Covid control in the test

September 18, 2020

Contact tracing and low case numbers make an important contribution to curbing a second wave of the corona epidemic (PR in German)

From pandemia to the pole star

September 16, 2020

The online lecture series "Acience at the Göttinger Literaturherbst" brings six top international researchers to the Paulinerkirche this year. (PR in German)

A Life for Science - Former Scientific Member Heinz-Georg Wagner passed away

July 29, 2020

We mourn Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dres h.c. Heinz-Georg Wagner, Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, (until 2004 Max Planck Institute for Flow Research). He died in Göttingen on 29 July 2020 at the age of 91.

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): Nanoscale Brownian Dynamics of Semiflexible Biopolymers

Dr. Steffen Mühle
22.09.2020 14:00 - 15:30
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Link to the talk:

MPIDS Colloquium: Modelling collective cell movement in biology and medicine

Prof. Dr. Philip Maini
07.10.2020 14:15 - 15:15
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Video conference at Meeting ID: 959 2774 3389 Passcode: 651129

MPIDS Colloquium: Modeling cell migration: from 2D to 3D

Prof. Dr. Alex Mogilner
21.10.2020 14:15 - 15:15
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Video conference at Meeting ID: 959 2774 3389 Passcode: 651129
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