FEniCS 2020

FEniCS 2020 at University of Cambridge.

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Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the UK and across the world, FEniCS 2020 (originally planned for June 2020) has been postponed. We are looking to reschedule the conference in September 2020. Further details will be posted here shortly.


  • 20th November 2019: Conference announced.
  • 2nd December 2019: Call for papers and Registration open. These have been closed until the rescheduled date is confirmed.
  • 18th February 2020: Travel Grant Applications open
  • 16th March 2020: Conference postponed


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.


  • 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.


Registration will re-open once the rescheduled date is confirmed. 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.

Conference Venue

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

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.

  • 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

NumFOCUS have kindly offered to support travel awards for attendees who would otherwise struggle to come to the conference for financial reasons, e.g. students and early-career researchers or those working in countries with a less developed research infrastructure. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a poster or talk abstract to the conference.

To apply for a travel award, send a letter of motivation, an estimation of travel costs, CV and if applicable, the conference abstract to fenics20@bpi.cam.ac.uk. Applications will be assessed by the local organising committee. The cut-off date for applications is TBC.

Applications submitted before the conference was postponed will be considered for the new dates.

Local organising committee

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