Conference Reports

Knotting the MECO Network

Entropy 2021, 23(2), 141; https://doi.org/10.3390/e23020141

The Conferences of the Middle European Cooperation in Statistical Physics (MECO) were created as an attempt to establish and maintain an exchange between scientists in the fields of statistical and condensed matter physics from Western and Eastern countries, overcoming the hurdles of the Iron Curtain. Based on personal remembrance and historical resources, the genesis and further development of MECO meetings is described. The annual meetings were interrupted in 1991 by the Yugoslav War but were re-established in 1993 and continue today. Although the fall of the Iron Curtain and the European Research programs changed the situation for the meetings considerably, the ties created by MECO still are useful to help scientific exchange. The history of European (and not only) statistical physics and the history of the MECO are tightly intertwined. It started in a time where an essential breakthrough has been achieved in statistical physics describing the features near phase transitions. In addition to the merging of solid-state physics and field theory concepts, the application of numerical methods (Monte Carlo methods) added a new pillar besides exact solutions and experiments to check theoretical models. In the following, the scientific emphasis (in general) has changed from the traditional fields of the first MECO to complexity and interdisciplinary themes as well.
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Overview of the 37th MaxEnt

Entropy 2018, 20(9), 694; https://doi.org/10.3390/e20090694

The 37th edition of MaxEnt was held in Brazil, hosting several distinguished researchers and students. The workshop offered four tutorials, nine invited talks, twenty four oral presentations and twenty seven poster presentations. All submissions received their first choice between oral and poster presentations. The event held a celebration to Julio Stern’s 60th anniversary and awarded two prizes to young researchers. As customary, the workshop had one free afternoon, in which participants visited the city’s surroundings and experienced Brazilian food and traditions.
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Symmetry, Probabiliy, Entropy: Synopsis of the Lecture at MAXENT 2014

Entropy 2015, 17(3), 1273-1277; https://doi.org/10.3390/e17031273

In this discussion, we indicate possibilities for (homological and non-homological) linearization of basic notions of the probability theory and also for replacing the real numbers as values of probabilities by objects of suitable combinatorial categories.
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International Symposium on Entropy at the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme (Dresden, Germany), June 25-28, 2000

Entropy 2000, 2(2), 78-79; https://doi.org/10.3390/e2020078

The International Symposium on Entropy was held at the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme (Dresden, Germany, http://www.mpipks-dresden.mpg.de/) on June 25-28, 2000.[...]
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"Information Theory and its Applications to Biology, Finance and Physics" at the Stefan Banach International Mathematical Center (Warsaw, Poland), May 21-26, 2001

Entropy 2001, 3(2), 64-65; https://doi.org/10.3390/e3020064

The conference was held at the Banach Centre [1] within the European Union Programme Centres of Excellence.[...]
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