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


Young Scientist Award for Viola Priesemann

Young Scientist Award for Viola Priesemann

April 03, 2024
During this year's spring conference of the German Physical Society (DPG), Viola Priesemann received the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics. The physicist conducts research at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) and the University of Göttingen. The prize is endowed with 7,500 euros and honors her work on propagation processes in complex systems.
How cells are ahead of the curve

How cells are ahead of the curve

March 18, 2024
The curvature of a surface determines the migration behavior of biological cells. They preferentially move along valleys or grooves while avoiding ridges. These findings with contribution from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) and the Weizmann Institute of Science gave rise to a model predicting cellular behavior. Such universal principles now allow a better understanding of the migration of immune and cancer cells, paving the way for new treatment options.

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

LMP Seminar: Enhanced diffusion of tracer particles in nonequilibrium mixtures

Dr. Pierre Illien
Apr 16, 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 Seminar: Analysis of breathing pattern variability as a tool for quantitative assessment of respiratory instability

Beata Graff, MD PhD
Apr 17, 2024 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Ludwig Prandtl Hall

LFPB Seminar: Fluctuations and instabilities in stably stratified fluids: from Galileo to Space Exploration

Prof. Alberto Vailati
Apr 18, 2024 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Maria Goeppert Seminar room (0.79) and Zoom ID 691 0007 9220, Passcode 856480

LMP Seminar: Nonreciprocal collective dynamics in a mixture of phoretic Janus colloids

Dr. Gennaro Tucci
Apr 23, 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

LMP Seminar: Tangential diffusion and motility-induced mixing transition in exponentially growing multicellular spheroids

Torben Sunkel
Apr 30, 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
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