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LIFD 5th Birthday Celebration

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


Day one – 25th January 2024

Time Activity
12.00-13.30 Lunch and registration
13.30-13.45 Welcome - Prof Nick Plant, DVC for Research and Innovation, University of Leeds
13.45-14.30 Keynote talk - Professor Stephen Belcher, Chief Scientist, UK Met Office

"The fluid dynamics of weather and climate forecasting"

14.30-15.15 Dr Sepideh Khodaparast, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

"Fluid-driven approaches for precision surface patterning"

Maria Taccari, School of Civil Engineering and School of Computing, University of LeedS

"Deep Learning for Groundwater Modelling"

15.15-15.45 Break
15.45-16.15 Dr Andy Lawrence, Head of Engineering, EPSRC

"The importance of UK Fluids to UKRI”

16.15-16.45 Professor Steve Tobias, LIFD Director

“LIFD achievements over the past 5 years and the future of fluid dynamics”

17.00-18.00 Drinks reception, canapés and posters


Keynote talk and Public Lecture - Sir Steven Cowley, Director, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

“Stability and Meta-stability: a challenge for fusion”


Day two – 26th January 2024

Time Activity




Keynote talk - Professor Dame Ann Dowling,

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge

“The relevance of fluids research to industry and to society”



Women in Fluids discussion panel - Guneet Hawley (Arup), Dr Claudia Casto Facetti (AirRated), Dr Carolanne Vouriot (University of Sheffield), Dr Talia Tokyay Sinha (Mott MacDonald), Prof Dame Jane Francis (British Antarctic Survey and University of Leeds)


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?

11.15-11.45 Break
11.45-12.30 Maths World UK CEO Katie Chicot and LIFD outreach ambassadors Yatin Darbar and Ciara Higham, University of Leeds

“Fluids outreach and Engagement– examples and opportunities”

12.30-13.15 Dr Calum Skene, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds

“Adjoints and their uses in fluid dynamics”

Dr Thomas Sykes, University of Oxford

“Droplet impact on liquid pools”

13.15-14.00 Lunch and Outreach Demos
14.00-14.45 Keynote talk- Professor Cath Noakes,

Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds

"The fluid dynamics of infections - from science to policy"

14:45-15:00 Close- Professor Steve Tobias, Professor of Applied Mathematics, LIFD Director, University of Leeds