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9th European Postgraduate Fluid Dynamics Conference


EPFDC 2019

9th European Postgraduate Fluid Dynamics Conference

16th - 19th July 2019

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: is opened

Abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2019

Notification of acceptance: May 19, 2019


Welcome to the website of the 9th European Postgraduate Fluid Dynamics Conference. The Institute of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics is proud to host this unique conference.

"Aimed towards PhD students

organised by PhD students"

follows the spirit of the conference series, which is addressed to doctorial students from europe working in the field of fluid mechanics. The participants will get a chance to present their research topic and results in an ambience of equals. Thanks to the financial support of:

the conference fee reduces to:

130,00€  (includes one year EuroMech Membership)

included: conference dinner, BBQ after the hiking tour, lunch, coffee & tea breaks, entrance student club, book of abstracts and welcome bag

not included: accomodation

The conference will take place in the Curie lecture hall of the Technische Universität Ilmenau from 16th till 19th July 2019 and we will welcome you on 16th July 2019 at the Curie Building.

Previous Conferences

2007 - Birmingham, UK

2008 -    Keele, UK

2009 - Nottingham, UK

2010 - Paris, France

2011 - Göttingen, Germany

2012 - London, UK

2014 - Ilmenau, Germany

2016 - Warsaw, Poland


EuroMech membership is required to attend the European Postgraduate Fluid Dynamics Conference.

Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Silke Britzen

PD Dr. Silke Britzen works in the Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) group at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn. Her scientific research focuses on supermassive black holes and their jets. Black holes are among the most fascinating astronomical objects. Supermassive black holes can be found in the centers of galaxies. Active galaxies are those galaxies with a supermassive black hole which is being fed with matter from the surrounding galaxy. These Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) belong to the most energetic phenomena in the Universe. VLBI observations allow to study these AGN with the highest resolution possible in astronomy. The aim is to not only study the jets of these AGN in finest detail but also to get a snapshot of the photon sphere around the event horizon of a supermassive black hole - the shadow of the black hole.

Prof. Dr. Björn Hof

Björn Hof and his research group investigate how complex chaotic dynamics develop in nonlinear systems. Fluid turbulence is probably the most common and at the same time most relevant example of spatio-temporal disorder in nature. Despite its ubiquity, insights into this phenomenon are very limited. While the majority of turbulence research is concerned with statistical properties at very high velocities, our approach is to investigate turbulence when it first arises from laminar motion. Professor Hof and his team combine detailed laboratory experiments with highly resolved computer simulations and apply methods from nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hussong

Jeanette Hussong is Junior Professor at the Ruhr-University Bochum. After her PhD graduation in 2011 at TU Delft she moved to Bochum and established the Research Group of Laser Measurement Techniques in Multiphase Flows. Her research interests are in the field of microfluidics, laser measurement techniques and multiphase flows. Current research topics are in the field of laser-induced single bubble cavitation, stability problems and fractionation of microfluidic suspensions as well as combined laser-measurement techniques for microflows.



Professor Dr. André Thess

Professor Dr. André Thess is the director of the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) – DLR – and head of the Institute of Energy Storage at the University of Stuttgart. The DLR does research in the field of efficient energy storage systems that conserve natural resources, and next generation energy conversion technologies. Professor Thess is focusing on thermal energy storage, electromagnetic processes and high-temperature measurement technology. After graduating his PhD at Technical University Dresden, he worked on his research at Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, at the Institute de Mécanique de Grenoble (France) and as a fellow of the German Research Council (DFG) at Princeton University.




Organisation team

Organisation team

Chair: Anna Hertlein
Co-chair: Alice Lösch
Sebastian Moller
Hennig Otto
Wiebke Rösing
Sebastian Bohm


For any comments or questions please write an email to:

or call: +49 3677-69-3681/3682


Local Youth Hostel

Am Stollen 49, 98693 Ilmenau

  • 4 bed dorm ensuite (25,50€ per night)
  • limited allocation
  • rich breakfast included
  • 15min walking distance to the lecture hall
  • supermarket across the street

Hotel "Mara"

Krohnestraße 5, 98693 Ilmenau

  • Single room standard: 68,00€ (reduced room rate for TU Ilmenau)
  • Buisness room: 75,00€
  • Double room standard: 85€
  • per night including breakfast and Wifi

The hotel is about 300 meters away from the conference building and the train station.

Hotel "Zur Tanne"

Lindenstraße 38, 98693 Ilmenau

  • Single room standard: 63,00€ (reduced room rate for TU Ilmenau)
  • Buisness room: 80,00€
  • Double room standard: 94€
  • per night including breakfast and Wifi

The hotel is about 1 kilometer away from the conference building and the train station.

Map of Ilmenau with the accommodations and the conference building. Click to enlarge.



Ilmenau is a small town with 30.000 inhabitants and 6.400 students. Located in the centre of the famous Thuringian Woodlands and with a beautiful Campus, the town offers a perfect working environment for this conference in cultural, social and scientific manner. Many famous people like Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Martin Luther lived and worked in a close vicinity and appreciated the beautiful nature. Ilmenau’s beautiful city center, the scenic landscape with many hiking trails around as well as a great variety of historical places in the close vicinity (e.g. the Wartburg, where Martin Luther translated the bible into the German language within eleven weeks) allow unforgettable social events to get together.

Ilmenau University of Technology founded in 1894 as a private technical center for electrical and mechanical engineering has a long history in scientific research and engineering. Today, the university  comprises five faculties that offers the students a pioneering and interdisciplinary education in 18 Bachelor and 23 Master courses. A specific social network, called we4you  takes care of our about 700 foreign students.

The Institute of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics was founded in 2008 gathering the Departments of Thermodynamics (Prof. Dr. Christian Cierpka), Theoretical Fluid Dynamics (Prof. Dr. Jörg Schumacher) and Aerodynamics (Prof. Dr. Claus Wagner). The main research activities of the institute are focused on the fields of Thermal convection, Magnetohydrodynamics and Renewable Energy. On the field of thermal convection our institute hosts and operates two unique experimental facilities: the Barrel of Ilmenau (BOI) - the world-wide largest convection experiment and the Scaled Convective Air flow Laboratory EXperiment (SCALEX) – a pressurized vessel filled with sulfur hexafluoride where indoor flows can be investigated in geometric scales up to 1:20. For the study of liquid metal flows a fully equipped lab with the Liquid Tin Calibration facility (LiTinCa) and the Tin Test Loop facility  (TinTeLo) are available. In the Microfluidic Laboratory, combined fluid mechanical measurements, e.g. astigmatic particle tracking velocimetry (APTV) and electrochemical characterization methods are performed to analyze microfluidic systems, such as membraneless microfluidic fuel cells.


Ilmenau is located almost in the centre of Germany, about 50 kilometers south from Erfurt. You can travel to Ilmenau by plane, train, or car.

Travelling by plane

We would like to recommend to go by plane to the airports of Frankfurt/Main (FRA) or Leipzig (LEJ), or also to Berlin (TXL or SXF). There are ICE train connections from all of these airports to Erfurt. The trip to Ilmenau from Leipzig/Halle takes about 3 hrs, from Berlin about 4 hrs, and from Frankfurt about 5 hrs.

Travelling by train

You can travel to Ilmenau by train via Erfurt (ICE station), where you can use the connecting train to Ilmenau. The trip from Erfurt to Ilmenau takes about an hour.

The last station is "Ilmenau Bahnhof".

Deutsche Bahn (englisch webpage)

Travelling by car

We recommend to leave the A71 motorway using the exit "Ilmenau Ost" and then follow the street till you pass two roundabouts. At the coming traffic lights turn left and follow the street till the next traffic light where you have to turn right. Now you are in front of the conference venue.


In diesem Sommer öffnete die Technische Universität Ilmenau bereits zum zweiten Mal vier Tage lang ihre Pforten für zahlreiche europäische Jungwissenschaftler aus dem Bereich der Fluidmechanik. Im Zuge der 9th European Postgraduate Fluiddynamics Conference stellten insgesamt 40 Doktoranden aus 18 verschiedenen Einrichtungen sieben verschiedener Ländern ihre Promotionsarbeiten und Forschungsprojekte vor.

Insgesamt sechs Doktoranden aus den Fachgebieten Aerodynamik und Technische Thermodynamik des Instituts Thermo- und Fluiddynamik und vom Fachgebiet Technische Physik organisierten die wissenschaftliche Veranstaltung, die ausgehend von der European Mechanics Society alle zwei Jahre in verschiedenen Ländern Europas stattfindet. 

Neben den Beiträgen der Doktoranden wurde das wissenschaftliche Programm von Vorträgen renommierter Wissenschaftler umrandet. So eröffnete Jörg Schumacher, Professor für Strömungsmechanik an der Technischen Universität Ilmenau, die Konferenz mit einem Vortrag über Numerische Untersuchungen zur Turbulenz in Wolken. Am zweiten Tag gab Frau Jeanette Hussong, Junior-Professorin der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, einen Einblick in die Mikrofluidik, bei der sich die Eigenschaften der kleinskaligen Strömung maßgeblich aufgrund ihrer Größe ändern. Als weiterer Gast folgte Professor André Thess, der mittlerweile das Institut für Technische Thermodynamik am Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt in Stuttgart leitet, unserer Einladung. Der ehemalige Leiter des Institutes für Thermo- und Fluiddynamik der Technischen Universität Ilmenau sprach über thermische Energiespeicherung.

Um den Teilnehmern der Konferenz einen Blick über den Tellerrand zu ermöglichen, wurde im Zuge eines öffentlichen Vortrages am Abend ein Ausflug in die Astrophysik unternommen. Frau Dr. Silke Britzen vom Max-Planck- Institut für Radio Astronomie in Bonn berichtete über ihre Arbeiten in der Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, die im April diesen Jahres das erste Bild des Schattens eines Schwarzen Loches veröffentlichte. Der Vortrag war öffentlich und fand im Humboldt-Hörsaal statt.

Im Laufe der Konferenz hatten die Besucher außerdem die Möglichkeit, die experimentellen Einrichtungen zu besichtigen, die die Technische Universität Ilmenau auf dem Gebiet der Strömungsmechanik zu bieten hat. So wurde zum Beispiel eine Wanderung ins Schorte-Tal angeboten, wo das weltgrößte Rayleigh-Bénard-Experiment – das Ilmenauer Fass – von den Ilmenauer Doktoranden vorgestellt wurde.

Im Fokus der Konferenz stand neben dem fachlichen Austausch selbstverständlich auch das Knüpfen neuer Kontakte und Freundschaften. Gelegenheit dazu gab es während der Abendveranstaltungen. Am ersten Abend der Konferenz fand im bc-Studentenclub ein welcome barbecue statt, bei dem in lockerer Atmosphäre bei Bratwurst und Bier das erste Eis gebrochen wurde. Etwas vornehmer ging es am zweiten Abend beim Konferenzdinner zu. Während der Führung durch Schloss Elgersburg und dem anschließenden Sektempfang mit live-Piano vor herrlicher Kulisse wurden die Besucher in die märchenhafte Welt des Thüringer Waldes entführt. Beim anschließenden Abendessen im Restaurant Schloss Elgersburg lieferte ein Buffet nach traditionell Thüringer Art auch ein kulinarisches Highlight. Am letzten Abend trafen sich die Teilnehmer im BD CLUB, um die Konferenz bei live Musik ausklingen zu lassen.

Alles in Allem war die Konferenz ein voller Erfolg und wir sind sehr gespannt, welche europäische Einrichtung der nächste Ausrichter der European Postgraduate Fluid Dynamics Conference wird.