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ERCOFTAC Montestigliano Spring School 2018

ERCOFTAC Montestigliano Spring School 2018

Lattice Boltzmann Methods for Fluid Dynamics Simulations

15-21 April, 2018



Lattice Boltzmann Methods gained wide acceptance in fluid dynamicscommunity as a versatile tool for complex flow simulations,including but not restricted to turbulence,fluid-structure interaction, multiphase and multi-componentflows, flows in porous media, to mention a few areas ofapplications. In response to the growth in scope and applications,the school aims at introducing the lattice Boltzmann methodsto young researchers, and to bring them to the up-to-datedevelopments in the field.

Format of the school willinclude a crash-course (3-4 lectures) on the lattice Boltzmannmethod, followed by practical work on setting up a lattice Boltzmanncode using a framework. Depending on student’s interests, we shallset specific problems to work on in smaller groups. Results willbe collected at the end of the school. Overall, the primary goal ofthe school is that every participant gains practical experience inwriting her/his own lattice Boltzmann code and running firstsimulations within a week, gets familiar with the basics of thetheory behind and projects a specific fluid dynamics problem to workon after the school ends (optionally).

Material of the schoolwill be based on the course “Fluid dynamics with the latticeBoltzmann method” taught yearly at ETH Zurich. This includes slidesof lectures, lecture notes and the framework code.

Invited Keynote speaker: 

Prof.Ilya Karlin and Dr. Fabian Bösch from ETH, Zurich (


The workshop will take place at the picturesque estate of Montestigliano in the heart of Tuscany. The village of Montestigliano is composed of 18th century buildings, typically of Tuscan architecture. Located 15 km south-west of Siena, it provides a stunning landscape and a stimulating environment for both intensive work and relaxation. The 18th century houses and farm buildings have been carefully restored to retain their original features common to Tuscan architecture.
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About ERCOFTAC Montestigliano Spring School

Ercoftac Montestigliano Spring School is an event for young scientists covering a specific multi-disciplinary and modern topic in fluid mechanics. Its format is based on an interactive teaching concept. Besides the traditional supervision by the student's advisor, the typical education of a PhD student seldom involves hands-on training under the guidance of a true expert in a particular and complementary field. University courses succeed in laying a foundation in rudimentary (and even a few specialized) concepts. Conferences, minisymposia and standard workshops expose young scientists to recent advances.In Montestigliano, students collaborate intensively during a full week in small groups under the guidance of a world-leading expert in a specialized topic.


The workshop starts with two or three (~2h long) lectures by the invited speaker on the chosen topic. During the week the students work in groups of 3-4. They are given a challenging project designed by the invited speaker and the organizers. The projects are often supplemented by Matlab codes and other material (papers, notes) that form an ideal starting point for the students. The projects are commonly divided into three categories: (A) basic concepts, (B) advanced concepts and (C) open questions at a research level. Students present their projects on the final day and submit a report 1-2 months after the workshop. In exceptional cases, these reports form the basis for a journal publication. The speaker and organizers are available during the entire week and work in close contact with the groups, helping out when difficulties arise or filling in missing knowledge.
Being in a remote area of Tuscany, the participants (organizers and student) are responsible for lunches and dinners. In this way, the student quickly become aquatinted with each other and a very warm and friendly atmosphere is created.

How to apply

Applications of prospective participants should contain:

1. A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume of the applicant (max one page
2. A short letter of purpose from the student (max one page), highlighting in particular the relevance of the workshop to his/her research topic.
A short description of the research topic should also be included.
3. A short letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the applicant (max one page).
This letter should be sent directly by the advisor to the organizers.
The applications can be submitted to any of the organizers.
Selected candidates will subsequently be notified and will receive a fellowship
that covers accommodation. Travel costs to and from the workshop venue have to carried by the home institute. Registration fee is 100€.

Deadline forapplications: 4th March, 2018

Shervin Bagheri

Linné Flow CentreKTH

Mechanics, Stockholm +46(0)730421659