Since its foundation the Society for Natural Philosophy has played a central role in the promotion of mechanics research and has often encouraged efforts to look at unexplored areas of physics and to establish fruitful interactions with mathematics. Following the tradition, this 52th meeting of the Society, entitled “Scale Bridging in Mathematical and Mechanical Sciences”, is focused on the formulation, analysis, and simulation of boundary-value and initial-boundary-value problems for partial-differential equations describing the behavior of materials which exhibit complexity and structure on varying length and time scales. Attention is specifically addressed to the mechanics of complex fluids and solids, including nano- and biomaterials.
The meeting is open to contributions on phenomenology, modeling and mathematical analysis of related problems. Leading researchers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering, will discuss the current work and open problems. We intend the main conference talks to emphasize insight, depth and breadth of methodologies. A goal of the conference is to expose graduate students and young researchers to the challenges and opportunities in fundamental research of applying mathematics to physical and engineering sciences.
The meeting will be the occasion of the 2014 Truesdell Lecture, to be given by Professor Constantine Dafermos (Brown University).
The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, or University of Brazil (Portuguese: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, or Universidade do Brasil) is a public university in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UFRJ is the largest federal university in the country and is one of the Brazilian centers of excellence in teaching and research. Its fertile and productive scientific, artistic, and cultural environment and contributions are recognized nationally and internationally. In 2013 QS World University Rankings ranked UFRJ as the best Brazilian federal university, as well as the third best university in the country occupying the eighth position among institutions of Latin America. In 2013 the Ranking Universitário Folha (RUF) ranked UFRJ as the 2nd best university in Brazil and the best Federal University of the country.
Brazil's first official higher education institution, it has worked uninterruptedly since 1792, when the "Real Academia de Artilharia, Fortificação e Desenho" (Royal Academy of Artillery, Fortification and Design, precursor to the university's current Polytechnic School) was founded, and served as basis for the country's college system since its officialization in 1920. Besides its 157 undergraduate and 580 postgraduate programs, UFRJ is responsible for seven museums, most notably the National Museum, nine hospitals, hundreds of laboratories and research facilities and forty-three libraries. Its history and identity are closely tied to the Brazilian ambitions of forging a modern, competitive, and just society.
The university is located mainly in Rio de Janeiro, with satellite facilities spreading to another ten cities. Its main campuses are the historical campus of "Praia Vermelha" (Red Beach) and the newer "Cidade Universitária" (College City), which houses the "Parque Tecnológico do Rio" (Technology Park of Rio) - a science, technology and innovation development cluster. There are also several off-campus units scattered in Rio de Janeiro: the School of Music, the College of Law Studies, the Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences and the Institute of History, in downtown Rio; the National Museum and the Valongo Observatory in São Cristóvão; and the high-school unit "Colégio de Aplicação" (Application College) in Lagoa. To the city of Macaé, located in the State's northern region, was dedicated a research and learning center focused on environmental issues and oil-related matters, and the city of Duque de Caxias, in partnership with the National Institute of Metrics, Normalization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro), saw the implementation of "Pólo Avançado de Xerém" (Advanced Center of Xerém), aimed at boosting research in the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology.
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