Department of Mathematics

Multi-physics geometric PDE's using deformable surfaces : analysis,modelling,numerics & applications

A conference to be held by the Department of Mathematics, University of Sussex, 04-06 November 2015.


Mathematical models of geometric PDEs using deformable surfaces arise in an abundance of applications, for example in biophysics, chemistry, engineering, material science and plant biology. Due to the recent development of new ideas and methods in the field of moving free boundaries many important and challenging open problems have emerged. This interdisciplinary workshop will bring together researchers from the distinct mathematical fields of modelling, numerical analysis and computation to discuss the challenges that result from such applications.

This workshop is a satellite meeting of the Newton Institute Programme 'Coupling Geometric PDEs with Physics for Cell Morphology, Motility and Pattern Formation'

The conference will be held in the conference centre on the third floor in Bramber House Building (no. 12 on campus map).

Campus map [PDF 2.95MB]

The event programme.

The following speakers have confirmed to give presentations:


  • J.W. Barrett ( London)
  • S Bartels (Freiburg im Breisgau)
  • G Bellettini (Rome)
  • A Bertozzi (Los Angeles)
  • M Burger (Münster)
  • A Cangiani (Leicester)
  • A Chambolle (Paris)
  • K Deckelnick (Magdeburg)
  • A De Simone (Trieste)
  • P Dondl (Durham)



  • C.M. Elliott (Warwick)
  • X Feng (Tennessee)
  • H Garcke (Regensburg)
  • J King (Nottingham)
  • R Kornhuber (Berlin)
  • J Lowengrub (California)
  • A Marciniak (Heidelberg)
  • J MacKenzie (Strathclyde)
  • P Pozzi (Duisberg-Essen)
  • B Wirth (Münster)


We kindly ask you to register (below) as soon as possible, the deadline for registration will be October 6, 2015. The registration fees have been fixed at £125 and will cover the conference dinner and coffee breaks. Once we have received your registration we will contact you with payment options and further information.


The University of Sussex is located in Falmer which is a short bus or train ride away from Brighton (directions to the University).

Accommodation in Brighton is plentiful and the University maintains a list of recommended hotels.

Further local information is available at (image supplied by visitbrighton)

Funding is provided by the Isaac Newton Institute





Sinead Rance (conference secretary) Department of Mathematics University of Sussex Room 3A20 Pevensey II BrightonBN1 9QH, UK