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The frame of the scientific program is set by 13 lectures given by renowned experts in the field of diffusion and spreading phenomena in different disciplines. Besides reporting on results from their specific topics in a way that they can be  understood also by those coming “far from the other side” of diffusion-related research fields, the lecturers are asked to present their work within the interdisciplinary scope of the conference by providing respective links.

The confirmed speakers (in alphabetic order) and tentative titles of their lectures are:

  • André Bardow, RWTH Aachen University, Germany: “The 190th Birthday of Adolf Fick: Still the Same Procedure for Diffusion in Fluids as Every Year?”
  • Henri Berestycki, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France: “The Dynamics and Propagation of Riots”
  • Heiner Bielefeldt, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany: “Human Rights in the Interplay of Universal Validity Claims and Local Contextualities”
  • Stefano Brandani, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.: “Global Challenges of Carbon Capturing”
  • Dirk Brockmann, Humboldt University Berlin/Robert Koch-Institute Berlin, Germany: “Experimental Epidemiology – Contagion Dynamics on Contact Networks”
  • Christian Chmelik, Leipzig University, Germany: “Exploring Guest Dynamics in Nanoporous Host Materials”
  • Ioannis Economou, Texas A&M University at Qatar: “Molecular Simulation Methods for the Accurate Prediction of Mass Diffusivities for the Design of Processes in Oil and Gas Industry”
  • Wolfgang Haak, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany: “Palaeogenetic Information on the Neolithic Migrations in Europe”
  • Michael Leitner, Technical University of Munich, Germany: “Diffusion in Solids Studied by Atomic-scale X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (aXPCS)”
  • Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto, Canada: “Diffusion Wave Imaging Fundamentals and Applications”
  • Katharina Prochazka, Gero Vogl, University of Vienna, Austria: “Why Do People Change Their Language?”
  • Malisa Sarntinoranont, University of Florida, USA: “Modeling Direct Injection of Drugs into the Brain”
  • Martin Trusler, Imperial College London, U.K.: “Mass Transfer in Oil Enhanced Recovery
Poster Sessions

Picking up the topics of the lectures, several specific poster sessions will give further researches the chance to present their work. The limition of the number of posters per session will allow for intense discussions in small groups. “Best Poster Awards” are scheduled for posters highlighting particularly impressively the impact and beauty of interdisciplinarity in diffusion research.


Several workshops with practical elements are intended to provide insight into specific diffusion-related topics and techniques also for those who are not experts in the related fields before joining the workshop. The workshop speakers will give detailed examples from their practical work to give clear impressions how their methods actually work.

Already confirmed workshops on the given topics including organizing researchers are:

  • Determination of Transport Properties of Fluids by Optical Methods (Werner Köhler, University of Bayreuth, Germany, and Cédric Giraudet, FAU)
  • Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulation and Modeling of Diffusion in Fluids and Porous Materials (Ulrich Tallarek, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, and Thomas M. Koller, FAU)
  • Solid State Diffusion: Atomistic Simulation (Rafal Abdank-Kozubski, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and Elena Zapolsky, University of Rouen, France)
  • Characterization and Adsorption-based Applications of Nanoporous Materials (Markus Richter, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, Matthias Thommes, FAU, and Martin Hartmann, FAU)
Lab Tours

Lab tours in diffusion-related institutes of FAU and connected research facilities will be offered.

Already confirmed labs that will be presented:

  • Optical metrology labs including Dynamic Light Scattering, Shadowgraphy, and Laser-Induced Gratings methods (Institute of Advanced Optical Technologies – Thermophysical Properties (AOT-TP), FAU)
Sightseeing and Social Events

Of course, sightseeing and social events such as a welcome reception and a conference dinner will round up the conference.

The social highlight will be the conference dinner on Wednesday, September 4th, in the historical Redoutensaal in the city center of Erlangen. Bit by bit, the String Quartet of the worldwide active Bamberg Symphonic Orchestra will contribute with a “piecewise concert” as a special apetizer between the courses.

Bamberger Streichquartett (Bamberg String Quartet)

Bamberger Streichquartett (Bamberg String Quartet)

Program Outline

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Though not being an actual part of the conference, it should be mentioned that the 19th Meeting of the International Association for Transport Properties (IATP) will take place in Erlangen in connection with the Diffusion Fundamentals Conference. Details on this association, which is a non-profit grouping of scientists devoted to the advancement of the transport properties of materials, can be found on the IATP website.

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

A sightseeing trip to the Franconian treasure Bamberg (UNESCO World Heritage Site, city of beer) will be offered.

In the early evening, the conference will be officially opened with a reception including a light meal and refreshments.

Monday, September 2nd to Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Conference including lectures, poster session, workshops, lab tours as well as the conference dinner on Wednesday, September 4th.