The work to be presented here in the workshop will be relevant to the topic of the day and above all should be of an ``unfinished'' or ``open-ended'' nature. That is to say, it either raises and poses stimulating questions or requires some further (probably difficult and challenging) work to complete. It is hoped that this workshop will provide the opportunity for biologists to display experimental work or theory which may require mathematical modelling and, vice-versa, for the biomathematicians to pose questions arising from their research to the biologists. Above all, the workshop is intended to act as a positive stimulus for the subsequent discussion session which will take part at the end of each day. IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE THIS WE WILL REQUIRE THAT EACH PLENARY SPEAKER OF THE DAY CHOOSE ONE OR TWO INTERESTING PROBLEMS FROM THE WORKSHOP AND DISCUSS THESE FORMALLY DURING THE DISCUSSION SESSION. To achieve this we will require that each participant who has a poster presentation accepted also bring along a corresponding set of overhead transparencies. The plenary speakers and chosen poster presenters will therefore be able to discuss the chosen problems using the overheads. It is hoped that this will lead to a genuine and fruitful debate concerning the most recent new developments in the field.
The European Geophysical Society will be holding its next General Assembly in Nice, in the south of France, during the week 20-24 April 1998. As part of the scientific programme for this meeting, there will be a number of sessions dedicated to nonlinear processes in all areas of geophysics. This is the premier annual meeting in Europe on all aspects of nonlinearity in the Earth and planetary sciences, and contributions from anyone in the UK working in these, or related, subject areas is very welcome to attend. EGS also publishes a series of journals in these subject areas, including one dedicated to nonlinear systems - Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics. Details may be found in the EGS Web pages (see below).
The EGS is particularly keen to welcome young scientists and graduate students, and has a generous support programme to help younger scientists participate in their meetings.
A summary of the main sessions on nonlinear geophysics for Nice is given below:
NONLINEAR PROCESSES IN GEOPHYSICS (NP)
NP1 Scaling, multifractals and nonlinear variability in geophysics
NP2 Predictability & time series analysis
NP3 Transport and mixing in geophysical flows
NP4 Nonlinear waves, coherent structures & natural hazards
SE27 Mechanics of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes
SE31 Mechanic and thermalfuid-dynamics of volcanic processes: modelling, observations and laboratory experiments
NH1.01 Sea surges and storms
ST7 Nonlinear processes in the ionosphere and magnetosphere
The call for papers has now been issued for these sessions, and potential contributors are asked to submit their abstracts to the EGS Office by 15 December 1997. Further details of these, and all the other sessions, at EGS may be found on the EGS Web pages on http://www.copernicus.org/EGS/EGS.html.
The Organising Committee
You can find more information and CALL FOR PAPERS at: http://www.iee.org.uk/Conf/Control/
We look forward to seeing you there.