Interconnecting scientists and philosophers across the Netherlands and beyond

DIEP aims at promoting interactions between researchers and scientists whose research focuses on emergent phenomena. For this purpose DIEP awards travel grants to interested groups. In order to apply for funds send an e-mail to info@d-iep.org with a description of the scientists involved, the research purpose in line with DIEP as well as an estimated cost. In the section on Emergence, you will find the different focus areas that DIEP has preference in supporting.
Below you will find more information about upcoming and past DIEP visitors. You can also keep up to date with DIEP news and events by subscribing to the newsletter here.

>> Akash Jain (University of Victoria, British Coloumbia)

       Dates: 8th July - 27th of July 2019 | Location: UvA | Host: Jay Armas

Akash is a postdoc at University of Victoria and works on different aspects of hydrodynamics as an emergent description of near-equilibrium thermodynamic systems. His recent work includes magnetohydrodynamics, higher-form hydrodynamics, viscoelasticity, Galilean fluids and anomalies.

>> Enrico Parisini (U. Bologna & U. Southampton)

       Dates: 16th-29th June 2019| Location: UvA | Host: Jay Armas

Enrico Parisini is a PhD student at U. Southampton working on higher-dimensional gravity. His current work deals with understanding instabilities of higher-dimensional black holes by means of effective theories for the dynamics of branes.

>> Amos Yarom (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)

       Dates: 30th September - 4th of October 2018 | Location: UvA | Host: Jay Armas

Amos Yarom is professor at Technion and has made substantial contributions to hydrodynamics, black holes and holography. His research focuses on applying string theory and field theory techniques to a variety of systems ranging from heavy ion collisions through relativistic hydrodynamics, superfluids, steady states to entanglement. 
His recent works have focused on the role of quantum anomalies in entanglement entropy, a description of steady states in conformal field theories, non isotropic phases of matter using non isotropic phases of black holes, and a possible stellar propulsion mechanism due to a subtle quantum mechanical effect. Apart from expanding on several of these topics, he is interested in some novel descriptions of hydrodynamics, either using supersymmetric theory, or via a dual black hole description. Amos Yarom will be giving a talk about his work on hydrodynamics on the 1st of October (see details here) and is also co-organising a DIEP workshop on the same topic (see details here).

>> Sebastian Huber (ETH Zurich)

       Dates: 19th-20th September 2018 | Location: UvA | Host: Corentin Coulais

Sebastian Huber is Assistant Professor of Condensed Matter Theory and researches design principles for materials whose behaviour can be explained using the quantum Hall effect. He w All existing studies in this area have been limited to two-dimensional structures. Huber is now aiming to overcome this limitation: he will design new three-dimensional materials on the drawing board and examine them experimentally. Sebastian works on many topics such as topomechanics and driven systems. He will be giving a IoP colloquium on the 20th of September 2018 at UvA (see details here).

>> Jeremy Butterfield (U. Cambridge)

       Dates: 20th-23rd June 2018 | Location: UvA | Host: Jeroen van Dongen

Jeremy Butterfield is a distinguished philosopher of physics, a senior research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, a fellow of the British Academy, and a past President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science. Jeremy has worked extensively and made significant contributions to the philosophy of emergence.
The aim of Butterfield's visit is to explore certain philosophy of physics issues related to emergence together with collaborators at UvA. Butterfield, Sebastian de Haro, Jeroen van Dongen and Manus Visser are working together on aspects of duality that bear on emergence. Specifically, they are working on a paper that addresses questions of emergence of black holes in string theory (in particular, the 1996 Strominger-Vafa black hole entropy calculation and how that relates to discussions of emergence). Jeremy will be giving a talk on dualities and emergence on June 22nd (see details here).

>> Jemal Guven (National University of Mexico, UNAM)

       Dates: 28th May-4th of June 2018 | Location: UvA & Leiden |

       Hosts: Jay Armas & Luca Giomi

Jemal Guven will be visiting DIEP from the 28th of May-4th of June. Jemal works in between mathematics and biophysics. He has done extensive and significant work in the geometry of fluid membranes, surface deformations and their applications to biomembranes, Helfrich functionals and soft matter. His recent interest include Terasaki Ramps, confinement of polymers, paper folding, elastic curves on surfaces and bending energies for architectural structures.  He will be giving a talk on the 31st of May for the soft matter group at the Lorentz Center in Leiden and on the 1st of June for the soft matter group at UvA (details here). During his stay, he will be collaborating with Jay Armas on new formulations of surface functionals and their applications.

>> Vijay Balasubramanian (U. Penn)

       Dates: 24th-26th May 2018 | Location: UvA | Host: Jan de Boer

Vijay Balasubramanian (U. Penn) will be visiting DIEP from the 24-26th of May. Vijay has two scientific lives: he works on string theory by day and on biophysics by night (or the other way around, no one actually knows!). In any case, his research in string theory, black holes and quantum information theory has led him to establish his own group in biophysics which applies information theory to neural networks and the brain. On May 24th, Vijay will be giving a broad lecture for scientists on information processing in the brain (details here). On May 25th, Vijay will be giving a talk on emergent behaviour in quite different contexts: string theory and the brain (details here) at the route community building day.