Nonequilibrium Collective Dynamics in Condensed Matter and Biological Systems
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The Research Training Group (RTG) Nonequilibrium Collective Dynamics in Condensed Matter and Biological Systems is a joint initiative of TU and FU Berlin, Universität Potsdam, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, and the Max Delbrück Center. It aims at qualifying doctoral candidates by performing research in nonequilibrium physics at the highest level and through a balanced but challenging qualification program.


Nonequilibrium collective dynamics is ubiquitous in science, nature, and even everyday life as the Mexican wave in a stadium or the rhythmic applause at a concert demonstrate. The RTG studies collective dynamics of interacting entities in the microscopic world by concentrating its research on three project areas:

  • Hard Matter: nonlinear transport and quantum optics in semiconductors
  • Soft Matter: collective dynamics and hydrodynamic interactions in complex fluids
  • Biological Systems: self-organization and nonlinear waves in active media

The RTG is an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to unravel common features and methods for describing nonequilibrium collective dynamics. The qualification program offers advanced lecture courses and trains candidates in presentation and rhetorical skills through active participation in conferences and seminars and by a lively guest program.

Technische Universität Berlin Freie Universität Berlin centre programme self-organisation Prof. Dr Holger Stark Dr Jan-Timm Kuhr

nonequilibrium physics

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Holger Stark
Dr. Jan-Timm Kuhr
TU Berlin
Institut für Theoretische Physik
Hardenbergstr. 36
10623 Berlin
+49 (0)30 314 295 32
calls and deadlines vary
12 + 1 one-year scholarship for Bachelor degree holders
Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Universität Potsdam