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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 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.

>> Anton Souslov (U. Bath)
       Dates: 16th - 20th of January 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Corentin Coulais, Jay Armas

Anton Souslov is an Assistant Professor working in the Department of Physics at the University of Bath, UK on the theory of soft materials, including mechanical metamaterials, active matter, topological states, and polymer physics. He will be visiting DIEP within the context of FAEME and work on a project with Corentin Coulais and Jack Binysh on understanding properties of active/living systems.


>> Jack Binysh (U. Bath)
       Dates: 16th - 20th of January 2023 | Location: UvA | Host: Corentin Coulais, Jay Armas

Jack Binysh is currently a research associate in the Souslov Lab at the University of Bath. His interests are in theoretical soft matter physics, with a focus on elasticity, active systems and topological defects. He will be visiting DIEP within the context of FAEME and work on a project with Corentin Coulais and Anton Souslov on understanding properties of active/living systems.
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>> Eddie Lee (Complexity Science Hub Viena)
       Dates: 1st - 3rd December 2022| Location: UvA/IAS | Host: Wout Merbis, Greg Stephens

Eddie Lee works on a broad range of topics within complexity science and runs the Complex Collective group at Complexity Science Hub Viena. He is interested in understanding how mathematics bridges our understanding across disciplines and to leverage such understanding to devise intervention protocols commensurate with the complexity of living, growing, evolving, learning, adaptive systems. He will be giving a DIEP seminar on the 1st of December 2022.

>> Alexander Krikun (Nordita)
       Dates: 10th of November 2022 | Location: UvA | Host: Jay Armas

Alexander Krikun is an assistant professor of theoretical physics in Nordita and works on hydrodynamics and AdS/CFT duality with focus on understanding the emergent properties of phases of matter.

>> Sid Redner (Santa Fe Institute)
       Dates: 28th June - 1st of July 2022| Location: UvA/IAS | Host: Han van der Maas

Sid's research interests lie in non-equilibrium statistical physics and its applications to a variety of phenomena. He has worked extensively on the structure of complex networks, where he has developed new models and new methods to elucidate network structures. He has also devoted considerable effort to formulate and solve physics-based models of social dynamics. He continues to investigate problems of phase-ordering kinetics and has advanced our understanding of zero-temperature coarsening in Ising and Potts models. Sid has an enduring interest in diffusion processes and their applications in the natural world and in stochastic transport processes in disordered porous media. As part of this latter line of research, he investigates fundamental aspects of first-passage processes. He will be giving a DIEP seminar on the 30th of June.

>> Tiziano Squartini (IMT Luca)
       Dates: 23rd June 2022 | Location: UvA/IAS | Host: Wout Merbis

Tiziano Squartini is Associate Professor at the IMT School of Advanced Studies in Lucca, within the NETWORKS Research Unit. He currently collaborates with the Supervisory Policy Division of the Dutch National Bank, Bank of England and Bank of Mexico. His research interests lie at the intersection between statistical physics and graph theory, both on the theoretical and the applied side: some of the research topics pursued by him concern network reconstruction, systemic risk estimation in financial networks, (mis)information spreading on social networks and functional brain networks analysis. He will be giving a DIEP seminar on the 23rd of June.

>> Tomas Veloz (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
       Dates: 27th January 2022| Location: UvA/IAS | Host: Janusz Meylahn

Tomas Veloz works on chemical organisation theory, chemical reaction networks and cognition. He will be giving a DIEP seminar on the 27th of January.

>> 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.
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