Final Circular
In continuation of a very successful series of 5 conferences in Europe and overseas, we invite you to participate in Diffusion Fundamentals VI, scheduled for August 23rd – 26th, 2015 in Dresden/Germany.


As a ubiquitous process of random movement, ranging from molecular up to macroscopic and even cosmic scales, diffusion is key to spreading phenomena in quite diverse areas. Bringing together scientists from disciplines as different as archaeology, ecology, epidemics, ethnology, linguistics and sociology with biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians and engineers, Diffusion Fundamentals VI is scheduled to highlight the astonishingly similar patterns of spreading phenomena in Humanities, Natural Sciences and Engineering.


 Conference Program

A pre-conference school will be organized on "Fundamentals of Diffusion and Spreading" on August 23rd, 2015 in the conference building. The half-day event is in particular scheduled for PhD students, post-docs and younger scientists who would like to gain an introduction into the mathematical concepts used for the description of spreading phenomena.

We are very happy that leading scientists in the various fields have accepted our invitation to talk to you during this conference. Jointly with the peculiarities of their topic they will also highlight the features in common with other phenomena of spreading or diffusion. Being well aware of the wide range of different expertise within the audience, they will all do their best to address everybody - seeing its diversity as an opportunity to stimulate a rich, interdisciplinary discussion, rather than an obstacle. There will be plenty of time for discussions, during the sessions, in front of the posters as well as during the breaks and social events.

The schedule of the pre-school and the conference can be found in the program section of the conference website.

 Click here to see the program 


Posters should fit in DIN A0 portrait format (width: 84.1 cm, height 118.9 cm). All posters remain on display in the foyer, Monday - Wednesday for continuous viewing. We kindly ask the presenting authors for their presence during the corresponding sessions:

  • authors of posters with odd numbers during session I (Monday, 18:10 - 21:00)
  • authors of posters with even numbers during session II (Tuesday, 12:10 - 14:30)

The list of posters is included in the program section of the conference website. "Best Poster Awards" are scheduled for posters highlighting particularly impressively the impact and beauty of interdisciplinarity in diffusion research.

Poster abstracts may be found online in volume 24 of the Diffusion-Fundamentals online journal. The second part of the DF VI special issues will also contain short versions of the invited plenary talks and full length papers (release scheduled for March, 2016).
As already tradition within the Diffusion Fundamentals conference series, all contributors of accepted poster abstracts are invited to submit a full length paper for publication in the Diffusion-Fundamentals Online Journal ( Please use the template (.doc) and send your paper before December 31st, 2015 by e-mail to

 Click here to see the list of prosters  Click here to see the poster abstracts 

 Social Events
Prior to the conference dinner, on Tuesday afternoon (August 25th) the participants will have some free time for an individual walk through the magnificent city of Dresden. The conference dinner will take place in the restaurant Pulverturm which is located in the historical center of Dresden next to Frauenkirche. A nearby tram stop is "Synagoge" (lines 3 and 7). From the conference site you may take tram line 3 from "Nürnberger Platz" (direction "Dresden Wilder Mann") to "Pirnaischer Platz" or "Synagoge" (5 or 6 stops, respectively). The walking distance from main train station is about 25 min (ca. 2 km).
The participants are invited to join the optional Guided Walk through the City of Dresden (free of charge) which is scheduled to start on Wednesday 26th at 3 pm after the end of the conference. Meeting point is the tram stop "Synagoge".


 Conference Location

The Diffusion Fundamentals VI conference will take place at: Dresden University of Technology, Chemistry Building, lecture theatre CHE S89, Bergstraße 66, 01069 Dresden, Germany. The new chemistry building can be accessed using tram lines 3 and 8 (tram stop "Nürnberger Platz") or by the bus lines 66 (bus stops "Mommsenstraße" or "Technische Universität") and 61 (bus stop "Technische Universität").

The conference dinner on Tuesday will take place at the restaurant Pulverturm which is located in the historical centre of Dresden next to Frauenkirche. From the conference site you may take tram line 3 from "Nürnberger Platz" (direction "Dresden Wilder Mann") and get off at "Synagoge" (6 stops).


The lectures will be given in the lecture theatre CHE S89 on the ground floor of the new chemistry building. The conference office is located in the foyer of the building. Also the Welcome Party on Sunday, the lunches, poster sessions and coffee breaks take place in the foyer, next door to the lecture hall.


 Local Organization
  • Jürgen Caro, Cornelia Breitkopf, Eike Brunner, Grit Kalies, Stefan Kaskel, Christoph Neinhuis, Lutz Schiffer, Hans Wiesmeth
 Scientific Committee
  • Jörg Kärger, Armin Bunde, Jürgen Caro, Christian Chmelik, Gero Vogl
 Diffusion-Fundamentals Advisory Board
  • Dezsö L. Beke, Lajos Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary
  • Stefano Brandani, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Armin Bunde, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany
  • Jürgen Caro, University of Hannover, Germany
  • Alan Chadwick, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
  • Christian Chmelik, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Frank Cichos, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Marc-Olivier Coppens, University College London, UK
  • Gerhard Ertl, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany
  • Dieter Freude, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Petrik Galvosas, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Roger Gläser, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Farida Grinberg, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Paul Heitjans, University of Hannover, Germany
  • Jörg Kärger, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Yossi Klafter, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Klaus Kroy, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Alfred Leipertz, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Graeme Murch, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
  • Jean Philibert, Université de Paris-Sud, France
  • William S. Price, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Douglas M. Ruthven, University of Maine, Orono, USA
  • Michael J. Saxton, University of California, Davis, USA
  • Gunter Schütz, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Boris B. Straumal, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • Doros Theodorou, Athens, University of Patras, Greece
  • Rustem Valiullin, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Ilpo Vattulainen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
  • Gero Vogl, University of Vienna, Austria
  • George H. Weiss, Center for Information Technology Maryland, Bethesda, USA

 We are happy to announce that the Diffusion Fundamentals VI conference will be supported by:

Technical University Dresden
Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig
Leibniz University of Hanover
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Bruker Biospin
Chemiewerke Bad Köstritz GmbH
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Fonds der Chemischen Industrie
Förderverein der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig e.V.
Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der TU Dresden e.V.
Leipziger Universitätsverlag
Rubotherm GmbH
Vereinigung von Förderern und Freunden der Universität Leipzig e.V.