Variational and Topological Methods:
Theory, Applications, Numerical Simulations, and Open Problems

Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Wednesday June 6th - Saturday 9th, 2012

Website Updated October 30th, 2012

EJDE (Electronic Journal of Differential Equations) Proceedings:
(from an email from the proceedings editor to conference attendees)

Dear colleagues,
We are happy that many of you decided to send a paper to our proceedings. This e-mail is intended to respond your questions concerning deadline and possible extensions of the deadline.
To meet your requests, we have extended the deadline to November 30, 2012.
Unfortunately, we cannot extend it further, because we want the proceedings to be published within a year after the conference. So please, please consider this date as a hard deadline.
Please submit your papers to
Thank you for participating in the conference and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
Best regards,
Petr Girg

Some Slides from select conference presentations:
(If you want to submit your slides, please send to:
Clapp(1).pdf Clapp(2).pdf
Drabek1 (1).pdf Drabek1 (2).pdf Drabek1 (3).pdf
Giacomoni(1)].pdf Giacomoni(2)].pdf Giacomoni(3)].pdf
Rakotoson.pdf <-- available to conference attendees: contact
Christophe_Grumiau.pdf Christophe_Troestler.pdf David_Hartenstine.pdf
Dora_Salazar.pdf Francois_Genoud_Talk1.pdf Francois_Genoud_Talk2.pdf
Parimah_Kazemi.pdf Rosa_Pardo.pdf Renka.pdf

Some information from the conference last June 2012 is below
Schedule of Talks
Book of Abstracts
Click to view list of over 50 Pre-Registered participants who have indicated that they will give a talk at the 2012 conference.
ATLAS abstract server
View 2012 Abstracts

The meeting and registration area will be by rooms #17 and #18 of
Building 82, the Southwest Forest Science Complex ,
on Pine Knoll Dr. at the South end of the Northern Arizona University Campus. The meeting rooms are near the main South entrance of the Forestry Building.

Principal Speakers:

Monica ClappInstituto de Matemticas, UNAM
Pavel Drabek Univerzita v Plzni, Czech Republic
Jacques Giacomoni Universite de Pau
Jean- Michel Rakotoson Universite de Poitiers
Peter Takac Universitat Rostock

See also the Second Announcement for the 2012 conference.

Use "Variational Methods Conference" or "Math Conference" when booking your housing accommodations directly with the hotels in the list below. A selection of rooms will be held until mid May, after which time the conference rate may no longer be available.
  1. Hampton Inn - Conference rate is about $100+tax/night. Distance 0.6 miles from meeting rooms. 2400 S. Beulah Blvd., Flagstaff, AZ, USA. 1-928-913-0900.
  2. Marriott SpringHill Suites - Conference rate is about $109+tax/night. Distance 0.6 miles from meeting rooms. 2455 S. Beulah Blvd. , Flagstaff, Arizona 86001 USA. 1-888-287-9400. See
  3. Courtyard by Marriott - Conference rate is about $109+tax/night. Distance 0.9 miles from meeting rooms. 2650 South Beulah Boulevard, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001 USA. 1-800-321-2211. See
  4. Embassy Suites - Conference rate is about $119+tax/night. Distance 1.8 miles from meeting rooms. 706 South Milton Road, Flagstaff, AZ. (928) 774-4333.
Dormitory Option - A room located somewhere on south campus, fairly near the meeting rooms, costs about $70/night. Includes: a single room ($10 less to share), linens ($7 less to provide your own), a bathroom shared with one other dorm room, and a meal card with about $18/day of credit that can be used at campus cafeterias, coffee shops, and restaurants.
If you are interested in this option, make your reservation directly with me (John.Neuberger@NAU.Edu) after registering for the conference.

Note: There are many other comparable or less expensive hotels available within a reasonable walk of the NAU campus.
With the exception of the Embassy Suites ), all the suggested hotels are within easy walking distance of the Forestry Building. La Quinta is furthest of the close hotels, the Hampton Inn is closest of them, and all are within view of the intersection of Beulah and Forest Meadows, just West of Milton near the I-40/I-17 interchange.
Some suggested Restaurants.
Some Local Attractions.

We are 2 hours north by car from Phoenix (PHX airport) . To get to Flagstaff you can:
rent a car
fly to Pulliam Airport (FLG)
take a shuttle van with Flagstaff Express / Arizona Shuttle.
Take other exercusions with Open Road Tours.

From the 2007 Conference:
From the proceedings of the June 2007 conference
2007 Conference Program

From the 2002 Conference:
From the proceedings of the June 2002 conference
(The Table of Contents and Introduction
as published in the AMS journal
Contemporary Mathematics volume 357)
Page 1 of Schedule for 2002 Conference
Page 2 of Schedule for 2002 Conference
Summary of 2002 Conference

Scientific Committee (for oversight of conference and proceedings):
A. Castro (Harvey Mudd College)
G. Chen (Texas A&M University)
P. Drabek (Univerzita v Plzni, Czech Republic
T. Kelley (North Carolina State University)
R. Shivaji (Mississippi State University)

We will be taking a short afternoon trip to nearby (and spectacular) Sedona, AZ. The cost for participants is included in the registration fee; additional guests are welcome for a small additional fee. There will be an optional excursion to the Grand Canyon on Sunday June 10th. The fee for for this is modest; additional guests welcome. See future registration form for more details. Regardless, we hope that you will find the time to see some of our fantastic geographical region!

A few links to get you started planning your trip:
NAU Homepage NAU Math and Stat Homepage Flagstaff Guide
Sedona Info Grand Canyon National Park Arizona Guide

Some photos to wet your appetite (click on small photo to view large)

San Fransicso Peaks viewed from Flagstaff

Sedona, 20 miles South of Flagstaff

Grand Canyon, 70 miles North of Flagstaff

Grand Canyon, 70 miles North of Flagstaff

NAU's WebCam view of San Francisco Peaks

NAU's Historic North Campus in Winter

Zion National Park, 4 hours North

Bryce Canyon National Park, 4 hours North

Escalante, Utah, 4 hours North

Monument Valley, 2 hours North

Email the Conference Organizers:

Maya Chhetri
Petr Girg
John Neuberger
Peter Takac