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Dates
September 13–September 17, 2021
Location
HU Berlin, Mitte
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FBP2020 postponed to September 2021
June 24, 2020

With the continued monitoring of the COVID-19 situation, we came to the conclusion that it is best to postpone the next Free Boundary Problem conference to next year. While the restrictions are being lifted in Germany, there are still impediments to international travel and events in Berlin. The new dates are 13-17 September 2021, and the event shall still take place in the center of Berlin. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin in September 2021!

    Update regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak
    May 12, 2020

    We are still closely monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and expect to reach a decision, on whether to keep FBP in 2020 or to postpone the meeting to September 2021, soon. The deadlines for acceptance of contributions and the early bird moved into the future.

      Information pertaining to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak
      March 13, 2020

      We are closely monitoring the evolution of the situation related to the COVID-19 outbreak. As of March 11, no restriction on events after July 20 have been put in place in Berlin or nationwide in Germany. Given the rapid evolution of the situation, we remain confident that the conference will proceed as planned in September.

        Submission and contribution websites are open!
        February 05, 2020

        FBP 2020 in Berlin
        May 20, 2019

        The FBP 2020 will take place in Berlin in early September 2020.

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          FBP2020 postponed to 13–17 September 2021

          With the continued monitoring of the COVID-19 situation, we came to the conclusion that it is best to postpone the next Free Boundary Problem conference to next year. While the restrictions are being lifted in Germany, there are still impediments to international travel and events in Berlin. The new dates are 13–17 September 2021, and the event shall still take place in the center of Berlin. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin in September 2021!

          General Information

          Message from the chair

          The 15th International Conference on Free Boundary Problems: Theory and Applications 2020 (FBP 2020) will take place on the campus of the Humboldt University (HU) of Berlin, August 31–September 4, 2020. The FBP conference is a flagship event that brings together the free boundary/partial differential equation community and is organized every few years with the most recent preceding conferences in Shanghai (China, 2017), Cambridge (UK, 2014) and Chiemsee (Germany, 2012) after the historical beginnings of the conference series in Montecatini (Italy, 1981).

          FBP 2020 is hosted by the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) Berlin. The conference will feature plenary talks, mini-symposia, and contributed sessions.

          A host of world-renowned cultural and research institutions, a thriving creative scene and a rich history make Berlin a popular place to live, work and travel. We invite researchers and practitioners working in the field of free boundary problems to join us and enjoy Berlin's convenient travel facilities, almost unlimited recreational possibilities, an open-minded and international atmosphere, and a lot of exciting mathematics in the late summer of 2020!

          Chair of the Organizing Committee
          Michael Hintermüller

          Committees

          Program Committee
          • Gui-Qiang G. Chen
          • Charlie Elliott
          • Harald Garcke
          • Yoshikazu Giga
          • Michael Hintermüller
          • Ralf Kornhuber
          • Ricardo H. Nochetto
          • Elisabetta Rocca
          • José Francisco Rodrigues
          • James A. Sethian
          • Henrik Shahgholian
          • Halil Mete Soner
          Organizing Committee
          • Carsten Gräser (FU Berlin)
          • Michael Hintermüller (WIAS Berlin)
          • Dietmar Hömberg (WIAS Berlin)
          • Ralf Kornhuber (FU Berlin)
          • Jürgen Sprekels (WIAS Berlin)
          • Barbara Wagner (TU Berlin)
          Local Support Team
          • Amal Alphonse
          • Jo Andrea Brüggemann
          • Olivier Huber
          • Caroline Löbhard

          Information pertaining to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

          We are closely monitoring the evolution of the situation related to the COVID-19 outbreak, and expect to reach a decision, on whether to keep FBP in 2020 or to postpone the meeting to September 2021, soon. The deadlines for acceptance of contributions and the early bird moved into the future.

          Previous conferences

          Scientific Program

          Plenary speakers

          Sören Bartels (U Freiburg)
          Andrea Bertozzi (UCLA)
          Lia Bronsard (McMaster U)
          Antonin Chambolle (Ecole Polytechnique)
          Qiang Du (Columbia U)
          Alessio Figalli (ETH Zurich)
          Irene Fonseca (Carnegie Mellon U)
          Barbara Niethammer (U Bonn)
          Xavier Ros-Oton (U Zurich)
          Robert Saye (Lawrence Berkeley Lab)
          Yoshihiro Tonegawa (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
          Enrique Zuazua (U Erlangen)
          Sören Bartels (U Freiburg)
          Andrea Bertozzi (UCLA)
          Lia Bronsard (McMaster U)
          Antonin Chambolle (Ecole Polytechnique)
          Qiang Du (Columbia U)
          Alessio Figalli (ETH Zurich)
          Irene Fonseca (Carnegie Mellon U)
          Barbara Niethammer (U Bonn)
          Xavier Ros-Oton (U Zurich)
          Robert Saye (Lawrence Berkeley Lab)
          Yoshihiro Tonegawa (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
          Enrique Zuazua (U Erlangen)

          Mini-symposia of the conference

          Nonlocal free boundary problems
          Organizers: J.-F. Rodrigues, E. Valdinoci
          Phase field models
          Organizers: E. Rocca, V. Styles
          Surface PDEs
          Organizers: C. Venkataraman, T. Ranner
          Interfaces in fluids
          Organizers: H. Abels, H. Garcke, M. Wilke
          Stochastic free boundary problems
          Organizers: A. Djurdjevac, B. Gess, G. Grün
          Geometric problems
          Organizers: Y. Giga, M. Novaga
          Free boundary problems related to shapes and geometries
          Organizers: G. Buttazzo, E. Oudet
          Optimization and control of FBPs
          Organizers: M. Hintermüller, M. Hinze
          Free boundary models in active matter
          Organizers: L. Berlyand
          FBP in the life sciences
          Organizers: L. Berlyand, A. Friedman
          Free boundary problems in cell biology
          Organizers: C. Gräser, M. Röger
          UQ in free boundary problems
          Organizers: H. Harbrecht, M. D. Multerer
          Regularity of free boundaries
          Organizers: H. Shahgholian, M. Smit Vega Garcia
          Asymptotic approaches to interface dynamics
          Organizers: J. King, JJL. Velazquez
          Numerical methods for geometric PDEs
          Organizers: R. Nochetto, R. Nürnberg
          Numerical methods for surface-bulk problems
          Organizers: E. Bänsch, A. Reusken
          Nonlocal free boundary problems
          Organizers: J.-F. Rodrigues, E. Valdinoci
          Phase field models
          Organizers: E. Rocca, V. Styles
          Surface PDEs
          Organizers: C. Venkataraman, T. Ranner
          Interfaces in fluids
          Organizers: H. Abels, H. Garcke, M. Wilke
          Stochastic free boundary problems
          Organizers: A. Djurdjevac, B. Gess, G. Grün
          Geometric problems
          Organizers: Y. Giga, M. Novaga
          Free boundary problems related to shapes and geometries
          Organizers: G. Buttazzo, E. Oudet
          Optimization and control of FBPs
          Organizers: M. Hintermüller, M. Hinze
          Free boundary models in active matter
          Organizers: L. Berlyand
          FBP in the life sciences
          Organizers: L. Berlyand, A. Friedman
          Free boundary problems in cell biology
          Organizers: C. Gräser, M. Röger
          UQ in free boundary problems
          Organizers: H. Harbrecht, M. D. Multerer
          Regularity of free boundaries
          Organizers: H. Shahgholian, M. Smit Vega Garcia
          Asymptotic approaches to interface dynamics
          Organizers: J. King, JJL. Velazquez
          Numerical methods for geometric PDEs
          Organizers: R. Nochetto, R. Nürnberg
          Numerical methods for surface-bulk problems
          Organizers: E. Bänsch, A. Reusken

          Call for Contributions

          Contributed mini-symposia

          The scientific program of the FBP 2020 is mainly made of mini-symposia. We ask those wishing to organize a mini-symposium to contact us at . Note that all talks in contributed mini-symposia will undergo a review process.

          Organized mini-symposia will be scheduled in groups of four talks. The minimum number of talks in a session is thus four. You may also compose your mini-symposium of a multiple of four talks.

          Please note that mini-symposium organizers are usually expected to participate in the conference, and will be assigned as session chairs during the conference.

          Contributed talks

          Submit your contributed talks via the submission website. Please note that

          • every speaker needs to register for the conference,
          • every participant is allowed to give at most one talk at FBP 2020.

          Invited talks

          If you have been invited to contribute a talk in one of the mini-symposium of the conference, please use the submission link given to you by the mini-symposium organizers.

          Abstract submission deadlines
          Mini-symposia talksMarch 15, 2020
          April 1, 2020
          Contributed talksMarch 15, 2020
          April 15, 2020
          Decisions on talkspostponed

          Registration

          Registration fees

          registration postponedregistration postponed
          RegularEUR 250EUR 300
          StudentEUR 200EUR 250

          Registration policies

          • Cancellations, if any, must be requested to and generally obey the following conditions:
            • Until postponed full refund (bank transfer fee and service charge subtracted)
            • After postponed no refund.
            Refunds will be arranged before October 31, 2020.
          • Neither one-day nor onsite registration are possible.
          • Your registration fee includes admission to all technical sessions and plenary presentations, welcome reception and coffee breaks.
          • Your registration fee does not include the banquet. When you register for the conference, you can purchase tickets for yourself and your guest(s).

          Travel and Venue

          Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

          The Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin) is a research university located in the centre of Berlin, Germany. Founded in 1809 and opened in 1810, it became one of the most prestigious education institutions in Europe and has the distinction of pioneering the hugely influential Humboldtian model of higher education. The university is highly ranked especially in the natural sciences and is linked to major contributions in particular in physics. It has produced 55 Nobel prize winners and counts Albert Einstein, John von Neumann and Karl Weierstrass amongst its many notable alumni. Frontansicht des Hauptgebäudes der Humboldt-Universität in Berlin

          Weierstrass Institute Berlin

          The Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) is a German research institute within the Leibniz Association with a long tradition. In 1946 it became a member of the German Academy of Sciences in Berlin, following the Prussian Academy of Sciences, which was founded by W.G. Leibniz in 1700. The WIAS conducts project oriented research in applied mathematics with the aim of solving complex problems in technology, science and economy. The institute is located in the city centre of Berlin, and it hosts the permanent office of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). WIAS Berlin

          Accommodation

          We encourage you to book your accommodation on your favorite platform.
          The center of Berlin offers a high density of hotels. Below is a short list of hotels in the neighbourhood of HU Berlin. Please note, that we did not hire any company for the organization of your accommodation. In particular, any email with offers to organize your hotel stay is a phishing attempt.