May 16 – 25, 2024
Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Wroclaw / Hotel "Artus", Karpacz
Europe/Warsaw timezone

The 60th anniversary edition of the Karpacz Winter School on Theoretical Physics and WE-Heraeus Physics School is devoted to the topic  


Phase transitions - From the Laboratories to the Cosmos.


The event is organized by the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Wroclaw and funded by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.



Phase transitions are general phenomena occurring at various spatial and energy scales. They take place in any real materials, from daily life (boiling water) to matter under extreme conditions as it is found in inertial fusion plasmas and planetary interiors, strongly interacting matter in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions, supernova explosions, neutron star interiors and the early universe. This Physics School will focus on these topics which are subject of current research with often surprisingly new results that did not yet enter curricular lectures or textbooks. The lectures will cover topics related to:


  • phase transitions in neutron stars

  • JWST, primordial black holes and cosmological phase transitions;

  • critical point and dynamics of a phase transition in heavy ion collisions;

  • quark deconfinement in supernova explosions;

  • warm dense plasmas from inertial fusion to planetary interiors;

  • topological phases of matter in and out of equilibrium;

  • the complexity of neutron star matter: from the liquid gas phase transition to chiral symmetry breaking and restoration;

  • the universality of critical behaviour



Fiorella Burgio (Catania)

Günter Hasinger (Görlitz)

Joseph Kapusta (Minnesota)

Takami Kuroda (Potsdam)

Burkhard Militzer (Berkeley)

Roderich Moessner (Dresden)

Constança Providência (Coimbra)

Gerd Röpke (Rostock)

Helmut Satz (Bielefeld)










Local Organizing Committee

Oleksii Ivanytskyi

Biplab Mahato

Stefanos Tsiopelas

Oleksandr Vitiuk

Elizaveta Zherebtsova


Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Wroclaw / Hotel "Artus", Karpacz
Max Born pl. 9, 50-204 Wroclaw / Wilcza 9, 58-540 Karpacz