Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and the Theory of Extreme Events in Earth Science

January 8th-11th, 2013, University of Reading

The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists from three areas as diverse as Earth Sciences of fluid phenomena, Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and the Theory of Extreme Events for dynamical systems. Though they have historically common roots and posses a high potential to inspire and to support each other, interaction between these fields is far below its potential. Differences of culture, scientific language and methodical approaches have hindered potentially fruitful scientific exchanges. The international initiative of the year of "Mathematics for Planet Earth 2013" supported by mathematical societies and institutes around the world provide the perfect setting for addressing this lack. In particular, this conference inaugurates a series of events, most importantly a two month long (October-December) research programme at the Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge). 

Relevant subjects for contributed presentations

  • Extreme Value Theory
  • Large Deviation Theory
  • Fluctuation Theorems
  • Random Dynamical Systems
  • Extreme Events in Geophysical Fluids
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics of Geophysical Fluids
  • Tipping Points

If you wish to participate in the conference or contribute a talk please see the Registration page for more details.

Confirmed Invited speakers

  • Christian Beck, QMUL, UK
  • Freddy Bouchet, ENS Lyon, France
  • Matteo Colangeli, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
  • Roberto Deidda, University of Cagliari, Italy.
  • Jorge Freitas, University of Oporto, Portugal
  • Ana Moreira-Freitas, University of Oporto, Portugal
  • Davide Gabrielli, University of L'Aquila, Italy
  • Giovanni Gallavotti, University of Rome, Italy
  • Michael Ghil, ENS Paris, France
  • Guido Gentile, RomaTre, Italiy
  • Rosemary Harries, QMUL, UK
  • Mark Holland, University of Exeter, UK
  • Holger Kanz, MPI Complex System, Germany
  • Juergen Kurths, PIK, Germany
  • Christian Maes, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Mark Pollicott, University of Warwick, UK
  • Antonio Speranza, University of Camerino, Italy
  • Sandro Vaienti, University of Marseille, France

Conference Dinner

There will be a conference dinner on Thursday 10 January in the Loch Fyne restaurant, Bear Wharf, Fobney Street, Reading. A menu will be circulated when available. The restaurant is within easy walking distance from the hotel Great Expectations.  Directions: leave the hotel, turn right towards the town centre and when you reach the river Kennet turn left along the river. Go over Bridge Road and follow the river (which should now be on your left side) for a further 200 metres. This brings you to the Loch Fyne restaurant. 


The conference is supported by the London Mathematical Society and the ERC Starting Investigator Grant NAMASTE - Thermodynamics of the Climate System.

Further details

Send comments and questions to: t.kuna (at)


Conference Organisers:  Tobias Kuna, Valerio Lucarini and Beatrice Pelloni

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