Out-of-equilibrium systems, emergence, and life
Workshop series since May 2020.
New meetings scheduled from 28th June 2011 to 14th February 2022
The striking fact about many, and likely all, living systems is that they display robust, ordered and anticipatory (‘smart’) behaviour in spite of inherent stochasticity. When transitioning to the living state, material systems do not leave randomness behind, which makes their behaviour all the more difficult to understand, and difficult to emulate in artificial systems and models. It is currently unknown how to characterize, and to create or model, the energy-driven pathways out of the random and into the ordered state, or how to access such non-equilibrium states through energy-driven disorder-order transitions. This means that our understanding of out-of-equilibrium systems, emergence, and life, is still highly incomplete. This workshop brings experts from chemistry, physics, biology and computer science to tackle these questions.
Organisers: Sijbren Otto, Daniela Kraft, Peter Bolhuis, Wilhelm Huck, Patrick Onck.