Stefano Ruffo


Stefano Ruffo is Full Professor of Condensed Matter Physics and Director of SISSA (Trieste).
He has been before at Pisa, Florence and Basilicata Universities in Italy. 
He has been Weston Visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science (2009-2010) and Excellence Chair 
at the Physics Laboratory of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon (2011-2013).
His research field is statistical physics and complex systems
He has been the Chairman of the C3 Commission (Statistical Physics) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and Vice-President of  IUPAP for the triennium 2012-2014. 
He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Erwin Schroedinger Institute (Vienna) (2016-18) and of the Board of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division of the European Physical Society (2016-18). He is the Editor of Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulations (Elsevier) and member of the Editorial Board of Physica A (Elsevier).
Out-of-equilibrium physics in spontaneous synchronization

Spontaneous synchronization is a cooperative phenomenon common in nature which makes oscillators of different frequencies, if strongly coupled, operate together with a single common frequency. Such cooperative effects occur in physical and biological systems over length and time scales of several orders of magnitude. Examples: are flashing of fireflies, rhythmic applause in a concert hall, animal flocking behavior, electrical power-grids, etc. The most celebrated model of synchronization is the Kuramoto model, introduced in 1975, which is simple enough to allow quite a detailed analytical treatment, at the same time capturing several features of realistic systems. After discussing the general dynamical and statistical features of synchronization, I will discuss its out-of-equilibrium physical aspects when uncorrelated Langevin noise is added to the model.



SigmaPhi Awards

During the conference, six works selected out of all the oral and poster presentations have been awarded. The prizes have been supported by the following institutions: - European Phy...

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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