First Circular

First Circular & Call for Papers

In continuation of a very successful series of 4 conferences in Europe and overseas, we invite you to participate in Diffusion Fundamentals V. Returning for the first time to its birthplace at the Universität Leipzig in Leipzig/Germany, the conference is scheduled for August 26–28th, 2013.


Diffusion is an ubiquitous dynamic transport process that shapes structures from the molecular to macroscopic and cosmic scales. In the context of soft matter physics, we often encounter it in the form of Brownian motion. Floppy meso-structures excited by thermal noise give rise to slow complex dynamics, susceptible to weak perturbations through heterogeneities and external fields. Diffusion Fundamentals V will cover a selection out of a large range of diffusion-related topics, including fundamental aspects as well as applications:

  • Single Molecule and Ensemble Studies of Diffusive Transport Processes
  • Phase Transitions and Molecular Dynamics in Complex Matrices
  • DNA and Polymer Dynamics and Mechanics under Constraints
  • Hot Brownian Particles and Active Brownian Motion
Confirmed Invited Speakers
Eli Barkai
(Bar-Ilan University)
Clemens Bechinger
(Universität Stuttgart)
Cécile Cottin-Bizonne
(University of Lyon)
Paul Chaikin
(New York University)
Debashish Chowdhury
(Indian Institute of Technology)
Cees Dekker
(Delft University of Technology)
Ernst-Ludwig Florin
(University of Texas at Austin)
Erwin Frey
(LMU München)
Matthias Fuchs
(Universität Konstanz)
Steve Granick
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch.)
Peter Hänggi
(Universität Augsburg)
Paul Heitjans
(Universität Hannover)
Yariv Kafri
(Technion, Haifa)
Werner Köhler
(Universität Bayreuth)
Ingolf Kühn
(Helmholtz Center Halle)
Akihiro Kusumi
(Kyoto University)
Graeme Murch
(The University of Newcastle)
Peter Reimann
(Universität Bielefeld)
Thomas Schmidt
(Leiden University)
Erik Schäffer
(BIOTEC TU Dresden)
Matthew Turner
(University of Warwick)
Ilpo Vattulainen
(Tampere University of Technology)

The conference will comprise invited talks and an extended poster session. For the first time a “Best Poster Award” will be awarded, and 3 posters will be selected for brief oral presentations.


Leipzig is one of the liveliest and most dynamic cities in Germany. Whether as a musical city, trade fair Mecca or city of books – Leipzig has been an important European centers for hundreds of years. Traces of the lives of poets such as Lessing, Klopstock, or Goethe can be found throughout the city, and its philosophers Leibniz, Nietzsche and Bloch remain influential today. More recently, Leipzig was home and breeding ground to the peaceful revolution in Eastern Germany. Today’s visitors also come for the city’s modern art (“Neue Leipziger Schule”) and never fail to notice its vivid musical life, routed in a long tradition stretching back to Bach and Mendelssohn Bartholdy. As two memorable dates in the year 2013, we mention the 200th anniversaries of Richard Wagner’s birth in Leipzig and of a major battle in the Napoleonic wars, commemorated by an ascendable monument (“Völkerschlachtdenkmal”) on the battle ground.

Travel and Accomodation

The city of Leipzig is situated in Saxony about 200 km to the south-west of Berlin. It is easy to reach by high-speed train from Berlin or directly via the international Airport Halle/Leipzig. It is well connected to the highway system in Germany, especially with the A9 north south route or the A14/A38/A4 east west route. Accommodation has to be directly reserved by the participants. A list of suitable hotels will be made available at the conference website. Early booking is highly recommended.

Important Dates
March 2013
2nd Circular
Begin of registration
May 15th Abstract submission deadline
May 31st Early registration deadline
July 31st
Final Circular
Final acceptance of poster contributions
August 12th
Late registration deadline with late dues
August 26–29th
Diffusion Fundamentals V

The conference fee is subject to changes depending on the additional sponsorship we may receive. Please check the conference fees when registering at the conference website. The fee will include all catering during the conference comprising the conference dinner and the conference excursion. Registration will be possible at the conference website.

Registration Fee
by May 31st, 2013
by August 12th, 2013
Full Delegate 250 € 350 €
Student/PhD Student 150 € 200 €
Scientific Committee
  • Dezsö L. Beke, Lajos Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary
  • Stefano Brandani, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Armin Bunde, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
  • Alan Chadwick, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
  • Christian Chmelik, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Frank Cichos, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Marc-Olivier Coppens, University College London, UK
  • Gerhard Ertl, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany
  • Dieter Freude, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Farida Grinberg, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Paul Heitjans, Universität Hannover, Germany
  • Jörg Kärger, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Yossi Klafter, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Klaus Kroy, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Alfred Leipertz, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Graeme Murch, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
  • Jean Philibert, Université de Paris-Sud, France
  • William S. Price, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Douglas M. Ruthven, Orono, University of Maine, USA
  • Michael J. Saxton, Davis, University of California, USA
  • Gunter Schütz, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Doros Theodorou, Athens, University of Patras, Greece
  • Rustem Valiullin, Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Ilpo Vattulainen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
  • Gero Vogl, University of Vienna, Austria
  • George H. Weiss, Bethesda, Center for Information Technology Maryland, USA
Local Organizers
Conference Chairmen and Local Organization Committee
Frank Cichos, Klaus Kroy, Jörg Kärger, Andrea Kramer


Financial Support
The Diffusion Fundamentals V conference will be supported by:


DFG Research Unit 877
From Local Constraints to
Macroscopic Transport
DFG Collaborative Research Center TRR 102
Polymers under Multiple Constraints: Restricted and
Controlled Molecular Order and Mobility
Top Level Research Area 1
Universität Leipzig
From Molecules and Nano-objects to Multifunctional
Materials and Processes

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