UK Nonlinear News, August 2000

Travelling Fronts and Patterns

1st September 2000, University of Surrey

A half-day workshop on TRAVELLING FRONTS, PATTERNS & TUXEDO will be held at the University of Surrey on Friday 1st September 2000, organised by Stephen Gourley and Tom Bridges.

The meeting will discuss recent developments and techniques for finding and studying the dynamics of travelling fronts and patterns. It will also be the third meeting of the 1999-2000 TUXEDO programme.

The meeting will begin after lunch and the speakers are
Tom Bridges Surrey
Numerics of the linearisation about solitary waves and fronts
Elaine Crooks Oxford
The shape of travelling fronts for monostable reaction-diffusion-convection system
Fordyce Davidson Dundee
Bouncing waves, splitting peaks and chaotic wakes in a reaction-diffusion equation
Rebecca Hoyle Scientific Generics Ltd
Cross-Newell equations for hexagons and triangles
Simon Malham Imperial
Accelerating fronts in autocatalysis
Bjorn Sandstede Ohio State
Gluing unstable fronts and backs together can produce stable pulses

All interested participants are welcome. Please contact Stephen Gourley ( to register. Travel costs for TUXEDO members are reimburseable. Attendance by Ph.D students and RAs is particularly welcomed, and the organisers have secured funds to cover the railfares for those interested.

The workshop website contains an iArchive for (p)re-prints associated with or closely related to the topics at the Workshop. Therefore please send any references, links to your page where preprints are, or .ps files that are relevant and they will be included in the iArchive.

The Workshop-website is at and it includes travel directions to the university.

The workshop is supported by the London Mathematical Society, TUXEDO and the Surrey Numerics Network.

Source: Stephen Gourley (

International Workshop on Fluctuations and Superfluidity

2nd-3rd September 2000, Lancaster, UK


Large infrequent quantum and classical fluctuations lie at the root of many fundamental phenomena. These include tunnelling and many related processes such as vortex creation in superfluid helium, the generation of cosmic strings in the early universe, thermally activated escape from metastable equilibria, diffusion in solids and on solid surfaces, nucleation at phase transitions, chemical reactions. Of particular interest are quantum and classical fluctuations in systems away from thermal equilibrium. Significant progress has been made recently in understanding large fluctuations, theoretically and experimentally, but many of these results are not known to the low-temperature community. At the same time, very significant progress has been made in the last few years in resolving fundamental problems of quantum fluids. Many of these latter results, which are closely related to large fluctuations, remain unknown to the "fluctuation community". The purpose of the workshop is to bring together the two groups of scientists. They will be drawn from UK, Italy, France, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Ukraine, Russia, and USA. The meeting will provide a unique opportunity for direct discussion between the two scientific communities, leading to possible breakthroughs in physics of both large fluctuations and superfluidity. The workshop will include young scientists and PhD students able to learn from the exchanges of ideas and views and, we hope, to make their own contribution to the debate. We are also aiming to relate the central ideas to on-going research in biology, chemistry, engineering and other areas of science and technology.

Overall Chairman
Peter V.E. McClintock (Lancaster University, UK)
International Technical Committee
M.I. Dykman (USA) - Programme Chairman
M.J. Lea (UK)
R. Mannella (Italy)
A. Stefanovska (Slovenia)
Local Organizing Committee
D.G. Luchinsky (Lancaster) - Chairman
N.G. Stocks (Warwick)
C. J. Lambert (Lancaster)
A. J. McKane (Manchester)
P.C. Hendry (Lancaster)


The provisional programme, and other information, can be found on the conference web pages.


A few places are still available, and applications for these are welcomed: see on-line registration form on web pages.

For more information, visit

Source: Peter McClintock

LMS/EPSRC Short Instructional Course in Mathematical Biology

4th-8th September 2000, University of Nottingham

This meeting is aimed at graduate students interested in using mathematical techniques to investigate biological problems. The core of the meeting will be the following three series of lectures which will furnish participants with state of the art knowledge of key areas of mathematical biology. Biological Fluid Dynamics Dr Matthias Heil (University of Manchester) Spatial Modelling in Ecology Dr Jane White (University of Bath) Stochastic Modelling Dr Philip O'Neill (University of Nottingham) The lectures will be accessible to first year research students and will be supplemented by tutorials and discussion. Further information can be found at the following web sites:

For further details please contact Dr Helen Byrne (School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham, email:

Source: Helen Byrne

Regular and Unstable Motions in Hamiltonian Systems

5th-9th September 2000, University of Rome Tre (Roma, Italy)

The conference on "Regular and Unstable Motions in Hamiltonian Systems" will be held in Roma (Italy), during the period September 5 - September 9, 2000. A limited number of fellowships will be available for young researchers. (Application form in: The list of the speakers includes:

Official sponsors are: Universita' Roma Tre, Universita' di Roma "Tor Vergata", M.U.R.S.T., G.N.F.M., G.N.A.F.A., European Science Foundation. For further informations see: The organizing committee are A. Celletti (Roma 2), L. Chierchia (Roma Tre), C. Liverani (Roma 2), G. Mancini (Roma Tre).

Source: Conferenza Analisi - 2000

First Mathematics in Medicine Study Group

11th-15th September 2000, University of Nottingham

The aim of this meeting is to bring together applied mathematicians and biomedical researchers to work on problems of mutual interest. The format of the Study Group will be based on that successfully developed in the Study Groups with Industry, to which problems are brought be industrial workers. The issues to be addressed will be presented by the biomedical participants and discussed with the organisers prior to the meeting to ensure that they are amenable to mathematical study. It is anticipated that the resolution of many of the problems brought to the Study Group will lead to journal publications and foster longer-term multi-disciplinary collaborations between mathematical and biomedical researchers. We are compiling a database of pertinent research expertise and all those interested in the application of mathematics in medicine are invited to send contact details and up to six keywords describing their research interests to for inclusion. Limited financial support will be available to suitable participants. Registration information will appear at nearer to the event; expressions of interest at this stage are very welcome.' Further information can be found at the following web site:

For further details please contact either Prof John King or Dr Helen Byrne (School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham) (email:,

Source: Helen Byrne

6th International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks

3rd-5th November, University of Maryland

ALN 2000 will take place November 3-5 at the University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Details will be posted on the Conference web site as soon as they are available --

Source: Jason Mann

Evolutionary Epidemiology of Strain Structure in Pathogen Populations

15-16th January 2001, Warwick

Organising committee:
Graham Medley Biological Sciences, Warwick
Gabriela Gomes Biological Sciences, Warwick
Sunetra Gupta Zoology, Oxford
Simon Levin Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton
Robert Mackay Mathematics, Warwick
James Nokes Biological Sciences, Warwick

The aim of the meeting is to provide an environment for theoretically-orientated researchers and data-orientated researchers to discuss the important issues concerning the transmission dynamics of multistrain pathogens. We perceive the identification of appropriate model structures to be the crucial next step, although others will have different priorities.

At this stage we are seeking expressions of interest, and giving advanced warning. If you are interested in participating please contact Further details will be discussed with potential participants.

Source: Gabriela Gomes (

Integrable Systems

July to December 2001, Newton Institute (Cambridge)

The modern theory of integrability was created and developed over the last thirty years by a number of international research groups. Several approaches to integrable equations have been elaborated, which look quite different but focus on solutions of the same range of problems. One of the aims of this programme is to bring together key scientists with various background and expertise in order to elaborate a coherent view on the problem and to attempt to develop a synthetic theory which would reconcile the different approaches. This will be the first meeting on such a scale and we expect that mutual understanding of different approaches will cause a breakthrough in the whole theory of integrable equations and significantly extend its applications.

The following methods for studying integrability will be discussed

In addition the "dressing method", and its many variations, will be looked at as a technique for constructing and solving integrable systems. The topic of Quantum Integrability will also be addressed. Links between the classical dressing method and various approaches to quantum systems will be studied. A fundamental issue is a classification of algebraic and differential reductions ``inside'' the integrable systems which have been constructed.

For more information, visit

Source: Chris Eilbeck

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