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School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Osborne Reynolds Day

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

Osborne Reynolds
Osborne Reynolds.

The School 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.

For the guidelines for the abstract, guidelines for poster layout and for the poster pitch presentation template, please 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. Those presenting the best three posters will each receive £100. All poster finalists will be required to do a one-minute poster pitch (maximum of two slides, to be emailed to the event organisers well in advance), in addition to presenting their posters in person. Those chosen to present posters must attend the event in person to respond to questions. Please contact Imran Afgan for guidelines for the poster pitch presentation and the poster layout.
  • All finalists receive a certificate for their participation in the Osborne Reynolds Day.
  • It is expected that most presenters will, through their PhD project account or other sources, be able to recover their travel costs. Where this is not possible ERCOFTAC‐UK has made a limited fund available to help with these expenses for those whose participation necessitates a round‐trip journey of more than 100 miles. Once the submission has been accepted for inclusion in Osborne Reynolds Day, applications may be made to Professor Matthew Juniper, briefly setting out the case for travel support.

How to register for the event

Registration for the event is free. Further registration details will be provided closer to the date of the next Osborne Reynolds Day.

Highlights of the day

The following keynote lectures will be given:

  • Professor Spencer Sherwin, Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics, Imperial College London. Title of talk: "Understanding the Properties of Spectral/Hp Element Methods for use in Implicit Large Eddy Simulation"
  • Professor Andy W Woods, Head of BP Institute, University of Cambridge, UK. Title of talk: "Turbulent Mixing in Buoyancy Driven Flows"

At the end of the event, a reception will also be held to provide an opportunity to examine Osborne Reynolds' artefacts, photographs, paper reviews and other correspondence.

Further enquiries can be sent to Imran Afgan. Please note further details and registration procedures for the event (for both competitors and audience members) will be announced at a later date.