Workshop on Random Media

in celebration of Jürgen Gärtner's 60th birthday

TU Berlin, April 8-10, 2010

Foto: Bildarchiv des Mathematischen Forschungsinstituts Oberwolfach

Organised by the DFG-Forschergruppe 718 "Analysis and Stochastics in Complex Physical Systems", Berlin and Leipzig
Program committee: Jean-Dominique Deuschel, Wolfgang König, Max von Renesse and Michael Scheutzow.
Local organisation: Wolfgang König, Alex Drewitz, Noemi Kurt.
Sponsors: DFG-Forschergruppe 718, Institut für Mathematik, TU Berlin,


All talks are public. There is no conference fee. To facilitate the organisation, please register for the workshop by sending an e-mail to Noemi Kurt: kurt (at)

Conference venue

TU Berlin Maths building, Strasse des 17. Juni 136. All talks will take place in room MA 043 on the ground floor.


Printable version of the Program and abstracts (.pdf)
For talk slides (if available): Click the talk title.

Thu 8. April
9:30 a.m. Wolfgang König (Berlin) Opening
9:45-10:25 Frank den Hollander (Leiden) The mathematical work of Jürgen Gärtner
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:40 Mark Freidlin (Maryland) Perturbation theory for systems with many invariant measures
11:45-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:40 Peter Mörters (Bath) Geometric approach to intermittency in the parabolic Anderson model
14:45-15:25 Tom Mountford (Lausanne) Parabolic Anderson model with voter noise
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:40 Grégory Maillard (Marseille) Parabolic Anderson model with a finite number of moving catalysts
16:45-17:25 Rongfeng Sun (Singapore) Annealed versus quenched asymptotics for the parabolic Anderson model with moving catalysts/traps
17:30-?? Wine and cheese reception at TU Berlin (see below).
Fri 9. April
9:30-10:10 Alain-Sol Sznitman (Zürich) Disconnecting discrete cylinders
10:15-10:55 Vladas Sidoravicius (Amsterdam) On random growth and random walks in dynamically evolving random environment
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:10 Erwin Bolthausen (Zürich) Kac-type interactions in a one-dimensional system with a continuous symmetry
12:15-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:40 Alejandro Ramírez (Santiago de Chile) Ballisticity conditions for random walk in random environment
14:45-15:25 Markus Heydenreich (Amsterdam) Random walk on high-dimensional incipient infinite cluster
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:40 Don Dawson (Ottawa) McKean-Vlasov mutation-selection dynamics
16:45-17:25 Klaus Fleischmann (Berlin) Recent properties of states of super-alpha-stable motion with branching of index 1+beta
19:00-?? Conference Dinner (see below).
Sat 10. April
9:30-10:10 Marek Biskup (UCLA and Ceske Budejowice) Gradient models with non-convex interactions
10:15-10:55 Anton Bovier (Bonn) Metastability in Ginzburg-Landau type spdes
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:10 Gérard Ben Arous (New York) Random matrices and Morse theory in many dimensions: the case of mixtures of spherical spin glasses and the (possibility of) full replica symmetry breaking

Invited speakers

Gérard Ben Arous
Marek Biskup
Erwin Bolthausen
Anton Bovier
Michael Cranston(*)
Don Dawson
Klaus Fleischmann
Mark Freidlin
Markus Heydenreich
Frank den Hollander
Grégory Maillard
Stanislav Molchanov(*)
Peter Mörters
Tom Mountford
Errico Presutti (*)
Alejandro Ramírez
Vladas Sidoravicius
Rongfeng Sun
Alain-Sol Sznitman

(*) not able to attend

Wine and cheese

On thursday, 8. April at 17:30, a wine and cheese reception will be organised at TU Berlin, where everybody has the opportunity to wish Jürgen Gärtner a happy birthday.

Conference dinner

Registration for the conference dinner is closed.
A conference dinner will be organised on Friday, 9. April, starting from 19:00, at a price of 28 euros per person (including drinks). The number of places is limited.


Preliminary list of participants (March 30)


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