Third Infinity 2013

Conference on Physics of Biological and Complex Systems

17th - 19th October 2013 in Göttingen, Germany

This is the presence for the International Conference Third Infinity 2013 organised by doctoral students of the International Max Planck Research School for Physics of Biological and Complex Systems (IMPRS-PBCS).
It aims on early career researchers and PhD students working in the field.

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The Third Infinity

The field of Physics may be divided today in three sub-categories: infinitely big (relativity and astronomy), infinitely small (quantum mechanics and particle physics) and infinitely complex (complex systems and biophysics). The conference Third Infinity focuses on the latter and most recently adressed infinity.

Theory - Simulation - Experiment

Like in no other field, in Complex Systems and Biophysics, Theory, Simulation and Experiments go hand in hand. Third Infinity incorporates these perspectives by having international speakers and students with different backgrounds. The primary focus being mainly from the diverse fields of non-linear dynamical systems, brain as a complex system, experimental biophysics and robotics.

Conference Scope

This conference will give an insight of current successful scientific research around the globe from the field of Biophysics and Complex Systems. In addition to informative and inspiring talks from leading researchers of the field, the conference will also focus on providing early career researchers and PhD students with insights on how to approach scientific problems in a simple and intelligent manner. Overall this conference aims to provide a platform for scientific exchange between senior scientists and young researchers from all over the world to discuss their research and form networks.


PhD students and young researchers from everywhere are invited to apply as participants. Third infinity will have poster sessions during which participants are encouraged to present their ongoing work and engage in valuable exchange of ideas and discussions. Details of abstract submission to be announced soon.

Career Input

Along with the opportunity to learn from and network with leading researchers, Third infinity also aims to provide input to young researchers in the field of Biophysics and Complex Systems on their career in science and beyond. Program to be announced.


Third Infinity 2013 will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. The city of Göttingen in the middle of Germany founded in the 10th century, is one of the oldest university towns. Along with the prestigious Georg-August Universität and five different Max Planck Institutes, Göttingen offers an unique setting for a conference in the field of Biophysics and Complex Systems.

Public sessions

  • Friston
  • Domany
  • Panel

Public Keynote 1:
Life as we know it.
Karl Friston

Thursday 17th October, 9:30 - 10:30

Public Keynote 2:
Moving from Physics to Biology:
the Upsides, Downsides & Unexpected Sides.
Eytan Domany

Friday 18th October, 9:00 - 10:30
With opening by Helmut Grubmüller

Public Discussion Panel:
The practice of science.
Host: Ahmed El Hady


Julie Biteen

Eytan Domany

Jun Murimoto

Marc Timme

Friday 18th October, 18:00

Invited Speakers

Name Affiliation Topic of talk
Igor Sokolov Humboldt University Berlin Physics and mathematics of anomalous diffusion
Karl Friston UCL London Life as we know it
Etienne Hugues (per pro Gustavo Deco) Universitat Pompeu Fabra Resting Brains Never Rest: Computational Insights
Wolfgang Maass TU Graz, Austria Stochastic computation in cortical microcircuit models
Jun Morimoto ATR, BMI Lab Japan Brain-robot Interfaces for Exoskeleton Robot Control - Re-inforcement learning
Auke Ijspeert Biorobotics Lab, EPFL, Lausanne Central pattern generators for controlling locomotion: from biology to robotics
Vinod Subramaniam FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam Getting A Grip On Alpha-Synuclein Amyloid Oligomers
Everett Lipman UCSB, California Probing the Mechanism of a Single Motor Protein with Molecular Instrumentation
Ambarish Ghosh IISc, Bangalore India Optical and hydrodynamical effects in chiral nanostructures and their interplay
Julie Suzanne Biteen University of Michigan Peering into cells One molecule at a time: super-resolution studies of biomol. structure & dynamics in living bacteria
Eytan Domany Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot Moving from Physics to Biology: the Upsides, Downsides & Unexpected Sides

Selected talks

Name Affiliation Topic of talk
Christian Tetzlaff Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Göttingen The interaction of synaptic plasticity and scaling and their role in memory formation
Oliver Nagel University of Potsdam Influence of confined one-dimensional amoeboid motion on cytoskeletal polarization
Michael T. Dirnberger Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Saarbrücken Physarum computing: slime on shortest path
Jürgen Riedel Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg Quantifying emulation for computation universality in cellular automata
Enzo Tagliazucchi Goethe University Frankfurt am Main Human consciousness in the lens of statistical physics
Anna Chizik IIIrd Institute of Physics, Goettingen Imaging of the single particles transition dipole moment using cylindrical vector beams

Conference schedule

(yes, days are getting shorter...)


Thursday (17th Oct)

Friday (18th Oct)

Saturday (19th Oct)

8:00 - 9:00


Registration + Coffee

Registration + Coffee

9:00 - 9:30

Opening by organizers

Opening by Helmut Grubmüller

9:30 - 10:30

Keynote 1: Karl Friston

Keynote 2: Eytan Domany

Auke Ijspeert

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00

Wolfgang Maass

Everett Lipman

Student Talks Day 3:
Anna Chizik
Jürgen Riedel

12:00 - 13:00

Etienne Hugues
(per pro Gustavo Deco)

Julie Biteen

Jun Morimoto

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch break

Lunch break + Coffee

Conference closing

14:30 - 15:30

Vinod Subramanium

Ambarish Ghosh

15:30 - 16:30

Student Talks Day 1:
Enzo Tagliazucchi
Christian Tetzlaff

Student Talks Day 2:
Oliver Nagel
Michael Dirnberger

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee break

Coffee break

17:00 - 18:00

Poster session

Igor Sokolov

18:00 - 19:30

Beer, Brezels and Soup

Panel discussion

20:30 - 22:00

Beer in town at
Kantine im Jungen Theater
Am Wochenmarkt (Hospitalstraße 6)

Third Infinity 2013 is organized and supported by the International Max Planck Research School for Physics of Biological and Complex Systems

International Max Planck Research School for Physics of Biological and Complex Systems

We thank our sponsors

ottobock. PicoQuant Ohai Brause


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