Young ERCOFTAC Montestigliano Spring School for Graduate Students 2023

The topic this year is:

Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics

Guest speaker is:

Prof. Dominik Obrist
University of Bern, Switzerland

Date and Location:

15th - 22nd April 2023
Montestigliano, Italy


Deadline for applications: 13th March 2023

As previous years, the workshop is meant to be a learning opportunity for doctoral and postdoctoral students, where they get to work interactively in groups on open research problems and in close contact with the organizers and the invited speaker.

How to apply:

Applications of prospective participants should contain:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume of the applicant (max one page)
  2. A short letter of purpose from the student (max one page), highlighting in particular the relevance of the workshop to his/her research topic.
  3. A short letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the applicant (max one page).

The applications can be submitted to any of the organizers. Selected candidates will subsequently be notified and will receive a fellowship that covers accommodation. Travel costs to and from the workshop venue have to be carried by the home institute. Registration fee is 175€

We would be grateful if you could disseminate this information to colleagues that could be interested in this event.




Blood flow through the cardiovascular system features a wide range of flow phenomena. On the one hand, they are connected to moderately large Reynolds numbers in the large blood vessels and, on the other hand, to low-Reynolds-number flow in the Stokes regime in the vessels of the microcirculation.

In this workshop, we will study pulsatile blood flow phenomena and fluid-structure interaction in large vessels, and we will study how vascular obstructions affect the blood flow and how turbulence may lead to clot formation. Furthermore, we will look at phenomena in the microcirculation where non-Newtonian blood rheology and the multi-phase character of blood play a central role in the oxygen perfusion of the tissue.

We will try to relate these flow phenomena directly to physiological mechanisms and to cardiovascular pathologies. We will learn how abstract concepts of fluid mechanics can be used to better understand the human body. To this end, we will formulate simple models of biomedical flow systems based on 1D partial differential equations which can be studied with MATLAB scripts that we will develop together in this workshop.



ERCOFTAC Montestigliano Spring School is an event for young scientists covering a specific multi-disciplinary and modern topic in fluid mechanics. Its format is based on an interactive teaching concept. Besides the traditional supervision by the student's advisor, the typical education of a PhD student seldom involves hands-on training under the guidance of a true expert in a particular and complementary field. University courses succeed in laying a foundation in rudimentary (and even a few specialized) concepts. Conferences, minisymposia and standard workshops expose young scientists to recent advances. In Montestigliano, students collaborate intensively during a full week in small groups under the guidance of a world-leading expert in a specialized topic.



The workshop will take place at the picturesque estate of Montestigliano in the heart of Tuscany. The village of Montestigliano is composed of 18th century buildings, typically of Tuscan architecture. Located 15 km south-west of Siena, it provides a stunning landscape and a stimulating environment for both intensive work and relaxation. The 18th century houses and farm buildings have been carefully restored to retain their original features common to Tuscan architecture. For further information visit: