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FEniCS‘17 at University of Luxembourg, 12-14 June 2017.

The 2017 FEniCS Conference was hosted at the University of Luxembourg on 12-14 June 2017.


Jack Hale’s summary of the conference is available on the NumFOCUS blog.
Conference proceedings are now available at doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.5086369.v2.
Pictures of the conference are available for download here.

Thanks to everyone for making the FEniCS Conference 2017 yet another enjoyable and productive meeting! See you next year.

Prize and award winners

  • Best PhD presentation: Wietse Boon.
  • Runner-up best PhD presentation: Carl Lundholm.
  • Best postdoctoral presentation: Johannes Neumann.
  • Best poster presentation: Sebastian Mitusch and Simon Funke.
  • NumFOCUS travel award winners: Johannes Neumann and Hernán Mella Lobos.
  • Google Summer of Code students: Ivan Yaschuk and Michal Habera.


29 May 2017: Our travel award winners are supported by a NumFOCUS small grant award. Thanks NumFOCUS!
16 May 2017: The programme is now available online.
10 May 2017: Registration is now closed.
4 May 2017: Speakers should prepare talks that last around 12 minutes.
3 May 2017: Registration and payment deadline extended until 9 May 2017.
27 April 2017: Travel award decisions sent.
26 April 2017: Abstract and travel award submission are now closed.
13 April 2017: Deadline for abstract and travel award submission and has been extended until 24th April 2017.
29 March 2017: We have funds available for travel awards to the conference. Please see Travel awards for more details.
11 January 2017: Registration and abstract submission are now open.


The FEniCS‘17 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‘17 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

  • Conference 12-14 June 2017.


All participants must register for the conference. Registration and payment opened on 11 January 2017 and closed on 2 May 2017 9 May 2017. The conference registration fee is €200, and includes payment for lunches, coffee breaks and the conference dinner. Participants will be sent payment instructions for invoice or bank transfer once they have registered.


The conference will start on 12 June at 12:00 with an informal lunch. Talks will begin on 12 June at 13:00. The conference dinner will take place on the evening of the 13 June. The conference will end on 14 June at 13:00. On request, private meeting rooms can be booked 12 and 14 June.


  • Single track session for talks.
  • Dedicated poster session.
  • Plenty of time for informal discussions and coding.
  • Best student presentation prize.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the University of Luxembourg in Salle Tavenas.

Salle Tavenas is a converted church located in the residential neighbourhood Limpertsberg, around 15 minutes walk, or 5 minute bus ride (lines 2, 3, 4, 30) north west from the centre of Luxembourg.

Getting to Luxembourg

Luxembourg is served by Luxembourg Findel Airport (LUX) with regular flights from many European destinations. Regular transfers to Luxembourg Airport are available from European airports with international connections, including London Heathrow (LHR), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Frankfurt (FRA).

Luxembourg can also be reached by direct high-speed rail connections with Paris and Strasbourg, and standard rail connections from Cologne and Brussels.

From Luxembourg airport you can travel to the centre of Luxembourg on Bus 16 in around 20 minutes. Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding bus 16 from the machine adjacent to the bus stop outside the front of the terminal. For €2 you can travel on all public transport for 2 hours.

You can also take a taxi from Luxembourg airport to the centre in around 10 minutes. Typical prices are ~€30 on weekdays, rising to ~€60 on Sundays.


Please book your own accommodation. Once you have registered we will send you a list of hotels and discount codes we have arranged for the conference. Luxembourg is a relatively compact city but its geography is quite complex and hilly! Check Google’s walking/transit instructions before booking. We politely advise you book accommodation at least a few months in advance of the conference date. For guests on a budget, we highly recommend the Luxembourg Youth Hostel that offers single private rooms from around €40 per night.

If you have more time…

You might enjoy a guided walking tour through the UNESCO-recognised old quarters and fortifications of Luxembourg City on the afternoon of 14 June. If there is sufficient demand, we can also organise a private walking tour on the morning of 12 June. Please email mail+fenics@jackhale.co.uk before the 2 May 2017 if you are interested.

Other highlights of Luxembourg include Vianden Castle and the UNESCO-recognised photograph exhibition The Family of Man at Clervaux Castle in northern Luxembourg. For further tourist information, please see Visit Luxembourg.

Travel awards (closed)

The travel awards are designed to encourage current users of FEniCS to become regular contributors or core developers. At the conference we will organise a special session to allow attendees to meet the core developers and ask any questions about the code base. Applications are welcome from all, but priority will be given to those 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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a poster or talk abstract to the conference as well.

Applications for travel awards are to be sent to fenics-steering-council@googlegroups.com. Please send: a short CV as a PDF attachment, and an itemised estimate of costs to attend the conference. We require a half page description of the specific activities that you will contribute to the FEniCS Project. We interpret contributions very broadly; activities could include answering Q&A threads, squashing a few bugs on the bugtracker, implementing a small new feature, or enhancing documentation and the documented FEniCS demos. Other ideas are most welcome. Please be ambitious but also realistic with your ideas!

Abstract submission (closed)

Talk and poster abstract submission opened on 11 January 2017 and closed on 24 April 2017 via Easychair. 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.

Local organising committee


FEniCS‘17 is supported by the University of Luxembourg and NumFOCUS.

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