Wednesday, August 23, 2006

IUTAM Symposium in 2008

At its recent General Assembly the International Union of Theoretical & Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) accepted a number of proposals for symposia to be held during the two-year period 2008-2009. Included among these was 150 Years of Vortex Dynamics to be held in Denmark during the sesquicentennial year of publication of Helmholtz's famous paper. Further news on dates, precise venue and the scientific program will be forthcoming soon.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

IUTAM Symposium in Moscow

The IUTAM Symposium on Hamiltonian Dynamics, Vortex Structures, Turbulence will take place on the premises of the Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, August 25-30, 2006

The website of the symposium is

According to the organizers: "The main goal of the meeting is to bring together leading scientists engaged in fundamental and applied aspects of Hamiltonian dynamics, vortex theory and turbulence. Symposium presentations will consist of invited general lectures, contributed oral papers and motivated discussion sessions. We anticipate that this meeting will induce an exchange of views and experience, and also will help propose new avenues for research in the future."

Friday, July 14, 2006

Vortex dynamics sesquicentennial

The year 2008 will, in some sense, be the sesquicentennial of the field of vortex dynamics. Helmholtz's famous paper on the subject, "Über Integrale der hydrodynamischen Gleichungen, welche den Wirbelbewegungen entsprechen", published in Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik (vol. 55, 25–55, appeared in 1858.

Please use this blog to share your ideas on how we might appropriately celebrate the vortex dynamics sesquicentennial. (I have proposed an IUTAM symposium entitled "150 Years of Vortex Dynamics" to be held in 2008. More on that later.)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Classical and Quantum Vortex Rings

One of the six minisymposia to be held as part of the 22nd International Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, August 24-30, 2008, in Adelaide, Australia, is entitled "Classical and Quantum Vortex Rings". Convenors are Carlo Barenghi, University of Newcastle, and H.A. The usual format for minisymposia at IUTAM congresses is that they start off with 3-4 lectures of an "instructional character" and then continue with additional invited and submitted papers. The organizers hope for a lively and comprehensive set of sessions, ideally spanning the full week of the Congress.

Minisymposium on Vortex Dynamics

The 15th US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, held in Boulder, CO, June 25-30, featured a minisymposium on vortex dynamics with the following presentations:
  • H. Aref, Virginia Tech, “Vortex dynamics 150 years later”
  • D. Crowdy, Imperial College, “Point vortex motion in the presence of boundaries: new perspectives”
  • S. Tung, U Colorado, “Vortices in rotating BECs”
  • R. Donnelly, U Oregon, “Quantum turbulence”
  • P. K. Newton, USC, “Heterogeneous equilibrium configurations of N-Point vortices on the sphere”
  • L. Zanetti, Politecnico di Torino, “Vortex equilibria in confined domains”
  • M. A. Stremler, Vanderbilt U, “Analytical models of vortex wakes”
  • V. V. Meleshko, University of Kiev, “Near wall control and transport properties of two-dimensional vortex structures”