International Conference on Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations, Oxford, 10-13 September 2012



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The main objective of the conference is to bring together scientists with interests in the analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations (PDE) and their applications to present recent developments and explore new connections between nonlinear PDE and other areas in mathematics and related fields in the sciences.

Partial differential equations are ubiquitous in the sciences, 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.

 Contemporary challenges raised by recent advances in the sciences are confronted with state-of-the-art mathematical ideas and tools in PDE. Some of the topics covered in this conference can be found in the list of themes below.

Registration has now closed. This conference is a part of the joint scientific activities of Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDE (OxPDE, Oxford) and Centre for Analysis and Nonlinear PDE (CANPDE, Edinburgh).


Plenary Speakers

Luigi Ambrosio - SNS Pisa

Constantine Dafermos - Brown University

Isabelle Gallagher - Paris Diderot

Martin Hairer - University of Warwick

Fang-Hua Lin - Courant Institute NYU

Tatiana Toro - University of Washington

Felix Otto - Max Planck Institute - Leipzig

Frank Pacard - École Polytechnique-CNRS

Richard M Schoen - Stanford University

Gigliola  Staffilani - MIT

Andrew J Majda - Courant Institute NYU

Eitan Tadmor - University of Maryland




Themes, Organisers and Speakers for the Eight Minisymposia:

PDE in Meteorology



Laure Saint-Raymond & Tim Palmer


Andrew J Majda – New York University

Bernard Legras - Ecole Normale Supérieure

Ian Roulstone – University of Surrey

Dispersive PDE



Herbert Koch & Luis Vega


Pierre Raphael – Toulouse

Joachim Krieger – Lausanne

Benjamin Dodson - UC Berkeley

Calculus of Variations



Bernd Kirchheim & Jan Kristensen


Thomas Schmidt – Erlangen

Laszlo Szekelyhidi – University of Leipzig

Giuseppe Mingione – Parma University

PDE in General Relativity



Mihalis Dafermos & Piotr Chrusciel


Hans Ringstrom – KTH Stockholm

Gustav Holzegel – Princeton

Jonathan Luk - Princeton

PDE in Geometry



Peter Topping & Richard Schoen


Michael Eichmair – ETH Zurich

Aaron Naber – MIT

Melanie Rupflin – Max-Planck Golm


Hyperbolic PDE



Laura Caravenna & Gui-Qiang Chen


Marshall Slemrod – Wisconsin-Madison

Steve Shkoller – UC-Davis

 Stefano Bianchini - SISSA

Stochastic PDE



Sergei Kuksin


Nicolas Burq – Paris-Orsay

Andrey L Piatnitski – Narvik Institute

Massimiliano Gubinelli – Paris Dauphine

PDE in Materials



Barbara Niethammer & Christoph Ortner


Duvan Henao – Universidad Catolica de Chile

Xavier Blanc – Paris

Nicolas Dirr - Cardiff


Organising Committee

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

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