Many models in mechanics, physics and biology invoke thin structures and physical processes therein. With this workshop we intend to bring together mathematicians and physicists working on the modeling, mathematical analysis and numerics of such models. In particular, topics of interest include variational models for thin films (e.g. featuring wrinkling, prestrain and microstructure) and vector- and tensor-valued partial differential equations on surface (e.g. models for surface liquid crystals and surface fluids).

The workshop features presentations by invited speakers and contributed short talks and is organized by Stefan Neukamm, Oliver Sander, and Axel Voigt.

Time and Venue

Invited Speakers

  • John Ball (Oxford, UK)
  • Sören Bartels (Freiburg, Germany)
  • Peter Bella (Leipzig, Germany)
  • Amin Doostmohammadi (Oxford, UK)
  • Marta Lewicka (Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Andreas Fery (Dresden, Germany)
  • Alain Goriely (Oxford, UK)
  • Peter Hansbo (Jönköping, Sweden)
  • Patrizio Neff (Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Gaetano Napoli (Lecce, Italy)
  • Paul Plucinsky (Minnesota, USA)





Organizational information


Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place on Sept 26 during a boat round trip on the Elbe river on the boat MS Meissen.


(Deadline August 24, 2018)

The number of workshop participants is limited. Therefore registration for participation is mandatory and possible till August 24, 2018. The registration fee is 70 EUR.

For the registration please proceed as follows:

  1. Send an Email to with the following information:

    First Name, Given Name, Affiliation.
    Please indicate, if you are willing to give a short talk (title and abstract is required).
    Please indicate, if you would like to participate in the conference dinner (it is included in the registration fee).

  2. After you receive the confirmation of your registration, payment of the registration fee needs to be made by bank transfer to the following account:

    Account holder: Förderverein für Mathematik zu Dresden e.V.
    Credit institute and address: Bank für Kirche und Diakonie - KD-Bank in 44135 Dortmund, Germany
    Swift Code / BIC: GENODED1DKD (note that “O” here denotes the letter in the alphabet.)
    IBAN: DE65 3506 0190 1627 8500 22
    Purpose: ThinStructures2018 + [YOUR LAST NAME] [YOUR FIRST NAME]

    In order to correctly process your registration, the payment must be received by September 1, 2018.

Support: We gratefully acknowledge financial support by the DFG in the context of TU Dresden’s Institutional Strategy “The Synergetic University”. The workshop is supported by “Förderverein für Mathematik zu Dresden e.V.