About the Conference

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Based on the process of random movement in widely varying scales from the molecular up to the macroscopic and even cosmic level, diffusion is the key to describe spreading phenomena in many different areas. Following the motto “Diffusion Phenomena Moving People”, the organizers’ aim is to bring together dedicated scientists from all related disciplines such as engineering, physics, chemistry, sociology, ethnology, medicine, linguistics, etc. and to stimulate the interdisciplinary approach by learning about the astonishingly similar patterns of spreading phenomena.


The Diffusion Fundamentals International Conference series started with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Adolf Fick’s and of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s groundbreaking papers on diffusion in 2005 in Leipzig, Germany, the city in which these papers appeared. It has been the intention, even in this very first event, to refer to diffusion and spreading in their broadest possible sense. The subsequent meetings in L’Aquila, Italy (2007), Athens, Greece (2009), Troy, NY, USA (2011), Leipzig (2013), Dresden, Germany (2015), and Moscow, Russia (2017), generally followed this tradition, though with some specific emphases – and so does the Diffusion Fundamentals 8 conference held in Erlangen, Germany, in 2019.

An overview on the previous conferences can be found on the Diffusion Fundamentals website, where links to the specific conference websites are given. Since 2015, the conference series is performed under the auspices of the Saxon Academy of Sciences. During the Diffusion Fundamentals VI held in Dresden, the book “Diffusive Spreading in Nature, Technology and Society” was initiated and is now available.


Conference Chair

Andreas P. Fröba, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Conference Co-Chairs

Jörg Kärger, University of Leipzig and Saxon Academy of Sciences
Alfred Leipertz, FAU
Michael H. Rausch, FAU

Local Organizing Committee

Cédric Giraudet, FAU
Thomas M. Koller, FAU
Maritta Lechler, FAU
and further contributors from FAU