**Course 1 :** Statistical physics of biological evolution by **Joachim Krug (Cologne, Germany)**

Lecture 1 : Stochastic models of population dynamics: Wright-Fisher and Moran models; fixation; diffusion theory.

Lecture 2 : Fitness landscapes I: Epistasis and sign epistasis; sequence spaces; measures of fitness landscape ruggedness.

Lecture 3 : Fitness landscapes II: Random field models; accessibility percolation

Lecture 4 : Dynamics on fitness landscapes I: Origin-fixation models; mutational landscape model and adaptive walks.

Lecture 5 : Dynamics on fitness landscapes II: Rank order processes; extreme value theory in evolutionary biology.

**Course 2 : **Extremes and records by** ****Sanjib Sabhapandit (RRI, Bangalore) **

1. Typical vs extreme events --- an introduction.

2. Limit laws for sample mean (or the sum) of i.i.d. random variables.

3. Limit laws for extreme values of i.i.d. random variables.

4. Crowding of events near extreme events -- a quantitative measure to describe it.

5. Record statistics for i.i.d. random variables and random walks.

**Course 3 :** Random matrix theory and related topics by **Satya N. Majumdar (Orsay, France)**

**Course 4 :** Statistical physics of hard rods by **Deepak Dhar (IISER, Pune) **

**Course 5 : ** Heat transport in low-dimensional systems by **Abhishek Dhar (ICTS, Bangalore) **

Lecture 1 : Introduction: Microscopic approaches and signatures of anomalous heat transport

Lecture 2 : Heat Conduction in harmonic crystals --- the quantum Langevin approach .

Lecture 3 : Heat conduction in harmonic crystals --- application to disordered harmonic crystals .

Lecture 4 : Exactly solvable stochastic models of anomalous heat transport

Lecture 5 : Understanding anomalous heat transport using theory of non-linear fluctuating hydrodynamics.

**References:**

1) Heat Transport in low-dimensional systems, A. Dhar, Advances in Physics 57, 457 (2008).

2) Thermal Transport in Low Dimensions: From Statistical Physics to Nanoscale Heat Transfer -

Lecture notes in physics Volume 92 (2016).

**Course 6 : ** From classical elasticity to topological mechanics by **Tom Lubensky (UPENN., USA)**