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  DRSTP NEWSLETTER - Friday, 15 March 2019

The DRSTP Newsletter is published every second Thursday of the month, except for the months June and July.
An overview of DRSTP events is available at:
DRSTP Events calender.

Next issue: 11 April 2019

This newsletter contains:

1. DRSTP Postgraduate Course (AIO/OIO school) Statistical Physics and Theory of Condensed Matter (SPTCM)
    (25 March - 5 April 2019)

2. DRSTP Symposium Trends in Theory 2019 (16 + 17 May 2019) Registration is open !

3. Delta ITP Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics ATTPII (spring 2019)

4. National Seminar Theoretical High Energy Physics (THEP) (Friday, 22 March 2019)

5. Grants/awards

6. Staff mutations

7. PhD Defense

8. National seminars

9. Local seminars/colloquia/news and events

1. DRSTP Postgraduate Course (AIO/OIO school) Statistical Physics and Theory of Condensed Matter (SPTCM) (25 March-5 April 2019)
Location: Mooirivier, Dalfsen
Organizers: Edan Lerner (UvA); Dirk Schuricht (UU); Geert Kapteijns (UvA)

week 1 (25-29 March 2019):
Tobias Meng (TU Dresden): Topology for beginners and electrons
Mikhail Pletyukhov (RWTH Aachen): Geometric aspects of closed and open quantum systems
Rianne van den Berg (UvA) (evening lecturer, 27 March): Out of physics and into deep learning

week 2 (1-5 April 2019):
Wouter Ellenbroek (TU/e): Theory of elasticity and rigidity transitions
Corrado Rainone (UvA): The replica method: from spin glasses, to glasses, to jamming
Shira Chapman (UvA) (evening lecturer, 1 April): Circuit complexity for Gaussian states

2. DRSTP Symposium Trends in Theory 2019 (16 + 17 May 2019)
Registration is open !
Location: Mooirivier, Dalfsen

The DRSTP Trends in Theory 2019 program committee has completed the selection and invitation of the speakers. The list is as follows:
Theme 1: Particle physics, cosmology, quantum gravity and string theory
Alexey Boyarski (UL)
Anastasia Borschevsky (RUG)
Klaas Landsman (RU Nijmegen)
Samaya Nissanke (UvA)

Theme 2: Quantum matter, quantum information, soft condensed matter and biophysics
Laura Filion (UU)
Jean-Sébastian Caux (UvA)
Jácome Armas (UvA)
Vedran Dunjko (UL)
Evening speaker: Marika Taylor (University of Southampton) – Diversity in Physics

Titles, abstracts and timetable to follow soon. Registration for the symposium is now open.
The DRSTP bi-annual Trends in Theory symposium is a mandatory event for all DRSTP PhD students, so please register as soon as possible.
Master's students in Theoretical Physics are especially welcome to attend the symposium. A limited number of Master's students may participate free of charge.
Interested? Please contact your local member of the DRSTP Educational Board.

3. Delta ITP Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics ATTPII (spring 2019)
This spring's Delta ITP Course Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics aimed at advanced Master’s students, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, is built around the general theme of Hydrodynamics and collective dynamics.
Lectures will take place on Mondays at 11:15-13:00, followed by a study/exercise session 13:45- end.
The location of this semester's course rotates between the three institutes. The first module will be held in Amsterdam, the second in Utrecht and the third in Leiden.
The course will be divided into three 5-week modules; for each one there are four lectures (2hrs each) and four exercise sessions (4hrs each). At the end of the module there is an exam. All exams will be graded with a pass or fail.
You need to pass all three exams to receive credit for the course.
Please fill in the registration form before the course begins, even if you do not plan to take the course for credit.
We cannot process your grade or send important notices if you do not register ahead of time.

Module 1 (finished)

Module 2 (NOTICE: change of following order modules; location is Utrecht):
Joost de Graaf (UU): The emergence of hydrodynamics from microscopic collisions
Lectures (Monday, weeks 11 t/m 14): Mar 11, 18, 25, Apr 1 in Buys Ballot Building, room 1.19 (11-13 hrs);
Exercise sessions (Monday, weeks 11, 12, 14): Mar 11, 18, Apr 1 in Buys Ballot Building, room 1.79 (13-17 hrs);
(Monday, week 13): Mar 25 in Minnaart Building, room 015 (13-17 hrs);
Exam: (Monday, week 15): Apr 8 Take-home exam

Abstract: In these lectures we revisit the classic equations of hydrodynamics, the Navier-Stokes equations. They will be constructed from the Hamiltonian of an interacting particle system through systematic coarse-graining via the BBGKY hierarchy, ultimately leading to the Boltzmann Transport Equation. This equation is subsequently cast into the traditional form for the Navier-Stokes equations through the Chapman-Enskog expansion. This approach is challenging, but also rewarding as it reveals how macroscopic transport quantities emerge from microscopic dynamics. In addition, in its discretized form, the Boltzmann Transport Equation gives rise to a powerful numerical solver for fluid flow, which we will also discuss. The lecture series is rounded out by an introduction to the microhydrodynamics of the Stokes equation and its relevance to bacterial swimming.

Module 3
Luca Giomi (UL): Hydrodynamics of liquid crystals
Lecture dates: Apr 15, (22 = Easter) 29, May 6, 13
Location lectures: room HL 414; exercise sessions: room HL 414
Exam: May 20; room HL 414

Abstract: This mini-course aims to give an introduction the hydrodynamics of complex fluids (i.e. fluids with internal structure) with special attention on liquid crystals. The lectures will focus on the following topics:
• Introduction on liquid crystals and Frank's elasticity.
• Nematic hydrodynamics, viscous flow in nematics, flow-alignment and elastic backflow.
• Topological defects, statics and dynamics, defect trapping by viscous flow.

4. National Seminar Theoretical High Energy Physics (THEP) (Friday, 22 March 2019)
Location: Nikhef-CWI, Room Z011, Science Park 105, 1098 XG Amsterdam
Organizers: Juan Rojo (VUA); Marieke Postma (Nikhef); Thomas Grimm (UU)

09:45 Coffee/tea
10:15 Timothy Budd (Radboud University Nijmegen): Trees as the building blocks of quantum geometry
11:15 Jose Ignacio Latorre (University of Barcelona and National University of Singapore): Quantum disruption [Nikhef Colloquium]
12:15 Lunch
14:00 Eleni Vryodinou (CERN): The effective field theory pathway to new physics at the LHC
15:00 Coffee/tea
15:15 Anupam Mazumdar (University of Groningen): Towards scale invariant theory of gravity
16:15 Borrel/drinks

The abstracts of the talks, and information about how to reach the venue, can be found here:

5. Grants/awards
NWO has awarded Rembert Duine with a 1,5 million euro Vici grant for his "Fluid Electronics" proposal. This research
develops the theoretical description of recently-developed electrical devices that are made of materials that are so
pure that the electrons behave as a viscous fluid – analogous to honey. Based on this theory, the analogues of such
fluids and, surprisingly, black holes, are exploited to propose energy-efficient devices. More info here:

6. Staff mutations
(UU) As of April 4th, secretary Wanda Verweij, will be leaving the Institute due to early retirement.

7. PhD Defense
Jiansen Zheng MSc (UU)
Monday 18 March 2019; 14h30
Promotors: Prof. R.A. Duine; Prof. H.T.C. Stoof
Title thesis: Spin transport beyond electrons: ferromagnetic insulators and antiferromagnetic metals
Academy Building, University Hall, Senaatszaal, Domplein 29, Utrecht

8. National seminars
* Theoretical High Energy Physics (Friday, 22 March 2019)
* Theoretical High Energy Physics (Friday, 15 November 2019)

* Mark Kac:
Speakers, titles, abstracts and locations will be published on our website as they become known, and announced by e-mail one week ahead of each seminar.
The Mark Kac seminar is supported by FOM ( and is an activity of the STAR stochastics cluster (

* International Center for Workshops in the Sciences:
Anyone engaged in scientific research, anywhere in the world, can propose a workshop. In fact, the Center welcomes diversity of background and nationality in submissions.
We have two venues in Leiden, dedicated to groups of different sizes: The Lorentz Center@Oort for groups of up to 55 participants and the Lorentz Center@Snellius for smaller groups of up to 25 participants.
For detailed guidelines and advice, see the Lorentz Center website.

* Delta ITP:
Triangle meetings: Theoretical Cosmology:
Triangle meetings: Holography:
Triangle meetings: Quantum and Topological Matter:

9. Local seminars/colloquia/news and events

Last update: 15-03-2019, 13.16