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Since its beginning in the 1950s, the finite element method has become one of the most popular numerical methods for solving Partial Differential Equations. It has given birth to famous commercial and industrial codes developed or used by engineering and industrial companies. On  another hand, it has been of particular interest to a very large number of applied mathematicians and numerical analysts. Along with the exponential increase of computing power and memory capabilities, new challenges are continuously brought by applications, the increasing level of complexity (multi-physics, multi-scale, nonlinearities,...) of the mathematical models involved and the need for high performance computing.

This workshop is composed in its main part with a series of 3 mini-courses (approximately 8 hours long each) on some recent developments and challenging applications given by experts in their fields:

- Nitsche's method for unilateral contact problems (Lecturer: Franz Chouly – Université de Franche-Comté)
- Structural Optimization (Lecturer: François Jouve – Université Paris Diderot)
- Numerical techniques for uncertainty quantification in random PDEs (Lecturer: Lorenzo Tamellini - CNR-IMATI )

We also allow participants to give a talk on any subject related to the finite element method. Advanced doctoral students, postdoctoral students and young researchers are particularly encouraged. Financial support is available for graduate and postdoctoral students.

The target audience is  composed of graduate and postdoctoral students, academic and industrial researchers, who are familiar with the finite element method or any related numerical method for partial differential equations.

To be considered for financial support, please contact José Manuel Urquiza (Jose.Urquiza@mat.ulaval.ca).