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6th Applied Mathematics Symposium Münster

Recent advances in the Calculus of Variations

September 16-19, 2019, Münster, Germany

The Calculus of Variations is a research field whose boundaries have been constantly pushed by questions emerging both in pure mathematics and in the applied sciences. The scope of this Workshop is to bring together experts in the field who will present talks on recent advances in theoretical and applied problems in the Calculus of Variations.




Workshop participation is free of charge. However, a registration is required. Please register until July 15, 2019, by writing an email to  am.symposium@uni-muenster.de.

Financial Support

The accomodation expenses in Münster Youth Hostel for a limited number of young researchers, will be covered. Please contact us and send us a CV together with a short description (half a page) of your research interests.


The Book of Abstracts can be downloaded here.


8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:10 Welcome
9:10-10:00 Stephan Luckhaus
Rigidity estimates on the sphere
10:00-10:50 Matteo Novaga
Almost minimal configurations for nonlocal energies
10:50-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-12:10 Lucia Scardia
Multiscale problems in dislocation theory
12:10-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:50 Martin Kruzik
Quasistatic evolution for dislocation-free finite plasticity
14:50-15:40 Marco Cicalese
Does the N-clock model approximate the XY model?
15:40-16:10 Coffee break
16:10-17:00 Bernd Schmidt
Surface energy and boundary layers for a chain of atoms at low temperature
18:30 Reception in the lounge (2. floor of SRZ)


9:00-09:50 Alexander Mielke
Gamma convergence of dissipation functionals and EDP convergence for gradient systems
09:50-10:40 Martin Burger
Pattern Formation in Vectorial Variational Problems modelling Biological Interactions
10:40-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-12:00 Ulisse Stefanelli
Two structure-preserving discretizations for gradient flows
12:10-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:50 Antonin Chambolle
On Poincare-Korn and Korn inequalities for functions with small jump set
14:50-15:40 Marcello Ponsiglione
Uniform distribution of dislocations at semi-coherent interfaces
15:40-16:10 Coffee break
18:00-19:30 Guided tour of the city. Meeting point: St.-Paulus-Dom


9:00-09:50 Andrea Braides
Limits of convolution functionals
09:50-10:40 Mark Peletier
Continuum limit for annihilating dislocations in one dimension
10:40-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-12:00 Massimiliano Morini
Existence and uniqueness of anisotropic and crystalline mean curvature flows
12:10-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:50 Lisa Beck
Lipschitz bounds and non-uniform ellipticity
14:50-15:40 Florian Theil
Presence of order in atomistic models for solids
15:40-16:10 Coffee break
16:10-17:00 Antoine Gloria
Effective properties of a fluid with suspensions
19:00 Social dinner at Ratskeller


9:00-09:50 Giovanni Alberti
Minimal planar N-partitions and N-clusters for large N
09:50-10:40 David Bourne
Semi-discrete optimal transport and applications
10:40-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-12:00 Sergio Conti
Dislocation microstructures and strain-gradient plasticity with a single active slip plane
12:10-14:00 Lunch


The workshop takes place in room SRZ 217 on the second floor of the seminar building located at

(Google Maps)

Orleansring 12
48149 Münster

Travel Information

The University of Münster is located in Münster, Germany. (An alternative spelling of Münster is Muenster - note that this is different from Munster, Germany!)

By plane:

The airport Münster-Osnabrück (FMO) is located 30 km from Münster. A bus service to Münster central station is available (45 min). The airport Düsseldorf (DUS) is further away, but offers far more international connections. The train ride to Münster central station is 90 minutes. Details about connecting busses and trains are available via bahn.de.

Public transport:

Münster is well connected by train. For details see bahn.de. Starting at central station, several bus lines lead to the department. Best choices are probably bus routes 5, 11, 12, 22 direction Gievenbeck or Nienberge. Get off at bus stop Coesfelder Kreuz after about 15 minutes. To get to the department, go right and cross the street with traffic lights. There is a flat building right after the corner which is connected to a 9-story-building, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Behind these buildings, there are two modern buildings with an aluminium-colored corrugated sheet facade. The workshop takes place in the modern building on the left.

By car:

Use your favourite routing service. There are parking lots next to the buildings at Orleansring 10-12, 48149 Münster, Germany. The buildings are new, and so is their address. Google Maps has them correctly listed.


The workshop is supported by the Cluster of Excellence "Mathematics Münster: Dynamics - Geometry - Structure".