AFMS is an independent not-for-profit society that encourages and promotes interest in fluid mechanics and related disciplines in Australia and New Zealand. This is done by providing a forum for people with a common interest, and by publishing relevant material. The Society supports all those with an interest in fluid mechanics including researchers and professionals.  Its core function is to support the organisation of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC) series, currently held biennially.

AFMS Photo & Video Competition 2020

The 2020 AFMS video & photo competition for undergraduate and postgraduate students is on again. The fluids video and photograph competition aims to attract promising new students to fluid mechanics and demonstrate to the general public the beauty, diversity and vital contemporary applications of fluid mechanics.

Please circulate to interested students and encourage them to submit. For more information, download the flyer.

AFMC2020 - 22nd Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference

The 22nd Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference will be hosted at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 6-10 December 2020.


With the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, AFMC2020 will be held as a hybrid conference combining both onsite participation in Brisbane and online participation through the conference platform, OnAIR.


The Early bird and Author registration closing dates have been extended. All presenting authors must register as Conference delegates and pay the registration fees on or before Sunday 18 October 2020. Papers with no registered author will be withdrawn.

Australasian Fluid Mechanics Seminar Series

I am delighted to inform you that the AFMS has introduced a Fluid Mechanics research-seminar series, the presentations of which can be 'attended' online. This initiative has been introduced to allow our community to benefit from participation in research seminars during a time of social distancing and travel restrictions.

I think that we all understand that research seminars are a staple of our lives as researchers and a means by which our community gets together to interact, share ideas, support and inspire each other. The present COVID-19 times have largely halted such in-person events and we therefore hope that the present opportunity to attend seminars online goes some way to filling a gap in our lives as Fluid Mechanics researchers.

The schedule of seminars will be advertised on this website and a notice of upcoming seminars (and the invitation link) will be emailed to AFMS members in the week before each event.

If either you or somebody you know wish to present a seminar in this series, then please make contact with Dr Shahram Karami (shahram.karami@monash.edu) or Dr Cat Vreugdenhil (cat.vreugdenhil@unimelb.edu.au). While the idea of an online seminar series was prompted by the current restrictions on gatherings and travel, the series may continue even when "normal life" resumes.

President of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society

Seminar Schedule

Join live presentations by Zoom: ID: 924 3583 7537 PWD: 679760

Seminar Date Presenter Title Flyer Video
29 02/12/2020 Professor Sivaramakrishnan Balachandar
(University of Florida)
TBA Coming Soon Coming Soon
28 25/11/2020 Dr Dan Lucas
(Keele University)
TBA Coming Soon Coming Soon
27 18/11/2020 Dr Sean Symon
(University of Southampton)
TBA Coming Soon Coming Soon
26 11/11/2020 Professor Tim Colonius
TBA Coming Soon Coming Soon
25 04/11/2020 Dr Ashleigh Hutchinson
(University of the Witwatersrand)
Navigating Turbulent Waters Download Flyer Coming Soon
24 28/10/2020 Professor Javier Jiménez
(Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
Patterns in 2D Turbulence: Cause, Effect and Monte-Carlo Science Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
23 21/10/2020 Dr Mohsen Talei
(University of Melbourne)
High-Fidelity Simulations for Cleaner Gas Turbines Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
22 14/10/2020 Professor Martin Oberlack
(Technische Universität Darmstadt)
Symmetry Induced Turbulent Scaling Laws for Arbitrary Moments and their Validation with DNS and Experimental Data Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
21 07/10/2020 Dr Ivan Bermejo-Moreno
(University of Southern California)
Numerical Investigation of Shock-Induced Phenomena in Turbulent Flows Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
20 30/09/2020 Professor Vassilis Theofilis
(University of Liverpool)
Self-Excited Three-Dimensional Laminar Separation Bubbles: Waypoints in a 20-year Roadmap Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
19 23/09/2020 Dr Woutijn Baars
(Delft University of Technology)
Spectral Properties of Turbulence Kinetic Energy in Turbulent Boundary Layers Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
18 16/09/2020 Professor Peter Schmid
(Imperial College London)
Mixing Enhancement in Binary Fluids by Adjoint-Based Optimization Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
17 09/09/2020 Dr Ricardo Garcia-Mayoral
(University of Cambridge)
Canopy Flows – An Outsider’s Look Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
16 02/09/2020 Dr Soledad Le Clainche
(Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
DMD-Based Methods to Identify Flow Patterns Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
15 26/08/2020 Dr Matthew Emes
(University of Adelaide)
Prediction of Structural Wind Loading and Aerodynamic Scaling Effects due to Atmospheric Boundary Layer Turbulence Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
14 19/08/2020 Professor Nicholas Lawson
(Cranfield University)
The National Flying Laboratory Centre – Cranfield University: In-Flight Measurement and Research Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
13 12/08/2020 Dr Geoff Vasil
(University of Sydney)
The Fluid Mechanics of a Large Pendulum Chain Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
12 05/08/2020 Dr Ricardo Vinuesa
(KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
Predictions in Wall-Bounded Turbulence through Recurrent and Convolutional Neural Networks Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
11 29/07/2020 Dr Xinqian Leng
(University of Bordeaux)
The Challenge in Validation of Large-Scale Highly-Turbulent Computational Fluid Dynamics Models Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
10 22/07/2020 Professor Beverley McKeon
What's in a mean? Towards nonlinear models of wall turbulence Download Flyer
9 15/07/2020 Professor Yvonne Stokes
(University of Adelaide)
Prediction of Inertial Particle Focusing in Curved Microfluidic Ducts Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
8 08/07/2020 Professor Wolfgang Schröder
(RWTH Aachen University)
Wavy Drag Reduction Works! Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
7 01/07/2020 Dr Adrián Lozano-Durán
(Stanford University)
Cause-and-Effect Analysis of Wall-Turbulence Theory and Applications Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
6 24/06/2020 Professor Tracie Barber
(University of New South Wales)
Optimising Geometry and Hemodynamics within an Arterio-Venous Fistula Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
5 17/06/2020 Professor Peter Jordan
(Institut PPrime, CNRS-Université de Poitiers-ENSMA)
Linear Modelling of Turbulent Shear Flow Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
4 10/06/2020 Professor Hubert Chanson
(University of Queensland)
Challenging Hydraulic Engineering of the 21st Century Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
3 03/06/2020 Dr Vassili Kitsios (CSIRO) Ensemble Kalman Filter Estimation of Heat Transfer Parameters in a Coupled Climate Model Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
2 28/05/2020 Dr Gareth Vio (University of Sydney) Fluid-Structure Interaction Problems in Aerospace Applications Download Flyer Watch on YouTube
1 20/05/2020 Dr Agisilaos Kourmatzis (University of Sydney) Recent Progress in Experimental Two-Phase Flow Download Flyer Watch on YouTube

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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.

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

  • Fluid-Structure Interactions, presented by A/Prof John Young and Dr Fang-Bao Tian, UNSW Canberra.
  • Probabilistic Inference for Fluid Flow and Dynamical Systems, presented by A/Prof Robert Niven, UNSW Canberra.
  • Fluid Experimental Methods, presented by A/Prof Sean O'Byrne, UNSW Canberra.

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

Presenter Title Lecture Slides
Robert Niven (UNSW Canberra) Probabilistic Inference Download Slides
Robert Niven (UNSW Canberra) Meaning of Probability and Plausible Reasoning Download Slides
Robert Niven (UNSW Canberra) Bayesian Inference Download Slides
Sean O’Byrne (UNSW Canberra) Diode Lasers for Quantitative Flow Diagnostics Download Slides
Fangbao Tian (UNSW Canberra) Immersed boundary methods for Fluid-Structure Interactions and Their Applications Download Slides
Fangbao Tian et al. (UNSW Canberra) Some Applications of Fluid-Structure Interaction Download Slides

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

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