399. WE-Heraeus Seminar: Synergetics: Self-organization Principles in Animate and Inanimate Systems

Mo, 22.10.2007 08:00  –   We, 24.10.2007 14:00
P. Tass, FZ Jülich; R. Friedrich, U Münster; F. Haake, U Duisburg-Essen
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation
Contact person:
Prof. Dr. Fritz Haake,


In numerous systems of living and nonliving nature,
complex spatiotemporal patterns of self-organization
processes can be found. Such processes are extremely
important in physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, and
in the engineering and social sciences. Understanding
such processes has not just changed physics; it has also
led to improvements in our daily life. Hermann Haken,
who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year, is a pioneer
in this respect, having laid the mathematical-physical
basis for the description and analysis of self-organization
processes with his theory of synergetics.
Since it was founded, this fi eld has experienced rapid
growth, both in terms of the mathematical-physical
Aims and Scope of the Seminar:
methodology and the success that has been achieved
with it in the areas it has been applied. This branch has
great potential. It will have even more potential if the
different fi elds of application – physics, chemistry, biology,
medicine, psychology, engineering and sociology –
share their advanced and sophisticated methods, as
well as their experiences, with each other. This is one
of the aims of the symposium. Moreover, the planned
WE Heraeus Seminar is intended to give young scientists
an understanding of the allure and potency of this branch
of research. This symposium is also intended to honour
one of the most important pioneers in this branch of
science, Hermann Haken, on the occasion of his
80th birthday.