Chemnitz Finite Element Symposium 2021    

The Chemnitz Finite Element Symposium dates back to 1978, a time when the finite element method, already in use in the engineering community, was just beginning to be seriously analysed by a small number of mathematicians. Since then the FE Symposium, organised throughout the years by the numerical analysis group at the TUC and its descendants, has evolved into an annual workshop on the mathematical analysis of the finite element method and its applications including engineering simulations, control theory and inverse problems. Besides distinguished invited speakers on topical subjects selected each year, the FE Symposium specifically welcomes young researchers and doctoral students for whom it provides a friendly atmosphere and opportunities to interact with more established colleagues. Beginning with 2018, the FE Symposium venue and local organisation will alternate annually between its home in Chemnitz and the institution of one of the members of its Scientific Committee.

Date September 6-8, 2021 (Mon-Wed)
Location If the pandemic situation allows (stay tuned) we will have an in-person conference on the campus of the Technical University Chemnitz, Germany (Variant A) Otherwise (Variant B) we will have a single-day online online meeting using Zoom for presentations and for coffee breaks and a poster session.
Scientific topics The symposium is devoted to all aspects of finite elements and related methods for solving partial differential equations. The topics include but are not limited to: scientific computing, mechanics/applications, inverse problems and optimization with PDEs, uncertainty quantification.

This year we particularly encourage talks on

  • inverse problems
  • discontinuous Galerkin methods
  • nonlinear PDEs
  • adaptivity
Invited speakers Paola Antonietti (Politecnico di Milano)
Dietmar Gallistl (Uni Jena)
Erik Burman (UCL)
Contributions Variant A (in-person) : time slots are 25 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion and longer for invited talks.
Variant B (online) : only invited talks on Monday

In both cases we plan to have a poster session.
Registration and Accomodation In case of an in-person conference participants are asked to book their own rooms. Discounted rates are available at
  • Biendo Hotel
  • Seaside Residenz Hotel
  • Hotel an der Oper
Scientific Committee
Th. Apel (München) R. Herzog (Chemnitz) A. Rösch (Duisburg-Essen)
S. Beuchler (Hannover) M. Jung (Dresden) O. Steinbach (Graz)
O. Ernst (Chemnitz) U. Langer (Linz) M. Stoll (Chemnitz)
G. Haase (Graz) A. Meyer (Chemnitz)
H. Harbrecht (Basel) O. Rheinbach (Freiberg)
Local Organisation O. Ernst, R. Herzog, M. Stoll, T. Kowalewitz, D. Alfke, R. Unger, A.-K. Glanzberg, K. Seidel