FEniCS 2020

FEniCS 2020 at University of Cambridge, 24-26 June 2020.

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The FEniCS Conference will take place at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge UK, on 24-26 June 2020.



The FEniCS 2020 conference is an opportunity for all those interested in the FEniCS Project and related projects to exchange ideas, communicate their results and network with the automated scientific computing community. We welcome developers, existing and potential users of the FEniCS ecosystem as well as mathematicians, computer scientists and application domain specialists interested in numerical methods, their implementation and applications.

The FEniCS 2020 conference will emphasise an open and inclusive atmosphere, contributed talks from a diverse range of scientific areas, and dedicated time for discussions and coding.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission:  by 10 April 2020.
  • Application for travel support: by 13 March 2020 – details to come.
  • Early registration: by 30 April 2020.
  • Tutorial Day: 23 June 2020.
  • Conference:  24-26 June 2020.
  • Conference Dinner: 24 June 2020.


  • Single track session for talks.
  • Dedicated poster session.
  • Plenty of time for informal discussions and coding.
  • Best student and postdoc presentation prize.
  • Tutorial Day in run-up to conference.
  • Conference dinner on Wednesday June 24.


Registration is now open. All participants must register for the conference. The conference registration fee will include payment for lunches, coffee breaks and the conference dinner. The registration fee is £150 for students, £200 for everyone else. The tutorial day (see below) is an optional extra. We also have a few places available at the conference dinner for extra guests.


We will be holding a FEniCS tutorial on 23rd June 2020 using the training facilities of the University Information Services in Cambridge. The tutorial will be run by the FEniCS-X developers and expert users. Topics will include:

  • Building FEniCS-X from source and using HPC systems
  • Solving problems in solid and fluid mechanics
  • Writing your own custom kernels and assemblers

Places are limited to 25 attendees, and the cost is £95. Attendees should be familiar with finite element methods, and already have some experience with using FEniCS.

Abstract submission

Talk and poster abstract submission is now open. Each participant can submit one talk and/or one poster abstract for review. A PDF version of the abstract must be submitted using the instructions provided on Easychair. A LaTeX template is available for your convenience.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, Wilberforce Road, CB3 0WA, UK.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday 24th June at Westminster College, Cambridge.

Getting to Cambridge

Inside the UK:

  • By train: take the train to Cambridge. There are plenty of taxis at the station, and there is also a useful bus service “U” which will take you to Wilberforce Road.
  • By bus: the X5 bus service (from Oxford) also runs along Madingley Road, nearby.
  • By car: Cambridge is a small city, and parking is difficult. Most places are within walking distance. We may be able to arrange local parking for a small number of participants, based on need. Please contact us. However, there is also a Park and Ride site about 20 minutes walk away, on Madingley Road.

From overseas (Europe):

  • By air: fly to Stansted airport and take the train (see above) or bus service (National Express) to Cambridge
  • By train: take Eurostar to St Pancras station (London). There is a direct connection from St Pancras or Kings Cross to Cambridge.

From overseas (outside Europe):

  • Fly to London Heathrow or Gatwick airports.
  • Both Heathrow and Gatwick have direct bus connections to Cambridge with National Express.
  • Train from Heathrow: take the Heathrow Express train to London Paddington, London Underground from Paddington to Kings Cross, then the direct service from Kings Cross to Cambridge (1hr).
  • Train from Gatwick: direct connection to Cambridge (2hr).


Participants will need to book their own accommodation. The end of June is a busy time in Cambridge, and accommodation will be in short supply. Please think ahead and book soon.

  • Some colleges may have basic rooms available (but they tend to release them about 3 months before, so check in early April). Some rooms may be available at Westminster College – call them on +44 1223 330630.
  • A good budget option is Premier Inn on Huntingdon Rd.
  • Hotel Felix is a good 4 star hotel nearby.

If you have more time

Things to do in Cambridge:

  • Museums – The Fitzwilliam Museum, science museums.
  • Parks – Jesus Green, Midsummer Common. Punt on the river.
  • Colleges – Kings College Chapel, Trinity and St Johns.
  • River – visit The Backs and Grantchester Meadows.

Travel awards

As in previous years, we are hoping to support travel awards for attendees who would otherwise struggle to come to the conference for financial reasons, e.g. junior students and researchers or those working in countries with a less developed research infrastructure. More information will be available soon.

Local organising committee