Chimera States: From Theory and Experiments to Technology and Living Systems

Moved from 2020 to 2022 due to Covid-19.

International Workshop
16 - 20 May 2022

One of the pillars of modern physics is the concept of symmetries. Spontaneously breaking such symmetries gives rise to non-trivial phenomena and can explain why particles have mass. Chimera states – characterized by the coexistence of localized synchronized and unsynchronized dynamics – are a novel example. Yet, experimental realizations remain scarce and the relevance of the phenomenon in technology and in nature remains to be established.

Key questions

  • Do chimera states control biological and/or cognitive functions?
  • Do chimera states play any significant role in natural biochemical mechanisms?
  • In which natural and experimental systems does an effective nonlocal coupling naturally arise?
  • Do chimera states exist all the way down to the quantum scale?
  • What technological advantages do chimera states offer?
  • Which experimental systems are most promising to study chimera states in three dimensions?
  • How can we establish the existence of chimera states in continuum systems experimentally?

Invited speakers

K. Bansal (US)
V. M. Bastidas (JP)
C. Bruder (CH)
H. Engel (DE)
D. Ghosh (IN)
F. Hellmann (DE)
T. Kapitaniak (PL)
I. Kiss (US)
E. Knobloch (US)
H. Koeppl (DE)
K. Krischer (DE)
Y. Lai (US)
C. Laing (NZ)
H. Lau (HK)
E. A. Martens (DK)
A. Motter (US)
A. Pikovsky (DE)
E. Schöll (DE)
J. Totz (US)
G. Tsironis (GR)
A. Zakharova (DE)

Scientific Coordinators

Jörn Davidsen
(University of Calgary, Canada)

Yuri Maistrenko
(National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine)

Kenneth Showalter
(West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA)


Maria Voigt
(Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany)

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The call for applications is closed. 

Scientific Program Structure

Preliminary scientific program structure:
Sunday, 15th May
6 - 8 pm - registration for the workshop
(also possible throughout workshop week)
7 - 9 pm - welcome dinner at MPIPKS

Monday, 16th May
9 am - workshop opening

Friday, 20th May
early afternoon - workshop closing

The detailed scientific program of the workshop will be available in late March 2022.

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