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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Osborne Reynolds Day

Every year, The University of Manchester hosts the prestigious ERCOFTAC Osborne Reynolds Day which takes place in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.

Osborne Reynolds
Osborne Reynolds

MACE is a successor of the department in which Osborne Reynolds, over a 35-year period, established himself as the nation's leading engineering fluid mechanist.

In his honour and name, the Osborne Reynolds Day programme features presentations by some of the UK's brightest newly-graduated and soon-to-graduate PhDs in fluid mechanics.

The day features:

  • oral and poster presentations by PhD competitors;
  • keynote lectures by senior researchers in fluid mechanics;
  • an opportunity to view Osborne Reynolds' apparatus and memorabilia.

Oral and poster competitions

The competitions offer prestigious awards that celebrate the quality of students and graduates who have been pursuing doctoral level research across the broad domain of fluid mechanics, including turbulence, multi‐phase, stratified and free‐surface flows, convective transport processes, combustion and acoustics. Entries are welcome from engineering, physics, mathematics, environmental sciences or any other fluid relevant disciplines. PhD students or recent graduates from all UK universities are eligible to enter.

For PhD graduands and new graduates, this provides a great opportunity to communicate your doctoral discoveries to the UK research community and interact with other participants in other branches of fluid mechanics.

How to enter

To enter the competitions, you need to submit a three-page summary that includes:

  • title of the work;
  • name, address and affiliation, email address, telephone number;
  • name of supervisor(s);
  • list of five keywords characterizing the work;
  • popularized description of the work, explaining the main problem and the main result in a language that is understandable to the general public (maximum ½ page);
  • list of up to five selected publications and an indication of total output volume;
  • scientific summary of objectives, research route, methodology, the main results and achievements, and if possible a graphical representation. Particular emphasis should be given to novelty and originality of the findings and their applicability.
  • Minimum font size (11pt)
  • Line spacing single
  • Submissions in the form of PDF files only (if selected you will be asked for the word/latex version later)

For guidelines for poster layout and to download the poster pitch presentation template, please go to 'Application process: further details' below. For the guidelines for the abstract contact Imran Afgan.

Who can enter?

Entry to both competitions is open to:

  • current PhD‐registered students at a UK university;
  • doctoral graduates from a UK university who graduated since the previous June.


All submissions should be sent directly to:

Copies should also be sent to:

You are urged to make your submissions as attractive as possible, as that is the principal basis for choosing the finalists.

Application process: further details

You should indicate whether you are a candidate for the oral presentation competition, the poster competition, or both - in order of preference (though no entrant will be selected for both competitions).

  • For the oral competition, up to seven finalists will present their research. The winner will receive the Osborne Reynolds Prize of £500, with the second and third placed finalists receiving £200 and £100 respectively. Three finalists will be selected as the UK entrants for the Europe‐wide ERCOFTAC da Vinci Award, held later in the year.
  • For the poster competition, up to 25 finalists will be chosen and will prepare A0 posters that will be viewed by those attending the event during the buffet lunch and refreshment breaks. Poster authors should be ready to field questions from members of the audience, who will be free to wander between posters. Poster instructions are provided below. All participants are required to bring their own printed and preferably laminated A0 posters in Portrait format on the day of the event. In addition to the posters themselves, there will be an opportunity for each finalist to present a 1-minute pitch to introduce their poster to the audience. This will take place just before the lunch break. To enable a slick operation, the time limit will be strictly imposed and slides pre-loaded on to the conference PC. Further instructions are provided below.

Poster Instructions:

  • Size A0
  • Portrait orientation
  • Full colour
  • Name, University, title of the project and sponsors if appropriate clearly displayed
  • Minimum font size 32

Even though the minimum font size has been prescribed please ensure that your text is legible and all figures are of high quality.

1-minute Slide Instructions:

Voting Arrangements:

Each registered participant will be given an A4 sheet with names and titles of all the finalists of the poster competition from which they may choose at most three candidates to vote for. The ballot box will be placed next to the poster display area. Those presenting the best three posters will each receive a shield and a cash prize of £100.All finalists receive a certificate for their participation in the Osborne Reynolds Day.