Challenges in Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics and Fluid Dynamics

A conference in honor of the 60th birthday of Charlie Doering

May 23–25, 2016
Provo City Library at Academy Square
Provo, Utah, USA

Organizers: Bruno Eckhardt (Marburg); Len Sander (Michigan); Jean-Luc Thiffeault (Wisconsin); Jared Whitehead (BYU).


There has been significant progress in both statistical physics and fluid dynamics in the past century, both from a theoretical perspective, and a more practical, application-oriented perspective. Both of these fields lie at the foundation of our ability to understand the physical world and universe in which we live. In addition, deeper understanding of these areas will lead to improved products in many other fields including the engineering sciences, and biomedical applications that will enhance quality of life. This conference brings together world leading experts to discuss both recent advances in their respective fields, and to raise current challenges and identify key areas where significant contributions can be made.

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Confirmed speakers

Daniel ben-Avraham (Clarkson University)
Peter Constantin (Princeton University)
Robert Ecke (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
John Gibbon (Imperial College London)
Katja Lindenberg (University of California San Diego)
Anna Mazzucato (Pennsylvania State University)
Felix Otto (Max Planck Institute for the
Mathematics in the Sciences)
Sidney Redner (Boston University & Santa Fe Institute)
Xiaoming Wang (Florida State University)


Department of Mathematics, Brigham Young University


Here is the program for the conference (updated 2016-05-19). (Program with abstracts.)

Accomodations and Travel


The Marriott is close to the conference venue (0.6 miles). Use this link to get the special rate ($111/night before taxes).

We can set up a shuttle service to/from the Marriott to the Library if needed. Please contact one of the organizers if you are interested in this service.

Another more economical (but further walk) option is the Baymont Inn & Suites. Use this link to reserve a room for $69 per night.


Provo is about 1h15 by car from the nearest airport, Salt Lake City (SLC). There are shuttles such as Express Shuttles and Supershuttle. Taxis can also be used but are quite expensive.

If you're renting a car, there's a Google Doc to coordinate shared rides.