Gradient flows: challenges and new directions

ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

10 - 14 September 2018


Bertram Düring, University of Sussex
Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, University of Cambridge
Yves van Gennip, University of Nottingham
Marie-Therese Wolfram, University of Warwick

This workshop is initiated by novel developments in gradient flow research in the various field of applied mathematics in the last years. It continues in the spirit of the previous “Gradient flows” workshop held at ICMS in 2015, by providing a venue for researchers from different fields to introduce and exchange ideas developed in their respective fields.

Nonlinear PDE with an underlying energy structure, and in particular gradient flows in different metrics, have become a hot topic in mathematical research in recent years. Despite many advances in the analysis of their well-posedness and development of structure-preserving numerical approximations, important questions remain open, and pose challenging mathematical problems in various ways. The talks at this workshop will revolve around three main topics or themes which we describe in the following:

  • Gradient flows
  • Efficient numerical method for gradient flows
  • Gradient flows on discrete structures

The workshop will start on Monday morning and end on Friday at lunchtime. Based on the feedback from the last workshop there will be a mixture of one hour talks (including discussion) from leading experts in the field and 30 minutes talks (including discussion) from younger colleagues. This schedule ensures that participants have enough time to discuss and work during the workshop. Young researchers (PhD students or early postdocs) will also have the opportunity to present their work in a dedicated young researchers’ session. In this session each researcher will have five minutes to introduce their poster to the community. After this short session participants have the opportunity to discuss the posters in more detail.



Invitations were sent out by ICMS in April 2018. 


The workshop will be held at ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT


All talks will be held in the Lecture Theatre.  The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera.  In addition, there are blackboards.  The projector and the blackboards may be used simultaneously.  We advise Speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks.   ICMS staff can help with this.   It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment).   If you use a Mac we expect you to bring your own adaptor. 


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Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.    

There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the workshop venue.

Lothian buses charge £1.70 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk away.