Mini-course/workshop on the application of computational mathematics to plasma physics

24–27 June 2019

Plasma is the “fourth state of matter", consisting of electrons and ions that are not bonded to each other. Plasma physics studies the collective behaviour of plasmas and their interaction with electromagnetic field and gravity, and has a wide range of applications such as controlled fusion, space propulsion, astrophysics, solar physics and material processing. Numerical solution and simulation play a key role in plasma physics, especially for complicated geometry and highly nonlinear processes.

Computational mathematics is deeply embedded in plasma simulations, as the equations of interest are often high dimensional, nonlinear and sometimes singular. This event aims to promote communications between computational mathematicians and plasma physicists, to seek solutions to the long-standing difficulties in computational plasma physics, and identify applications for newly developed algorithms and computational techniques.

This event is part of the MSI Special Year 2019 in Computational Mathematics.

June 24-25: Mini-course

The mini-course is intended to familiarise the students and staffs in both computational mathematics and plasma physics with numerical methods relevant to the workshop. It is also helpful as a recap for mathematicians, and an opportunity for physicist to understand the underlying mathematics of the relevant numerical codes.

June 26-27: Workshop

In the workshop, plasma physicists will describe unsolved or difficult computational plasma physics problems they have encountered in their work. Mathematicians will present potential applications of their work.

Invited speakers

  • Prof. Frank Jenko, Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics, Germany
  • Dr. Stuart Hudson, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Dr. David Pfefferle, the University of Western Australia
  • A/Prof. Lei Chang, Sichuan University
  • Dr. Naoki Sato, Kyoto University
  • Dr Seikichi Matsuoka, National Institute for Fusion Science
  • Dr Apurv Kumar, Australian National University

Organsing committee

  • Zhisong Qu, Australian National University
  • Matthew Hole, Australian National University
  • Robert Dewar, Australian National University

Partners & sponsors

Registration is now open. 

 AINSE is pleased to sponsor travel for students from interstate and NZ.  To  request this support please send an email to either Brittany Joyce ( or Dr Zhisong Qu ( together with a CV and a few sentences describing your current project and addressing why the workshop is helpful.  



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If you are catching a taxi or Uber to the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute, ask to be taken to Building #145, Science Road, ANU. We are located close to the Ian Ross Building and the ANU gym. A Taxi from the airport will usually cost around $40 and will take roughly 15 minutes. Pricing and time may vary depending on traffic.

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