Mathēmatica Sōlis et Terrae: an Australian Academy of Science - Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference

Mathēmatica Sōlis et Terrae will bring together mathematicians, physicists and earth-system scientists to explore synergies in high performance computing for simulation.
This event is part of Special Year 2020 - Mathematical Physics but has been rescheduled to 2022 due to COVID-19.

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11 Apr 2022 | 8:30am - 12 Apr 2022 | 5pm
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  • General registration (in-person) $60
  • Student/retired fellow (in-person) $20
  • Plenary speakers $0
  • Online only $0

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This event was originally scheduled in the MSI Special Year 2020 - Mathematical Physics calendar but has been rescheduled to 2022 due to COVID-19.

The rapid progress and expansion of computational power will soon reach the exascale, and provide the compute to solve a new class of problems. The enabling science of high-performance computing is computational mathematics: permitting solution to high dimensional problems, improve the efficiency of calculation, and robustly quantify uncertainty.

Mathēmatica Sōlis et Terrae, an Australian Academy of Science Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference, is a two-day research conference. It will bring together a diverse group of disciplines to share challenges and explore synergies in high performance computing simulation in the fields of the solid Earth (geophysics), land-atmosphere carbon exchange (earth systems science), and solar physics.

The conference will cover topics in numerical analysis (e.g. Galerkin methods, spline-based techniques, sparse-grids, uncertainty quantification and matching layers) and applications in geophysics, Earth system science and solar and astrophysics.

This event is part of the MSI Special Year 2020 in Mathematical Physics


The online version of this schedule can be viewed here.


Slides for the talks are available here.

Plenary speakers

Numerical analysis

  • Santiago Badia (Monash University)
  • Jerome Droniou (Monash University)
  • Ulrich Rüde (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Solar / Fusion

  • Amitava Bhatarcharajee (Princeton University)
  • Michael Wheatland (University of Sydney)
  • Sergiy Shelyag (Deakin University)


  • Phil Cummins (Australian National University)
  • Alice-Agnes Gabriel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Dave Lee (Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia)

Earth Systems Science

  • Matthias Cuntz (INRAE, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment)
  • Clint Dawson (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Andy Hogg (Australian National University)

Organising committee

  • Professor Matthew Hole (Co-Chair, MSI)
  • Adelle Wright (Co-Chair and Program Chair, MSI)
  • Associate Professor Linda Stals (MSI)
  • Kenneth Duru (MSI)
  • Noa Kraitzman (MSI)

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Time: Apr 11, 2022 08:30 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Welcome, Conference Opening, and Logistics
Matthew Hole Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


Conservation and Casamir dissipation in Hamiltonian formulations of geophysical flluids using mimetic finite elements
David Lee Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


A generalised finite element method for Darcy flows in porous media with fractures
Siyang Wang Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


Towards energy-stable and conservative DG spectral element methods for Einstein's equations of general relativity
Kenneth Duru Password: D@r00^3DaknQ

10:20-11:00 Morning Tea

Computational modelling of the Sun's coronal magnetic field
Mike Wheatland Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


Simulation of wave-particle interaction in fusion plasmas using the hybrid model of the MEGA cod
Hooman Hezaveh Password: D@r00^3DaknQ

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Compound flood modelling for coastal environments
Clint Dawson Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


Santiago Badia Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


Nonlinear Reduced Modelling and State Estimation for Elliptic Parametric PDE
James Nichols Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


Convergence analysis of the leap frog algorithm for finding geodesics
Erchuan Zhang Password: D@r00^3DaknQ

15:00-15:30 Afternoon Tea

Challenges in modelling the land surface
Mattias Cuntz Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


Magnetic reconnection-driven dynamics in the Sun’s atmosphere
David Ponton Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


Supercomputing for earthquake physics using the ADER-DG Method
Alice-Agnes Gabriel Password: D@r00^3DaknQ


How NCI can support large data and compute requirements
Andrew Howard Password: D@r00^3DaknQ

17:30-18:30 Posters
19:00-21:00 Conference Dinner



Fast magnetic reconnection: Recent Developments
Amitava Bhatarcharjee Password: J_FjGG#0!k3X


Integrated Modelling Challenges in Fusion Energy Science
Matthew Hole Password: J_FjGG#0!k3X


Application of artificial intelligence methods to enhance traditional fusion plasma modelling technique
Nathan Garland Password: J_FjGG#0!k3X

10:20-11:00 Morning Tea

New methods to represent vertical coordinates in ocean models
Andy Hogg Password: J_FjGG#0!k3X


Numerical models for solar plasmas
Sergiy Shleywag Password: J_FjGG#0!k3X

12:20-13:40 Lunch

Next generation methods for the simulation of geophysical flows (and more...)
Jerome Droniou Password: J_FjGG#0!k3X

14:20-15:00 Afternoon Tea

Parallel multigrid for exascale simulations
Ulrich Rüde Password: J_FjGG#0!k3X


Structure Preserving and geometric discretisations for applications in particle-in-cell simulations
Sandra Jeyakumar Password: J_FjGG#0!k3X


Stories of mathematics and computational science in genetic mapping
Eric Stone

17:00-17:10 Closing


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