Aims & scope of JETC 2021

Methods and concepts of equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics appear in various areas of physics, engineering, sciences and humanities. This wide range of applicability is a source of inspiration, but also a cause of separation and divergence. The aim of this conference is to improve the interaction and pull together the various application areas and theoretical branches in order to develop a more powerful and more applicable discipline. In particular, we would like to attract experts from areas close to thermodynamics like engineering, applied mathematics, numerics, theoretical physics and machine learning.

In several Mini-Symposia various specific thermodynamic related topics are introduced by experts and publicly discussed with the audience. The presentations of the participants are organized in Sessions, according to their topics. The interaction is enhanced also by poster sessions along the coffee breaks.

Joint European Thermodynamic Conference (JETC)

The JETC conferences have been established in 1989 under the name Journées Européennes de Thermodynamique Contemporaine by ECAST, the European Center for Advanced Studies in Thermodynamics.
As it was desirable to enlarge the scope of the conferences and to unite thermodynamics across Europe, the conferences changed name in 2007 to Joint European Thermodynamics Conference while the acronym remained the same. This time it will be for the first time in a hybrid format bringing together online and in-person participants.

Covid-19 statement

Due to the pandemic situation, we have decided to prepare the conference as a hybrid (partly in-person, partly online) one rather than postponing the meeting or going fully online. We believe that there are many benefits of meeting in person, but given the current state of matters and a great degree of uncertainty, we cannot choose the classical format of an in-person conference.

At the same time, the hybrid form of meeting does not allow us to reduce the conference fee due to the extra costs necessary for professional connection between the virtual and in-person participants, but allows us a certain freedom to operate between the classical in-person conference and the fully online meeting but also to provide professional support and outcome of the online contributions to the conference. We believe that lively and many discussions, which we would like to facilitate, are essential to a successful conference and hence we plan to use all available resources in this direction.

Plenary speakers

  • Martin Z. Bazant (MIT) – Electrochemical nonequilibrium thermodynamics
  • Udo Seifert (Stuttgart) – Stochastic thermodynamics and the thermodynamic uncertainty relation with applications
  • Hugo Touchette (Stellenbosch) – Large deviations and statistical physics

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