Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

Variational models for material failure

created by solombrino on 04 Oct 2022
modified on 20 Jul 2023

20 sep 2023 - 22 sep 2023   [open in google calendar]

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Understanding the failure behavior of a great amount of different materials is currently among the most fascinating challenges lying at the interface between mathematics, physics, and materials science. Macroscopic phenomena such as plasticity, damage or fracture are considered to be the result of atomistic interactions and effects occurring on mesoscopic scales. Characterizing the interplay of such different material scales is therefore a key problem for the description of the physics behind the phenomena. This leads to a variety of interesting challenges spanning from fundamental modeling issues to rigorous mathematical foundations. A comprehensive mathematical understanding of material failure relies on a variety of different techniques including continuum mechanics, calculus of variations, geometric measure theory, partial differential equations, and nonlinear functional analysis. The aim of the workshop is to bring together internationally renowned mathematicians and promising young researchers.

More details on the topics, the venue and the schedule can be found on the website of the conference.

Registration is free, but mandatory. Please register by July 31 by sending a message to

Limited funding for early career researchers is available.

Organizers: Manuel Friedrich, Francesco Solombrino.

Speakers: Stefano Almi, Jean-François Babadjian, Annika Bach, Andrea Braides, Antonin Chambolle, Sergio Conti, Gianni Dal Maso, Elisa Davoli, Gilles A. Francfort, Alessandro Giacomini, Flaviana Iurlano, Carolin Kreisbeck, Maria Giovanna Mora, Matteo Negri, Matthias Ruf, Lucia Scardia, Bernd Schmidt, Caterina Ida Zeppieri.