6. Biophysics

Workshop organized by: P. Paradisi


Applying Complexity Science in Biology and Medicine

In recent years an increasing interest is being devoted to the application of ideas, concepts and tools from the socalled “complexity science” to biological systems. Living matter represents a prototype of complex systems, as a possible definition of complexity includes the following features:

• many individual units having strong non-linear interactions (complex networks, neural systems, cell signalling);

• emergence of cooperative behaviour and self-organization;

• self-organized structures are not final equilibrium states, but metastable states;

• transitions among states is typically associated with a non-Poisson intermittent behaviour;

• systems are “pumped” with external energy supply;

• beyond homeostasis: time periods with low entropy increase rate and also periods with local decrease of entropy (optimal interaction with the external environment);

• the system is far from equilibrium, but is stationary or quasi-stationary if environmental conditions are stationary;

• non-reducibility: the emergent properties cannot be explained only in terms of the single components (like in critical phenomena, “the whole is more than the sum of the parts”). In this special session or workshop we encourage the submission of works concerning the investigation, either theoretical, methodological, or experimental, of complexity features in biology and biomedicine. Methods may include (but are not limited to): multi-scale modelling; scaling-relations analyses, fractals and multifractals, long-range memory, critical phenomena, Self-Organized Criticality (SOC), extended criticality, stochastic/dynamical models, non-linear systems, complex networks, non-extensive entropy. Examples of applications are expected within and across the following different levels:

• Single cell level, e.g. gene expression, protein-protein interaction, metabolic networks;

• Multi-cellular level, e.g. cell-cell interaction, tissues, in vitro neural networks;

• Multi-cellular living organisms, including physiology, e.g. brain physiology, autonomic system, mind-body interaction, brain-heart axis;

• Organisms in interaction, both mutual (e. g. swarm intelligence, eukaryotes and prokaryiotes emerging properties in vitro and in vivo) and/or with their environment (e. g. foraging strategies). 


SigmaPhi Prize

The SigmaPhi Prize for 2017 will be awarded during SigmaPhi2017 Conference to Ralf Metzler, David Mukamel and Stefano Ruffo.

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School of Statistical Physics

New Trends in StatPhys: Organized by G. Caldarelli and G. Kaniadakis

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EPS Young Researcher Grants

The Organizing Committee of the SigmaPhi 2017 International Conference is very please to inform that the EPS Young Researcher Grants have been assigned

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Elsevier lectures

The publishing company Elsevier sponsors two lectures

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Springer Nature Lectures

The publishing company Springer Nature sponsors three lectures

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EPS-SNP Meeting

The summer board meeting of the European Physical Society - Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (EPS-SNP) will be held during the SigmaPhi2017 Conference

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SigmaPhi2017 Europhysics Conference

The European Physical Society (EPS) has recognized the SigmaPhi2017 as Europhysics Conference.

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1. Kappa Distributions and Statistical Mechanics

Workshop organized by: G. Livadiotis, P. Yoon and K. Dialynas

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2. Statistical Physics for the Digital Economy

Workshop organized by: T. Aste, G. Caldarelli, T. Di Matteo and G. Livan

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3. Quantum Matter

Workshop organized by: S. Kourtis, D. Ellinas and J. Pachos

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4. Statistical Physics of Environment, Climate and Ecosystems

Workshop organized by: P. Ditlevsen, D. Hristopulos and D. Valenti

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5. Complexity and self-organization in biology and physiology

Workshop organized by: P. Paradisi and R. Metzler

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6. Sociophysics and Econophysics

Workshop organized by: M.L. Bertotti and V. Constantoudis

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Special Sessions

A1. Stochastic Processes in Complex Environments

Special Session organized by: J. Talbot and C. Mejia-Monasterio

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A2. Kinetic Theory and its applications

Special Session organized by: G. Palasanzas and A. Rossani

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A3. Information Geometry

Special Session organized by: D. Johnston, H. Matsuzoe, G. Ruppeiner and T. Wada

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Scientific Sponsors 2017

 Statistical and Nonlinear

Physics Division 

Politecnico di Torino




 Department of Applied

Science and Technology



Roma, Italy

 Technical University of

Crete Chania, Greece

 Aristotele University of

Thessaloniki, Greece

N.C.S.R. Demokritos

Athens, Greece

Italian National Institute

for Nuclear Physics


University of Cagliari




University of Leuven
















Chaos, Solitons

& Fractals


Modern Physics

Letters B


International Journal

of Modern Physics B