Mathematics and Science: In Honour of Sir John Ball

Mathematical Institute, Oxford 17-19 May 2018

A conference has been organized in celebration of Professor Sir John Ball’s 70th birthday and in honour of his impressive mathematical contributions. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for researchers and current PhD students to learn about recent exciting developments in some of the areas most associated with John Ball’s name and most influenced by his work, both in the UK and internationally.

The Conference will focus on three aspects of John Ball’s research interests:

  • Day 1 - Analysis of Nonlinear PDEs - speakers include Constantine M Dafermos, Pierre-Louis Lions, Laure Saint-Raymond, Vladimir Sverak, and Neil Trudinger. In addition there will be a public lecture by Sir Michael Atiyah. In the evening there will be a drinks reception in the upper library of Queen's College.
  • Day 2 - General Aspects of Mathematical Research - speakers include Ingrid Daubechies, Maria Esteban, Martin Grötschel, Tadeusz Iwaniec, and Peter Sarnak with a joint colloquium lecture by Shigefumi Mori. In the evening there will be a dinner at Balliol (optional).
  • Day 3 - Calculus of Variations, Liquid Crystals and Materials Science - speakers include Duvan A. Henao Manrique, Tomonari Inamura, Barbara Niethammer, and Arghir Zarnescu with a Distinguished ARMA Lecture by Fanghua Lin.
Standard registration  £52.50 includes daily tea and coffee provision at breaks and sandwich lunches
Thursday only £17.50 includes tea and coffee provision at breaks and sandwich lunch
Friday only £17.50 includes tea and coffee provision at breaks and sandwich lunch
Saturday only £17.50 includes tea and coffee provision at breaks and sandwich lunch
Conference dinner, Friday at Balliol College (optional)
As part of their support for this event, the London Mathematical Society is providing funding to help up to 10 UK-based research students attend the meeting.  LMS support is for research students studying at universities in the UK who do not have other means of support (for example, from Doctoral Training Awards).  To apply for this financial support, please email and include a brief letter of reference from your academic supervisor.  The deadline for financial aid applications is 10 March 2018.


Accommodation isn't provided for the conference, but can be booked via usual websites such as and


Gui-Qiang G Chen, Konstantinos Koumatos (Sussex), Jan Kristensen and Endre Suli.

Scientific Committee

Gui-Qiang G. Chen (Chair), Maria Esteban, Richard James, Stefan Müller, Peter Palffy-Muhoray, and John Toland.


Organised in partnership with the Clay Mathematics Institute.
The organisers also thank London Mathematical Society, the EPSRC CDT in PDEs, Mathematical Institute, the Modelling and Computation of Shocks and Interfaces innovative training network and Oxford Solid Mechanics for their support.


Please email with queries about the conference.