Variational methods, and in particular gradient flows, are effective and elegant tools for the study of nonlinear partial differential equations. Not only are such methods important within mathematics, e.g. for the understanding of geometric flows and elliptic equations, but they are also crucial in applications like theoretical physics, materials science, or fluid mechanics. A variational interpretation of a differential equation always yields valuable insight into the physical structure of the problem.
The school is composed of two main components: minicourses (3 times 60 minutes) of the main invited speakers, and short communications (20 minutes each) of young researchers. The minicourses, given by internationally leading experts, are aimed at Master's and PhD students and postdocs, and provide an introduction to a research field of current interest.
Young researchers may apply to give a short communication. The school starts on Monday, November 25, at 9 am, and ends Friday after lunch.