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Optimal design of complex materials


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14th January 2019 to 18th January 2019
Xian Chen Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Miha Ravnik University of Ljubljana, Jozef Stefan Institute
Valeriy Slastikov University of Bristol
Arghir Zarnescu BCAM - Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy

Workshop Theme

Materials science is a multidisciplinary research by its nature. Physicists, Chemists as well as materials scientists are all with the desire to understand and design new materials with exceptional properties. From super strong and super tough ceramics, to the ultra elastic and ultra low fatigue alloys, researchers dedicate their full spirits to explore: 1. The structure – property relationships; 2. Means to make materials satisfying these relationships. Traditionally, the discovery of new materials relies on the trial-test-correction based design cycle. The human heuristic can guide the discovery of new materials, but the transitioning of the property from the initial discovery to the optimized one for practical use usually takes about 20 years.

Mathematical modeling provides a rational way for understanding and prediction of materials properties, especially for complex materials. It forms the theoretical foundation for the modern materials development. The mathematical models are not only needed as a descriptor of complex materials, but also as the key to the discovery of the singular and unusual properties of the material. The aim of this workshop is to bring together mathematicians and scientists working in various areas of materials science and applied mathematics in order to initiate the systematic study and communication of the optimal design of new complex materials.


Deadline for applications: 28th October 2018

A poster session will be organized during the workshop. Only registered participants can apply to present their work during this poster session.

DNM programme participants DO NOT need to apply, programme participants with visit dates during DNMW01 will automatically be added to the attendee list.

Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.

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Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: £210
  • Student Registration Package: £160

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

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

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 programme participants, the above charge will apply.


Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation to offer so all successful applicants will need to source their own accommodation.  Please see the Hotels Combined website for a list of local hotels and guesthouses.



Lunch timings and location will be confirmed with timetable.

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place at Emmanuel College on Wednesday 16th January. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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