Statistical Physics, which was born as an attempt to explain thermodynamic properties of systems from its atomic and molecular components, has evolved into a solid body of knowledge that allows for the understanding of macroscopic collective phenomena. One of the largest successes of Statistical Physics has been the development of paradigms, stylized simplified models that capture the essential ingredients, for a wide variety of phenomena. These paradigms have allowed not only the understanding of the systems by themselves but also that many apparently different behaviors are just different manifestations of the same collective phenomena. The tools developed by the Statistical Physics together with the Theory of Dynamical Systems are of key importance in the understanding of Complex Systems which are characterized by the emergent and collective phenomena of many interacting units. In particular the understanding of small systems, in which fluctuations are typically large, benefits from Statistical Physics body of knowledge. In addition, small systems fuel the development of new techniques and provide the ground to test predictions at a very deep level.

While the traditional basic body of knowledge of Statistical Physics is well described in textbooks and typically at an undergraduate or master level, the applications to Complex and Small Systems are well beyond the scope of those textbooks. The Summer School on these topics aims at bridging the gap between the master level and the necessities of PhD students and young postdocs working on these fields.

This will be the 3rd edition of the Summer School on Statistical Physics of Complex and Small Systems and will follow the same spirit and concept that the precedent succesful editions (Palma de Mallorca 2011 and Benasque 2012)

The school, open to participants world-wide, will take place from September 2 to 13, 2013. During these two weeks there will be a total of six courses (three courses per week). Courses will include lectures and hands-on sessions. Lectures will be taught in English. Students are welcome to present their research.

In this 3rd edition the following courses will be taught:

  • First week:
    • Stochastic Aspects in Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics by Horacio Wio, Instituto de Física de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), Spain.
      • Keynote Lecture on Stochastic Thermodynamics by C. van den Broeck, Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium.
    • Computational Statistical Mechanics by Christoph Dellago, University of Vienna, Austria.
    • Statistical Physics of soft and Hard Interfaces by Rodolfo Cuerno, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain.
  • Second week
    • Theory and Models of Molecular Evolution by Susanna Manrubia, Centro de Astrobiología (INTA-CSIC), Spain.
    • Complexity and Chaos by Antonio Politi, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.
    • Complex Networks and Network Inference by Roger Guimerà, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain.

There is no registration fee to attend the school. Lunch on working days for all participants will be covered by the organization. There is a limited number of grants to cover the cost of lodging. Non-granted participants will have to cover the logding expenses. A special rate has been negotiated with the UIB Student's Residence.

The number of participants is limited. Participants are required to attend the full two weeks of duration of the school.

Application to attend the school is now closed.

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