Summer School on Calculus of Variations and Applications

Ponta Delgada


September 4-9, 2006

Scientific Program
PDE thematic semester


The "Summer School on Calculus of Variations and Applications" is a satellite conference of the International Congress of Mathematics, and part of a special semester on Partial Differential Equations at the Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry, and Dynamical Systems; it is held on Hotel Marina Atlantico, Ponta Delgada, Acores (see venue for more information).

Attention: There are same changes in the school program. Please see Scientific Program

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The main goals of this school are to expose students and young researchers to recent developments and current problems in the Calculus of Variations, and to provide a stimulating environment for research exchanges and networking opportunities


  • Differential inclusions, Γ-convergence
  • Relaxation, Regularity, Geometric Measure theory

  • Lecturers

  • Andrea Braides (Universita degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy)
  • Bernard Dacorogna (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Irene Fonseca (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Nicola Fusco (Universita degli Studi di Napoli ``Federico II", Italy )


  • The passage from discretes systems to continuous variational problems, Andrea Braides
  • Non convex problems of the calculus of variations and differential inclusions, Bernard Dacorogna
  • Variational methods for thin structures, Irene Fonseca
  • Sharp isoperimetric inequalities and applications to quantitative Sobolev inequalities, Nicola Fusco

  • List of invited Speakers

  • Roberto Alicandro (Universita degli Studi di Cassino, Italy)
  • Jean-Francois Babadjian (SISSA, Trieste, Italy)
  • Mikil Foss (University of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA)
  • Francesco Maggi (Universita degli Studi di Firenze)
  • Maria Giovanna Mora (SISSA, Trieste, Italy)
  • Massimiliano Morini (SISSA, Trieste, Italy)
  • Giovanni Pisante (Seconda Universita degli Studi di Napoli, Italy)
  • Ana Margarida Ribeiro (FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal)

  • Summer school schedule: please check scientific program

    Contributed Talks

    Graduate Students and Postdocs are encouraged to contribute a (30 min.) presentation for this Summer School. The deadline for Submission of contributed abstracts is May 31, 2006.

    Financial Support

    Advanced undergraduate students and Graduate students are encouraged to apply for financial support. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2006.


  • Deadline: June 31, 2006.
  • Students Fee: 100 Euros
  • Non-Students Fee: 200 Euros
  • Members of Azores University Fee: 50 Euros
  • Please indicate in the registration form the type of payment: Cash, check (in both cases the payment would be made in Azores) or wire transfer NEW!!! .

    Conference Visit: To be announced

    List of Participants (to be updated)

    Scientific committee

  • Irene Fonseca (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh)
  • Diogo Gomes (Instituto Superior Técnico)
  • Giovanni Leoni (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh)

  • Organizing committee

    Margarida Baía, José Matias and Pedro Santos (Instituto Superior Técnico)