Online Hausdorff School: “Diffusive Systems”

Hausdorff School on Diffusive Systems: Pattern Formation, Bifurcations, and Biological Applications

Dates: April 12 - 16, 2021

Organizers: Esther S. Daus (TU Wien), Annalisa Iuorio (University of Vienna), Cinzia Soresina (University of Graz)

Venue: All lectures will be held online

A large amount of real-life phenomena - spread through chemistry, ecology, and biology - can be mathematically described by means of diffusive systems such as reaction-diffusion systems with linear or nonlinear diffusion, nonlocal diffusion, and cross-diffusion systems. These systems are extremely interesting to investigate not only due to their importance in applications (reaction chemistry, population dynamics, collective phenomena in life sciences), but also because they give rise to a rich variety of complex behaviours, such as pattern formation and bifurcations.

The aim of this School is to bring together experts from different communities to cover the investigation of diffusive systems from several viewpoints: analytically, combining methods and techniques from Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) and dynamical systems to derive and analyse mathematical models for the applied phenomena; numerically, reviewing the most recent techniques and softwares for the computation of bifurcation diagrams and continuation with respect to the systems´parameters; and, last but not least, from the applied - in particular biological - viewpoint: the starting point of investigations in biology as a quantitative science in the last decades has led to a revival in the application of mathematics in biology, showing how a constant exchange of knowledge between the theoretical investigations and the experimental data is crucial in advancing the research in this area.

Key Speakers: The following speakers will give a lecture series:

  • José A. Carrillo, University of Oxford, UK
  • Anna Marciniak-Czochra, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Mariya Ptashnyk, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Vivi Rottschäfer, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

Please send applications using the form below.

To be considered for participation, a CV and Letter of Intent (1 page) are required, as well as the name and contact information of a potential reference. (At this time, do not request a letter of recommendation.) Only one document can be uploaded, so please combine all documentation into one PDF.

Please note: Everyone interested in participating has to register so that the participation may be administered.

Late applications may be considered, but to be given full consideration, please complete all information before the deadline.

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"If the situation allows, the school will be made up on site in 2022".