From a Virginia Tech Mathematics Department memorandum dated August 1,
"An informal meeting was held on
July 31, 1980, to discuss the possibility of organizing a regional, annual
conferenece on differential equations in the Virginia area. Those present
were Burns, Greenberg, Hannsgen, Herdman, Shaw, Stech and Wheeler....
The consensus of the group was that such a conference should be attempted.
It should be participated in by certain universities, in the mid-Atlantic
coastal region, where contacts and associations with the Virginia Tech
differential equations group exist... The meetings would commence in
Blacksburg in 1981, and subsequently rotate among area universities... it
was suggested that the conferences be limited to about twenty
participants, most of whom would give short talks, and feature one
And so began the South-eastern Atlantic
Regional Conference on Differential Equations (SEARCDE). The conference is
a significant annual meeting in the differential equations community.
It has evolved a tradition of bringing together senior researchers with
younger recent Ph.D.'s and graduate students, and fosters an atmosphere
of serious science and friendly communication of ideas.
Here is a
list of all previous SEARCDE conference
locations and principal speakers.