Covid-19 deaths will increase

October 30, 2020

In early November, 500 to 800, possibly more people could die each week from infection with sars-CoV-2 (PR in German)

How order emerges when matter comes alive

October 28, 2020

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen devise a new standard model to uncover how mixtures of living entities aggregate or separate from each other.

Thomas Oppermann passed away

October 26, 2020

We deeply mourn the passing of Thomas Oppermann, Member and Vice President of the Bundestag. Thomas Oppermann was a member of the board of trustees of our institute and has actively accompanied and supported it since the late 1990s.

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. 

In a nutshell


LMP Seminar (video conference): Better assemblies through geometric frustration: Understanding the limits of self-limitation

Prof. Dr. Gregory M. Grason
03.11.2020 15:00 - 16:30
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Link to the talk:

MPIDS Colloquium: Fluid dynamics of living cells

Prof. Dr. Mike Shelley
04.11.2020 15:15 - 16:15
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Video conference at Meeting ID: 959 2774 3389 Passcode: 651129
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