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Dates
August 31–September 4, 2020
Location
HU Berlin, Mitte
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News

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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        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.