Journées thématiques du groupe SMAI - MAS

Metastability and stochastic processes

September 21st - 23rd 2011, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scientists from the applied probability community to discuss problems related to the longtime behaviour of stochastic processes used in various fields of the stochastic modelling: molecular dynamics, numerical statistical mechanics, population dynamics, etc. In particular, we would like to present recent tools which have been developed for the numerical simulation and the mathematical analysis of metastable stochastic processes. We also intend to cover related topics: quasi-stationary distributions, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, coarse-graining techniques in molecular dynamics, for example.

Link to this webpage:

Program and list of participants:


The workshop will consist in four three hour lectures, which will be given by:

Anton Bovier (University of Bonn) Metastability: a universal approach through potential theory

Patrick Cattiaux (Université de Toulouse) Long time behaviour of stochastic processes

Pierre Collet (Ecole Polytechnique) Quasi stationary distributions for stochastic processes and dynamical systems

Luc Rey-Bellet (University of Massachusetts) Thermodynamics of non-equilibrium steady states, entropy production and fluctuations

and thirty minute contributed talks. These are the speakers who confirmed their participation: Florent Barret (Ecole Polytechnique), Jan Maas (University of Bonn), Jean-Bernard Maillet (CEA), Georg Menz (MPI Leipzig), Jean-Christophe Mourrat (EPFL) and Augusto Teixera (ENS Paris).

A poster session is planned on thursday, noon. Please send an e-mail to to propose a poster. Here is a preliminary list of the posters which will be presented.

List of participants.


People interested in attending the workshop are asked to send an e-mail to to register (registration is free, and lunches will be offered, deadline for registration: 1st September). We may
exceptionally contribute to the traveling or lodging costs of the participants if necessary, upon request in the registration e-mail (deadline: 30th June).


The workshop will take place at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Marne-la-Vallée (close to Paris). This is how to get there.
For attendees, here are a few suggestions for accommodation.

Organizing team:

Sponsoring: This meeting is supported by:

Ecole Nationale des Ponts
Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR BIGMC and ANR MEGAS

Groupe MAS, SMAIUniversité Blaise Pascal and Institut Universitaire de France