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ERCOFTAC Osborne Reynolds Day 2020: coronavirus update

Due to the unfortunate circumstances and impact of Covid-19, we have made important alterations to Osborne Reynolds Day 2020. The planned oral and poster presentations at The University of Manchester will no longer go ahead, however the competition will still take place in a modified form.

Osborne Reynolds
The Department of MACE is a successor of the department in which Osborne Reynolds (pictured) established himself as the nation's leading engineering fluid mechanicist.

Competitors are, usually, invited to submit abstracts by email, in accordance with the instructions below. Also as usual, the sequential two-stage process of initial and final selection will take place over a period of about two months, conducted by senior academics.

However, this year, there will not be an event at which the best (final) six contributors are invited to make presentations, leading to a winner and two runners-up. Instead, a subset of the judges will convene via Skype to make the final selection of the three best submissions.

The selected contributors will then be put forward to the 2020 ERCOFTAC da Vinci Competition by 15 July 2020. Furthermore, they will be invited to present their contributions in the 2021 Osborne Reynolds Day in Manchester. Besides these three, the next six best abstracts will be earmarked for the poster session at the 2021 Osborne Reynolds Day. The three best posters as judged by the audience will receive cash prizes and winners’ plaques.

The competition

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

The 2020 edition still offers 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 schools of engineering, physics, mathematics or environmental sciences. PhD students or recent graduates from all UK universities are eligible to enter whether or not their host university is a member of ERCOFTAC.

Nomination procedure

  • Competitors should still submit via email their abstracts to Professor Michael Leschziner and Dr Adel Nasser.
  • These will each be reviewed by at least two specialists in fluid dynamics, expert in the theme of the paper.
  • Thereafter, as a secondary review stage, an expert committee will meet (via Skype) to decide, in the light of the reviews and their own assessments, the three best abstracts.
  • These three will be nominated to ERCOFTAC as the UK representatives for the annual ERCOFTAC da Vinci competition to be held during the ERCOFTAC Autumn Festival on 8 October.  The winner will be awarded the 2020 da Vinci Medal, a certificate and a cash prize of €1,000. The other four finalists will receive certificates and medals. All expenses of the winner will be funded by ERCOFTAC.
  • The deadline for submission of summaries is Friday 1 May 2020 (17:00). This date and cut-off time is FINAL. There will be no further extensions.
  • The final selection of three contributions to go forward to the da Vinci event and the 2021 Osborne Reynolds Competition will be made by 3 July and all contributors will be notified within a few days thereafter.

How to enter

To enter the 2020 competitions candidates should submit, as sole authors, a three-page summary, which should be structured as follows:

  • Title of the work;
  • Name, affiliation and email address;
  • Research objectives, route, methodology, main Results and achievements;
  • Up to three publications considered by the writer to best represent the work.

The summary should be in a single-column format and the typeface should be no smaller than 11pt. Blank lines should separate sections, headings, figures, captions and title.

The inclusion of relevant graphical material is strongly encouraged and associated captions should be clear and explicit, in line with standard practice in high-quality journals.

Particular emphasis should be given to novelty and originality of the findings, and their relevance to engineering practice, if appropriate.

Candidates are urged prepare their summaries carefully, as these are the principal means by which their work is assessed by the selection panel.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to:

  • current PhD‐registered students at a UK university;
  • doctoral graduates from a UK university who graduated since June 2019.


All submissions should be sent directly to: