Short Course Series: Mathematics of Porous Media

During the winter 2020-21 the Porous Media Group at the University of Bergen will organize a series of short courses on topics related to the mathematics of porous media. The lecturers are world leading researchers within their fields.

Each topic will be covered in three two-hour lectures. The lectures will be given via Zoom, and will be held on Fridays 2-4PM (CET).

Lecture notes and recordings

Lecture notes for the first two lectures are available on the pages of the individual courses; notes for future lectures will also be posted there if the lecturer chooses to make them available.

Recordings of the lectures will (for the moment) not be made available. We have attendees from 20+ countries, each with their own set of laws and customs, and we do not want to run afoul of these. If recordings are made of the lectures, these are for archival purposes only. Should we choose to change this policy, an update will be posted here.


30.10: Introduction to the mathematics of porous media
Jan Martin Nordbotten, University of Bergen
06.11 – 20.11: Porous media-free flow coupling
Rainer Helmig, Stuttgart University / University of Bergen
27.11 – 11.12: Homogenization for porous media
Sorin Pop, Hasselt University / University of Bergen
15.01 – 29.01: Brain modelling: from MR images to finite element simulation
Marie E. Rognes, Simula / University of Bergen
05.02 – 19.02: Fracture reactivation and propagation in deforming porous media
Inga Berre and Jan M. Nordbotten, University of Bergen
05.03 – 19.03: Multigrid solvers for heterogeneous coefficients
Xiaozhe Hu, Tufts University / University of Bergen
09.04 – 23.04: Hybrid analysis and Modeling
Adil Rasheed and Trond Kvamsdal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
May 7, 21 Contact mechanics and variational inequalities
and 28: Barbara Wohlmuth, Technical University of Munich / University of Bergen

How to participate

Send an email to, with name, institution and email address. The email should be linked to the Zoom account you will use to access the meeting. Login information for the individual lectures will be sent out no later than lunchtime at the Friday of the lecture.

UPDATE, NOVEMBER 6: It is still possible to register, however, if we receive the registration late in the week, we may not process this until the week after. People who have not registered may not be allowed to attend the lectures.


This short course series is presented by the Porous Media Group at the University of Bergen, in collaboration with the University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Simula. The series is supported by RCN project 250223, Wintershall Dea, and Equinor via the Akademia agreement and the VISTA Center for Modeling of Coupled Subsurface Dynamics.