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How synapses maintain their activity despite ageing

March 16, 2021
Scientists of the Göttingen Cluster of Excellence Multiscale Bioimaging (MBExC) and the Collaborative Research Center SFB1286, University Medical Center Göttingen and Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization uncover a link between protein turnover and synaptic activity. The study was published today in Cell Reports.

How to have memories without having a brain

February 22, 2021
A single-celled slime mold has no nervous system, but remembers food locations

Research Departments


Fluid Physics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity
(Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Eberhard Bodenschatz)

We are investigating the dynamics of a variety of complex nonlinear systems both experimentally and theoretically. Our interests are currently focused on biocomplexity in cell-biology, Lagrangian properties of fully developed turbulence, pattern formation and spatio-temporal chaos, and the Geodynamics of the earth's crust.

Dynamics of Complex Fluids 
(Prof. Dr. Stephan Herminghaus)

A complex fluid consists of (a large number of) similar mobile entities which are complex enough by themselves to preclude a straightforward prediction of the collective behaviour of the whole. Our research aims at understanding emergent phenomena in complex fluids, in particular in active fluids. We hope to identify suitable model systems which yield insight into overarching principles of self-organization in systems as diverse as granular flows, swarming of plankton particles, or patterns in traffic flow. One challenging question is: are there general common ‘principles’ behind the various instances of symmetry breaking, structure formation, and emergence in open systems? How does nature proceed from ‘being’ to ‘becoming’?

Living Matter Physics
(Prof. Dr. Ramin Golestanian)

Since March 2018, Prof. Ramin Golestanian from Oxford University is a new director heading the department ‘Living Matter Physics’. The department is engaged in a wide range of theoretical research aimed at a multi-scale understanding of the dynamics of living systems from a physical perspective. 

Max Planck Research Groups


Neural Systems
Theory

Dr. Viola Priesemann

Biomedical
Physics

Prof. Dr. Stefan Luther

Statistical physics of
evolving systems

Dr. Armita Nourmohammad

Theory of Biological
Fluids

Dr. David Zwicker

In a nutshell


Dates

MPIDS Colloquium: Spontaneous symmetry breaking out of equilibrium: Kibble-Zurek-Mechanism in colloidal monolayers

Dr. habil. Peter Keim
14.04.2021 14:15 - 15:15
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Video conference at www.zoom.us Meeting ID: 959 2774 3389 Passcode: 651129

Seminar über aktuelle Fragen zur Dynamik komplexer Fluide: Modelling thin film hydrodynamics with lattice Boltzmann

Stefan Zitz
16.04.2021 10:15 - 11:15
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Video conference at www.zoom.us, Meeting ID: 980 3913 9623, Passcode: 050762

LMP Seminar: Guided by curvature: coupling curvature and active forces to shape and propel cells

Prof. Dr. Nir Gov
20.04.2021 14:00 - 15:30
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Video conference at www.zoom.us Meeting ID: 997 1155 2453 Passcode: 771001

Seminar über aktuelle Fragen zur Dynamik komplexer Fluide: tba

Ranabir Dey
23.04.2021 10:15 - 11:15
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Video conference at www.zoom.us, Meeting ID: 980 3913 9623, Passcode: 050762

MPIDS Colloquium: A Random Walk Through Physics To The Nobel Prize

J. Michael Kosterlitz
12.05.2021 19:00 - 20:00
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Video conference at www.zoom.us, Meeting ID will follow
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