Dear Colleague,


We would like to invite you to participate in a research workshop entitled: "Invariance and Model Reduction for Multiscale Phenomena" that will be held in ETH, Zurich from August 26 to August 29. The theme of the workshop is deliberately broad in scope and aims at promoting an informal exchange of new ideas and fresh methodological perspectives in the increasingly important, inherently interdisciplinary and quite insightful area of invariant manifolds and dynamic model reduction for multiscale phenomena. The main thematic areas of the workshop are:


1) Invariant and Inertial Manifolds: Theoretical and Computational Approaches


2) Invariance and Model Reduction: Theoretical and Computational Approaches


3) Specific areas of study represented in the workshop: Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, kinetic theory, hydrodynamics and mechanics of continuous media, (bio)chemical kinetics, nonlinear control theory, nonlinear estimation theory, perturbation theory, classical mechanics, coarse-graining approaches


We believe that your presence and contribution would significantly enhance the quality of the workshop and enable the realization of its main objectives.

The workshop activities will involve 30min presentations in thematically similar areas organized in sessions, open discussions on new developments and promising interdisciplinary research directions, as well as informal social activities.


At this stage we would like to invite you to submit a title and brief abstract of your talk (if you have not submitted one electronically) by June 10, 2003.


Furthermore, participants should submit a paper by October 31, 2003 to be included into a Proceedings volume, that can form the basis of a series of peer-reviewed papers published in a special issue of a reputable journal, should the efforts of the organizing committee to convince the journal's editor prove successful. Furthermore, interested participants should feel free to contribute to a "notebook of open problems" that is going to be included into the Proceedings volume as well, by preparing a problem statement, underscoring its significance and putting it into a broader methodological perspective.


The workshop will be held at the Maschinenlaboratorium (or ML-Building), floor J, room MLJ 27, ETH Zentrum, Zurich and start at 10:00am August 26, 2003. Registration will take place on-site from 9:00am - 10:00am. In the room MLJ 27, (it is the organizing committee room, ML-Building, floor J, room J 27) you may find fresh information, and a cup of tee or coffee.


You may find directions to the workshop venue in the following web-site:


Hotel information and registration forms are also included (HotelRes.pdf in attachment). We kindly ask you to make a hotel reservation before June 20, 2003 in order for accommodation and special rates to be guaranteed. Please notice that all hotels are within walking distance from the ETH Zentrum.

Below please find a list of important dates:


June 10: Abstract Submission

June 20: Last day for hotel reservation

August 26, 9:00am-10:00am: Registration

August 26, 10:00am: Workshop begins

October 31: Deadline for full paper submission


The workshop's final and detailed program, as well as other practical details and arrangements with respect to your trip to Zurich will be sent to you as soon as the workshop's organizational plan attains its final form.


Please do not hesitate to call us at : +41 - 1 - 6326657 (Professor Gorban, ETHZ) or contact any other members of the organizing committee.



We are looking forward to seeing you in Zurich this summer.




The organizing committee


A. Gorban (ETH, Zurich)

I. Karlin (ETH, Zurich)

N. Kazantzis (WPI)

I. Kevrekidis (Princeton)

H.C. Ottinger (ETH, Zurich

30 May 2003 Alexander Gorban