About the SPHERIC 2019 International Workshop

It is for us an honour to invite you to the 2019 edition of the SPHERIC international workshop that will take place in Exeter (UK) between the 25th and the 27th of June of 2019. The SPHERIC international workshop is a unique event, where the latest theoretical developments and practical applications of the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics method are presented. Some of the research topics that will be covered during the workshop will be:

  • SPHERIC grand challenges:
    • Convergence, consistency and stability (GC1)
    • Boundary conditions (GC2)
    • Adaptivity and variable resolution (GC3)
    • Coupling to other methods (GC4)
  • Interaction with solids and complex structures
  • Free surface flows and moving boundaries applications
  • Multi-phase flows and multiple continua
  • Viscosity and turbulence modelling
  • Incompressible flows
  • Numerics:
    • High-Performance Computing
    • Hardware acceleration and GPU computing
    • Visualization methods
Special attention will also be payed to the development of any potential applications of the SPH method. Some examples are:
  • SPHERIC grand challenges: Application to Industry (GC5)
  • Maritime and naval architecture applications
  • Hydraulic applications
  • Microfluidics
  • Astrophysics
  • Disaster simulations
  • Solids and Fracture Mechanics


SPHERIC, the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics European Research Interest Community, stimulates research and facilitates exchange of ideas among developers and users of SPH. As well as the Workshops, activities include newsletters, prizes, and networking. Any institution or company with an interest in SPH can become a member, free of charge. SPHERIC is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of ERCOFTAC, the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion.


To prevent problems with Euro - Pound Sterling conversion rates (quite volatile in this strong and stable days), we have updated the prices in the local currency. This are the exact same prices that have been offered all along at the online store when registering. Please, note as well that in order to make the registration process easier, the gala dinner is now included inside the registration fee package. Again, no change at all has been introduced in the prices . The changes are just designed to simplify the booking process.

  • Early registration (11:00 PM 15th of April): £285 (Student), £405 (Regular)
  • Full registration (4th of June): £325 (Student), £485 (Regular)
  • Late registration after 4th of June : £380 (Student), £580 (Regular) + bottle of Prosecco for the LOC
  • Training Day: £40 (Student), £40 (Regular)

After registration, an email will be sent with the link to perform the appropriate payment. The registration fees include opening reception, Tuesday evening BBQ, lunches, coffee breaks and gala dinner. The rest of the optionals (training day and accomodation) will be detailed in the online store link.

Training Day

For those of you with little or no experience on SPH, or those of you who want to get a grasp of the practical applications of the method, we will offer the traditional Training Day. On the 24th of June, you will have the chance to learn the basics of sph from world-class experts. The Training Day will be split into two morning lectures and a hands-on afternoon practice session. Make sure you sign-up for the day during registration! The preliminary program includes: a lecture by Dr. Guillaume Oger offering a general introduction to SPH and its latest developments, a lecture by Dr. Ricardo Canelas offering insight into some of the more applied aspects of SPH, and a practical training session using SPH-flow software. Please, take a look at our programme page for further details .

Abstract Submission

  • Abstract: Abstracts should be 1 page long and must include one illustrative figure outlining the quality of the results. Moreover, abstracts are expected to address the three major review criteria mentioned below. A comparison to reference solutions will be appreciated. An exemplary abstract can be found here . A pdf-version of the abstract should be submitted before the 1st of March 2019 via email to spheric2019@gmail.com. Authors submitting abstracts can choose between: (a) research, and (b) practical/industrial applications. Authors are also requested to assign their contribution to at least three Workshop topics in their email.

  • Review process The abstract will be reviewed by at least three experts. Notification of acceptance for publication will be given before the 25th of March 2019. The quality of the abstracts will be assessed using averaged ratings for 3 equally important categories, i.e. (1) novelty, (2) applicability & impact and (3) predictive accuracy & predictive improvements over the state-of-the-art. These categories are used for both types, (a) research and (b) real-life applications, so that there is an equal process for all abstracts.

  • Full paper: After notification of accepted abstract, authors should prepare their full 8-page paper according to the template. It is important NOT to put any page number in the paper. It is also recommended not to spend too much space on standard SPH equations on the paper, since readers are assumed to already know basics of SPH. Respective templates can be downloaded for Word here or LaTeX here documents. At least one author is expected to register for the workshop and present the paper. Papers with no registered authors will not be published. Papers should be submitted before the 3rd of May 2019 in pdf format via email to spheric2019@gmail.com.

  • Libersky student prize: The Libersky Prize is awarded at every SPHERIC Workshop for the best work by a student, based on their presentations and papers, as judged by the Scientific Committee. All students who present at the Workshop are considered for the award, which is named in honour of Prof. Larry Libersky, one of the pioneers of SPH in engineering. Student authors, who would like to sign up for the student prize should indicate it with the submission of the paper. Note that to be eligible for the student prize, the student must be the first author on the paper, and also give the presentation.

Information for authors

  • Regular presentations are 13 minutes long. Instead of taking questions after each talk, there is a discussion period at the end of every session, involving all speakers.

  • A built-in PC will be provided with Windows 10 and MS Office 2016. VGA and HDMI connections are available for laptops.

  • In advance of your session, please either copy your presentation onto the built-in PC, or test your laptop. Workshop staff will be available to assist.

  • England uses G electrical connctions. We will have a limited set of EU/UK adaptors, but you are strongly encouraged to bring your own.

Important dates

  • 18th of February 2019: Abstract submission deadline ==> Extended until 1st of March
  • 25th of March 2019: Announcement of selected abstracts
  • 5th of April 2019: Early registration deadline ==> Extended until 11:00 PM 15th of April
  • 3rd of May 2019: Final paper submission deadline
  • 10th of May 2019: Author registration deadline
  • 4th of June 2019: Regular registration deadline (After this, an extra late fee will be charged)

Local Organizing Committee (University of Exeter)

Pablo Loren-Aguilar
Matthew R. Bate
Sam Morrell
Hazhar Rasull
Ahmad Ali
James Wurster
Rosie Hawkins

Scientific Organizing Committee

Dr. Ben Rogers (Univ. of Manchester, UK)
Prof. Stefano Sibilla (Univ. of Pavia, Italy)
Dr. Alex Crespo (Univ. of Vigo, Spain)
Prof. David Le Touzé (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France)
Dr. Damien Violeau (EDF LNHE, Chatou, France)
Dr. Nathan Quinlan (NUI Galway)
Dr. Jean-Christophe Marongiu (ANDRITZ Hydro, France)
Dr. Andrea Colagrossi (INSEAN, Italy)
Dr. Xiangyu Hu (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Prof. Rade Vignjevic (Brunel University of London, UK)
Dr. Antonio Souto-Iglesias (Technical University of Madrid)
Dr. Renato Vacondio (Univ. of Parma, Italy)
Dr. Matthieu De Leffe (Nextflow Software, France)
Dr. Abbas Khayyer (Univ. of Kyoto, Japan)
Prof. Walter Dehnen (Univ. of Leicester, UK)
Dr. Raj Das (RMIT University, Australia )
Prof. Alexis Hérault (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France)
Prof. Joe Monaghan (Monash University, Australia)
Prof. Peter Eberhard (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Prof. Moubin Liu (Peking University, China)
Dr. Mehmet Yildiz (Sabanci University, Turkey)
Dr. Alexandre Tartakovsky (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
Dr. Pablo Loren-Aguilar (University of Exeter, UK)
Prof. Aman Zhang (Harbin Engineering University, China)
Prof. Xu Fei (Nortwestern Polytechnical University, China)