Second Circular

Second Circular

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)
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)
Matthias Fuchs
(Universität Konstanz)
Steve Granick
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch.)
Paul Heitjans
(Universität Hannover)
Werner Köhler
(Universität Bayreuth)
Ingolf Kühn
(Helmholtz Center Halle)
Akihiro Kusumi
(Kyoto University)
Graeme Murch
(The University of Newcastle)
Peter Reimann
(Universität Bielefeld)
Masaki Sano
(The University of Tokyo)
Gerhard Schmid
(Universität Augsburg)
Thomas Schmidt
(Leiden University)
Erik Schäffer
(Universität Tübingen)
Matthew Turner
(University of Warwick)
Ilpo Vattulainen
(Tampere University of Technology)

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.

The Diffusion Fundamentals V will take place at the Universität Leipzig south of the city center. A map of the conference site and the city center will be published at the conference website.

Excursion and Cultural Activities
The conference will be accompanied by an excursion including a concert at the “Alte Handelsbörse” and a tour through famous sites in Leipzig. The excursion will end with the Conference Dinner at the Ratskeller Leipzig. This excursion is included in the conference fee. Please note that you need to register for this excursion. No participation is possible without registration!
Important Dates
May 31st
Abstract submission deadline
Early payment deadline
July 31st
Final Announcement
Final acceptance of poster contributions
Late payment deadline with late dues
August 15th Cash payment registration deadline
August 26–28th Diffusion Fundamentals V
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 is available at the conference website. Early booking is highly recommended.


The conference fee includes all catering during the conference comprising the Conference Dinner and the conference excursion. Please note that a participation in the conference excursion requires a registration! Registration is possible online at the conference website.

Conference Fee
Payment until May 31st, 2013
Payment until July 31st, 2013
Register by August 15th, 2013
cash payment on arrival
Full Delegate 250 € 350 € 400 €
Student/PhD Student 150 € 200 € 250 €
If a cancellation request is received before May 31st, 2013, 100 % of the amount paid minus a handling fee of 25 € will be refunded. If a cancellation request is received before July 15th, 2013, 50 % of the amount paid will be refunded. No refund will be possible after this date. Please send your request for cancellation to Ms. Andrea Kramer.


Abstract Submission

You are welcome to submit a poster contribution. Please submit your poster abstract until May 31st, 2013 by e-mail to Ms. Andrea Kramer. Please use the abstract template supplied at the website (.tex, .doc) for submission.
Posters should fit in DIN A0 portrait format (width: 84.1 cm, height 118.9 cm). Three posters will be selected for a “Best Poster Award” including a short oral presentation at the conference. Accepted abstracts of contributions will be available electronically via the Diffusion Fundamentals Online Journal.

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
We are happy to announce that 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
Graduate School BuildMoNa
Building with Molecules and Nano-objects
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Rubotherm GmbH

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