Arriving at the 2022 school

The 2022 Physics by the Lake Summer School begins on Monday 1st August with dinner in the Stirling Court Hotel at 7pm, followed by a drinks reception.

You can check into your accommodation at Willow Court from 2pm. See the Location page for full details.

Physics by the Lake 2020 postponed

We regret to inform that Physics by the Lake 2020, originally planned to take place in August, is postponed due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID 19 outbreak. We will be in touch with everyone who paid a deposit regarding a refund, and will make a further announcement once the event is rescheduled.

Physics by the Lake 2022 will run

Physics by the Lake will run as an in-person summer school at the University of Stirling, Scotland, from August 1st to August 12th 2022. Applications will be taken from end of March.

Statistical Mechanics (STM)

Statistical Mechanics aims to provide a macroscopic description of a physical system starting from knowledge of its microscopic properties. The methodology and techniques are widely used throughout condensed matter physics and are also today being applied to understand the dynamics of model ecologies, economies and societies. In these lectures, we will revisit the equilibrium properties of matter – such as phase transitions and universality – from the perspective of dynamics (as opposed to statics, as is typically done in undergraduate courses). Then we will examine successively further-from-equilibrium systems, ending with a discussion of fluctuations in driven systems, a subject currently generating considerable excitement in this field.

Richard Blythe is a Professor of Complex Systems at the University of Edinburgh. Since his PhD days, he has been researching models and theories for nonequilibrium dynamical systems. Applications of these models include transport in biological systems, traffic flow, population dynamics and language change.

Statistical Mechanics (STM)

Statistical Mechanics aims to provide a macroscopic description of a physical system starting from knowledge of its microscopic properties. The methodology and techniques are widely used throughout condensed matter physics and are also today being applied to understand the dynamics of model ecologies, economies and societies. In these lectures, we will revisit the equilibrium properties of matter – such as phase transitions and universality – from the perspective of dynamics (as opposed to statics, as is typically done in undergraduate courses). Then we will examine successively further-from-equilibrium systems, ending with a discussion of fluctuations in driven systems, a subject currently generating considerable excitement in this field.

Richard Blythe is a Professor of Complex Systems at the University of Edinburgh. Since his PhD days, he has been researching models and theories for nonequilibrium dynamical systems. Applications of these models include transport in biological systems, traffic flow, population dynamics and language change.