Professor John Blake (1947-2016) was a leading figure in applied mathematics in the UK and internationally. John played a leading role in establishing and maintaining the UK mathematical community's activity in Bubble Dynamics and Low Reynolds number biological flows, having extensive interaction and influence on industry, defence and biology. 19 of his papers have over 100 citations and indeed work from when he began his career in the early 1970s is currently receiving more attention from applied mathematicians and other scientists than ever. John was also generous in his support for younger colleagues, supervising 22 PhD students and mentoring 17 postdoctoral researchers. To commemorate John Blake's major achievements, a scientific meeting was held at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he spent over twenty years, including several periods as Head of School. The main meeting took place 12th-13th July, preceded by an early-career workshop on 11th July.