ESI Workshop


New exciting trends in the study of free-boundary problems have recently emerged, and renewed interest has been sparked among mathematicians, also in view of promising implications for applications. Special emphasis will be placed on shape optimization, minimal surfaces, phase-field analysis, fracture, delamination, phase transition, mean curvature flow and quasistatic evolutions in elastic media.


The workshop aims at providing an international platform to present and discuss the state of the art and the most recent developments in the field. Prominent scientists in the areas of calculus of variations, partial differential equations, geometric flows, and continuum mechanics are brought together with interested participants to promote the exchange of ideas and enhance collaborations.


Giovanni Bellettini, Shokhrukh Kholmatov and Paolo Piovano

The workshop period is coming closer now. Since the COVID-situation is still very uncertain, in order to make the conference safe we have decided to move it ONLINE-only mode. We are really sorry, but apparently it is still not the time for such an event in presence. We apologize for any inconvenience this might create.


In case of interest in participating, please register by sending an email to specifying name, affiliation, and mail address (by January 21, 2022).


The workshop is hosted and supported by the Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematics and Physics (ESI) in Vienna. Partial support is acknowledged from FWF through the project entitled "Curvature-driven evolution problems" (grant P33716), MAMBOing project (grant TAI293) and OSCI project (grant P29681), and from BMBWF through the OeAD-WTZ project (grant HR 08/2020).


Previous Events:
Modeling of Crystalline Interfaces and Thin Film Structures: A Joint Mathematics-Physics Symposium
Location: ESI Vienna, November 11-15, 2019
Organizers: Ulrike Diebold, Irene Fonseca, and Paolo Piovano
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