Computational Methods for PDEs Summer School

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA   August 3-9, 2019

held in conjunction with the 2019 deal.II Users and Developers Workshop.

Registration: To register, please go here. The deadline is April 30, 2019.
With help from the National Science Foundation, we will be able to support travel to the workshop by US-based undergraduate and graduate students.

Program and Topics

The Summer School consists of a three day introduction to computational methods for PDEs that includes an introduction to the deal.II finite element library, followed by a four day deal.II workshop (see the separate website for the deal.II workshop).

The audience for this workshop are primarily graduate students in the US, be we would like to encourage interested undergraduate students to apply.

The Computational Science community is not diverse, with women and minorities woefully underrepresented. This Summer School is an attempt at addressing this situation in some sense, and we will give women and applicants from underrepresented groups substantial priority.

To participate successfully, you should have some background in programming, and knowledge about ODEs/PDEs and linear algebra. We will review the mathematical foundations throughout the course, though.

The first part of this school will consist of a mix of lectures, hands-on tutorials, and free time to experiment. Our plan is to cover a broad spectrum of topics including:

  • An introduction to PDEs
  • An introduction to basic numerical methods and numerical linear algebra
  • An overview of the Finite Element Method with a focus on practical aspects
  • A tutorial on the deal.II Finite Element library
  • A conversation about career opportunities in computational mathematics.
The goal is to introduce participants to the world of practical PDE solution methods and, in particular, for participation in part two, the deal.II workshop that is otherwise intended for existing deal.II users and developers.


  • August 2: arrival
  • August 3-5: Summer School with lectures, tutorials, tinker time
  • August 6-9: deal.II workshop
  • August 10: departure
The complete program and time schedule can be found here.


Wolfgang Bangerth (, Colorado State University;
Juliane Dannberg (a University of California, Davis;
Timo Heister ( University of Utah;
Annalisa Quaini ( University of Houston;
Natasha Sharma ( University of Texas at El Paso.


When and where?

August 3-5, 2019 at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA. The workshop will be held in the Weber building primarily occupied by the Department of Mathematics. The Summer School will be followed by the deal.II workshop August 6-9, 2019.

Travel Information to Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins is located in Colorado, approximately one hour north of Denver. To get there, you would fly to Denver (airport code DEN, serviced by all major domestic and many international airlines). There is then a shuttle that takes you directly to Fort Collins, with the option of being dropped off on campus, close to the hotel for participants.