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The Mathematics of Finite Elements and Applications 2019


The sixteenth conference on the Mathematics of Finite Elements and Applications will be held at Brunel University and will run during

18 - 21 June 2019

This page is frequently updated. If you would like to be added to the MAFELAP email list please send an email, giving your name, to mafelap@brunel.ac.uk with the words add to mafelap list in the subject.

The aim will again be to bring together workers from different disciplines who have a common interest in the analysis or application of finite element and related methods, and to promote wider awareness throughout the community of the latest developments in the field.

We welcome participation relating to all aspects of numerical PDE's including, for example,

FEM/BEM and related applications and analysis
isogeometric analysis
porous Media, sub-surface flow, fracking
multiscale, coupled and multi-Physics problems
meshless methods, hydrocodes
biomedical and bioengineering modelling
reduced basis methods
CFD, structural mechanics and electromagnetism
dynamics and impact, structural integrity
smart/complex materials, metamaterials
free surface flows, waves and acoustics
localisation and regularisation

Invited Speakers

The following have all agreed to give plenary lectures at MAFELAP 2019.

Banner Prof. Ricardo Nochetto's visit is supported by a scheme 2 grant from the London Mathematical Society. We are grateful for this support.

Audio Visual facilities

Every room is equipped with a Windows PC, an LCD projector and a VGA laptop connector. If your laptop does not have a VGA output port (e.g. it has HDMI instead) then you will need to supply your own adaptor in order to connect to our projectors. PLEASE CHECK YOUR MACHINE and BRING an adaptor to your talk if necessary. We cannot supply them.

If you are using the Windows PC please note:

If you require any more specialised software or operating system you should arrange to use a self-configured laptop.

In any case, to avoid technical difficulties, if you have any requirement beyond a plain Power Point or PDF presentation we strongly recommend that wherever possible you use your own laptop.

If you are using a laptop please note:

In order that you can load your files and/or test your laptop before your talk we have arranged for the mini-symposium and parallel session rooms to be made available from 15 minutes prior to the start of each session by a MAFELAP conference technician. This technician will be able to help you connect and display your laptop.

Plenary speakers not using their own laptops are invited to provide their presentation to Simon Shaw or Carolyn Sellers at, or shortly after, registration (preferably on a returnable memory stick), or by email in advance of registration.

We do not supply pointers or projection adaptors of any kind

Important Dates

Registration and fees


Registration for MAFELAP 2019 is now closed. Please note that we will not be able to take any payment on-site during the conference. Further registrations are no longer possible, and no on-campus accommodation can be booked from this point on.

For the record, the registration fees for MAFELAP 2019 were:

The registration fees given above DID NOT include accommodation.

For accommodation the residential fees were:

* Students will be required to give details of their supervisor who will then be asked for a supporting email.

Registration for MAFELAP 2019 is now closed. Please note that we will not be able to take any payment on-site during the conference. Further registrations are no longer possible, and no on-campus accommodation can be booked from this point on.

IMPORTANT: it is assumed that, by registering for MAFELAP 2019, you agree that your data may be stored for conference purposes in accordance with the Brunel University London data protection policy.

IMA studentshipsBanner

As a result of a grant from the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) the conference is able to fund a number of MAFELAP 2019 Studentships for research students who are registered for PhD study at a UK university who do not have other means of support. These studentships will cover the student registration fees at the conference (not accommodation or travel). Applications are now invited, and any student wishing to apply for a studentship should, not later than 8 April 2019, submit a Case for Support (not more than 1 A4 page) together with a supporting letter from his/her supervisor to mafelap@brunel.ac.uk with IMA studentship proposal in the subject line.

BICOM is very grateful for this IMA support. Banner

Previous Recent MAFELAP Conferences

For interest the links to the past two conferences are

Call for Abstracts


Please note: Due to timetabling and conference scheduling constraints, payment of the registration fee includes just one mini-symposium or parallel session presentation. Exceptionally, and with prior agreement of the CONFERENCE organisers, we have been able to schedule a small number of people to give two presentations. No further double presentations are possible at the current time.



Please note: Due to timetabling and conference scheduling constraints, payment of the registration fee includes just one mini-symposium or parallel session presentation. Exceptionally, and with prior agreement of the CONFERENCE organisers, one delegate may give two such presentations but we can offer no automatic guarantee that this agreement can be made. Even if it is we will not be able to constrain the timetable beyond ensuring that the two presentations don't clash.

Mini-Symposia planned to date

So far the following have been proposed.

  1. Recent development and applications of discontinuous Galerkin methods
    Jennifer Ryan (University of East Anglia, UK), Ethan Kubatko (Ohio State University, USA).
  2. FE for moving boundary problems: current approaches and applications
    Kundan Kumar (University of Bergen, Norway), Malgorzata Peszynska (Oregon State University, USA), Florin Radu (University of Bergen, Norway).
  3. Advances in Space-Time Finite Element Methods
    Markus Bause (Helmut Schmidt University, Germany), Florin A. Radu (University of Bergen, Norway).
  4. FE analysis for optimal control problems
    Thomas Apel (Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany), Arnd Rösch (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany).
  5. Theoretical and computational advances in polygonal and polyhedral methods
    Simon Lemaire (INRIA, France) Paola Antonietti (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Andrea Cangiani (University of Leicester, UK), Franco Dassi (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy), Daniele A. Di Pietro (University of Montpellier, France).
  6. Novel adaptive discretization schemes for variational inequalities
    Gerhard Starke (Uni. Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Andreas Schröder (Uni. Salzburg).
  7. The Mathematics of Hybrid Particle Mesh Methods
    Matthias Möller (TU Delft), Robert Jan Labeur (TU Delft), Deborah Sulsky (Uni. New Mexico, USA).
  8. Adaptive and property preserving finite element methods
    Fleurianne Bertrand (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Pavel Bochev (Sandia National Laboratories, USA), Jörg Schröder (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany).
  9. Recent advancements in p and hp Galerkin methods
    Lorenzo Mascotto (University of Vienna, Austria), Alexey Chernov (University of Oldenburg, Germany), Zhaonan Dong (IACM-FORTH, Greece).
  10. Unfitted Finite Element Methods: Analysis, Algorithms and Applications
    Christoph Lehrenfeld (University of Göttingen), Erik Burman (University College London, UK), Andre Massing (Umea University, Sweden), Arnold Reusken (RWTH Aachen University, Germany).
  11. Numerical methods in structural mechanics and for higher order problems
    Norbert Heuer (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile), Neela Nataraj (IIT Bombay, India), Antti Niemi (University of Oulu, Finland), Mira Schedensack (Universität Münster, Germany).
  12. Recent developments in the numerical approximation of transport equations
    Matthais Schlottbom (University of Twente, Netherlands), Herbert Egger (TU Darmstadt, Germany).
  13. Numerical Methods for Wave Problems in Complex Materials
    Vrushali Bokil (Oregon State University, USA), Nathan Gibson (Oregon State University, USA), Simon Shaw (Brunel University London).
  14. Numerical methods for nonlocal problems
    Bangti Jin (University College London, UK), Buyang,Li (Hong Kong Polytechnic University).
  15. Numerical methods for viscoelastic problems
    Masato Kimura (Kanazawa University, Japan), Hirofumi Notsu (Kanazawa University, Japan), Simon Shaw (Brunel University London).
  16. Recent advances in goal-oriented adaptivity
    Sara Pollock (Univerity of Florida, USA), Natasha Sharma (University of Texas at El Paso, USA).
  17. Finite element methods for efficient uncertainty quantification
    Alex Bespalov (University of Birmingham, UK), David Silvester (University of Manchester, UK).
  18. Shape Optimization: Theory and Practice
    Alberto Paganini (University of Oxford, UK), Kevin Sturm.
  19. Numerical Methods for Phase Field Fracture Problems
    Thomas Wick (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany), Winnifried Wollner (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany), Laura de Lorenzis (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany).
  20. Space-Time Methods for Wave Problems
    Ulrich Langer (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria), Olaf Steinbach (TU Graz, Austria), Christian Wieners (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany).
  21. Finite Element Methods for Multiphysics Problems
    Sander Rhebergen (University of Waterloo, Canada), Aycil Cesmelioglu (Oakland University, USA), Jaap van der Vegt (University of Twente, The Netherlands).
  22. High Performance Finite Element Techniques
    Carola Kruse (Cerfacs, France), Martin Kühn (Cerfacs, France), Marcus Mohr (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany).
  23. High Dimensional sampling and FE Methods for UQ
    Alec Gilbert (Heidelberg University), Ivan G Graham (University of Bath), Robert Scheichl (Heidelberg University).
  24. PDE Eigenvalue Problems: Computational Modeling and Numerical Analysis
    Christian Engstrom (Umea University, Sweden), Stefano Giani (Durham University, UK), Nilima Nigam (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Xuefeng Liu (Niigata University, Japan), Jeffrey Ovall (Portland State University, USA).
  25. Design and analysis of finite element methods: compatibility and robustness
    Christian Kreuzer (TU Dortmund, Germany), Emmanuil Georgoulis (University of Leicester, UK and NTUA, Greece), Pietro Zanotti (TU Dortmund, Germany).
  26. Numerical Methods for Continuum Solvation
    Benjamin Stamm (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Filippo Lipparini (University of Pisa, Italy)
  27. High-frequency wave problems in heterogeneous media
    Euan Spence (Bath, UK) Serge Nicaise (Universite de Valenciennes, France), Stefan Sauter (Zurich, Switzerland).
  28. Analysis and simulations of coupled-bulk-surface PDES with applications to Biology
    Anotida Madzvamuse (University of Sussex, UK), Fred Vermolen (TU Delft, Netherlands).
  29. Development in efficient and compatible algorithms for porous media phenomena
    Shuyu Sun (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia), Todd Arbogast (University of Texas at Austin, USA), Huangxin Chen (Xiamen University, China), Ivan Yotov (University of Pittsburgh, USA).
  30. Numerical methods for optics and photonics
    Youngjoon Hong (San Diego State University, USA), David Nicholls (University of Illinois, Chicago, USA).
  31. Multiscale problems and their numerical treatment
    Guanglian Li (Imperial College London, UK), Patrick Henning (KTH, Sweeden).
  32. Numerical Methods for Nonvariational PDEs
    Omar Lakkis (Sussex University, UK), Ricardo Nochetto (University of Maryland, USA).
  33. Advances in Integral Equations
    Timo Betcke (University College London, UK), David Hewett (University College London, UK), Sam Groth (Cambridge University, UK), Garth Wells (Cambridge University, UK).

Contact and Committee Information

Please use the following email addresses:

The MAFELAP 2019 organizing committee:

Getting Here

Full details of how to get to Brunel University London are available here. You can also directly access a campus map from here

We recommend that delegates travelling from overseas if possible aim to arrive at London Heathrow airport (6 miles from Brunel). Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and City although all called London airports are, in fact, considerable distances from Brunel University London. Coaches run from these airports to Heathrow where you can take the bus to Brunel. Trains also run from these airports to Central London where you then need to take the London Underground to reach Brunel. For all these journeys you would need to add between 2 and 3 hours travelling time to reach Brunel and there would, of course, be additional costs.