School of Physics & Astronomy

JSPS London Symposium: Non-Equilibrium Dynamics, Thermodynamics and Fluctuations: From Fundamentals to the Next Generation of Microscopic Thermal Machines

De Vere Orchard hotel
Monday 12th (09:00) - Thursday 15th December 2022 (16:00)
More information will be added in due course. If you have any questions about this event, please e-mail Kay Brandner (

Trent Building, University of Nottingham


With the next technological revolution underway in the quantum world, there is now an increasing need to develop thermal devices such as heat engines or refrigerators that operate on small length and energy scales. To uncover the fundamental principles that govern such microscopic machines and to realize them in experiments, a whole breadth of challenges must be overcome. Key topics in this context include the nature of non-equilibrium thermal and quantum fluctuations, non-Markovian time evolution laws, collective effects in many-body systems as well as the role of strong coupling and finite reservoirs. This Symposium brings together researchers from Japan, Europe, and the University of Nottingham, who work in stochastic and quantum thermodynamics, cold-atom physics, and wider areas of quantum many-body physics. Its overarching aim is to find new avenues towards understanding the complex interplay between the dynamics, thermodynamics, and fluctuations of classical and quantum systems out of equilibrium and thus to help paving the way for the next generation of microscopic thermal machines. Besides the scheduled 30-min talks, the program leaves ample time for discussions and to build new connections between Japan, the UK and Europe.


The Symposium will be held at the De Vere Orchard Hotel in Nottingham. Please follow this link for more information. 




We are inviting contributions to this Symposium in the from of posters or 20-minute talks. Junior and early-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply. The registration is open until 15th August 2022.

Contributing participants are expected to self-fund their travel and accommodation expenses. Lunch and refreshments during the Symposium will be provided to all participants without charge. Please be aware that, due to logistical constraints, we can only admit up to 20 contributing participants. In case we receive more registrations than we can accommodate, we will select the most suitable ones based on criteria of relevance, excellence and diversity. We will let you know whether your registration has been successful by 31st August 2022.

Please follow this link to register. 

Organising Committee: 

Kay Brandner, University of Nottingham, UK
Keiji Saito, Keio University, Japan

 Invited SpeakersLocal Speakers 
 Takahiro Sagawa, Tokyo University     Juan P. Garrahan, University of Nottingham
 Shin-ichi Sasa, Kyoto University  Gerardo Adesso, University of Nottingham
 Hal Tasaki, Gakushin University  Adam Smith, University of Nottingham
 Andreas Dechant, Kyoto University  Bruno Barontini, University of Nottingham
 Naoto Shiraishi, Tokyo University  Lucia Hackermüller, University of Nottingham
 Tan Van Vu, Keio University  Weibin Li, University of Nottingham                    
 Mauro Paternostro, Queen's University Belfast  
 Gabriele De Chiara, Queen's University Belfast  
 Janet Anders, University of Exeter  
 Luis A. Correa, University of Exeter  
 Harry Miller, University of Manchester  
 Mark T. Mitchison, Trinity College Dublin  
 Giovanni Barontini, University of Birmingham  
 Heinz-Peter Breuer, University of Freiburg  
 Igor Lesanovsky, University of Tübingen  
 Federico Carollo, University of Tübingen  
 Philipp Strasberg, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona  



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