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:45 Christoph Dellago (Machine learning for rare event simulations in condensed matter and biophysics)




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Habilitation Candidate
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