Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDE




Focussing on the fundamental analysis of PDE, and numerical algorithms for their solutions. 


The Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDE (OxPDE) is a vibrant and stimulating research environment, providing leadership in the area of nonlinear PDE within the UK.PDEs are ubiquitous in almost all applications of mathematics, where they provide a natural mathematical description of many phenomena. The behaviour of every material object, with length scales ranging from sub-atomic to astronomical and timescales ranging from picoseconds to millennia, can be modelled by PDE or by equations having similar features.

The centre focuses on the fundamental analysis of nonlinear PDE, and numerical algorithms for their solution. Current areas of interest include the calculus of variations, nonlinear hyperbolic systems, inverse problems, homogenization, infinite-dimensional dynamical systems, geometric analysis and PDE arising in solid and fluid mechanics, materials science, liquid crystals, biology and relativity. Amongst other initiatives we run an active visitor programme, an events programme, a dedicated technical report series and host national events and visitors calendars for the PDE community. 

National Nonlinear PDE Events Calendar


March 2014

Are you considering a career in research and studying for a degree, you may be interested in the OxPDE Summer Undergraduate Research Projects 2014 which can be applied for until Friday 4 April 2014.

November 2013

A new CDT in PDE: Analysis and Applications will welcome its first cohort of students in October 2014. Congratulations to Gui-Qiang Chen, Endre Suli and John Ball on being sucessful with their CDT bid!

October 2013

Sir John Ball involved in new University and Met Office partnership.

Richard James' work featured on BBC website.


September 2013

Welcome to Steve Shkoller who has recently joined us. Congratulations to steve on recently receiving a Wolfson Research Merit Award. We are also pleased to welcome Richard JamesAndrea Braides and Adriana Garroni who are visiting OxPDE for the next academic year.

May 2013

We are delighted that visiting Professor Michel Chipot, University of Z├╝rich will be holding a mini lecture series, comprising of 4 one hour lectures entitled

"Asymptotic behavior of problems in cylindrical domains".

The lectures will be held in the Gibson Building Ground Floor Seminar Room, RI.048 at 10.00am on Friday 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st May.

Title and Abstract of the lecture series

April 2013

Congratulations to Judith Campos who has been awarded a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future award for 2013-14.

Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations - Theories and Applications, April 16 - April 19, 2013 

(The Second Joint University of Oxford and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Workshop)


October 2012

OxPDE welcomes Qian Wang to the Centre. Dr Wang is a University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow at Lincoln. Details of her research interests.

September 2012

International Conference on Nonlinear PDE, Oxford, 10-13 September 2012 


Organisers: Gui-Qiang Chen (Oxford), Peter Topping (Warwick, John Toland (Cambridge), Barbara Niethammer (Bonn), Sergei Kuksin (Heriot Watt) and Aram Karakhanyan (Edinburgh)

April 2012

Gui-Qiang Chen has been elected to be one of the SIAM Fellows: Class of 2012 for contributions to the mathematical analysis of partial differential equations, fluid mechanics, hyperbolic systems of conservation laws, and shock waves. Congratulations! Full details

January 2012

 Congratulations to Jan Kristensen, who has been awarded the title of Professor by the University.


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