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diffusion-fundamentals Diffusion Fundamentals II Conference
Second Circular

Diffusion Fundamentals II

Basic Principles of Theory, Experiment and Application
August 26th - 29th, 2007
L'Aquila, Italy

Two years after the Diffusion Fundamentals I Conference in Leipzig, the world-wide community of researchers in the field of diffusion is invited to L'Aquila to highlight the current developments in the field. Following the tradition of Diffusion Fundamentals I (see book announcement) a Conference Volume with paintings of L'Aquila by the Japanese physicist and artist Taro Ito will appear as a souvenir for all participants. Diffusion Fundamentals II is co-organized by University College London, University of Leipzig and University of L'Aquila.

The scientific programme includes invited plenary talks, covering those topics of diffusion theory, experiment and application, which are in the focus of current research. The talks will address a broad, interdisciplinary audience rather than only the specialists in the different fields and include the following topics:

List of Invited Speakers and their Plenary Talks:
John Barker (Southampton): Diffusion in Hydrogeology
Clemens Bechinger (Stuttgart): Diffusion in Reduced Dimensionality
Kurt Binder (Mainz): Interdiffusion in Critical Binary Mixtures by Molecular Dynamics Simulation
Stefano Brandani (Edinburgh): Challenges in Macroscopic Measurement of Diffusion in Zeolites
Armin Bunde (Giessen): Percolation and Anomalous Diffusion in Disordered Materials
Richard Catlow (London): Atomistic Models of Diffusion in Solids
Luca Cavalli-Sforza (Stanford): Genetic and Cultural Diffusion
Ed Cussler (Minneapolis): Diffusion in Self-Assembled Composites
Hervé Jobic (Villeurbanne): QENS and the Benefit of Diffusion Measurement over Different Length Scales
Yossi Klafter (Tel Aviv): How Anomalous is Anomalous Diffusion?
Philip Kuchel (Sydney): Diffusion in Cells: NMR studies
Manfred Martin (Aachen): Diffusion in Oxides
Nikolaus Nestle (Ludwigshafen): Diffusion Challenges in (Chemical) Industries
Dieter Richter (Jülich): Polymer Dynamics: From Synthetic Polymers to Proteins
Giulio Sarti (Bologna): Fickian and non-Fickian Diffusion in Solid Polymers
Gero Vogl (Vienna): The Invasion of Newcomers: Isotopes, Neobiota, Foreigners
Albrecht Beutelspacher (Gießen):    (Wo)man on the Street (entertaining talk, part of social programme)

Session Chairmen:
Farida Grinberg (Leipzig)Paul Heitjans (Hannover) Nick Kanellopoulos (Athens)
Alexander V. Neimark (Piscataway)Charles Nicholson (New York) Takashi Odagaki (Kyushu)
William S. Price (Sydney) Douglas M. Ruthven (Orono) Doros N. Theodorou (Athens)
Subramanian Yashonath (Bangalore)

Each group of plenary talks shall be accompanied by poster sessions. Ideally, the contributions to the poster sessions should be related to the various aspects covered in the plenary talks. Correspondingly, the plenary speakers and the chairpersons of the sessions shall be asked to serve as first reviewers of the poster submissions and shall be encouraged to refer to individual posters during their presentations, whenever appropriate.

Preliminary Schedule
Sunday, 26th   3 p.m. – 8 p.m.   Registration, welcome buffet, talk by Albrecht Beutelspacher
Monday, 27th   9 a.m. – 7 p.m.   Scientific programme; afternoon: excursion to Castelvecchio Calviso and Santo
; evening: Gala dinner
Tuesday, 28th   9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   Scientific programme; 4 p.m.: start of the Perdonanza ceremony
Wednesday, 29th   9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   Scientific programme; end of the conference

The conference takes place in the Castle of L’Aquila. The massive 16th-century Spanish castle crowns the city's highest point and is surrounded by the large Parco del Castello (click for bird’s eye view of the Castle by Google maps).
The city of L'Aquila is one hour away from Rome. L'Aquila, laid out within medieval walls, is surrounded by mountains on all sides. A booklet by Albrecht Beutelspacher, University of Giessen, in both German and Italian (ISBN 3423330694), entitled "Pasta all'infinito - my Italian Journey into Maths", provides a nice introduction to the conference location, its people and some mathematics. As part of the social programme, with an entertaining talk on the "(wo)man on the street" he is as well going to present some mathematical surprises during the conference. Following his first visit to L'Aquila described in this book, the international community of researchers in the field of diffusion is invited to take profit of a marvellous place, not yet heavily affected by tourism, and its picturesque ambience.

Fees and Payment
Again, the conference will be performed as a low-cost conference benefiting from a comprehensive use of the Internet and an electronic mail system for information exchange and operational purposes.
The participation fee for early registration (till June 30th, 2007) is 250,- Euro, for late registration and cash payers it is 300,- Euro. The reduced fee for students is 200,- Euro (early registration) and 250,- Euro, respectively. For registration, please fill out the registration form.
The conference fee comprises the Conference Book, beverages and meals during the conference and the social programme, including the welcome buffet on Sunday, August 26th, the Gala dinner and the excursion to Castelvecchio Calviso and Santo Stefano (two lovely villages in the National Park of Gran Sasso).
In the afternoon and evening of August 28th, the participants will have the chance to follow the ceremony of the Perdonanza in L’Aquila. The Perdonanza is a special plenary indulgence conceded by Celestine V at the end of the 13th century which gives all sinners the opportunity to free their souls from guilt and damnation. It is celebrated each year on 28th and 29th of August and has meanwhile developed to a unique choreographic spectacle.

The price for accompanying persons is 60,- Euro, including participation on welcome party, gala dinner, guided tour through the city of L’Aquila and the excursion to Castelvecchio Calviso and Santo Stefano.

Following this link you can find some hotels, which are close to the city centre and the conference facilities. For booking, please use the codeword “Diffusion” to benefit from special conditions for conference participants.

On individual request some mini apartments as shared low-cost accommodation are available for a limited number of persons, mainly for students. The rooms are located in the Hotel Duca degli Abruzzi complex (30,- Euro per person and night) and in the Hotel Azzurro (25,- Euro per person and night). Due to the limited number of reserved rooms, please contact the organizing committee as soon as possible, if you want to stay there.

Conference Volume
The conference book will include full paper contributions of plenary speakers and sessions' chairmen and the two-page poster abstracts and is complemented by paintings of L'Aquila by the Japanese physicist and artist Taro Ito.
A total of the conference contributions will be published only electronically, as a special volume of the Online-Journal "Diffusion Fundamentals". This online publication will accomplish the Conference Volume as well as the full paper contributions by poster presenters (see below for details).

Authors who would like to have their abstracts included into the Conference Book are requested to send their two-pages contributions via the Internet before May 31st, 2007. Later submissions can only be presented in the special volume of the Online-Journal. Please note, that the deadline for last-minutes’ poster contributions is August 17th.
Please, follow the format as given under since only in this case the contribution may be included in the Conference Volume and/or the Online-Journal and send your abstract to

Full Paper Contributions
Plenary speakers and sessions' chairmen are requested to submit their contributions to the conference book as full papers of up to about 20 pages before April 30th 2007, following the instructions given under
Authors of contributions which were accepted as posters of the conference are invited to send full papers before August 17th. Please follow the instructions given under and send your paper to The publication in the special issue of the Online-Journal "Diffusion Fundamentals" depends on the positive response of the referees.

Please fill out the registration form available under
We will send you a confirmation of your registration via Email after receiving your fee on our bank account.

Important Dates 2007
April 30th Deadline for submission of full papers for plenary speakers and chairmen
May 31st Deadline for submission of poster abstracts to the conference volume
June 30th Registration deadline (early registration fee);
Information about acceptance of poster contributions
July 15th Final circular
August 17th Deadline for registration with late dues;
deadline for full paper contributions of poster presenters;
deadline for last-minutes' poster contributions
August 26th - 29th Diffusion Fundamentals II

Conference Chairmen: Stefano Brandani, London/Edinburgh; Jörg Kärger, Leipzig; Roberto Volpe, L'Aquila

Scientific Committee:
Dezsö L. Beke, Debrecen Stefano Brandani, London/Edinburgh Armin Bunde, Giessen
Paul Callaghan, New Zealand Alan Chadwick, Canterbury Marc-Olivier Coppens, Delft
Gerhard Ertl, Berlin Dieter Freude, Leipzig Farida Grinberg, Leipzig
Paul Heitjans, Hannover Jörg Kärger, Leipzig Yossi Klafter, Tel Aviv
Alfred Leipertz, Erlangen-Nürnberg Graeme Murch, Callaghan Harry Pfeifer, Leipzig
Jean Philibert, Paris William S. Price, Sydney Douglas M. Ruthven, Orono
Michael J. Saxton, Davis Gunter Schütz, Jülich Doros Theodorou, Athens
Ilpo Vattulainen, Helsinki Gero Vogl, Vienna George H. Weiss, Bethesda

Organizing Committee: Christian Chmelik, Tomas Binder
phone: +49 341 9732531, fax: +49 341 9732549

Continuation of the Diffusion Fundamentals Conference Series
We are happy to announce that Diffusion Fundamentals III will be organised by Doros Theodorou and held in Athens in spring/early summer 2009.
The scientific committee of the conference series (editorial board of is soliciting bids for Diffusion Fundamentals IV, to be held in 2011. If you are interested to contribute to the continuation of this conference series by organising Diffusion Fundamentals IV, please contact a member of the editorial board. Then, during the L'Aquila Conference, the editorial board will decide about the conference location for 2011.

- a poster announcing the conference: (pdf, 0.3 MB)
- pdf versions of the First Circular and the Second Circular

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