Workshop Details
Energy Landscapes: Structure, Dynamics and Exploration Algorithms (In-Person Participation)
07/18/2022 - 07/22/2022
Meeting Description:

The workshop will be devoted to a discussion of systems with multi-minima energy landscapes, such as glasses, crystalline solids, proteins, clusters, large molecules, and combinatorial optimization problems. Of particular interest is a characterization of the landscape geometry ('how does it look like'), of the system dynamics ('what happens in the landscape') and of the relation between the two. This is complemented with the presentation of simulation, optimization and exploration methods for multi-minima systems, and their applications, but any contribution in the area of energy landscapes is welcome, of course.

The workshop will allow lots of time for the crucial extensive and intensive but constructive quizzing of the speaker by the audience. This also allows the participants to exchange ideas in detail, and experience has shown that many collaborations have resulted from these meetings.

Regarding the specific topics, this workshop has always attempted to bring people from different communities together; thus every contribution is welcome that addresses issues in the field of complex energy landscapes - ranging from abstract models, questions of e.g. multistage (solid state) chemical syntheses, phase transitions in physics, chemistry or biology that proceed in finite time, residence times in metastable states and relaxation or aging phenomena on multi-minima energy landscapes, issues in optimal control, simulation of time evolution of complex systems, energy landscapes of microscopic vs. macroscopic systems, and global optimization problems, over algorithm development to system specific applications in e.g. molecules (clusters, proteins, etc.) or solids (crystals, glasses, spin glasses, ionic conductors, etc.).

We also want to point out that in the following week after this workshop a closely related workshop on "Optimization of thermodynamic systems" by Karl Heinz Hoffmann and Peter Salamon (July 25th - July 29th 2022) will take place. We would like to welcome the participants of the landscape workshop there as well (and conversely), in order to allow and support additional discussions and perhaps the development of research projects. Therefore, we recommend joining us for both weeks.


If you are interested in attending a meeting, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer about availability before registering. Most TSRC meetings are very small, typically only about 25 people.

TSRC is about expanding the frontiers of science, exploring new ideas, and building collaborations. The workshop schedule will allow for substantial unstructured time for participants to talk and think. All participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop.

Scientists are encouraged to consider bringing family or friends. Telluride offers a number of options for children's camps (including Telluride Academy, Ah Haa School for the Arts, and Pinhead Institute). There is more information on childcare, camps, and family activities on TSRC's website at Please contact Cindy Fusting at for more information.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 W Colorado Ave Telluride CO 81435

Energy Landscapes: Structure, Dynamics and Exploration Algorithms (In-Person Participation) Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Andresen, Bjarne University of Copenhagen
Essex, Christopher the University of Western Ontario
Hoffmann, Karl Heinz Technische Universität Chemnitz
Leitner, David University of Nevada, Reno
Lu, Zhiyue University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moebius, Arnulf Institut fuer Physik, TU Chemnitz
Pflaum, Markus University of Colorado
Salamon, Peter San Diego State University
Schoen, Christian MPi for Solid State Research
Straub, John Boston University

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