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Spring school on the mathematical design of materials


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25th March 2019 to 29th March 2019
Arghir Zarnescu
Xian Chen
Miha Ravnik
Valeriy Slastikov

Workshop Theme 

Many recent and spectacular advances in the world of materials are related to complex materials having extraordinary and unique features, usually determined by their specific microstructure. The last few decades have seen the discovery and development of a good number of such materials, both hard and soft, including shape memory alloys, carbon nanotubes, graphene, nematic elastomers, liquid crystals, polymeric fluids, to name just a few.

In the Spring of 2019 The Isaac Newton Institute programme on The Mathematical Design of New Materials aims to bring together mathematicians and scientists working in various areas of materials science and applied mathematics in order to initiate a systematic study of the optimal design of new complex materials. Building on the mathematical areas that are directly relevant to the scientific questions of interest, namely, optimisation and calculus of variations, geometry and topology, continuum mechanics and partial differential equations, the programme aims to identify and study the common principles and techniques of optimal material design that apply more broadly.

In order to maximize the impact of the programme, disseminate ideas and transfer knowledge we would like to organize a Spring School for young scientists (PhDs and postdocs). The main goal of the Spring School will be to provide young scientists with an overview of the research work in the area of the mathematical design of complex materials;  provide a training to a new generation of scientists in the area of mathematical materials science.

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Deadline for applications: 1st January 2019

DNM programme participants DO NOT need to apply, programme participants with visit dates during DNMW05 will automatically be added to the attendee list.

There are up to 10 funded spaces, covering the accommodation package, these will be offered on a competitive basis to applicants, taking into account the details submitted when registering. Three of these will be reserved for suitably qualified female participants.

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.

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £530

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Churchill College from the evening of Sunday 24th March 2019 to breakfast on Saturday 30th March 2019, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

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.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities and breakfast are provided at Churchill College,



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 date and location will be confirmed with timetable. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.


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