Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Nonlinear analysis and the physical and biological sciences

May 21, 2018 - May 22, 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street


Name Institution
Ball, Sir John University of Oxford and Heriot-Watt University
Eilbeck, J. Chris Heriot-Watt University
Gimperlein, Heiko Heriot-Watt University
Grinfeld, Michael University of Strathclyde
Knops, Robin Heriot-Watt University
Smyth, Noel University of Edinburgh


There is a long and well-documented history of the mutually beneficial interaction between mathematics and  the physical sciences that now extends to  biological and other disciplines.  The main purpose of this workshop is to provide concentrated opportunity for discussion of the latest developments in nonlinear analysis and the physical and biological sciences, and the active influence that each exerts on the other.

The workshop is dedicated to the memory of Professor Jack Carr.

Workshop Poster

Confirmed speakers:
Sir Michael Atiyah, University of Edinburgh
Sir John Ball, University of Oxford and Heriot-Watt University
Fernando da Costa, Universidade Aberta, Lisbon
Costas M Dafermos, Brown University
Dugald Duncan, Heriot-Watt University
Maria Esteban, CEREMADE, Université Paris-Dauphine
Irene Fonseca, Carnegie-Mellon University
Gero Friesecke, TU Münich
Stuart Hastings, University of Pittsburgh
Stefan Müller, University of Bonn
Barbara Niethammer, University of Bonn
Robert Pego, Carnegie-Mellon University
Oliver Penrose, Heriot-Watt University
Marshall Slemrod, University of Wisconsin and Weizmann Institute of Science
Iain Stewart, University of Dundee
Laszlo Szekelyhidi, University of Leipzig
William C Troy,  University of Pittsburgh

Sir Michael Atiyah, University of Edinburgh, has agreed to open the workshop.

The workshop is supported by the Maxwell Institute and Heriot-Watt University, ICMS, the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust Fund, the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, and the North British Diffferential Equations Symposium.



Preliminary schedule: The workshop will occupy 2 full days, commencing around 08.45 on 21 May until around 18.00 on 22 May.


The workshop is open to all interested participants, subject to a registration fee of 45 GBP that includes coffees and a buffet lunch on both days.    Limited funding may be available to assist attendance by postgraduate students and younger research workers with preference to those at a Scottish University.  

We particularly invite PhD students and Postdocs to present their work in a poster session.  Details will be requested on registration. 

Registration will open via this website in January 2018. 


The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. 


Talks will be 40 minutes in length with 5 minutes for questions and answers.  All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera.  In addition, there are two blackboards.  The projector and one board 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. 


It is anticipated that there will be a poster session during the workshop.  Details will be requested when you register on-line.  Further details will follow.


If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.


Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) 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 accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above). 

Lothian buses charge £1.60 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 at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.


Administrative enquiries regarding practical arrangements in Edinburgh should be emailed to:   audrey (dot) mccrorie@icms.org.uk




Preliminary schedule: The workshop will occupy 2 full days, commencing around 08.45 on 21 May until around 18.00 on 22 May.

Full details of the programme will be announced here as arrangements progress.



Presentation Details
Esteban, Maria J
Rigidity, nonlinear flows and optimal symmetry for extremals of functional inequalities
View Abstract Down
Hastings, Stuart
On the use of classical ode methods in modern applied analysis
View Abstract Down
Pego, Robert
Self-similar limits from ballistic annihilation of fronts
View Abstract Down
Slemrod, Marshall
From C-G-S to Hilbert6
View Abstract Down
Troy, William C
Periodic wave solutions of a two space dimensional neuronal model
View Abstract Down


Name Institution
Atiyah, Sir Michael University of Edinburgh
da Costa, Fernando M Universidade Aberta
Duncan, Dugald Heriot-Watt University
Eilbeck, J. Chris Heriot-Watt University
Esteban, Maria J Université Paris-Dauphine
Gimperlein, Heiko Heriot-Watt University
Grinfeld, Michael University of Strathclyde
Hastings, Stuart University of Pittsburgh
Knops, R J Heriot-Watt University
Pego, Robert Carnegie Mellon University
Slemrod, Marshall University of Wisconsin
Smyth, Noel University of Edinburgh
Stewart, Iain University of Dundee
Troy, William C University of Pittsburgh