Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Am Faßberg 17, 37077 Göttingen
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization   link
Location: Göttingen
Affiliation: max plank society

Turbulence in clouds, neuronal fireworks in the brain, the physics of individual cells and the flow of water and oil through porous stone – these, and other particularly complex systems, are the focus of the research carried out by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. Here, “complex” means that many individual systems combine to form a whole, the dynamics of which cannot necessarily be identified through the behaviour of the individual systems. Scientists say that these systems “organise themselves”. This holds true for the interaction of neurons in the brain (for example during learning) as well as for the numerous swirls that combine to form a turbulent cloud. There is reason to hope that a better understanding of the latter will enable a more accurate prediction of the future influence of clouds on global climate.

Research Focus

  • Fluid Dynamics, Pattern Formation and Nanobiocomplexity
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Dynamics of Complex Fluids


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