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Welcome to the web pages of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (SNPD). The SNPD is a division of the European Physical Society (EPS) that represents and provides a forum for scientists interested in statistical and nonlinear physics, complex systems and interdisciplinary applications (pictures courtesy of P. Manneville and A.-L. Barabasi).

List of Board members of SNPD


The objective of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (SNPD) is the advancement of research in statistical and nonlinear physics, the dissemination of key results in this area to the general public, and the promotion and coordination of interdisciplinary research. More specifically, the SNPD aims to form an umbrella organization for coordination of research in statistical physics, nonlinear physics, complex systems and interdisciplinary applications and

  • to promote studies and dissemination in this general research area
  • to facilitate contacts between members
  • to encourage collaboration and exchange of knowledge between different disciplines
  • to stimulate the interest of young scientists in the field of statistical physics, nonlinear physics, and complex systems
  • to organize and support conferences and workshops
  • to maintain contacts with related divisions within EPS
  • to communicate with similar organizations worldwide

Areas of research

Research areas represented by the division include (but are not restricted to)

  • nonequilibrium statistical physics .
  • complex networks
  • nonlinear dynamical system
  • chaos and turbulence
  • stochastic modelling
  • spin glasses and disordered quantum systems
  • pattern formation
  • long-range interacting systems
  • phase transitions and critical phenomena
  • interdisciplinary applications in physics, biology, economics, and social sciences

Conference highlights

  • Statphys26 took place in Lyon on 18-22 July 2016 and was sponsored by EPS as a Europhysics conference. The board of SNPD had its annual board meeting in Lyon on the occasion of Statphys26. The SNPD also hosted an honorary dinner for the new Boltzmann medalists in Lyon.
  • Dynamics of Complex Systems was yet another Europhysics conference organized by the Division and this took place in Warwick 18-20 May 2016.
  • Dynamics Days 2016 (Corfu) was sponsored by EPS as well (6-10 June 2016).
  • Crossroads in Complex Systems: This Europhysics conference will take place 5-8 June 2017 at IFISC in Palma de Mallorca. There will be special session organized by the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (SNPD) of EPS.
  • SigmaPhi conference on Statistical Physics. This is supported by EPS as a Europhysics conference. There will also be a sattellite summer school on Statistical Physics for young researchers, organised by SNPD immediately before the conference.
  • 2017 sees the 100th anniversary of the life and work of Marian Smoluchowski (1872-1917). On this occasion the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division is involved in the anniversary celebrations of the Smoluchowski Symposium in Krakow (4-8 September 2017), which is supported as a Europhysics conference.


Partnerships:  In 2017 the EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division started an official partnership with the IOP Nonlinear and Complex Physics Group. We also collaborate with the Fachverband Dynamik and Statistische Physik of the DPG.


Upcoming Events
Crossroads in Complex Systems, IFISC Mallorca
05 June 2017
Dynamic Days Europe
05 June 2017
Summer Solstice Conference, Catania
21 June 2017
Summer School on Statistical Physics of Complex Systems (sattelilte of SigmaPhi2017)
07 July 2017
International Conference on Statististical Physics (SigmaPhi2017)
10 July 2017
Fundamental Problems in Statistical Physics XIV
16 July 2017
36th Symposium on Dynamical Properties of Solids, Cracow
27 August 2017
XXXth Marian Smoluchowski Symposium on Statistical Physics, Crakow
04 September 2017
FisMat 2017, Trieste
01 October 2017

Board Member
Guido Caldarelli
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Leticia F. Cugliandolo
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Ewa Gudowska-Nowak
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Holger Kantz
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Paul Manneville
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Stefano Ruffo
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Raul Toral
Christian Beck

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