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CRM > English > Activities > Curs 2014-2015 > V Summer School on Statistical Physics of Complex and Small Systems
V Summer School on Statistical Physics of Complex and Small Systems
General information


Statistical Physics, which was born as an attempt to explain thermodynamic properties of systems from its atomic and molecular components, has evolved into a solid body of knowledge that allows for the understanding of macroscopic collective phenomena. One of the largest successes of Statistical Physics has been the development of paradigms, stylized simplified models that capture the essential ingredients, for a wide variety of phenomena. These paradigms have allowed not only the understanding of the systems by themselves but also that many apparently different behaviors are just different manifestations of the same collective phenomena. The tools developed by the Statistical Physics together with the Theory of Dynamical Systems are of key importance in the understanding of Complex Systems which are characterized by the emergent and collective phenomena of many interacting units. In particular the understanding of small systems, in which fluctuations are typically large, benefits from Statistical Physics body of knowledge. In addition, small systems fuel the development of new techniques and provide the ground to test predictions at a very deep level.

While the traditional basic body of knowledge of Statistical Physics is well described in textbooks and typically at an undergraduate or master level, the applications to Complex and Small Systems are well beyond the scope of those textbooks. The Summer School on Statistical Physics of Complex and Small Systems series, open to master and PhD students and young postdocs world-wide, aims at bridging this gap.

Following the same spirit and concept of the precedent succesful editions (Palma de Mallorca 2011, 2013, 2014 and Benasque 2012) the 5th edition will take place from July 6 to 17, 2015 in Barcelona. During these two weeks there will be a total of six courses (three courses per week):

Courses will include lectures and hands-on sessions. Lectures will be taught in English. Students are welcomed, and encouraged, to present their research, both as short talks and posters.

In addition, this year the school features several keynote talks, which will give a broader view on some of the topics of the school.

KEYNOTE 1: ​Entropy, temperature and second law of thermodynamics beyond local equilibrium. David Jou, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.​

KEYNOTE 2: Kinetic Theory for Neuronal Networks. Alex Roxin, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica.

KEYNOTE 3: Challenges and opportunities using Statistical Mechanics modeling in the industrial world​, Lourdes F. Vega, FBBVA-RSEF.

​Organizing Committee

  • Álvaro Corral, CRM, Barcelona
  • Tomás Alarcón, CRM, Barcelona
  • Francesc Font Clos, CRM, Barcelona

Scientific Committee

  • The School is coordinated by the Topical Group on Statistical and Non Linear Physics (GEFENOL <>) of the Real Sociedad Española de Física <>. GEFENOL's main objective is to promote the statistical and non-linear physics and any scientific and academic exchange among research groups working in these disciplines. ​​

  • The members of the Scientific Committee are:

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    • Pere Colet, IFISC (CSIC-UIB)
    • Álvaro Corral, CRM, Barcelona​
    • Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes, BIFI, Universidad de Zaragoza​
    • Juan Manuel López, IFCA (CSIC-U. Cantabria)
    • Diego Maza,  Universidad de Navarra
    • Raúl Toral, IFISC (CSIC-UIB)​​


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Previous to registration, applications have to be accepted by the Scientific Committee

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Neus Portet (​) including your CV (pdf, including name of advisor)  and a motivation letter (in the text message), before  March 8, 2015. Acceptation of the applications will be communicated by the organization before March 31, 2015. 

Registration fee

​Type Registration fee*


​270 €


(PhD students, Post docs and master students)

235 €​

​​*Registration includes: Documentation package, lunch on week-days, and coffee breaks.
NOTE: There is a small amount of registration grants available for members of the Complex Systems Society and of the Real Sociedad Española de Física.

To apply please send the request together with your application to participate clearly stating in the subject line “Application for registration and grant” to Neus Portet ( before  March 8, 2015 (please, tell us of which of the two funding societies are you a member). Acceptation of the applications will be communicated by the organization before March 31, 2015. 


We have negotiated a special fare for participants of the school that wish to stay at Vila Universitaria

For off-campus and family accommodation click here​​
 Contact information
If you have any questions please contact:

Neus Portet (​)

​​​This summer school is made possible, in part, by the support from the Complex Systems Society and the Real Sociedad Española de Física.

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