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31st International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics

We are approaching the early registration deadline, which is 15 June. 

Regular rate  £500; Student rate £350

Late registration after 15 June: £650 (£500 for students)

Please register through the University of Strathclyde's secure online payment system (Onlineshop), to leave this page and register please follow this Link.


Preparing posters:

-         All the posters should be in portrait format and the size should be A0 (1189 mm high and 841 mm wide).
-         Texts must be readable from a distance of 1-2 metres.
Meanwhile, the local printing service can help you to print out your posters in Glasgow. If you need this service, please directly contact the University’s printing service, following this link:

We are deeply saddened to hear that Professor Graeme A. Bird passed away on Saturday 26 May. Professor Bird will be greatly missed by the RGD community. A special session in memory of Professor Bird will be organised in the 31st International Symposium of Rarefied Gas Dynamics in Glasgow, UK.

There will be a memorial service for Prof Bird at 2 p.m. on 5th of June at St. Stephens Uniting Church, Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia. Family contact: Daughter, Joanna Bird at


Abstract submission is closed and full paper submission will open immediately after the Symposium. If you want to prepare your paper early, please use the template for AIP Conference Proceedings, which you will find in this link:

The full papers will be published in AIP Conference Proceedings. All the poster and oral presentations will be invited to submit full papers to be considered for publication in AIP Conference Proceedings.

Registration is open and the payment instructions are available in the Fees & Conditions Tab below

European Championships 2018 will be held in Glasgow after the RGD31, we highly recommend you to book your flights and hotels early. Limited on-campus accommodation can be booked for early registrations. The students from outside of EU can apply for on-campus free accommdation by 30 March. 

On-campus accommodation: single-room en-suite with breakfast, £300 for 6 nights; single-room with shared bathroom with breakfast, £220 for 6 nights (fully booked now).


Welcome from the organisers

Scottish scientists, including James Clerk Maxwell, have made indispensable contributions to rarefied gas dynamics. RGD31 will provide an opportunity to experience Scotland’s rich legacy in science, mathematics and engineering. We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow on 23rd – 27th July, 2018.



Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George St, Glasgow, Scotland G1 1RD


See Travel & Accomodation section below for more information about the city and sightseeing.


Key dates

December 4, 2017:       Abstract submission opens

February 1, 2017:         Registration opens

March 30, 2018:            Abstract submission deadline (extended)

April 15, 2018:                Acceptance notification

June 15, 2018:               Registration deadline

July 23-27, 2018:           Symposium


 Relevant topics include

- Boltzmann and Related Equations                                          - Kinetic and Transport Theory

- Numerical Methods for Kinetic Equations                             - DSMC and Related Simulations

- Molecular Dynamics and other Particle Methods                - Multiscale Modelling

- Porous Media Flows                                                                  - Granular Flows and Aerosols

- Non-equilibrium Reacting Flows                                             - Moment Methods

- Vacuum Technology                                                                  - Experimental Techniques for Non-equilibrium Flows

- High-performance Computing in RGD                                   - Space Vehicle Aerodynamics

- Molecular Beam and Collisions                                               - Gas-Surface Interactions

- Plasma Flows and Processes                                                   - Jets and Plumes

- Micro- and Nano-scale Flows                                                  - Radiation and Astrophysics

- Reaction and Relaxation Processes


Organisation Committee

Yonghao Zhang (Chair), Marco Fossati, Dimitris Drikakis, Lei Wu, Sina Haeri (University of Strathclyde)

Jason Reese (University of Edinburgh)

Duncan Lockerby (University of Warwick)

David Emerson (STFC Daresbury Laboratory)

Konstantinos Kontis, Craig White (University of Glasgow)



International Advisory Committee

A. Alexeenko (USA),  Y.A. Bondar (Russia), D. Bruno (Italy), R. Caflisch (USA), R. Campargue (France), C. Day (Germany), J. Fan (China), J. M. Fernandez (Spain), A. Frezzotti (Italy), M.A. Gallis (USA), M.-A. Gaveau (France), V. Giovangigli (France), M. Grabe (Germany), A. Ketsdever (USA), G.M. Kremer (Brazil), E.V. Kustova (Russia), D. Levin (USA), T. Niimi (Japan), S. O'Byrne (Australia), A.K. Rebrov (Russia), H. Struchtrup (Canada), K. Suzuki (Japan), Q. Sun (China), S. Takata (Japan), I. Wysong (USA), Y. Zhang (UK)


RGD Board of Honor

T. Abe (Japan), V. Aquilanti (Italy), K. Aoki (Japan), G. A. Bird (Australia), A. V. Bobylev (Russia), I. Boyd (USA), M. Capitelli (Italy), A. L. Garcia (USA), R. Gatignol (France), J. K. Harvey (UK), L. J. F. Hermans (Netherlands), F. Huisken (Germany), E. Knuth (USA), J. A. Kunc (USA), J. C. Lengrand (France), M. Mareschal (Belgium), J. N. Moss (USA), K. Nanbu (Japan), Y. A. Rijov (Russia), A. Santos (Spain), B. Shizgal (Canada), Y. Sone (Japan), T. Ytrehus (Norway)



Full registration and payment instructions are made available in the Fees & Conditions Tab



Harold Grad Lecture
Professor Henning Struchtrup
Lloyd Thomas Lecture
Professor Richard van de Sanden
Graeme Bird Lecture
Professor Kun Xu
James Weir Lecture
Professor Iain Boyd
Professor Vladimir Aristov
Professor Irina Graur
Professor Nicolas Hadjiconstantinou
Professor Zhihui Li
Professor Salvador Montero
Professor Rho Shin Myong
Professor Pierre Perrier
Professor Xiaowen Shan
Professor Felix Sharipov
Professor Shigeru Takata
Professor Yanbin Yao

Please find the submitted abstracts here.


Fees & Conditions

Travel & Accomodation