ESCO 2008

European Seminar on Coupled Problems
Jetrichovice, Czech Republic
June 8 - 13, 2008

Nowadays, increasingly many computer models in various areas of engineering and science include the interaction of multiple physical fields. These models pose completely new challenges which were unknown in standard single-field problems. The numerical analysis of coupled problems is far behind the needs of practitioners, and computational experimentation often takes place where rigorous numerical methods need to be developed.

ESCO 2008 is an international workshop co-sponsored by the Institute of Thermomechanics of Czech Academy of Sciences, the University of Texas at El Paso, and IMACS. Its objective is to advance the frontiers in the mathematical modeling and numerical analysis of coupled problems rooted in various areas of engineering and science. ESCO 2008 will bring together leading applied mathematicians and engineers working in the area of coupled problems, to identify emerging research directions and establish new collaborations.

The meeting will have a single-session format with at most 60 participants. Every abstract will go through a review process. Proceedings of ESCO 2008 will be published in Math. Comput. Sim. (MATCOM), impact factor 0.534 (as of 2006). All papers will be subject to a standard review process. Papers related to oral and poster contributions will be subject to the same acceptance criteria.

Conference topics

Confirmed keynote speakers

Conference program and participants

The program can be found here along with the list of participants.

Scientific committee

Important dates

Conference venue

The workshop will be held in the Bellevue hotel located in a small tourist village Jetrichovice, in the heart of the national park Bohemian Switzerland. This region, sometimes also called Czech or Czech-Saxonian Switzerland, is one of the most beautiful parts of the Czech Republic. The area has been a tourist attraction for the last 150 years, visited by such famous figures as Hans Christian Andersen, the German painter Caspar David Friedrich, and even the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. Today, the area continues to offer miles and miles of hiking trails among incredible sandstone formations that include the largest natural stone bridge in Europe, which rises to the height of 16 meters and is 26 meters wide. During the last 10 - 15 years, the national park become one of the most favorite tourist destinations in central Europe. Many beautiful photos of Bohemian Switzerland can be found here.

The Bellevue hotel offers accommodation in both single and double-occupancy rooms with beautiful view of the national park, two pools, sport facilities including bike rentals and bowling lanes, sauna, restaurant, bar, and a wine cellar. Free gated parking is provided.

Besides the scientific program, the workshop will include a Welcome Reception, Farewell Party, and a free afternoon suitable for exploring the national park.


After your abstract has been accepted, please print out the registration form, fill it in, and send scanned copies of this form, payment confirmation, and student ID (if applicable) to the conference e-mail address. Early registration fees for payments received on or before March 31, 2008 are:

The fees include 19% VAT. Starting with April 1, 2008, late fees of EUR 690, EUR 490, and EUR 240 apply, respectively. The fees cover the accommodation in Bellevue hotel during the conference, meals, coffee breaks, welcome reception, and farewell party. Students will be accommodated in double rooms. Bank information can be found here

Travel information

All participants are expected to arrive at the Bellevue hotel in Jetrichovice on Sunday June 8, 2008. Dinner will be provided at 7 - 7:30 pm.

Using conference bus from Prague
If you travel by airplane, use the Airport Express shuttle to get to the railway station Nadrazi Holesovice (Praha Holesovice). These are public transportation buses of white/red color, marked with the logo "AE". They depart from the airport every 30 minutes (at ..., 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, ...). Tickets can be purchased from the driver for 45 CZK or 2 EUR. Have the exact amount ready. The AE stop is on your right when you exit Terminal 2 of the airport, and on your left when you exit Terminal 1. Typically, passengers arriving from European airports land at Terminal 2. In either case, you have to cross the street where cabs park to get to the AE stop. Nadrazi Holesovice is the terminal stop of the AEs. The ride takes approx. 30 - 40 minutes, depending on the traffic. People in the airport's information booth will help you if you have any questions. The organizers will provide a bus departing from Nadrazi Holesovice at 5 pm on June 8. This will be a yellow Mercedes. The bus should be waiting there from 4 pm. Nadrazi Holesovice lies on the red line (C) of the Prague subway system, and thus is reachable from the center of Prague easily. The conference bus will wait in a long-distance bus terminal adjacent to Nadrazi Holesovice. Note that there also is a bus terminal which belongs to the Prague public transportation system. If you get there, find the other one (see orientation plan of Nadrazi Holesovice). On Friday June 13, the same bus will return from the conference venue to Prague Airport (making a stop at Nadrazi Holesovice). Expected arrival at Prague Airport is around 5 pm. The fare per ride is 20 EUR and it will be collected at registration (Sunday after dinner).

Travelling from Prague on your own
For people who would like to see more of the Czech Republic and get to the Bellevue Hotel in Jetrichovice via an EC train and taxi from Decin, the instructions can be found here.

Driving to Jetrichovice
You need to reach the city of Hrensko located on the Czech-German border at the Labe (Elbe) river. Depending on the direction you are coming from, this is possible either from Decin (Czech side) or from Dresden (German side). From Hrensko drive to Mezni Louka (6 km) and Jetrichovice (5 more km). The Bellevue hotel is located ca. 200m from the village center in uphill direction.

Acceptance of credit cards and EUR
There are no banks or ATMs in Jetrichovice. The hotel offers currency exchange from EUR to CZK. Local restaurants and souvenirs shops only accept CZK. Inofficially, they will also accept EUR since they are used to many foreign visitors, but the exchange rate may not be the best for you. You will not be able to use your credit cards in the hotel or in the village, so it is recommended that you carry some cash with you for small local expenses.

Organizing committee

Contact information

E-mail: esco2008-at-math-dot-utep-dot-edu (PREFERRED)
Fax: +420-286-890-433
Phone: +420-266-052-058
Mailing address:
Jana Noskova, ESCO 2008 Secretary
Institute of Thermomechanics
Czech Academy of Sciences
Dolejskova 5
CZ-18200 Prague
Czech Republic