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The International Research Training Group
‘Stochastic Models of Complex Processes’
Berlin - Potsdam / Zürich

is pleased to announce its first


Spring School

from Monday, March 5, 2007 to Friday, March 9, 2007.



It is designed for PhD students, postdocs and practitioners with knowledge of Probability Theory. The aim of the lectures is to lead the participants from their current level to the forefront of research. There will also be ample time for discussion.

In addition,there will be different thematic sessions, organized by a Chairman, in which short talks are given by some postdocs and PhD students.

The Spring School will receive financial support from the Graduate Programme funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and the Swiss National Science Foundation in Switzerland.

It will take place at the University of Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais, Building 8 Room 0.58



Invited Lecturers

Paolo DAI PRA (University of Padova, Italy) and Chris ROGERS (University of Cambridge, GB)

The lectures will treat the following subjects:

P. Dai Pra : Functional inequalities for Markov chains and applications (notes)

Ch. Rogers : Optimal Investment (notes)

Each day there will be two lectures of 1.5 hours and one thematic session.



For a detailed schedule of the talks: Preliminary Program

Some talks' files: Sebastian Andres, Leif Doering, Christoph Frei, Nicola Kistler, Evangelia Petrou


Sylvie Rœlly (roelly*at*math.uni-potsdam.de) and Anton Bovier (bovier*at*wias-berlin.de)

For further information please write an email to the organizers.





Preliminary list of participants

Sebastian Andres (Berlin), Holger van Bargen (Berlin), Alessandra Bianchi (Berlin), Matthias Birkner (Berlin), Jochen Blath (Berlin), Martin Borecki (Berlin), Anton Bovier (Berlin), Erwin Bolthausen (Zürich), Francesca Collet (Padova), Christoph Czichwosky (Zürich), Paolo Dai Pra (Padova), Ivan del Tenno (Zürich), Andrej Depperschmidt (Berlin), Jean-Dominique Deuschel (Berlin), Leif Doering (Berlin), Samuel Drapeau (Berlin), Alexander Drewitz (Berlin), Katrin Eichmann (Berlin), Marco Formentin (Padova), Cristoph Frei (Zürich), Diana Fülöp (Berlin), Jürgen Gärtner (Berlin), Tilman Ganzhorn (Berlin), Laurent Goergen (Zürich), Claudia Hein (Berlin), Markus Heydenreich (Eindhoven), Michael Högele (Berlin), Peter Imkeller (Berlin), Nicola Kistler (Zürich), Anton Klimovsky (Berlin), Thomas Knispel (Berlin), Katja Krol (Berlin), Uwe Küchler (Berlin), Noemi Kurt (Zürich), Maren Liese (Zürich), Pierre-Yves Louis (Potsdam), Georg Menz (Bonn), Ida Minelli (Padova), Siddharth Naik (Berlin), Evangelia Petrou (Berlin), Mathias Rafler (Berlin), Gonçalo Reis (Berlin), Anja Richter (Dresden), Sylvie Roelly (Potsdam), Chris Rogers (Cambridge), Elena Sartori (Padova), Michael Scheutzow (Berlin), Sylvia Schmidt (Leipzig), Torsten Schöneborn (Berlin), Martin Slowik (Berlin), Alla Slynko (Berlin), Cristian Spitoni (Eindhoven), Matthias Steinrücken (Berlin), Stephan Sturm (Berlin), Philipp Thomann (Zürich), Takahiro Tsuchiya (Shiga/Zürich), Béatrice de Tilière (Zürich), Alexander Weiss (Berlin), David Windisch (Zürich), Johannes Wissel (Zürich), Xin Yao (Berlin)


Practical information


Location of the Workshop

Potsdam is the capital of the State Brandenburg in Germany, at 25 km from Berlin. The Mathematical Institute of the University is located in the campus ‘Neues Palais’ which is in the park of the castle (map here).

How to reach the University?

·         From Berlin Zoologischer Garten Station, take the RE 1 (regional train) in the direction Brandenburg (25 minutes) until the small railway station ‘Potsdam, Park Sans Souci’. The Neues Palais campus is at 10 minutes walking distance. The Mathematics building, House 8, is the first building on the left (see this Map).

·         From the Hotel “Ostdeutsche Sparkassenakademie”, take the Bus 695 from the bus stop “Potsdam-Pirschheide station” to the stop “Neues Palais”. For the bus, you only need to buy a short-distance ticket “Kurzstreckentarif” (=1,40 Euros) and to validate it inside the bus.


For each participant we booked a room from Monday till Friday in der Ostdeutsche Sparkassenakademie, a Hotel in Potsdam at the Templiner lake .

Address : Am Luftschiffhafen 1, 14471 Potsdam. Telefon : (49) 331 907 0. Fax : (49) 331 907 70 13.

Informations about the Hotel are available on the web. (See also the map of Potsdam)

How to reach the Hotel?

... from the Railway Station Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (Potsdam main station) , take

* either the Regionalbahn (regional train) in the direction of Berlin-Schönefeld and ride to the station Potsdam-Pirschheide (travel time 6 min; train runs roughly once an hour)

* or Bus 695 to Potsdam-Pirschheide (travel time 25 min; bus runs every 20 minutes). To reach the bus stop, go up the stairs, and then exit the station following the signs for the Friedrich-Engels-Str. You will see several bus lanes upon exiting the station. When you reach Potsdam-Pirschheide, walk toward the tram stop in front of the station. Cross the tracks and enter the grounds of the Sparkassenakademie; the main entrance is at the end of the path.

... from Berlin, take the suburban train (S-Bahn) S7 in the direction Potsdam (35 minutes) or the Regional Express train (RE1) in the direction Brandenburg or Magdeburg (20 minutes). Then proceed as describe above.

Guests arriving by air in Tegel should take Bus X9 (express) or Bus 109 from the airport to Berlin Zoologischer Garten Station, then the S-Bahn, as above. Guests arriving by air in Schönefeld may take the direct hourly regional train to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof or may proceed on the S-Bahn to Zoo Station.

·         Note: One 2-hour ticket (Zones A-B-C) is valid for all regional train, bus and S-Bahn rides in both Berlin and Potsdam and costs 2.60 €.

·         One can find train and bus timetables on www.bvg.de


Social Event


We organise on Wednesday afternoon an excursion to visit the summer house of A. Einstein in Caputh. We will close the excursion with a Conference dinner, which will take place at the Forsthaus Templin.  All the participants of the Workshop are kindly invited.



Registration fee


For members of the SMCP: free, for academics: 50 €, for non academics: 500 € .

The registration fee covers the costs for the lunchs, for the excursion and for the conference dinner.