From the nanoworld to neurons and galaxies

Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies organizes Symposium on clusters

The symposium on clusters is part oft the ESOF Meeting, a pan-European General Science Meeting held by EuroScience from July 15-19 at the Deutsche Museum in Munich. This meeting will attract attention in both in the scientific community and the general public.

The symposium on clusters is organized by Prof. Dr. Andrey Solov'yov, Fellow at FIAS, within the framework of European Union's Network of Excellence EXCELL project, to disseminate scientific knowledge. Professor Solov'yov is a keynote plenary speaker at the ESOF 2006 and will deliver a lecture entitled "Clustering phenomenon in systems of varied degrees of complexity", which takes place at the Deutsches Museum, Luftfahrhalle on July 17, 2006 at 13:15.

In the first section of the cluster symposium, esteemed Theoretical Physicist Prof. Walter Greiner, Senior Fellow at FIAS and Professor at Frankfurt University, will illustrate how the concept of clustering suggests new ways to approach fundamental problems of physics for the subatomic world. The existence of clusters in super-heavy nuclei has recently been proposed, providing a new perspective on how to extend the periodic table with these artificially created, super-heavy elements.

Professor Jochen Triesch, Fellow at FIAS, will discuss how information processing takes place in the hundreds of billions of interconnected nerve cells (neurons) in our brains. He will focus on the spatial clustering of groups of functionally similar neurons. Computational models of learning processes in the brain help us to understand how this structure emerges during an organism's development.

Other speakers include internationally renowned scientists Prof. Catherine Bréchignac of the laboratoire Aimé Cotton CNRS II, Université Paris-Sud, Chairman of CNRS, France (Clusters as precursors of nano-objects); Prof. Klaus Schulten of the Beckham Institute, University of Illinois (Clustering of function in biological cells); Dr. Stephen Serjeant from The Open University, Milton Keynes (Clusters in Astrophysics) and Dr. Martin Greiner of Siemens AG in Munich (Clustering in complex networks).


FIAS is an institution which has recently been founded by the Frankfurt University and is dedicated to basic theoretical research across the disciplines of science. The Institute serves as a superstructure for basic research, bringing together theorists from the fields of biology, chemistry, neuroscience, physics, and computer science into a common organizational and intellectual framework. It is an ambitious and independent scientific institution which is also building links to bundling research activities at the University of Frankfurt and neighbouring research centres. Scientists from FIAS and the Frankfurt University have also joined forces to educate graduate students within the Frankfurt International Graduate School for Science (FIGSS).

Date and Place of the Cluster-Symposium: The symposium starts at 14:30 on 16.07.2006 in the room "Kino 1" at the Forum am Deutschen Museum.

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