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Theory of Water Waves: Summer School

6th August 2014 to 8th August 2014

Organisers: Tom Bridges (Surrey)

Workshop Theme

The mathematical modelling and analysis of water waves poses rich challenges. The governing equations for water waves are a widely accepted model and they have been the subject of research for over 150 years. However, the equations are highly nonlinear and the level of difficulty is so great that theory has yet to scratch the surface of the subject. The solutions to the equations that describe fluid motion are elusive and whether they even exist in the most general case is one of the most difficult unanswered questions in mathematics. This summer school will introduce the beginning researcher to a range of mathematical issues in the theory of water waves, including the initial value problem, singularities, shallow water hydrodynamics, numerics, mapping techniques, variational principles, effect of topography and modulation.



Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £220
  • Student Registration Package: £175

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Wednesday ? Friday), wine reception and a formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £315

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation from the evening of Tuesday 5 August 2014 to breakfast on Saturday 9 August 2014, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Wednesday ? Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities, breakfast and lunches are provided at Wolfson Court, adjacent to the Institute.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal dinner: £TBC

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as Visiting Fellows, programme participants or their guests, the above charge will apply.


The Accommodation Package includes bed and breakfast accommodation at Wolfson Court. Accommodation is in single study bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Accommodation Package and Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner date, time and venue will be confirmed shortly. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. All remaining participants are encouraged to attend at a charge (price TBC).

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