UK Nonlinear News Issue 52, Sep 2008


  • Anatol Zhabotinsky passed away on 16 September 2008 after a brief battle with lymphoma. Anatol was one of the founders of nonlinear chemical dynamics, and the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction has played the central role in the development of our field. After an outstanding career in the former Soviet Union, where he was awarded the Lenin Prize for his achievements, Anatol moved to Brandeis in 1991 and continued to work both on chemical and biological problems. He was a Research Professor at the time of his death. His scientific achievements and personal integrity will be remembered long after he is gone. We will miss him.
    (Irving Epstein)
  • Obituary:Robin Bullough
  • The Centre for Interdisciplinary Computational and Dynamical Analysis (CICADA) was officially launched on Monday 30th June 2008 The work of the centre is focusing on systems in which there are complex interactions between components that switch discretely and other components that change continuously.
  • Dr Jan Sieber has been appointed Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Sieber joins the Nonlinear and Complex Systems Group there.
  • Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical is pleased to publish a special issue in honour of Darryl D Holm's 60th birthday
  • Call for Nominations - Jurgen Moser Lecture: The SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems (SIAG/DS) Jurgen Moser Lecture is awarded every two years to a person who has made distinguished contributions to nonlinear science. Nominations or inquiries should be addressed to the Jurgen Moser Lecture Selection Committee and sent by October 15, 2008, to J. M. Littleton at
  • Call for Nominations - J. D. Crawford Prize: The SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems (SIAG/DS) J. D. Crawford Prize is awarded every two years for recent outstanding work on a topic in dynamical systems and nonlinear science. Nominations, including a C.V., or inquiries should be addressed to the Jurgen Moser Lecture Selection Committee and sent by October 15, 2008, to J. M. Littleton at


  • Two-year Lectureship in Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, Imperial College London
  • Lectureship in Mathematics and Meteorology University of Reading
  • Postdoc Theory and Tools for Complex Biological Systems Strathclyde
  • Three Research positions in Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems, Geometry and Topology, CAMGSD Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Two postdoctoral positions in mathematical physiology at the University of Auckland.
    Anybody who is interested should contact James Sneyd ( or Edmund Crampin (
  • Postdoctoral research associate in computational cell biology Edinburgh
  • Research Assistantship,Department of Mechanical Engineering, in the Automotive Engineering program, at Clemson University, in vehicle fault diagnosis and prognosis. Interested applicants should contact Professor Pierluigi Pisu (
  • Tenure-track positions in applied mathematics McGill University, Montreal Canada.
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer positions available in Applied Mathematics and Statistics in The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
  • Postdoctoral Position, University of Notre Dame Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity. Multiscale modeling of the blood clot formation. If interested, please send your current CV including a list of publications,research statement and contact information for three references to Dr. Mark Alber via e-mail:

DSWeb Professional Opportunities in Dynamical Systems

Postgraduate opportunities: Leeds  Warwick  Surrey

  • A CASE PhD Studentship in collaboration with the mathematical software company NAG is available at the University of Strathclyde. This PhD project will look at the design, analysis and implementation of multi-level Monte Carlo methods for the solution of stochastic differential equations, with emphasis on problems in mathematical finance.
    Further details can be obtained from Prof Des Higham
  • Two PhD scholarships in mathematical physiology at the University of Auckland.
    Anybody who is interested should contact James Sneyd ( or Edmund Crampin (

Meetings, Conferences and Events

Conference Listing by date.

Publishers' Announcements

WWW addresses for Publishers
  • New from Springer
    Applied Delay Differential Equations. Erneux, Thomas
    Available: November 1, 2008 $39.95
    Delay differential equations have numerous applications in science and engineering. This short, expository book offers a stimulating collection of examples of delay differential equations which are in use as models for a variety of phenomena in the life sciences, physics and technology, chemistry and economics. Avoiding mathematical proofs but offering more than one hundred illustrations, this book illustrates how bifurcation and asymptotic techniques can systematically be used to extract analytical information of physical interest. Applied Delay Differential Equations is a friendly introduction to the fast-growing field of time-delay differential equations. Written to a multi-disciplinary audience, it sets each area of science in his historical context and then guides the reader towards questions of current interest.
  • Anomalous transport R. Klages, G.Radons, I.M.Sokolov (Eds.), (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, published July 2008)

Journal News

  • Nonlinearity has reached its 20th year and, to celebrate, have commissioned a special series of invited articles for 2008: Open Problems

Issue Fifty three: December 2008

Issue Fifty three is scheduled for December 2008. Submission of news (new courses, meetings, conferences, new appointments, jobs, new research directions etc.), comments or articles about any aspect of nonlinearity in the UK are very welcome and should arrive by 28 Nov 2008.