17th SPHERIC International Workshop

 ​27-29 June 2023, Rhodes, Greece


Prof. Viv Kendon
Strathclyde University

Integrating quantum computing with HPC

Bio: ​​  She has been developing quantum computing for the past twenty years, focusing on understanding how it works and how to turn theory into practical applications.  She leads the UK Exascale development project QEVEC (Quantum Enhanced and Verified Exascale Computing) and CCP-QC, a UK network to bring the computational science and engineering communities together with the quantum computing community.  She is on the management board of INQA (International Network in Quantum Annealing).  

Prof. Antonio Gil
Swansea University 

Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics for fast solid dynamics using first order conservation laws

Bio: Antonio J. Gil is a Professor at the Zienkiewicz Institute for Modelling, Data and AI at Swansea University and Head of the School of Aerospace, Civil, Electrical, General and Mechanical Engineering. He has been active in research in the area of computational mechanics for over 20 years, with contributions in a variety of topics, including, large strain solid mechanics, in-silico modelling of soft robotics, electro-magneto-acousto-mechanics, meshless methods and finite element/volume methods. His work as a young investigator has been recognised with awards such as the UK Leverhulme Prize and the ECCOMAS Olgierd Cecil Zienkiewicz award

Prof. Peter Stansby
University of Manchester

History of particle shifting and future wave structure interaction

Winners of the Joe Monaghan Prize

Bio:  Peter graduated with a BA in Engineering from Cambridge University in 1971, and a PhD in aerodynamics three years later.  His working life began in industry with the Atkins Group. In 1980 he joined the University of Manchester where he was awarded a DSc. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 2001.  His research interests have focused on offshore structures, coastal engineering, marine energy (wave and tidal), and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) particularly Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), publishing over 180 Q1 journal papers. He has been developing wave energy devices for 15 years resulting in the system M4. He is the inaugural Osborne Reynolds Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Manchester.   

Workshop Topics

Instructions for authors

Please follow the instruction below:

Abstract submission

Authors may choose one of the following two categories for their abstract submission:

and are encouraged to use the templates provided. For abstracts which may not align well with one of the two categories, authors may choose the one closer to their work.

The abstracts should be 1 page long and must include one illustrative figure outlining the quality of the results. A comparison with reference solutions or SPHERIC benchmark cases is highly encouraged. 

A pdf version of the abstract should be submitted by 24  February 2023  via email. Authors are requested to indicate in their email: 

  • whether the abstract refers to (a) fundamental SPH research or (b) SPH practical/industrial applications
  • assign their contribution to at least three Workshop Topics

The email should have "SPHERIC 2023 Abstract - Last_Name_of_Corresponding_Author" as subject. 

The abstract submission process is now closed .

Review process

The abstracts will be assessed by at least three SPH experts from the scientific committee using a blind peer-review process. The quality of the abstracts will be assessed using averaged ratings for three equally important criteria than can be found in the "guide for authors and reviewers" document also, briefly highlighted below:

  • for a fundamental SPH research abstract the criteria are (1) novelty, (2) applicability/expected impact, and (3) improvements/quality of results
  • for an industrial application abstract the criteria are (1) novelty, (2) usability, and (3) competitiveness

Notification of acceptance for publication will be given on or before the 17th of March 2023 by email.


After notification of accepted abstracts, authors must prepare and submit their full manuscript according to the SPHERIC templates, the paper must not exceed 8-pages in total. Templates are available for MS Word  or LaTeX.  It is important NOT to put any page numbers in the final paper. It is also recommended not to spend too much space explaining "standard/well known SPH equations" on the paper, as readers are assumed to be familiar with the basic SPH formulation. 

Papers should be submitted by the 28th April 2023 in pdf format via email. The email should have SPHERIC 2023 Article - "Last_Name_of_Corresponding_author" as object. Students can enter the "Libersky Prize" by indicating their intention on the submission email. 

At least one unique registration must correspond to each paper and the registration should be finalized no later than 5th May 2023. This author will be the presenter at the workshop. There is a maximum of one presentation for each delegate during the workshop. 

Papers with no registered authors by 6th May 2023 will be marked invalid and will NOT be published in the workshop proceedings or have a presentation slot (cf. Registration and payment Section).

Libersky student prize

The Libersky Prize is awarded at every SPHERIC Workshop for the best student "paper & presentation" judged by the Scientific Committee. Student authors who would like to sign up for the student prize should indicate it in their email during the submission of the paper. To be eligible for the student prize, the student must be the first author on the paper, present the work and attend the final ceremony.

The award is named in honour of Prof. Larry Libersky, one of the pioneers of SPH in engineering. 

Oral presentations and schedule

The 17th SPHERIC International Workshop is a plenary conference (single stream) that is divided into 14 sessions with 51 presentations. Each session covers workshop topics and comprises of 3-4 delegate oral presentations:

  • Keynotes are 45 minute long followed by 15 minutes of question time
  • The delegate oral presentations are 12 minutes long
  • Presentations run back-to-back with a common discussion panel it the end of the session
  • The discussion panel is 15/12 minutes long (4/3 presentations per session)
  • A PC will be available to all presenters running Windows 10 with PowerPoint and Adobe acrobat reader, and an on-screen electronic pointer
  • It will be possible to connect your laptop to the projector through an HDMI cable. A USB-C to HDMI adapter will be provided but it is recommended you bring your own adapter
  • Please check your presentation and display in advance during the breaks
  • The recommended aspect ratio is 16:9 (4:3 ratio also supported)
  • Greece uses Type C and Type F power sockets on a 230V supply voltage

SPH Training Day

Supplementary to the workshop, a Training Day is offered on the 26th of June, 2023 between 09:30 and 17:30. The training is most suitable for researchers who may or may not be familiar with the principles of SPH and/or are beginning their work in the field. ​​More experienced SPH researchers and practitioners from academia or industry may find the training day a useful opportunity for sharing insights and ideas.
Registration is scheduled from 09:00 to 09:30. 

The training day is structured into two parts:

  1. Two theoretical lectures in the morning session.
  2. The afternoon session will be devoted to a practical session with pre- and post-processing tools using the ​open-source SPH solver ​package DualSPHysics. The session will be delivered by the developers of the DualSPHysics solver.

The DualSPHysics training session is organized and run by the developers:

Please note, a PC will not be provided for the practical training day and delegates may bring their laptop for running the software.

Lecture 1

Dr. Javier Calderon-Sanchez
Assistant Professor
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain  

Lecture 2

Dr Corrado Altomare  
Ramón y Cajal Postdoctoral Researcher Maritime Engineering Laboratory  Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech Spain

The Training Day carries an additional registration fee. 
Participants of the Training Day have to register online on the Registration page.

How to travel

By air

Rhodes is connected with all major European and International airports via Rhodes International Airport Diagoras (IATA: RHO), located less than 14 km on the ​southern-west side of Rhodes and 10 km away from the venue, Rhodes Palace.

Reaching Rodes Palace from/to the airport is ​convenient by taxi (20 min) or a regular bus service   No. 50/59 (30-40 min). 

By sea

Rhodes is well connected by ferry from Athens (Piraeus port) with 4-5 ​available routes per week taking approximately 16 hours. 

Further, Rhodes is connected to all major and local islands such as ​Heraklion , Kos, Patmos, Leros and Simi. For tickets, please use popular sites such as Ferryscanner or Ferryhopper.

Tourist information


Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese islands that combines amazing sites with rich ​​history, ​impressive beaches and ​landmarks all in one island.
The ​organising committee is wishing you a ​pleasant stay in the "Island of the Sun God Helio".


Rhodes (Greek:Ρόδος) is located to the southeast end of Greece in the Aegean sea. It is also known as the "Knights’ island" and a very ​popular touristic destination due to its hot summer ​Mediterranean climate. For those of you who would like to explore more please visit the following guides here and here. A touristic map can be found here.

Kallithea Springs
Butterfly Valley

Social event

Attached to the SPHERIC Workshop 2023, on Friday, a social day event will be ​organised. This event is optional and not included on the conference registration fee.

We will depart early on ​Friday form Rhodos Palace hotel with ​destination to Lindos and the Acropolis. Lindos is located at the south of the island with a ​village which is built on a rocky hill amphitheatrically and consists of white and blue washed houses. An ​impressive acropolis that lies on top which we will visit in the morning.

The remaining of the day can be spent on the alleys and Lindos beach.

Rhodes medieval city 

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the old town of Rhodes was extended and fortified by the Knights of Saint John in the 14th and 15th centuries. It has six main gates with cobbled ​alleys, Byzantine churches and mosques, squares, and gardens. A must during your stay in Rhodes.

Popular beaches

Rhodes has some of the most amazing beaches in the Aegean sea to suit all ages and preferences.

Visit the famous ​ Anthony Quinn and Ladiko bay,

The vast Kalithea beach,

Or any of the 42+ beaches of Rhodes (Guide)

Friday the 30th of June day trip to Lindos and Acropolis

If you are planning to join us to the excursion to Lindos and Acropolis on Friday the 30th of June please,
click here
for the detail programme and tickets (60€).

Departure approximately 9 am from Rodos Palace hotel – return to the hotel approximately 5 pm.
Lindos is the nicest part of Rhodos and we will have plenty of time to discover the Acropolis and explore the village and beach. 

Note, please register by the end of Wednesday 9 pm at the latest.