Madingley 2014

The Madingley Workshop

Fluid Mechanics: an interdisciplinary approach

Experimentation, analytics, numerical analysis and high performance computing

An informal, interdisciplinary workshop bringing together world leading research groups to explore shared interests in fluid mechanics.

23-25 July 2014

Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Madingley Workshop, 2014 - small

Photo courtesy of Shintaro Imayama. A high resolution photo can be found here (4Mb). Email me if you would like original very high resolution version (12Mb).

Scope and aims of the workshop

It could be argued that fluid mechanics is unique in terms of both its previous contribution to shaping the modern world and its continued relevance to future progress, not least to the aerospace sector where significant challenges around fuel efficiency and emissions are faced.

Fluid mechanics progresses on community efforts with involvement from mathematicians, experimental engineers, physicists and, increasingly, numerical analysts, computer scientists and software experts. The modern scientist working in fluid mechanics now finds him/herself at the blurred boundary between mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering. It is this interdisciplinarity that motivates this workshop.

Specifically, this small and intensive residential workshop will bring together world leading groups from a number of European institutions and beyond to explore shared interests and build research collaborations.

Participation has been confirmed from the following institutions.

  • University of Leicester, UK
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • University of Notre Dame, USA
  • École Polytechnique, France
  • ONERA, France
  • TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • University of Warwick, UK
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Birmingham, UK
  • Cardiff University, UK
  • University of Southampton, UK
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • University of Greenwich, UK
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • University of Sheffield, UK

A workshop flyer can be found here. Professionally printed copies can be requested from, if required.


The three days will be divided into a number of seminar sessions, collectively covering a wide range of research activity under the broad heading of fluid mechanics. There will be no parallel sessions and all talks should be aimed at the interdisciplinary audience.

Aside from the formal content, a key aspect of the workshop is the opportunity for networking and informal discussion. With this in mind, the workshop is residential to enable informal discussions to continue through the evening in a relaxed atmosphere.


Contributions under the general heading of transitional flows are particularly encouraged. These are likely to include, but are not limited to, topics related to

  • Boundary-layer flow transition mechanisms
  • Shear-layer flow transition mechanisms
  • Flow control, including drag reduction in engineering design
  • HPC methods, including grid design, software selection and post-processing visualisation
  • The successful integration of the distinct disciplines (experimental, analytical and HPC) in future collaborations


All accommodation and subsistence costs are being met by NAIS, the Linné Flow Centre and the University of Leicester, however numbers are strictly limited to 30.

General enquiries and those concerning the availability of places should be directed to



The final programme is available here.

Speakers are asked to prepare presentations that will fit within a 30 minute time slot, including some time for questions.



The organising committee looks forward to working with you at Madingley,

Stephen Garrett (Leicester)

Rebecca Lingwood (KTH/Cambridge)

Andrew McMullan (Leicester)

Shintaro Imayama (KTH)

Ellinor Appelquist (KTH)



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