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Partial Differential Equations and Fluid Mechanics: current state and future directions

A conference on rigorous methods for nonlinear problems in PDEs and fluid mechanics, marking the 71st birthday of Professor John Toland (FRS).

  • 4 May 2020, 12.00pm to 7 May 2020, 3.15pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • Wolfson Lecture Theatre (4W 1.7), 4 West, University of Bath
  • Price from £30.00 to £80.00 (GBP)
Professor John Toland (FRS)
Professor John Toland (FRS)

Conference cancelled

The University of Bath has now suspended face-to-face teaching of students. After careful consideration, and in the light of the worsening public health crisis worldwide, the organising committee has decided with deep regret to call off the Birthday meeting in honour of John Toland originally scheduled for 4th–7th May 2020 . We will consider the possibility of rescheduling at a much later date. We would like to thank you for your understanding.

About the conference

This is an open conference on rigorous methods for nonlinear problems and PDEs and fluid mechanics, with particular emphasis on surface waves, bringing together leading experts in waves, vortex flows and generalised solutions to the Euler equations with experts in the Calculus of Variations, Elliptic PDE, Dynamical Systems and Bifurcation Theory to review progress and identify future research directions.

Professor John Toland (FRS)

The conference will take place close to the 71st birthday of Professor John Toland (FRS) and will mark his contributions to PDEs and fluid mechanics and his prominent role in the wider mathematical community (including as President of the LMS, Director of the ICMS Edinburgh, Director of the INI Cambridge and on the Board of the IMU).

Mini courses

There will be four mini courses (of two lectures each) accessible at a graduate student level

  • Yann Brenier (École normale supérieure) Variational principles and generalised solutions of Euler equations
  • Mariana Hărăguş (Franche-Comté) Stability of periodic waves in dispersive problems
  • Walter Strauss (Brown) Water waves
  • Edriss Titi (Cambridge) The Navier-Stokes equations: where are we standing?

In addition to the minicourses, there will be talks at research level


  • John Ball (Heriot-Watt)
  • Gui-Qiang Chen (Oxford)
  • Elaine Crooks (Swansea)
  • Ivar Ekeland (Paris-Dauphine)
  • Maria Esteban (Paris-Dauphine)
  • Mahir Hadžić (UCL)
  • Monica Musso (Bath)
  • Eugene Shargorodsky (KCL)
  • Eugen Vărvărucă (Iaşi, Romania)
  • Miles Wheeler (Bath)

All participants are welcome to present a poster at the poster session and those wishing to do so should email the organisers by 18th April 2020.


See the conference webpage.


Registration at the Bath Online Store by the deadline 18 April 2020. The registration fee is £80 including the conference dinner on Tuesday evening and £30 without the conference dinner. The £30 registration fee is waived for those retired or on a career break.


This meeting is supported by a London Mathematical Society Conference Grant which includes limited funding to support UK based graduate students presenting posters. To apply for funding send an email with a short CV to Monica Musso by 28 February 2020.

Parents with children and carers are encouraged to apply for an LMS Caring Supplementary Grant.

Travel advice

The University has a page with useful advice on how to travel to city of Bath and to the University campus. Bath has many hotels and guesthouses, which can be booked via the many web-based travel sites.

Book Tickets

Book Tickets


This event will be held in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre.

Wolfson Lecture Theatre (4W 1.7) 4 West University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

Event organisers

Any enquiries can be directed to Miles Wheeler or Jey Sivaloganathan.