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Australasian Fluid Mechanics Podcasts

Listen to our podcasts with our Australian and New Zealand based researchers describing the impact of their work and their path into fluid mechanics!

Small "squirts" of science – see our seminar series for the "flood"!

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#5 Dr Petrônio Nogueira (Monash University) Download Podcast
#4 Dr Nicole Jones (University of Western Australia) Download Podcast
#3 Dr Jisheng Zhao (Monash University) Download Podcast
#2 Professor Emilie Sauret (Queensland University of Technology) Download Podcast
#1 Professor Mathieu Sellier (University of Canterbury) Download Podcast

Australasian Fluid Mechanics Seminar Series

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If you wish to present a seminar in this series, please contact Dr Azadeh Jafari ( or Dr Aman Kidanemariam (

Seminar Schedule 2024

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Prof Morteza (Mory) Gharib (Graduate Aerospace Laboratory at CALTECH (GALCIT))
Flying on Mars: The Legacy of von Kármán
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Prof John Finnigan (CSIRO Environment, ANU Research School of Biology)
New Developments in Micrometeorology
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Prof Howard A. Stone (Princeton University)
Capillary rise, thin films near edges, and surfactant spreading: New insights from self-similarity
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Prof Joseph Katz (Johns Hopkins University)
Interaction of Turbulent Boundary Layers with Compliant Surfaces
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Prof Elie Bou-Zeid (Princeton University)
Flow and scalar transfer over very rough walls: fundamental physics and bulk parametrizations
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Prof Charles Meneveau (Johns Hopkins University)
Introducing JFM Notebooks
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Prof Koji Fukagata (Keio University)
Turbulent Friction Drag Reduction - Feedback and Predetermined Control Approaches
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Prof Charles Meneveau (Johns Hopkins University)
Towards Defining the Entropy Generation Rate of Fluid Turbulence
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Prof Thomas Pähtz (Zhejiang University)
The Scaling Behaviour of Windblown Sand and Fluvial Bedload Transport
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Dr Krishna Talluru (UNSW Canberra)
What Goes Up must Come Down! - Understanding the Origins of Oscillations in a High-Speed Wake
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Prof Ming Dong (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Principle of Fundamental Resonance in Hypersonic Boundary Layers and a Low-Order Dynamical Model
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Seminar Schedule 2023

Seminar Schedule 2022

Seminar Schedule 2021

Seminar Schedule 2020

Student/ECR subcommittee - Conversations in Fluids

This seminar series gives to research students and early career researchers an opportunity to improve their communication skills, meet others in their field and promote future research collaborations. All presenters are students or ECRs. An audience consisting of mainly research Students and ECRs aims to provide a supportive and relaxed environment for presenters. However, anyone interested can come along and join the seminars.

Presentations are held online via Zoom every 4th Tuesday of the month between 4pm and 5pm (AEST).

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If you are interested in joining this seminar series, please fill in this form to receive details of the upcoming seminars.

Please contact the Student/ECR subcommittee ( to express your interest in giving a research talk.

Seminar Schedule 2022

Date Seminar
August 2022 Duy Nguyen (The University of Sydney)
An Investigation of The Effect of Meanders on Thermally Stratified Riverine Flow
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July 2022 Talluru Murali Krishna (UNSW Canberra)
Entrainment and dilution in a fountain-top
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May 2022 Rahil Valani (University of Adelaide)
Superwalking Droplets and Generalised Pilot-Wave Dynamics
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April 2022 Dr Maryam Abdolahpour (The University of Western Australia)
Flow-roughness interactions: from canopy-flows to subsea structures
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March 2022 Dr Himali Somaweera (Gustavus Adolphus College)
On-chip Gradient Generation on Cell Cultures and Preconcentrating Chemicals: Microfluidics
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February 2022 Paulo Vasconcelos (UNSW Canberra)
Hypersonic Fluid-Structure Interactions on a Compliant Clamped-Free-Clamped-Free Panel Under the Influence of Static Shock Impingement
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Seminar Schedule 2021

International Workshop on the Mathematics of Sea Ice and Ice Sheets 2021

The cryosphere is one of the critical components of the Earth climate system; it has been the subject of significant transformation in recent years in response to climate change. There are multiple mathematical challenges to modelling this system.

On 9-12 November 2021, The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) hosted an International Workshop on the Mathematics of Sea Ice and Ice Sheets to bring together researchers who are experts in this field.

International Workshop on the Mathematics of Sea Ice and Ice Sheets 2021
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This workshop was supported by grants awarded by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute and the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society.

AFMS Student/ECR Retreat 2022

The AFMS Student/ECR Retreat, the flagship event for Students/ECRs interested in fluids across Australasia, will be held in-person on 18-19th July 2022 at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus. Students/ECRs across all sub-disciplines of Fluid Mechanics will gather and create a dialogue about their collective body of work. This retreat will provide participants with multiple networking and upskilling opportunities including,

For more information, please contact the Student/ECR subcommittee at:

AFMS Student/ECR Retreat 2022

AFMS Summer School 2019

The first AFMS Summer School was held at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra, Australia, on 9-10 December 2019. The organisation of the Summer School was undertaken as a joint initiative of UNSW Canberra and the newly established ACT local Chapter of the AFMS.

There were 18 registered attendees, consisting of a mix of PhD students, research associates, academics and industry professionals, from a variety of institutions nationwide.

AFMS Summer School 2019

The Summer School included lectures, laboratory equipment demonstrations and computational tutorial classes, in the following sessions:

The Summer School also featured an invited guest lecture by Prof Chris Essex of the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, on “Slow Time”, which challenged some of our ideas on time averaging and time scales.

Lecture Slides

Robert Niven (UNSW Canberra)
Probabilistic Inference
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Robert Niven (UNSW Canberra)
Meaning of Probability and Plausible Reasoning
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Robert Niven (UNSW Canberra)
Bayesian Inference
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Sean O’Byrne (UNSW Canberra)
Diode Lasers for Quantitative Flow Diagnostics
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Fangbao Tian (UNSW Canberra)
Immersed boundary methods for Fluid-Structure Interactions and Their Applications
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Fangbao Tian et al. (UNSW Canberra)
Some Applications of Fluid-Structure Interaction
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Fixing the Pipeline: Addressing Gender Equity in Fluid Mechanics

The Women in Fluid Mechanics (WiFM) subcommittee hosted its inaugural event at the 21st AFMC. Prof. Ellen Longmire (University of Minnesota), Prof. Yvonne Stokes (University of Adelaide), Dr Danielle Moreau (UNSW) and Dr Maryam Abdolahpour (University of Western Australia), where brought together to form a panel discussing the topic “Fixing the Pipeline: Addressing gender equity in fluid mechanics”. The lunch time session was well attended by delegates, providing an opportunity for constructive conversations exploring the current landscape of gender equity within our community including; inhibitors to greater female engagement, barriers to success, attrition at the mid-career level and mechanisms to achieve gender parity within our scientific community.

For more detail of the WiFM subcommittee and its activities, please click here.


The WiFM event was a wonderful addition to the 21st AFMC program. Along with providing an opportunity to meet a number of women in the field, it was great to hear about the range of different experiences from the women’s panel. It was encouraging to see so many participants take part in the discussions, and it was very helpful to hear about the actions a number of universities are undertaking to help women in fluids at all levels.

Sarah Morris, PhD Candidate, Cornell University

I felt that this event was an important inclusion in the program for every member of our community of fluid mechanicians to engage with, it was a privilege to attend. The event provided a platform for improving the awareness of gender-based issues, including greater diversity on the AFMS Council. I would love to see the AFMS to continue to develop policy and deliver events, such as this one, that actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community.

Tom Cochrane BEng (Hons) MSc GradIEAust, Student Member, AFMS