PIMS Workshop on New Trends in Localized Patterns in PDEs (Postponed to 2021)

  • Start Date: 08/10/2020
  • End Date: 08/13/2020

University of British Columbia


PIMS workshop on New Trends in Localized Patterns in PDEs: Mathematical Theory and Applications to Physics, Biology and the Social Sciences- a Conference in Honour of the 60th Birthday of Michael J. Ward


Due to Covid-19 and restrictions to travel and movement, this event will now take place in May 2021 



Localized spatial-temporal patterns commonly occur for various classes of linear and nonlinear diffusive processes. In recent years, we have witnessed an explosion of many new and exciting developments in the theory and applications of localized solutions in PDEs. Many new frontiers have opened while new connections between old fields have been discovered.


This workshop will highlight Prof.Ward's influential contributions to the mathematics and applications of localized solutions to PDEs. It brings together his students, colleagues and collaborators in a celebration of Prof.Ward's 60th birthday. Over his long career, Prof. Ward has made numerous invaluable contributions to many areas of applied mathematics, including fluid dynamics, metastability, reaction-diffusion equations, cell biology and pattern formation.




Confirmed Speakers

Andrew Bernoff (Harvey Mudd College) 

Paul Bressloff (Univ. Utah)

Alan Champneys (Bristol Univ.) 

Rustum Choksi (McGill University) 

Arjen Doelman (Amsterdam)

Karl Glasner (Arizona State Univ.) 

Jia Gou (UC Riverside)

Thomas Hillen (Alberta)

David Iron (Dalhousie Univ.)

Sean Lawley (Univ. Utah)

Leah Keshet (UBC)

Edgar Knobloch (Berkeley)

Philip Maini (Oxford)

Iain Moyles (York Univ.)

Yasumasa Nishiura (Tohoku)

Jay Newby (Univ. Alberta)

Yana Nec (TRU)

Xiaofeng Ren (George Washington) 

Michele Titcombe (Univ. Montreal) 

Justin Tzou (Macquarie University)

Alexey Shevyakov (Saskatsowen) 

Matthias Winter (Brunel Univ.) 




Dan Coombs (UBC)

T Kolokolnikov (Dalhousie)

AE Lindsay (University of Notre Dame) 

Anthony Peirce (UBC)

JC Wei (UBC)

Other Information: 

Event Location:

University of British Columbia- Vancouver



All particpants are required to register and pay the fee indicated below. This includes a hosted dinner at the UBC Golf Club, in honor of Prof. Ward. If you are not a participant, and would like to attend the dinner only, please selec the "dinner only" option.



$60 CAD Regular Participation (Includes Dinner)

$65 CAD Dinner only, accompanying guest. 


*Speakers: If you are a confirmed speaker, you  do not need to register via the PIMS website. You have been automatically added to the participant list. 


Registration process:

Registration is a 2 step process. You will be required to create a PIMS  account and then return to this page and select the "sign-up" button at the bottom of the page. 

Registration will re-open in early 2021. 


Local Accommodation:

Room block details will be made available in early 2021. 






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