1° Anuncio – MEDYFINOL 08

This is first announcement and call for papers of the XVI Conference on Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics & Nonlinear Physics (MEDYFINOL’08), that will take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from 1 to 5 December 2008.

If you are interested in nonlinear science, complex systems & stochastic phenomena, and you would like to attend the conference, please fill the registration form and send an abstract of your conference contribution using the automatic submission system at our web page http://medyfinol08.fisica.edu.uy

The XVI MEDYFINOL Conference follows a series of biannual conferences that met great success attracting many interesting presentations. Previous conferences took place in Mar del Plata, Argentina (2006), La Serena, Chile (2004), Colonia, Uruguay (2002), Córdoba, Argentina (1999), Canela, Brazil (1997), Tucumán, Argentina (1996), Bariloche, Argentina (1995), Montevideo, Uruguay (1994), Mar del Plata, Argentina (1993 & 1991), Santiago, Chile (1990), Puerto Iguazú, Argentina (1989), Mar del Plata, Argentina (1988), and Lujan, Argentina (1987 & 1986).

The MEDYFINOL 2008 is organized by the joint efforts of Universidad de la República, Uruguay; Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Universidad de los Andes, Chile; and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain. Sponsoring institutions are the Centro Latinoamericano de Física (CLAF) and European Physical Society through the Interdivisional Group of Physics for Development (EPS-IGPD).

The overall objective of the Conference Series is to bring together the Latin-American scientific community working on stochastic & nonlinear phenomena, to discuss and identify relevant problems in the area, to keep the community updated with the new developments, and to analyze the tendencies in field. To promote international collaborations, we welcome researchers not only from Latin-America but anyone interested in the opportunity of interchanging ideas in a relaxed environment and the development of new scientific collaborations. Emphasis will be put in the participation of Latin-America young scientists.

Topics of interest include fundamentals of statistical physics, fluctuation phenomena, Brownian motion, entropy and other measures of information, complexity, granular material, structured and complex fluids, chaos and pattern formation, fluid dynamics, synchronization, complex networks, biological physics, neural networks, time series analysis, interdisciplinary physics, dynamics of social systems, and econophysics..

The conference programme will be comprised of invited talks, contributed talks, and poster sessions. The International Advisory Committee (IAC) will select contributed papers and their mode of presentation. The proceedings of the Conference will be published in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos (IJBC). Invitations to contribute to the proceedings will be done by the organizers and the members of the IAC, and will be subjected to the standard review process of IJBC.

Please note that deadline for abstract submissions, if you are not requesting financial support, is October 10th, 2008, and the program will be defined soon after the deadline. Applications requesting financial support must be sent before September 19th, 2008.

Depending on the funds that the organizers are able to raise, financial help will be offered to PhD students, posdocs, and young Latin-American scientists (under 30). The help will consist of the registration fee and/or the hotel expenses. The registration fee will cover the conference welcome dinner, the coffee breaks, and the lunch meals during the conference. Financial support should be requested when filling the registration form. Given the small budget of the conference, please avoid requesting financial help if you have other sources of funding. Response regarding financial requests will be given shortly after the deadline (sept. 19).

The Conference web page with the full information regarding Committees and Invited Speakers is: http://medyfinol08.fisica.edu.uy

If you need more information please send an email to any of the organizers:

Orazio Descalzi (oraziod@uandes.cl)
Arturo Marti (marti@fisica.edu.uy)
Cristina Masoller (cristina.masoller@upc.edu)
Osvaldo A. Rosso (oarosso@fibertel.com.ar)