Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

What we want
No matter how well we understand how a single droplet of water is formed in the laboratory, we cannot predict how countless droplets form clouds that substantially affect the Earth’s climate. And although we can accurately characterize a single neuron’s impulse, we do not yet understand how billions of them form a single thought. In such systems, animate or inanimate, processes of self-organization are at work: Many interacting parts organize themselves independently, without external control, into a complex whole. At our institute we explore the mechanisms underlying these processes in order to gain a detailed understanding of complex systems. Also the major challenges of the 21st century, from climate change and economic crises to problems in energy supply and transport, are closely linked to these scientific questions. Without a deep understanding of dynamics and self-organization in complex and highly networked systems we cannot face these challenges. With our basic research not only do we want to deepen our understanding of nature, but also want to contribute to a sustainable existence on this planet.

News


When bacteria are buckling

When bacteria are buckling

June 14, 2024
Filamentous cyanobacteria buckle at a certain length when they encounter an obstacle. This was discovered by the research group of Stefan Karpitschka, group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and professor at the University of Konstanz. The results provide an important basis for the use of cyanobacteria in modern biotechnology.
Flying “SMARTIES” explore the sky and make predictions more precise

Flying “SMARTIES” explore the sky and make predictions more precise

June 05, 2024
Nuremberg/Göttingen: In the “SMARTIES” (SMART Integrated Electronic Sensors for quantifying atmospheric transport and mixing) research project, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS are developing and testing a system of intelligent mini-balloons with atmospheric tracers – called SMARTIES. These are equipped with the wireless transmission technology mioty® and can collect atmospheric data from up to several thousand sensors via a single flying base station, which can then be used in predictive models for transport of particles. This should make it possible to react more quickly and warn people in the event of extreme weather events or environmental disasters.
Field campaign IMPACT 2024, Finland

Field campaign IMPACT 2024, Finland

IMPACT field campaign, Finland

Here we provide a regular update on the research activities of the MPI-DS during the current field campaign in Pallas, Finland.

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.

Living Matter Physics

Prof. Dr. Ramin Golestanian

The department of Living Matter Physics 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. The aim is to understand the complex dynamics of living matter well enough to be able to make it from the bottom-up; i.e. from molecules to systems.

Max Planck Research Groups

Turbulence and Wind Energy
Dr. Claudia Brunner
BiomedicalPhysics
Prof. Dr. Stefan Luther
Complex Systems Theory
Prof. Dr. Viola Priesemann
Theory of Biological Fluids
Dr. David Zwicker

In a nutshell

Dates

MPI-DS Colloquium: Bulk condensation by an active edge, and other stories in active granular mat-ter

Prof. Dr. Sriram Ramaswamy
Jun 17, 2024 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Prandtl Lecture Hall and Zoom Meeting ID: 959 2774 3389 Passcode: 651129

LMP Seminar: Learning the stochastic dynamics of biological matter

Dr. Pierre Ronceray
Jun 18, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Riemannraum 1.40 & ZOOM Meeting ID: 997 1155 2453 Passcode: 771001

MPI-DS Colloquium: Motility regulation as a self-organization principle

Prof. Dr. Julien Tailleur
Jun 26, 2024 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Prandtl Lecture Hall and Zoom Meeting ID: 959 2774 3389 Passcode: 651129

MPI-DS Colloquium: Virus Traps and Other Molecular Machines of the Future

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz
Jun 27, 2024 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Maria Goeppert room (0.79) and Zoom Meeting ID: 959 2774 3389 Passcode: 651129

MPI-DS Colloquium: TBD

Prof. Dr. Natalia Berloff
Oct 23, 2024 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Prandtl Lecture Hall and Zoom Meeting ID: 959 2774 3389 Passcode: 651129

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