UK Nonlinear News, May 2003


Workshop Modern Trends in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

23-24 April 2003, University College London

By Gert van der Heijden

On 23 and 24 April 2003 an EPSRC-supported two-day workshop was held in UCL's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to mark the retirement of Michael Thompson after 38 years at UCL. In a busy programme, 21 speakers, a mixture of established international experts and younger researchers, presented their latest results and gave their views on the future of research in their respective fields of activity. The 30-minute talks were complemented by poster presentations during coffee/tea breaks. The first day was concluded with a dinner in UCL's Old Refectory.

The speakers were invited from 5 areas of mechanics related to Michael's varied research interests: (i) stability of structures, (ii) nonlinear dynamics of engineering structures, (iii) dynamics of non-smooth systems, (iv) ship capsize, breaking waves, and escape from potential wells, and (v) rod mechanics. The full programme can be seen at http://www.civeng.ucl.ac.uk/mttam. Unfortunately, Ali Nayfeh (Virginia) could not make it to the meeting due to a flight cancellation.

With a total of about 75 people participating, the meeting was considered to be a great success; a sure reflection of the influence and importance of Michael's contributions to mechanics research over the years. We all wish him well in the future.


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