Transforming the World

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Kick-off conference of the Thematic Einstein Semester

October 26–30, 2020

The kick-off conference takes place from Oct 26—30, 2020 and is jointly organized by

Volker Mehrmann (TU Berlin)
Alexander Mielke (HU Berlin / WIAS)
Dirk Peschka (WIAS)
Marita Thomas (WIAS)
Barbara Wagner (TU Berlin / WIAS)
Matthias Liero (WIAS)


For this conference, we combine daily invited presentations (40 minutes including discussion) with other interactive discussion formats. In particular, we have parallel discussion sessions that are supposed to create the interactive discussion type of a poster presentation. We also have moderated discussion sessions (round table) on given topics, where we discuss promising research topics in the field of energetic- variational mathematical methods with the participants of the conference. The talks on Friday Oct 30 are organized in cooperation with the DFG CRC 910. All parts of the conference (invited talks, discussions and round table) are available online. If you plan to contribute a talk or a discussion contribution, please indicate this during the registration procedure (and we will provide additional information & extended abstract template afterwards).

Please find the extended program with the short abstracts included here.


Anton ArnoldTechnische Universität Wien
Dieter BotheTechnische Universität Darmstadt
Herbert EggerTechnische Universität Darmstadt
Charlie ElliottUniversity of Warwick
Matthias ErbarUniversität Bielefeld
Eduard FeireislTechnische Universität Berlin
François Gay-BalmazCNRS
Elisabeth GuazzelliCNRS
Luca HeltaiScuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati
Sabine KlappTechnische Universität Berlin
Chun LiuIllinois Institute of Technology
Mária Lukácová-MedvidováJohannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
Bernhard MaschkeLaboratoire d'Automatique, de Génie des Procédés et de Génie Pharmaceutique
Andreas MünchUniversity of Oxford
Sina Ober-BlöbaumUniversität Paderborn
Michael OrtizUniversität Bonn
Hans Christian ÖttingerEidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Michal PavelkaCharles University Prague
Mark PeletierTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Tiezheng QianHong Kong University of Science and Technology
Elisabetta RoccaUniversity of Pavia
Uwe ThieleWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Arjan van der SchaftUniversität Groningen
Johannes ZimmerUniversity of Bath
Hans ZwartUniversity of Twente


10:00–10:40Geometrically-exact time-integration mesh-free schemes for transport problems derived from optimal transportation theory and their connection with particle methods
(M. Ortiz)
Short- and long-time behavior in (hypo)coercive ODE-systems and Fokker-Planck equations
(A. Arnold)
Geometric thermodynamics
(A. van der Schaft)
Onsager's variational principle, generalized reciprocal theorem, and their applications
(T. Qian)
Analytical results on diffuse interface models of tumor growth
(E. Rocca)
10:50–11:30Distributed Lagrange multiplier methods for the simulation of elastic granular media flow
(L. Heltai)
On the long time behavior of compressible fluid flows: Ergodic
hypothesis and beyond
(E. Feireisl)
Interfacial thermodynamics: From conditions at boundaries to boundary conditions
(H.C. Öttinger)
Variational methods in nonequilibrium thermodynamics
(F. Gay-Balmaz)
Sharp-interface modeling and simulation of mass transfer influenced by adsorbed surfactant
(D. Bothe)
11:40–12:20The role of structure preserving properties in the convergence analysis of viscous compressible fluids
(M. Lukácová)
Averaging of fast-slow Hamiltonian systems and a thermodynamic interpretation
(J. Zimmer)
Organizing bacterial vortex lattices by periodic obstacle arrays
(S. Klapp)
A Fractional Variational Approach for Modelling and Simulating Dissipative Systems
(S. Ober-Blöbaum)
Discussion Friday Morning
12:20–14:00Lunch breakLunch breakLunch breakLunch breakLunch break
14:00–14:40Modelling and analysis of the swelling of driven hydrogels
(A. Münch)
Curvature and relaxation for discrete mean-field dynamics
(M. Erbar)
Stability and asymptotic analysis for instationary gas transport via
relative energy estimates
(H. Egger)
Linear port-Hamiltonian Differential Algebraic Systems
(H. Zwart)
Gradient dynamics models for thin films - how to break them and other new challenges
(U. Thiele)
14:50–15:30Generalized law of mass action (LMA) with energetic variational approaches (EnVarA) and applications
(C. Liu)
Continuum limit of a hard-sphere particle system by large deviations
(M. Peletier)
Port Hamiltonian formulation of diffuse interface systems illustrated with a biphasic system
(B. Maschke)
GENERIC in continuum thermodynamics
(M. Pavelka)
Rheology of dense granular suspensions
(E. Guazelli)
15:40–16:20DiscussionDiscussionDiscussionDiscussionPhase separation on evolving surfaces
(C. Elliot)
16:20–17:30Moderated Round Table 1Moderated Round Table 2Pitch + Parallel Discussion16:20–16:45 Discussion & Closing Friday Afternoon

Note: All times are with respect to Central European Time ( UTC + 1)

Moderated round table 1, Tue October 27, 2020:
Synergies between Thermodynamics and Mathematics
(Moderators: A. Mielke, H.C. Öttinger, M. Peletier)

Moderated round table 2, Wed October 28, 2020:
Pros and Cons of Energy-Based Modeling Concepts
(Moderators: B. Maschke, V. Mehrmann, U. Thiele)

Contributions in parallel discussions on Thu October 29, 2020 by:

Bilen Emek AbaliTechnische Universität Berlin
Jürgen FuhrmannWeierstrass Insitut für Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik Berlin
Jan GiesselmannTechnische Universität Darmstadt
Xin LiuFreie Universität Berlin
Markus LohmayerFriedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen
Daniel MatthesTechnische Universität München
Christian MerdonWeierstrass Insitut für Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik Berlin
Petr PelechWeierstrass Insitut für Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik Berlin
Dirk PeschkaWeierstrass Insitut für Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik Berlin
Antoine ZurekTechnische Universität Wien

If you have questions of any type please contact or contact one of the organizers directly.