Conference Program

This page shows an overview of the conference program.

Talks will be 15 minutes with 3 minutes of questions.

Download the full program showing detailed scheduling at the link below.

Proceedings can be accessed at

Conference booklet can be downloaded at

Extended abstracts and non-listed papers are available at

The book of abstracts can be downloaded at


Women in Fluid Mechanics Networking Event

Sunday Dec 4, 3 – 5pm, Venue: The Duck Inn, 74 Rose St, Chippendale.

All women and gender diverse conference participants who are practicing or studying in the field of fluid mechanics are invited to attend this informal networking reception. This event provides the opportunity for attendees to build meaningful connections, enjoy the company of colleagues and find support in a network of peers prior to the commencement of the conference.

Lab tours

Lab Tours will be held at the University of Sydney and University of NSW. Our current plan is to run these tours after the final presentation session on Monday December 5. As we have limited capacity, it is important that you register if you would like to take part in this tour.

We will be prioritizing delegates who have not seen the labs in the recent past.

Note that due to limited time slots available in the conference program, the USYD lab tours will be running at the same time as the tours at UNSW, so please answer the questions in the form so we can do our best to allocate you to an appropriate tour.

Subject to demand, we will also see if we can run some additional smaller tours at USYD on the Wednesday.

Please register by responding to this form by November 16Lab Tours

Women in Engineering Lunchtime Panel Discussion

Wed Dec 7 at 12:30 – 1:30pm

Panel Members:
– Sarah Morris, Montana State University
– Maryam Ghodrat, UNSW Canberra
– Taryn James, Ford Australia
– Bianca Capra, DSTG
– Tony Lucey, President of AFMS

A panel discussion focused on the experiences of Women in Fluid Mechanics (WiFM) and their allies. Our panellists will discuss their experiences, challenges, and achievements as well as their hopes for the future of WiFM and what we can all do to create change. It will include an overview of the progress that has been made by the AFMS WiFM subcommittee to support diversity within the fluid mechanics community. This event is all inclusive and people of all genders are welcome to attend.

Panel Sessions

#1 Boundary Layers under Adverse Pressure Gradients
Monday 3.40pm – 4.40pm

Chair: Professor Julio Soria (Monash University)
Members: Professor Joanna Austin (Caltech), Mr Peter Manovski (DSTG), Professor Tracie Barber (UNSW)

This panel will discuss progress in the theory and modelling of boundary layers under adverse pressure gradients, with a focus on industrially relevant configurations in the aerospace, automotive and maritime sectors as well as applications to biomedical flows.

#2 Hydrogen and Green Fuels
Tuesday 3.40pm – 4.40pm

Chair: Professor Assaad Masri (University of Sydney)
Members: Professor Michael Brear (University of Melbourne), Associate Professor Mohsen Talei (University of Melbourne), Professor Deanna D’Alessandro (University of Sydney)

This panel will discuss emerging trends in the production and utilisation of green fuels, including biofuels, hydrogen and its derivatives, as well as the challenges involved with decarbonising the energy and transport sectors.

#3 Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applications in Fluid Mechanics
Wednesday 3.40pm – 4.40pm

Chair: Associate Professor Matthew Cleary (University of Sydney)
Members: Dr Susann Beier (UNSW), Professor Richard Sandberg (University of Melbourne), Professor Sally Cripps (University of Sydney)

This panel will discuss recent advances in the application of machine learning techniques to problems in fluid mechanics, including improvements in turbulence closures and reduced-order modelling, patient-specific biofluidics as well as hybridisation of data-driven and physics-based approaches.

#4 Challenges in Translational Research
Thursday 9.40am – 10.40am

Chair: Professor Julie Cairney (University of Sydney)
Members: Mr Gary Brown (Alcoa), Professor David Fletcher (University of Sydney), Professor Nicky Eshtiaghi (RMIT)

This panel will discuss the challenges of conducting research and development at intermediate technology readiness levels in the context of fluid mechanics and the Australian R&D environment. A particular focus will be on potential solutions for translating between the stages of concept formulation, typically performed in academia, and operational demonstration and qualification, typically performed in industry.

Conference dinner

Tuesday Dec 6, 7 – 10:30pm

The conference dinner will be held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

61-101 Phillip Street Sydney

Pre-Dinner Drinks: 7:00pm

Dinner: 7:30-10:30pm