Fluid2Bio IP 2013

Intensive Programme "If Fluid Dynamics Turns to Biology"

24 June - 5 July 2013, University of L'Aquila

Welcome to the 2013 Intensive Programme (IP) in Fluid2Bio

If Fluid Dynamics Turns to Biology

24 June - 5 July 2013, University of L'Aquila

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Coordinator: Donatella Donatelli

Coordinating Institution: University of L'Aquila (Italy)

Location: University of L'Aquila (Italy)

Scientific Committee

  • Donatella Donatelli (IP coordinator, Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of L'Aquila, Italy)
  • Eduard Feireisl (Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic )
  • Luca Formaggia (MOX,  Department of Mathematics, Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
  • Ansgar Jüngel (Institute for Analysis and Scientific Computation, Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • Josef Malek (Mathematical Institute, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Danuta Makowiec (Institute of Theoretical Physics, Gdansk University, Poland)
  • Rodolfo Repetto (Department of Civil, Enviromental and Architectural Engineering, University of Genova, Italy)
  • Jaroslaw Rybicki (Department of Solid State Physics, Gdansk University if Technology, Poland)
  • Jennifer Siggers (Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, Great Britain)
  • Eleuterio F. Toro (Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy)

List of Partner Institutions and Local Coordinators of the IP Fluid2Bio 2013

University of L'Aquila (Italy) - Coordinator, Prof. Donatella Donatelli
University of Genova (Italy) - Prof. Rodolfo Repetto
Politecnico di Milano (Italy) - Prof. Luca Formaggia
University of Trento (Italy) - Prof. Eleuterio F. Toro
Imperial College London (Great Britain) - Prof. Jennifer Siggers
Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic ) - Prof. Josef Malek
Vienna University of Technology (Austria ) - Prof. Ansgar Jüngel
University of Gdansk (Poland) - Prof. Danuta Makowiec
Gdansk University of Technology (Poland) - Prof. Jaroslaw Rybicki


With a very suggestive image it has been said: “Mathematics is the lens through which to view the universe”. This IP has the aim to contribute further and to justify in a deeper sense that statement. In the common view of the sciences, physics and chemistry are thought to be heavily dependent on mathematics, while biology is often seen as a science which only in a minor way leans on quantitative methods. In contemporary biology there are many areas which depend heavily on rather advanced mathematics and in particular on fluid dynamics. The development of mathematical methodologies is now considered a major issue in the biological sciences (see the recent advances in mathematical modelling for haemodynamics, or cancer growth).

The Intensive Programme (IP) called "If Fluid dynamics turns to Biology - Fluid2Bio 2013" aims to address those issues and to provide the proper background to PhD and MSc students in order to deal with those problems and situations. Today, mathematicians with expertise as diverse as non-linear partial differential equations, dynamical systems, probability, statistics and stochastic processes, combinatorial mathematics, graphs and networks, and low dimensional topology are engaged in this broad endeavor. In this contest the present project will manly focus on the interplay between fluid dynamics and biological phenomena. Research in physiological fluid mechanics uses the techniques of mathematical modeling, and numerical and asymptotic analysis. Some of the main applications are to blood flow in the cardiovascular system, t fluid dynamics of the eye, growth and development of bacterial biofilms...

The proposed IP  will consist of a set of short courses and seminars and  is addressed mainly to MSc and PhD students in Applied Mathematics, Bioengineering, but also students in Biotechnology. The major target of the program is to contribute to the process of disseminating knowledge and expertise in applied mathematics methods (in particular in the fluid dynamics field) and models in biology, both at a Master and at a PhD level. Based on well- established PhD schools, we aim to provide our students with the possibility of complementary interdisciplinary training at the interface of mathematics, fluid dynamics and biology.

The participation of students and teachers from the partner universities will be supported by the LLP Erasmus Programme. The programme will be held in the period June 24 - July 5, 2013.


Applicants from partner institutions are eligible for a reimbursement of living and travel expenses.

This contribution is offered by the LLP Italian National Agency. llp erasmus logo

We assume to select:

  • around 30 students (MSc or PhD) for the contribution for travel costs and the contribution for accommodation and subsistence costs: this corresponds to about 4 students for each partner institution. Applications will close on March 30, 2013.

The contact person of each institution in the Organizing Committee is responsible for the selection of students in their universities.

Details about Reimbursement

Reservation for lodging and contribution for subsistence costs.

Please notice that students and teachers from partner universities will be hosted in university premises free of charge for the whole period of the IP. Unfortunately, the Erasmus agency applies a very low daily amount for subsistence costs of students (22 euro per day, both for lodging and full board). That's why, in addition to the accommodation, we can confirm that we will only be able to offer students free access to the university canteen (open on working days). We hope we'll be able to offer some additional support to students, but we cannot guarantee anything at the moment.



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