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IUTAM Symposium

Structures and Singularity
in Fluid and Plasma Dynamics

11 April -15 April, 2016
Venice, Italy

An Opportunity to Celebrate Keith Moffatt’s 81st Birthday

Almost 50 years have passed since the realization that helicity (kinetic and magnetic) is an invariant of ideal fluid mechanics and magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). The striking discovery of its topological interpretation in terms of linkage of field lines, vortex or magnetic, has led to an outburst of research activities. This Symposium wants to assess the central rôle played by helicity and outline the emerging challenges, by focusing on the following main topics:

  • Helicity theory and applications
  • - kinetic helicity and turbulence
  • - magnetic helicity in astrophysical flows
  • - dynamo theory
  • Conservation of topology
  • - energy relaxation methods
  • - coherent structures and physical knots
  • Change of topology
  • - slow viscous flows
  • - reconnection and finite time singularity

  • Scientific Organizing Committee
  • Professor Philip Boyland (U Florida, USA)
  • Professor Jens Eggers (U Bristol, UK)
  • Professor Marie Farge (ENS Paris, France)
  • Professor Yasuhide Fukumoto (Kyushu U, Japan)
  • Professor Tim Pedley, FRS (U Cambridge, UK - IUTAM Representative)
  • Professor Michael Proctor, FRS (U Cambridge, UK)
  • Professor Renzo Ricca (U Milano-Bicocca, Italy – Chair)
  • Professor Katepalli Sreenivasan (New York U, USA)
  • Local Organizing Committee
  • Mr Matteo Foresti (Registration Desk Assistant)
  • Dott. Davide Ghilardi (Registration Desk Assistant)
  • Dr. Chiara Oberti (Registration Desk Assistant)
  • Professor Renzo Ricca (Chair)
  • Professor Bernhard Schrefler (Istituto Veneto Representative)
  • Miss Emilia Selvaggi (Web Assistant)
  • Dott. Fabio Sturaro (Web Assistant)
  • Formats
  • Keynote Lectures (40-minute) and Regular Lectures (15-minute).
  • Organizer
  • The Department of Mathematics and Applications and the University of Milano-Bicocca.
Financial support from IUTAM, the Department of Mathematics and Applications and the University of Milano-Bicocca, Istituto Veneto and ICTP is kindly acknowledged.
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Further support from Fluid Dynamics Research (official Journal of these IUTAM Proceedings) and CISM (Udine) is also acknowledged.
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This IUTAM Symposium has received full endorsement from EUROMECH.