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Program Outline

The complete conference program (updated August 21st, 2019) is available for download.

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) took 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) was offered.

In the early evening, the conference was opened officially with a reception including a light meal and refreshments. During the reception, Dr. Siegfried Balleis (Head of the Universitätsbund of FAU and former Mayor of Erlangen) gave a presentation with the title “Introduction to the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and the City of Erlangen”.

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. The complete conference program (updated August 21st, 2019) is available for download.



The frame of the scientific program was set by 14 invited 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 were asked to present their work within the interdisciplinary scope of the conference by providing respective links.

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

  • André Bardow, RWTH Aachen University, Germany: “The 190th Birthday of Adolf Fick: Still the Same Procedure for Diffusion in Fluids as Every Year?” (download abstract)
  • Henri Berestycki, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France: “The Dynamics and Propagation of Riots” (download abstract)
  • Heiner Bielefeldt, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany: “International Human Rights – An Example of Global Norms Diffusion?” (download abstract)
  • Stefano Brandani, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.: “Global Challenges of Capturing Carbon Dioxide” (download abstract)
  • Christian Chmelik, Leipzig University, Germany: “Exploring Guest Dynamics in Nanoporous Host Materials” (download abstract)
  • Ioannis Economou, Texas A&M University at Qatar: “Prediction of Physical Properties for the Design of Processes in the Oil & Gas Industry Using Molecular Simulation” (download abstract)
  • Michael Leitner, Technical University of Munich, Germany: “Atomic Diffusion Studied by Coherent X-ray Scattering” (download abstract)
  • Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto, Canada: “Fundamentals of Carrier Diffusion Waves in Electronic Solids” (download abstract)
  • Christian Pescher, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany: “Diffusion of Innovation: A Theory of Reverse Diffusion” (download abstract)
  • William Price, Western Sydney University, Australia: “Better, Faster, More Versatile NMR Diffusion Measurements” (download abstract)
  • Katharina Prochazka, Gero Vogl, University of Vienna, Austria: “Why Do People Change Their Language?” (download abstract)
  • Malisa Sarntinoranont, University of Florida, USA: “Modeling Direct Injection of Drugs into the Brain” (download abstract)
  • Bosiljka Tadic, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia/Complexity Science Hub Vienna, Austria: “Mechanisms of Knowledge Diffusion in Online Social Dynamics”  (download abstract)
  • Martin Trusler, Imperial College London, U.K.: “Measurement and Modelling of Mass Diffusion Coefficients for Application in Carbon Dioxide Storage and Enhanced Oil Recovery” (download abstract)
Poster Sessions

Picking up the topics of the lectures, four specific poster sessions gave further researches the chance to present their work. The limition of the number of posters per session allowed for intense discussions in small groups. All accepted posters were introduced shortly in the plenum at the beginning of the corresponding poster sessions.  More than 80 abstracts had been submitted from many different fields of diffusion and spreading. A summary of all poster abstracts is available for download (updated August 21st, 2019).


Four workshops with practical elements were 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 invited workshop speakers gave detailed examples from their practical work to give clear impressions how their methods actually work.

The workshops on the given topics including organizing researchers were:

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

Four parallel lab tours in diffusion-related institutes of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBI) of FAU and connected research facilities were offered:

  • Institute of Advanced Optical Technologies – Thermophysical Properties (AOT-TP)
  • Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering (CRT)
  • Institute of Particle Technology (LFG)
  • Institute of Separation Science and Technology (TVT) / Erlangen Catalysis Resource Center (ECRC)
Sightseeing and Social Events

Sightseeing and social events such as a welcome reception and a conference dinner completed the conference.

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

Bamberger Streichquartett (Bamberg String Quartet)

Bamberger Streichquartett (Bamberg String Quartet)