Course “Statistical Mechanics, Disordered Systems, and Extreme Values”

18-22 September 2017

Venue: Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 118, 8000 Aarhus C

The course is scheduled for 10:00-12:00 Building 1531, room 215 (Auditorium D3)

Course by Professor Anton Bovier (Bonn University)


In these lectures I will start with  brief introduction to the principles of statistical mechanics and the Gibbsian formalism.

I will give an overview of the main results and challenges in the statistical mechanics of disordered systems and spin glasses. 

Some of these challenges are closely related to understanding the properties of extreme values of high-dimensional random fields. I will discuss this in the examples of the random energy model, the generalised random energy model, and branching Brownian motion. If there will be time, I may also discuss some implication on the dynamics of such systems.


Poster Session

Tuesday 19 September at 13:00 accompanied with wine & cheese in Vandrehallen.


Deadline for registration: August 1, 2017.


Professor Mark Podolskij, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University. E-mail:

Further information

For further information please contact Oddbjørg Wethelund, Administrative Officer. Tel +45 87155791. E-mail: