Northwestern Nonlinear PDE Conference
in conjunction with
The 50th Midwest PDE Seminar
October 4-6, 2002
Northwestern University


Objectives: The aim of the conference is to bring together mathematical scientists with interests in nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications to present recent developments and explore new connections between PDE and other areas in mathematics and related fields in the sciences, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the successful series of Midwest PDE seminars since Avner Friedman hosted the first Midwest PDE Seminar at Northwestern University (May 7-8, 1977). This conference is a part of the scientific activities of the Northwestern PDE Emphasis Year 2002-03.

Scientific Program: The program will consist of 45-minute plenary lectures starting at 3:00pm, October 4 (Friday), and ending about 5:40pm, October 6 (Sunday), 2002. The conference will take place in Leverone Hall G40 (the Stern Classroom) of Kellogg School of Management, 2001 Sheridan Road, Evanston (near the corner between Sheridan Road and Foster Street). For more details about the location, please see Kellogg School of Management.

Sponsors: The National Science Foundation, the Department of Mathematics, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Dean's Office of Weinberg College of Northwestern University.

Invited speakers include : M. Salah Baouendi (UC-San Diego), Jerry Bona (UI-Chicago), Luis Caffarelli (Austin), Xinfu Chen (Pittsburgh), Michael Crandall (Santa Barbara), Constantine Dafermos (Brown), Bjorn Engquist (Princeton), Avner Friedman (Ohio State), James Glimm (Stony Brook), Bei Hu (Notre Dame), Carlos Kenig (Chicago), Peter Lax (New York), Fanghua Lin (New York), Tai-Ping Liu (Stanford), Richard Melrose (MIT), Cathleen Morawetz (New York), Paul Rabinowitz (Wisconsin), Fernando Reitich (Minnesota), and Neil Trudinger (ANU-Canberra)

Organizing Committee: Gui-Qiang Chen, George Gasper, and Joseph Jerome

The following will be in residence: J. Achenbach, A. Bayliss, A. Bellow, K. Burns, G.-Q. Chen, D. Chopp, S. Davis, A. Devinatz, G. Forni, S. Friedlander, G. Gasper, E. Hsu, J. Jerome, B. Kath, Y.-C. Li, J. Liang, B. Matkowsky, M. Miksis, W. Olmstead, M. Pinsky, H. Riecke, S. Salur, M. Silber, K. Song, M. Tidriri, M. Torres, V. Volpert, J. Wunsch, J. Xia, and E. Zaslow.

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    Support We have some limited funds to help support the participation of graduate students, postdoctoral faculty, and active senior researchers who don't have grant support. We particularly encourage people who belong to currently underrepresented groups (minorities and women) to apply. We will begin making decisions by the end of August.

    We now have a form to apply for support. If you are interested in applying, please print it, fill it out and send it to the address at the bottom of the form.

    Registration There will be no registration fee for this conference. However, we now have a registration form. Please click here for a copy. You can return the completd form to us either by fax to Melanie Rubin at 847-491-8906 or by regular mail (The addresses are on the form). Please return the form to us as soon as possible. Hotel information is included on the form. You can also send us an email note about registration.

    Accommodations Here is some preliminary information on accommodations. Please make your individual hotel reservations. In order to receive a special conference rate, please indicate ``Northwestern PDE Conference'' with Mathematics Department of Northwestern University.

    The following hotels have agreed to block off rooms for participants of the conference, for the nights of October 4-6, until September 10, 2002.