An Isaac Newton Institute Workshop

Pattern Formation in Fluid Mechanics

12 - 16 December 2005

Organiser: Edgar Knobloch (UC Berkeley), Paul Matthews (Nottingham) and Michael Proctor (Cambridge)

Supported by the Isaac Newton Institute and the ICIAM 99 Fund

in association with the Newton Institute programme entitled
Pattern Formation in Large Domains (1 August to 23 December 2005)

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Theme of Conference:

Continuum mechanics, particularly the study of thermal convection, provided the first motivation for the study of pattern formation and, a century later, continues to provide a stream of new phenomena and open problems. Particular systems that have motivated the subject include Taylor-Couette flow, Faraday waves, and thermal convection and its many variants. Patterns with highly complex structure can be observed in such systems, including quasipatterns, superlattice patterns, spiral defect chaos and patterns interacting with large-scale flows. This workshop will focus on recent developments and challenges in the field, combining experimental, computational and theoretical results.

Invited Speakers:

Eberhard Bodenschatz (Cornell), Friedrich Busse (Bayreuth), Stephen Cox (Adelaide), Jonathan Dawes (Cambridge), Stephan Fauve (ENS-LPS, Paris), Carlos Martel (Madrid), Stephen Morris (Toronto), Tom Mullin (Manchester), Thierry Passot (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur), Werner Pesch (Bayreuth), Alastair Rucklidge (Leeds), Bjorn Sandstede (Surrey), Anne Skeldon (Surrey).

Location and Cost:

The conference will take place at the Newton Institute and accommodation for participants will be provided in single study bedrooms with shared bathroom at Wolfson Court. The conference package, costing £490, includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner from dinner on Sunday 11 December 2005 to breakfast on Saturday 17 December 2005, and lunch and refreshments during the days that lectures take place. Limited financial support is available for younger researchers. Participants who wish to attend but do not require the Conference Package will be charged a registration fee of £35. Self-supporting participants are very welcome to apply.

Application Forms:

Are available here. Invited participants to the semester long programme whose dates coincide with those of the workshop need not apply or pay any registration fee.

Closing Date:

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 19 August 2005

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