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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

Further information will follow soon. If you would like to be added to the MAFELAP email list please send an email, giving your name, to 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.

Important Dates

Registration and fees

The fees for MAFELAP 2019 are:

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

MAFELAP 2019 online registration is now open. Please note that we will not be able to take payment on-site during the conference and that all payments must be made in advance by the deadline. IN PARTICULAR: this is the ONLY OPPORTUNITY to register for the conference or book accommodation.

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Please beware of scammers!. We will never contact you by phone, email or any other means to request payment. Payments will only be accepted through this online portal. No other form of payment is possible.

IMPORTANT: After successful registration you should have received two confirmation emails, one for payment and one with your booking details. You will also receive some general information within 14 days of registration.

If you did not receive the confirmation emails or, after 14 days, did not receive the general information, or if you have any other queries regarding your registration please email

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.

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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 with IMA studentship proposal in the subject line.

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Previous Recent MAFELAP Conferences

For interest the links to the past two conferences are

Call for Abstracts

If your abstract is associated with a mini-symposium on this list then please follow the guidelines below. If you want to submit a contributed talk then please first look at the mini-symposia that are running and, if one is relevant to your talk, please contact the organisers directly and enquire as to whether you may join their session. If that is not a viable route then please follow the guidelines below but put the words contributed talk in place of where you are asked for the mini-symposium title.

To submit an abstract please follow the guidelines available here in PDF or LaTeX source. A skeleton LaTeX file is provided within the verbatim environment in that source file or, alternatively, a sample LaTeX file is provided here (right click and 'save as') which you can amend for your needs. The appearance of the header part of the formatted output will be quite poor - this will be improved at this end when we collate the details so please do not change this part of the LaTeX structure.

IMPORTANT: To comply with GDPR we would like you to note that your abstract will be included in a book of abstracts which will be made electronically available to all conference delegates in their welcome packs, and also linked here on the conference web site. Please do not include either your or your co-author's (if any) email addresses or affiliations in your abstract unless you and they consent to them being made public in this way.

Abstracts must be submitted to

Each talk will be allocated a 25 minute slot in total. We suggest that you use 20 minutes to talk and leave the last five for questions.

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.


To propose a mini-symposia for MAFELAP 2019 please send an email to with your name, those of any intended co-organizers, and a tentative title.

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.

There is no formal review process - we will follow the practice of previous years and encourage the running of any mini-symposia related to the general MAFELAP themes and areas of interest.

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.

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.