UK Nonlinear News, May 2003

Workshop on the Structure and Stability of Interfacial Waves

15-16 May 2003

Centre for Nonlinear Mathematics and Applications, University of Loughborough

Professor Roger Grimshaw Loughborough University
Professor Tom Bridges University of Surrey

Aim: The aim of this workshop is to review what is known about the structure and stability of nonlinear interfacial waves, and to chart the way forward in the immediate future. Interfacial waves ride on the interface between two fluids of different densities and different background depths. In the limit when the upper density is zero, this system reduces to the well-known and much studied water wave problem. While much is now known about nonlinear water waves, the state of knowledge about interfacial waves is relatively sparse, with correspondingly few theoretical or numerical results currently available. As well as being of fundamental interest, interfacial waves are an important and commonly occurring feature in the world's oceans, and arise naturally in several other physical contexts. The workshop will bring together UK and European workers in this field, with the aim of obtaining a clear view of what we now know, and what should be the targets of research in this field over the next few years.

Programme: There will be five or six invited talks of 45 minutes each, a number of 20 minute contributions and two discussion sessions. At this time Frederic Dias (ENS-Cachan, Paris), John Grue (University Oslo), Gerard Iooss (INLN, Universite Nice), Alexei Slunyaev (Institute of Applied Physics, Nizhny Novgorod) and Jean-Marc Vanden-Broeck (UEA, Norwich) are expected as invited speakers.

Participation: Those wishing to participate should contact one of the organisers by April 17 2003, indicating whether they will need accommodation arranged in Loughborough for the evening of May 15 or 16.

Fees: There will be no registration fee. Morning and afternoon coffee/tea will be provided during each of the three sessions.

Professor Roger Grimshaw
Professor Tom Bridges

Further details as they become available will be on the web sites:

Source: Professor Roger Grimshaw

Dynamics and Bifurcations of Patterns in Dissipative System

19-22 May 2003

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Invited speakers and titles of the talks: 

D. Armbruster, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ : "Localized Structures in Parametrically Forced Systems" 
E. Bodenschatz, Cornell University, NY: "Experiments in Thermal Convection and Spatiotemporal Chaos" 
C. B. Ermentrout, University of Pittsburg, PA: "Patterns in Neuronal Networks" 
M. Golubitsky, University of Houston, TX: "Symmetries, Pattern Formation, and Geometric Visual Hallucinations" 
G. Gunaratne, University of Houston, TX: "Characterizations of Complex Patterns and their Applications" 
J. Lega, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ: "Phase Diffusion and Weak Turbulence" 
E. Knobloch, University of California, Berkeley, CA: "Bursts and Intermittency in Fluid Mechanics" 
I. Melbourne, University of Surrey, UK: "Mathematical Foundations of Ginzburg Landau Theory" 
M. Proctor, DAMTP Cambridge, UK: "Hydrodynamic Instabilities" 
H. Riecke, Northwestern University, IL: "to be announced" 
M. Silber, Northwestern University, IL: "Bifurcation with Symmetry and Superlattices"

Themes of the workshop include: - stability, bifurcation and dynamics of patterns, - reduction of the governing equations, - the role of symmetry.

Contributed talks and posters are solicited.

There is no tax fee for the conference and partial financial support is offered to graduate students and young researchers from US (post-docs and faculty with a PhD less than six years old).

For further details please check the conference web page: 

Source: Iuliana Oprea (

Fourth International Conference on Dynamic Systems and Applications 

21-24 May 2003

Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 

Complete meeting information is included in 

Abstracts can be submitted at  

Conference abstracts can be viewed in 


Abstract Submission: March 31, 2003 
Motel cut off date: April 16, 2003 
Pre-Registration: US $175.00 (on or before March 31, 2003) : US $100.00 (Students). 
Registration: US $200.00 (on or after April 01, 2003): US $125.00 (Students). 
Banquet: May 22, 2003

For more information, contact M. Sambandham (

Source: International Conference on Dynamic Systems and Applications (

Dynamical Systems, Denton 2003

25-29 May 2003

University of North Texas in Denton TX

The goal of the conference is to gather participants representing various branches of dynamical systems. We plan to publish proceedings of the conference.

There will be five plenary (50 minutes) talks by :

You are invited to register and to deliver a 20 minute talk at 

Housing will be provided on UNT campus dormitories. You may also book a room in hotels near campus. For more information and reservation links at 


Mariusz Urbanski UNT
phone. : 940.565.3323 
web : 

Alex Clark UNT
phone. : 940.565.4701 
web : 

Large Systems: Some Mathematical Problems and Perspectives

26-29 May 2003

Roma Accademia Deilincei

The conference is organised by Accademia dei Lincei and sponsored by the GNFM-INdAM, Universita' of Roma Tor Vergata and Universita' di Roma La Sapienza. The organising committee is composed by R. Esposito, R. Marra, E. Presutti and M. Pulvirenti.

The aim of the conference is to get the status of the art and the perspective on a few selected topics in Physics and Mathematical Physics whose connections are becoming more and more important in the recent developments of the research. The hope is that people and young people in particular could be attracted to doing research on these topics. For this reason we have requested the main specialists in the different sectors to give long (90') talks including an introductory part for non specialist, the current status of the research, the main technical problems and the perspectives.

The topics covered in the conference include quantum and classical equilibrium and non equilibrium, kinetic descriptions, macroscopic limits, phase transitions, interfaces evolution.

The list of the invited speakers is:

* to be confirmed.

Further information will be made available at the web page: 

Interested people are requested to register by sending an e-mail message to, including institution and the period of stay

Summer School on Nonlinear Phenomena in Computational Chemical Physics

9-14 June 2003


The Institute of Mathematics of the University of Barcelona (IMUB) organises a summer school on nonlinear phenomena in computational chemical physics. The course is addressed to graduate and postgraduate students, and young researchers with an interest in computational chemistry and applied dynamical systems.

The school consists of 8 main courses of 3 hours each, plus several short seminars. The seminars are more specialised lectures given by some of the participants. The main courses are:

For more details, visit 

Source: COCHEM'03 (

5th Dublin Differential Equations Conference

10-14 June 2003

 Dublin City University, Ireland

This conference, which is the fifth in the series of Dublin Differential Equations conferences, aims to cover the theory, applications and numerical solution of differential equations and the interplay between these. The forthcoming conference will have talks centred around three key themes: functional differential equations, plasmas and biological systems.

Invited Speakers include: 

Contact for further information: 

For updates see: 

Source: Dana Mackey (

Two day meeting on Complex Fluids 

16-17 June 2003

School of Mathematical Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol

The meeting will cover aspects of the fluid dynamics of complex fluids, including non-Newtonian fluids, superfluids, stratified interfacial flows and related numerical methods.

Invited speakers are:

For further details and to register your interest, please see or email Dr Karen Henderson (

Source: Karen Henderson (

Fifth International Conference on Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations

16-19 June 2004

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA

Sponsors: American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Cal Polytech Pomona, the National Science Foundation (pending).

Topics: the conference covers all the major research areas in analysis and dynamics. Equally emphasised are real-world applications in terms of modelling and computations.

Description: The conference will provide a unique international forum for the international community of mathematicians and scientists working in analysis, differential equations, dynamical systems, and their applications to real world problems in the forms of modelling and computation. The aim of this conference is to bring together the worldwide senior experts and young researchers as well to this beautiful city, Pomona, CA, to report recent achievements, exchange ideas, and address future trends of research, in a relaxing but stimulating environment.

Format: There will be one-hour plenary talks, 30-minute special session talks, and 20-minutes contributed talks.

Plenary Speakers (tentative): Peter Bates, Peter Constantin, Mark Lewis, Fanghua Lin, Stanley Osher, Ka-kit Tung, Jean-Christopher Yoccoz.

Organising Committee: Ioana Mihaila, Martin Nakashima, Claudia Pinter-Lucke, Stephen Wirkus, Weiqing Xie (Chair).

Scientific Committee: Jerry Bona, Shouchuan Hu (Chair) Xin Lu (Coordinator) Wei-Ming Ni, Mitsuharu Otani, Roger Temam, Kak Lay Teo.

Deadlines: Early registration and abstract submission: March 1.

Proceedings: The conference proceedings will be published by AIMS-Press.

Funding: Some limited funding from NSF is expected to support graduate students and young researchers.

Information: How to submit abstracts and register, housing, deadlines, plenary speakers, special sessions, and more details will be posted at For local information, contact Dr. W. Xie. To organise a special session, contact Dr. S. Hu.

If you are interested, we can help you become a host for a future conference in this series.

Source: Shouchuan Hu

2003 SIAM Annual Meeting

16-20 June 2003

Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, CA

The 2003 SIAM annual meeting will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 16-20, 2003, at the Fairmont, Queen Elizabeth Hotel. 

Conference Themes

Invited Plenary Speakers 

Invited Topical Speakers

Von Neumann Lecturer 

More information is available at 

Source: David McLaughlin

Instructional Conference on Mathematical Analysis of Hydrodynamics

18-29 June 2003


The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences will be holding an Instructional Conference in Edinburgh this June on Mathematical Analysis of Hydrodynamics. The aim of this 10-day course is to instruct mathematicians at an early stage in their research career. The conference takes the form of a series of courses supplemented by single research-level talks on recent advances. Topics addressed will include: Euler equations; Quasi-geostrophic equations; Statistical hydrodynamics; Related models; Mathematical aspects of physical turbulence; and Water waves.

We would be grateful if you could advertise the meeting to staff and postgraduate students who might be interested in attending. We have funds from the EC to support the attendance of EU nationals who are 35 years of age. The closing date for applications is 17 February. Although there may be places available after this date for those who can cover their own costs, this is the absolute deadline for those requiring financial support.

There are more details, and online application forms, on the webpages. 

Source: John Toland (

MATHTOOLS'2003 - Tools for Mathematical Modelling

in honour of 300th-anniversary of Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnic University

23-28 June 2003

Saint-Petersburg, Russia 

Organisers: St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg University of Airspace Instrumentation, Institute for Informatics, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Institute of Mechanical Engineering Problems, St. Petersburg Mathematical Society, Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Editorial Board of the Electronic Journal "Differential Equations and Control Processes".

Local Organiser: Department of Mathematics and Laboratory "Nonlinear Analysis and Mathematical Modelling" of St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University,

Conference Chair: George Osipenko (

Local Organising Committee

Topics: A list of possible topics includes (but is not limited to) the following: mathematical modelling, fuzzy theory, control theory, mathematical physics, computer algebra, computer simulation, design techniques, numerical methods, parallel and distributed algorithms, computer modelling in dynamical systems, mathematical models in biology, medicine etc., applications to physics, mechanics, electrotechnics and electronics, dynamic economic models, general macro-economic models, market models, tools for mathematical education.

For more information, see the website: 

Source: Lidiya Linchuk (

The Fifth International Conference on Symmetry in Nonlinear Mathematical Physics

June 23-29 2003

Institute of Mathematics, Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine


Organising Committee:

The deadline for the registration is May 22, 2003

Further information is available on web-site 

or mirror 

Source: Alexander Zhalij (zhalij@CRM.UMontreal.CA

Workshop on Attractors and Coupled Systems

27 June 2003

University of Exeter

The next meeting of the Dynamics, Bifurcations and Unfoldings Group in the South (DynaBUGS) is a

Workshop on Attractors and Coupled Systems

on Friday 27th June 2002 at the University of Exeter.

Speakers will include: Marc Timme (Goettingen), Steve Coombes (Loughborough), Jeroen Lamb (Imperial), Rob Sturman (Leeds), Ben Mestel (Exeter).

For further details contact

Peter Ashwin, telephone: 01392-263969 or see the webpage

DynaBUGS is supported by an LMS Scheme 3 grant; for information contact David Chillingworth, telephone: 02380-769027.

Source: David Chillingworth

Summer School on Applications of Advanced Mathematical and Computational Methods to Atmospheric and Oceanic Problems (MCAO2003) 

14-26 July 2003

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado

Location: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, USA 

Dates: July 14 to 26, 2003. 


Scientific Program

The purpose of this interdisciplinary summer school is to bring together graduate students and young researchers on the one hand, and, on the other hand specialists of meteorology and oceanography, and applied mathematicians interested in geophysical fluid dynamics (GFD). It is hoped in this way: 

1. To initialise or further develop the communication and interactions between specialists of different fields working on diverse frontiers of GFD, to discuss new ideas and methods that will advance the field in the next decade, and 

2. To equip the students in these fields with the necessary tools and to bring them to the frontiers of this challenging and important area. In particular to expose advanced students and young researchers in one field to basic concepts and tools of the other field, and as well to advanced developments in their own field. 

The summer school consists of background pedagogical lectures in the mornings, invited lectures and informal discussions in the afternoons. The invited talks as well as the informal discussions will cover several important scientific issues; both state of the art knowledge and future directions will be addressed. 


Support: Partial funding is confirmed from NSF (Division of Mathematical Sciences and Geoscience Division), IMA and NCAR. Registrations and Application for Support: Both students and young scientists in the relevant fields are encouraged to participate, and partial financial support is available. Applications should be sent as early as possible to Barbara Hansford at NCAR, and electronic submissions are encouraged.

For more information visit the website: 

Source: Roger Temam (

Infinite-Dimensional Dynamical Systems: Analysis, Applications and Control

14-18 July 2003

University of Exeter

Organisers: Richard Rebarber (Nebraska), Stuart Townley (Exeter)

Workshop Themes

The workshop will be held over 5 days on the campus of the University of Exeter, UK. It is hoped to accommodate all speakers on campus. There is no registration fee.

The majority of talks are by invitation but there will be a small number of contributed talks. If you are interested in attending, possibly giving a talk, then email 

The latest information concerning the workshop can be found at 

Source: Stuart Townley (

Workshop on Stochastic Partial Differential Equations

4-14 August 2003

University of Warwick

Contact Peta McAllister if interested.

Source: Andrew Stuart.

International Conference on mathematical Biology and 2003 Annual Meeting Society of Mathematical Biology (SMB)

6-9 August 2003

University of Dundee, Dundee, UK

Plenary Speakers:
A. Fogelson University of Utah, USA
P. Hogeweg University of Utrecht, Netherlands
L. Keshet University of British Columbia, Canada
P. Maini University of Oxford, UK
J. Murray University of Seattle, USA
A. Stevens Max Plank Institute, Mathematical Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Minisymposia and Chairs:
Angiogenesis and Invasion M. Chaplain
Bioinformatics G. Barton
Chemotherapy and Cancer ModellingC. Panetta, D. Cameron
Contributions and Aspects of the Work of J.D. Murray P. Nelson
Developmental Biology N. Monk, M. Owen
Ecology M. Lewis
Individual-based Modelling TechniquesA. Anderson
Whole Cell Modelling I. Goryanin


On 31st January 2003 the above web-site will be opened up for conference participation and registration.

Submissions of abstracts for contributed talks and posters will be accepted up until 30 May.

Registration for the meeting will be accepted up until 27 June.

Source: Raymond Mejia.

Chaos and Stability in Planetary Systems

1-26 September 2003

University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Supercomputers and chaos theory have shaped our sense for the long-term dynamics of planetary systems. The summer school aims at a better understanding of the dynamical stability, the role of resonances and the appearance of chaos in the motion of solar system bodies but also in the recently discovered extrasolar planetary systems.

Special lectures on supercomputing and also the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art codes are offered to study the dynamics of these systems in detail. One interesting new aspect are the stability studies of Earth-like planets in so-called habitable zones.

Science Director Rudolf Dvorak University Vienna
Lecturers Jack Lissauer Ames Research Center, NASA
Thomas Quinn University Washington
Joachim Stadel University Zurich
Sylvio Ferraz-Mello University Sao Paulo

Applications are invited from students, graduate students, post-docs and researchers working in scientific disciplines related to the content of the summer school. Deadline for application is May 31 2003.

Grants are available to cover accommodation, travel and living expenses. Numbers will be limited and those interested are advised to make an early application.

Information and application form on the web:

Source: M. Carmen Romano.

Free Boundary Problems in Fluid Mechanics

15-18 September 2003

University of Nottingham

A conference on Free Boundary Problems in Fluid Mechanics is to be held at the University of Nottingham, UK, from 15th-18th September 2003. Topics to be covered include: Hele-Shaw flow, Stokes flow, water waves, impact problems, thin films and contact lines.

The meeting is supported by the EPSRC and the London Mathematical Society, and in particular, funds are available to support the attendance of a limited number of postgraduate students. Further information can be obtained by contacting either Linda Cummings or John King, or from the conference website:

Source: Linda Cummings

Computational Modelling in Medicine

17-19 September 2003

Edinburgh, Scotland

Held under the auspices of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS), and incorporating the twelfth Scottish Computational Mathematics Symposium (SCMS). The meeting is supported by EPSRC and LMS. The first day will follow the usual SCMS format of five invited lectures, and the second and third days will involve a mixture of invited and contributed talks.

Conference Themes:: Mathematical modelling and numerical simulation play a major role in many important medical applications. The meeting will be organised around the two interlinked themes of The Vascular and Pulmonary Systems and Soft Tissue Mechanics. The purpose is to bring together people who work on mathematical modelling, numerical analysis, simulation and direct medical applications related to these areas, and to act as a focus to stimulate further research and development of even more realistic medical simulations.

Invited Speakers
J. Barbenel Strathclyde, UK A. Cuschieri Dundee, UK
M. Heil Manchester, UK N. Hill Glasgow, UK
J. Humphrey Texas A&M, US O. Jensen Nottingham, UK
C. Johnson Utah, US A. Quarteroni Lausanne, Switz
S. Shaw Brunel, UK J.A. Sherratt Heriot-Watt, UK
R.T. Tranquillo Minnesota, US

Registration Deadline: July 4 (deadline for SCMS day only is September 5)

Registration Details & Call For Papers:


Mathematics for Industry

21-25 June 2004

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The 13th ECMI conference will take place from 21-25 June 2004 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The conference will be devoted to mathematical and statistical modelling, analysis and simulation of problems arising in a practical context. In particular the following application areas have been chosen: Aerospace, Electronic industry, Chemical technology, Life sciences, Materials, Geophysics, Financial mathematics, Water flow.

The conference is intended for mathematicians, statisticians, scientists and engineers, both from industry and academia. ECMI conferences have a long-standing tradition of bringing together researchers from various disciplines, who work on often only seemingly different disciplines. The transversality of mathematics makes it a versatile tool in a large variety of applications, in particular when using it in computational modelling.

On each of the main topics there will be invited lectures by distinguished researchers. Besides, the conference will have minisymposia on these topics, both invited and contributed ones. Moreover there will an opportunity to give a contributed paper and a poster. A topic will typically be concentrated to period of 1-2 days, to accommodate attendees with less available time. Herewith we invite you to submit proposals on a topic in line with the themes of the conference.

Minisymposia: A minisymposium has a slot of 2 hours and will typically consist of 4 speakers. A proposal should consist of a two page abstract, with names and affiliations of potential speakers. The details are left to the organiser/proposer.
Contributed papers: A contributed oral paper will have 20 minutes. A proposal should contain a one page abstract and include full address.
Posters: There will be a number of poster sessions throughout the week.

There will be refereed conference proceedings, to be published by Springer Verlag.

Invited Plenary Speakers Among the speakers who have already accepted an invitation are:
S. Bisgaard Amherst, MA & Amsterdam
A. Friedman Columbus, OH
R. Helmig Stuttgart
J. Hinch Cambridge
J. Hunt London
C. Rossow Braunschweig)
F. Ruggeri Milano
B. Schrefler Padova
B. Trowbridge Oxford
M. Waterman Los Angeles, CA

Submission of interest now
Deadline for submission of proposals for minisymposia January 30, 2004
Deadline for papers and posters February 25, 2004
Notification of acceptance March 25, 2004

For further information, please consult the web page:

ECMI 2004 Conference Secretariat
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
PO Box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 40 2472753
Fax: +31 40 2442489

Mini-symposium on Theoretical, Modelling and Simulation Aspects of Smart Materials and Structures

25 - 27 September 2003

Athens Greece

As part of the "6th Hellenic European Research For Computer Mathematics and its Applications" a mini-symposium on "Theoretical, Modelling and Simulation Aspects of Smart Materials and Structures" has been organised by Ayech Benjeddou (Lab. for Engrg Mech. Syst & Materials ISMCM-CESTI, Saint-Ouen, France), Dimitris A. Saravanos (Applied Mechanics & Materials Section, University of Patras, Greece) and Leonidas S. Xanthis (Ctre for Techno-Maths & Sci. Comput. Lab. University of Westminster, London).

The purpose of the mini-symposium is to provide a forum for presentation of ideas and recent developments in the evolving area of smart or intelligent materials and structures; more specifically on issues of pure, applied and computational mathematics, analytical modelling, numerical simulation or engineering applications. Contributions are welcome from such diverse areas as piezoelectric materials, shape-memory materials, electro-rheological fluids, fibre-optics, smart composites and so forth.

The organisation of the mini-symposium will follow the conference schedule. Please note the deadlines for this mini-symposium have been extended to May 12th, 2003. For further details and to register your interest in participation, please contact Professor L.S. Xanthis.

Source: Leonidas Xanthis .

Gordon Research Conference on 

Oscillations & Dynamic Instabilities in Chemical Systems

18 - 23 July 2004

Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

The Gordon Research Conference on "Oscillations & Dynamic Instabilities in Chemical Systems" will be held July 18 - 23, 2004 at historic Bates College in scenic Lewiston, Maine

Information on the conference will always be available at 

Source: John A. Pojman (

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