Scientific Calendar Event

An ICTP virtual meeting

Stochastic thermodynamics has revolutionized our understanding of far-from-equilibrium statistical physics over the last few decades and continues to result in profound, powerful results, ranging from fluctuation theorems to speed-limit theorems to thermodynamic uncertainty relations.  

With this series of online workshops, we aim to provide a platform to everyone with an interest in stochastic thermodynamics to present and discuss their current research, fostering collaboration among communities and promoting the field to a broad range of scientists. We aim to have a wide-ranging cross-section of the stochastic thermodynamics community present their current research in one forum. We aim to support academics from under-represented groups working in the field, and we especially encourage junior researchers to submit their work for 10 minute lightning talks.

  • Fundamental Principles
  • Physics and Chemistry
  • Computation and Information Processing
  • Biophysics and Active Matter  
  • Quantum Stochastic Thermodynamics


Massimiliano Esposito (U Luxembourg)
Hugo Touchette (Stellenbosch University)
Vijay Balasubramanian (UPenn)

Colloquium: Edgar Roldán (ICTP)
Aljaz Godec (MPI NAT)
Salambo Dago (ENS Lyon)
Olga Movilla Miangolarra (UC Irvine)
Jan Korbel (CSH Vienna)

Colloquium: Hong Qian (U Washington)
John Bechhoefer (Simon Fraser U)
Daniel Busiello (MPIPKS)
Sosuke Ito (Tokyo U)
Annwesha Dutta (IISER Tirupati)

Colloquium: John Baez (UC Riverside)
Gülce Kardeş (CU Boulder)
Adolfo del Campo (U Luxembourg)
Shin-Ichi Sasa (Kyoto U)

Colloquium: Sebastian Deffner (UMBC)
Kay Brandner (U Nottingham)
Dvira Segal (U Toronto)
Nicole Yunger Halpern (U Maryland)
Obinna Cosmas Abah (QUB)

Colloquium: Christian Maes (KU Leuven)
Nikta Fakhri (MIT)
Michael Hinczewski (CWRU)
Pieter Rein ten Wolde (AMOLF)
Riccardo Rao (CeMSIIS)

Call for Contributed Abstracts: All applicants are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster presentation and/or a contributed talk. Abstract templates are available below for download.

Registration: There is no registration fee.

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  • Thursday, 18 May 2023
    • 15:00 - 19:30 Tutorials
      Chairperson: Matteo MARSILI (ICTP, Italy) and Debraj DAS (ICTP, Italy) 
      • 15:00 Inclusive stochastic thermondynamics 1h0'
        Speaker: Massimiliano ESPOSITO (University of Luxembourg)
        Material: Video
      • 16:00 Questions and Answers 30'
      • 16:30 Introduction to Large deviation theory 1h0'
        Speaker: Hugo TOUCHETTE (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 17:30 Questions and Answers 30'
      • 18:00 Introduction to information theory 1h0'
        Speaker: Vijay BALASUBRAMANIAN (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 19:00 Question and Answers 30'
  • Monday, 22 May 2023
    • 15:00 - 17:35 Fundamental Principles
      Chairperson: Jan KORBEL (CeMSIIS, Austria)
      • 15:00 Introduction 10'
      • 15:10 FC Martingales: a football club of second laws of thermodynamics 30'
        Speaker: Edgar ROLDAN (ICTP, Italy)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 15:40 Question and Answers 10'
      • 15:50 Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of uncertain stochastic processes 30'
        Speaker: Jan KORBEL (CeMSIIS, Austria)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 16:20 Dimensionality in sample-path statistical mechanics: d = 1 really is the loneliest number 30'
        Speaker: Aljaz GODEC (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 16:50 Discussion 30'
      • 17:20 Break 15'
    • 17:35 - 19:30
      Chairperson: Edgar ROLDAN (ICTP, Italy)
      • 17:35 Fluctuation Relation at the Beat of a Current 15'
        Speaker: Pedro Eduardo HARUNARI (University of Luxembourg)
        Material: Video
      • 17:50 Universal bounds and thermodynamic tradeoffs in nonequilibrium energy harvesting 15'
        Speaker: Jordi PIÑERO FERNANDEZ (UPF, Spain)
        Material: Video
      • 18:05 Topologically-constrained fluctuations and thermodynamics regulate nonequilibrium response 15'
        Speaker: Gabriela FERNANDES MARTINS (University of Michigan, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 18:20 Information and thermodynamics: optimizing information processing using underdamped systems 30'
        Speaker: Salambô DAGO (ENS Lyon, France)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 18:50 Energy harvesting from anisotropic fluctuations 40'
        Speaker: Olga MOVILLA MIANGOLARRA (UC Irvine, USA)
        Material: Abstract Video
  • Tuesday, 23 May 2023
    • 15:00 - 17:15 Physics and Chemistry
      Chairperson: Gulistan Cigdem YALCIN (Istanbul University) 
      • 15:00 Geometric decomposition of entropy production rate: Wisdom from optimal transport 30'
        Speaker: Sosuke ITO (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 15:30 What to learn from few visible transitions’ statistics? 30'
        Speaker: Annwesha DUTTA (IISER, India)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 16:00 Minimal architecture for adaptation in non-equilibrium chemical signaling networks 30'
        Speaker: Daniel Maria BUSIELLO (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 16:30 Discussion 30'
      • 17:00 Break 15'
    • 17:15 - 19:10
      Chairperson: Saar RAHAV (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
      • 17:15 Statistical Thermodynamics as Paradigm for a Data Science 40'
        Speaker: Qian HONG (University of Washington, USA)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 17:55 Universal thermodynamic bounds on symmetry breaking in living systems: from error correction to pattern formation 15'
        Speaker: Shiling LIANG (EPFL, Switzerland)
        Material: Video
      • 18:10 The Third Law of Thermodynamics for nonequilibrium jump processes 15'
        Speaker: Faezeh KHODABANDEHLOU (Institute for Theoretical Physics, KU Leuven, Belgium)
        Material: Video
      • 18:25 Geometric Design Principle of Oscillation-driven Catalytic Molecular Machines 15'
        Speaker: Zhiyue LU (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 18:40 Bayesian Information Engine that Optimally Exploits Noisy Measurements 30'
        Speaker: John BECHHOEFER (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
        Material: Abstract Video
  • Wednesday, 24 May 2023
    • 15:00 - 17:00 Computation and Information Processing
      Chairperson: Velimir M. ILIĆ  (Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia) 
      • 15:00 Gibbs paradox in stochastic thermodynamics 30'
        Speaker: Shin-Ichi SASA (Kyoto University)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 15:30 The nonequilibrium cost of accurate information processing 15'
        Speaker: Fei MENG (City University of Hong Kong, China)
        Material: Video
      • 15:45 Work trades off with complexity in computationally restricted thermodynamics 15'
        Speaker: Anthony MUNSON (University of Maryland, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 16:00 Discussion 30'
      • 16:30 Break 30'
    • 17:00 - 18:55
      Chairperson: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
      • 17:00 Quantum speed limits to operator flows and operator growth 45'
        Speaker: Nicoletta CARABBA (University of Luxembourg)
        Material: Abstract Slides Video
      • 17:45 Statistical physics of generative grammars 30'
        Speaker: Eric DeGiuli (Ryerson University, Canada)
        Material: Video
      • 18:15 Controlling stochastic biophysical processes, from protein folding to evolution 40'
        Speaker: Michael Jerzy HINCZEWSKI (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
        Material: Abstract Video
  • Thursday, 25 May 2023
    • 15:00 - 17:40 Biophysics and Active Matter
      Chairperson: Thomas Edward OULDRIDGE (Imperial College London, UK)
      • 15:00 Frenetic steering 40'
        Speaker: Christian MAES (KU Leuven, Belgium)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 15:40 Optimal finite-time copying protocols 30'
        Speaker: Pieter Reinder TEN WOLDE (AMOLF, Netherlands)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 16:10 Work fluctuations and entropy production of a trapped Brownian Particle in an "active-like" viscoelastic bath 15'
        Speaker: Biswajit DAS (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)
        Material: Video
      • 16:25 Signatures of irreversibility in microscopic models of flocking 15'
        Speaker: Federica FERRETTI (MIT, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 16:40 Thermodynamic limits of sperm swimming precision 15'
        Speaker: Andrea PUGLISI (CNR, Instutute of Complex Systems, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 16:55 Discussion 30'
      • 17:25 Break 15'
    • 17:40 - 19:10
      Chairperson: Thomas Edward OULDRIDGE (Imperial College London, UK)
      • 17:40 Thermodynamics of Permutation-Invariant Quantum Many-Body Systems: A Group-Theoretical Framework 30'
        Speaker: Kay BRANDNER (University of Nottingham, USA)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 18:10 Algorithmic Thermodynamics 30'
        Speaker: John Carlos BAEZ (University of California, USA)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 18:40 Odd dynamics of living chiral crystals 30'
        Speaker: Nikta FAKHRI (MIT, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Friday, 26 May 2023
    • 15:00 - 17:15 Quantum Stochastic Thermodynamics
      Chairperson: Henrik WILMING (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
      • 15:00 Evolutionary forces: a stochastic thermodynamics perspective 30'
        Speaker: Riccardo RAO (CeMSIIS, Austria)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 15:30 Title: Irreversibility in a driven-dissipative optomechanical system 30'
        Speaker: Obinna Cosmas ABAH (Queens University, UK)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 16:00 What happens to entropy production when conserved quantities fail to commute with each other 30'
        Speaker: Nicole YUNGER HALPERN (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 16:30 Discussion 30'
      • 17:00 Break 15'
    • 17:15 - 19:00
      Chairperson: Christopher JARZYNSKI (University of Maryland, USA)
      • 17:15 Thermodynamic Consistency of Driven Quantum Optical Master 15'
        Speaker: Ariane Sonia SORET (University of Luxembourg)
        Material: Video
      • 17:30 Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of quantum coherence beyond linear response 15'
        Speaker: Franklin RODRIGUES (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
        Material: Video
      • 17:45 Fluctuation symmetry and coherence in quantum heat transport with the Unified quantum master equation 15'
        Speaker: Matthew GERRY (University of Toronto, Canada)
        Material: Video
      • 18:00 Quantum Flicker Noise in Atomic and Molecular Junctions 30'
        Speaker: Dvira SEGAL (University of Toronto, Canada)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 18:30 Quantum stochastic thermodynamics of relativistic systems 30'
        Speaker: Sebastian DEFFNER (UMBC, USA)
        Material: Abstract