The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

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Fluid Dynamics Summer School

July 23 - 27, 2012

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

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Student Presentations   Overview   Topics   Lecturers   Important Dates   Application   Venue and Accommodation   Getting to Edmonton   Inquiries   Sponsors

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Student Presentations


Fluid dynamics refers to the motion of liquids and gases as well as more exotic deformable states of matter including plasmas, magma, slurries, etc.

Modern fluid dynamics research is a paradigm of multi-disciplinary science, combining flow experimentation, computational simulation and theoretical analysis. The combination of skills required to tackle the outstanding fluid mechanical issues for realistic problems is so diverse they cannot be taught in a standard undergraduate curriculum.

The summer school is intended for senior undergraduates, Masters students and starting PhD students having a strong background in mathematics, physics and/or engineering. No prior knowledge of fluid dynamics is necessary. However, the students should have taken at least one course in partial differential equations by the summer of 2012.

In the course of one week, students will learn fundamental principles and methods in lectures while working with leading scientists from the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia, gaining hands-on experience with analysis software, numerical simulations and laboratory experiments.


Topics will cover microscale to astrophysical-scale phenomena with applications to climate, the environment and industry.

Microfluids Industrial Environmental Geophysical Astrophysical


Lectures will be given by the following speakers:

Important Dates and Tentative Schedule:

The following deadlines and events are in 2012:
April 30  Application deadline
July 22Delegates arrive. Registration materials will be handed out between 7 and 8pm near the Front Desk of Lister Hall.
July 23-26Lectures and afternoon labs
July 27Lectures and afternoon student presentations of selected labs. Close and social in the evening.

You can view the outline of the summer school schedule.

LECTURES: There will be three 80 minutes lectures each day. They are expected to be highly interactive with time for demonstrations and Q & A.

LABS: During the afternoons from Monday to Thursday participants will work in teams of 3 performing experimental and numerical labs on alternate days. The specific assignment of participants to their teams is given in the schedule.

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: On Friday afternoon each team will give a 15 minute presentation on one of the labs they performed. The schedule indicates which lab will be presented by each team.


The deadline for applications was April 30, 2012.
The list of accepted participants has been finalized.

Venue and Accommodation

The lectures and labs will be held in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Alberta.


The location of CCIS and Lister Hall are indicated on this map.

Students from out of town will reside in the Traditional Dorm Rooms in the Lister Centre at the University of Alberta. There will be one person per room. Shared washrooms, a shared kitchen and a lounge with telephone and cable television are centrally located on each floor. Linen and towel services are provided.

Upon arrival participants staying at the Lister Centre will receive tickets to be used in the cafeteria for breakfasts. Participants will be responsible for arranging their own lunch and evening meals.

Accommodation (including breakfast) will be booked and paid for the participants by the organizers. Bookings will be for 6 nights arriving July 22 and departing July 28.
For students wishing to arrive earlier or stay later, they should contact Lister Centre Conference centre directly.
More information regarding checking in and registration upon arrival will be provided here in the future.

The campus offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, mostly concentrated at Hub Mall and the Student Union Building (SUB), shown on the Campus Map.

Getting to Edmonton

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

Arriving by air

Local travel
Flight reimbursement

Flights will be partially reimbursed as described in the acceptance letters to students arriving from outside Edmonton. To be reimbursed, participants must send proof of purchase of the airline ticket and boarding passes to the PIMS Administration Assistant. Specifically, these should be mailed to Dana Gauthier, Re PIMS Fluid Dynamics Summer School, Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, CAB 628, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2G1.

Participants should contact Dana, before arriving so that she may begin the administration of processing your travel claim.

Further Information and Inquiries:

Inquiries should be addressed to Dana Gauthier with subject heading PIMS Fluid Dynamics Summer School

You are welcome to contact one of the organizers directly:


Founding Sponsor:

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

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