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LIFD 5th Birthday Celebration

Thursday 25 - Friday 26 January, 2024, see schedule
University of Leeds/Leeds

We are pleased to invite colleagues to attend the upcoming LIFD 5th birthday celebration event. This event is open to internal and external colleagues and is free to attend, it will be hosted in person in Leeds. Venue details and a finalised schedule will be shared following registration.


If you would like to submit an abstract for a poster at this event, please email to request an application form.

Current draft schedule:

Date Time Activity
25th Jan 2024
12.00-13.30 Lunch and registration
13.30-13.45 Welcome
13.45-14.30 Keynote talk – Prof Stephen Belcher, Chief Scientist, Met Office
14.30-15.15 Dr Sepideh Khodaparast, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

x1 speaker TBC

15.15-15.45 Break – tea/coffee/biscuits
15.45-16.15 "The importance of UK Fluids to UKRI" - Dr Andy Lawrence Head of Engineering, EPSRC
16.15-16.45 "LIFD achievements over the past 5 years and the future of fluid dynamics" - Prof Steve Tobias, LIFD Director, University of Leeds
17.00-18.00 Drinks reception, canapés and posters
18.00-18.45 Keynote talk - "Stability and Meta-stability: a challenge for fusion" - Sir Steven Cowley, Director, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
26th Jan 2024 09.00-09.30 Arrival and Tea/Coffee
09.30-10.15 Keynote talk "The relevance of fluids research to industry and to society" - Dame Ann Dowling, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge
10.15-11.30 Women in Fluids discussion panel - Guneet Hawley (Arup), Dr Claudia Castro Faccetti (AirRated), Dr Carolanne Vouriot (University of Sheffield),  other panellists TBC
Discussion topics: why fluid dynamics?; inspiration; barriers/challenges and how to overcome them; how does fluids need to change?; how do we get more women into fluids?
11.30-11.45 Break – tea/coffee/biscuits
11.45-12.30 Fluids outreach – examples and opportunities:  Maths World UK CEO Dr Katie Chicot and LIFD outreach ambassadors Yatin Darbar and Ciara Higham, University of Leeds
12.30-13.15 "Adjoints and their uses in fluid mechanics" Dr Calum Skene, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds

x1 speaker TBC

13.15-14.00 Lunch and outreach demos
14.00-14.45 Keynote talk "The fluid dynamics of infections - from science to policy" - Prof Cath Noakes, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds
14.45-15.00 Close - Prof Steve Tobias, LIFD Director, University of Leeds