Edinburgh Slow-Fast-Ival

By Nikola Popovic

The Edinburgh Slow-Fast-Ival was  held on July 4 and 5, 2019 at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS).

Slow-fast (multiple-scale) systems of both ordinary and partial differential equations feature prominently in applications from the physical and life sciences. The mathematical analysis of the resulting singular perturbation problems constitutes an active research frontier. The workshop addressed recent advances and challenges in the field, with a focus on singularly perturbed reaction-diffusion systems; however, contributions spanned a wide variety of topics and included piecewise smooth systems, neuronal models, computational approaches, engineering applications, and stochastic processes. The principal aim of the workshop was to encourage an exchange of ideas, to advance the state of the art, and, in particular, to foster interactions between local and overseas researchers; in addition to a substantial local and UK contingent, the workshop attracted participants from Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, and Serbia.

The workshop consisted of two days of 40-minute presentations by both leading experts and junior researchers; two presentations, by Martin Wechselberger (University of Sydney) and Daniele Avitabile (University of Nottingham), were overview-style, and pitched at a level that was suitable for graduate students in the field. The programme was organised in such a way that ample time was available for participants to interact and network in between and after presentations, with two coffee breaks and a buffet lunch served on each day. A workshop dinner at a local-area restaurant provided an opportunity for participants to sample Scottish food and drink. 

The Edinburgh Slow-Fast-Ival was organised by Nikola Popovic (School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh), who was also the scientific coordinator; logistic and technical support was provided by staff at the ICMS, which is located in the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh. The workshop was generously funded by a Partnership Collaboration Agreement between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sydney; supplementary funding was made available by the Maxwell Institute Graduate School in Analysis and its Applications (MIGSAA).

The conference poster next to a plaque in honour of the namesake of the Bayes Centre.


 Nikola Popovic and Tatiana Filatova (both University of Edinburgh) during a coffee break.