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

International Workshop
4 - 8 May 2020

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 deadline for applications was 31st December 2019. The call for applications is closed. 

Scientific Program

Scientific program structure:
Sunday, 3rd May
6 - 8 pm - registration for the workshop
(also possible throughout workshop week)
7 - 9 pm - welcome dinner at MPIPKS

Monday, 4th May
9 am - workshop opening

Friday, 8th May
early afternoon - workshop closing

The detailed scientific program of the workshop will be available in February/March 2020.

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