Conference Venue (photo courtesy: Banz Abbey)


Organizing Committee

Kai Huang (Uni. Bayreuth, Germany) and Meiying Hou (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Scope of the symposium

Granular materials (e.g. sand, powders and grains) are ubiquitous in nature, industry and our daily lives. Due to the ubiquity, understanding the static and dynamic behavior of granular materials from a fundamental perspective is an important topic that enters diverse scientific disciplines: From astrophysics to space exploration, from geoscience to additive manufacturing, from civil to chemical engineering. Although there has been a substantial progress in understanding the collective behavior of granular particles from the fundamental perspective of ‘phase transitions’, describing granular materials as a continuum still remains a challenge. The goal of this symposium is to strengthen existing connections and to promote new collaborations between German and Chinese researchers working in this field for a better understanding, predicting, controlling and eventually designing the static and dynamic behavior of granular materials.

Speakers include

  • Eric Falcon (Paris, France)
  • Raul Cruz Hidalgo (Pamplona, Spain)
  • Stefan Luding (Enschede, Netherland)
  • Nicolas Vandewalle (Liège, Belgium)
  • Xiaosong Chen ITP@CAS (Beijing, China)
  • Xiaohui Cheng Tsinghua Uni.(Beijing, China)
  • Wei Ge IPE@CAS (Beijing, China)
  • Yuren Wang IMech@CAS (Beijing, China)
  • Yujie Wang SJTU (Shanghai, China)
  • Shenghua Xu IMech@CAS (Beijing, China)
  • Lei Yang IMP@CAS (Lanzhou, China)
  • Hepeng Zhang SJTU (Shanghai, China)
  • Jie Zhang SJTU (Shanghai, China)
  • Jidong Zhao HKUST (Hongkong, China)
  • Hu Zheng Tongji (Shanghai, China)
  • Maksym Dosta (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Stephan Herminghaus (Göttingen, Germany)
  • Klaus Kroy (Leipzig, Germany)
  • Mario Liu (Tübingen, Germany)
  • Eric Parteli (Cologne, Germany)
  • Wolfgang Peukert (Erlangen, Germany)
  • Thorsten Pöschel (Erlangen, Germany)
  • Ingo Rehberg (Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Reinhard Richter (Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Matthias Schröter (Göttingen, Germany)
  • Matthias Sperl (Cologne, Germany)
  • Ralf Stannarius (Magdeburg, Germany)
  • Dietrich Wolf (Duisburg, Germany)
  • Ingo von Borstel (Braunschweig, Germany)


The symposium will start on Saturday, April 13, at 6pm with a welcome get-together at the (Kaisersaal) of Kloster Banz.

On the last day of the symposium, we will visit the city of Bayreuth (中文介绍 ).

The symposium will end on Wednesday, April 17.

Poster Contribution

Posters can be put up during the whole symposium for extended discussions. If you are interested to contribute, please submit your abstract before Friday, February 15, 2019.

There will be a registration fee of 100 Euro to cover lunch, dinner and other relevant costs at Kloster Banz. There are still limited on-site rooms available. Please contact us to make a reservation.

Note that for invited speakers, all your cost will be covered by the Chinesisch-Deutsches Zentrum für Wissenschaftsförderung.