MEETINGS

Click on a meeting in the alphabetical lists below
or scroll down to browse the most recently published notices.

 
LMS meetings
LMS Durham Research Symposia 2012
LMS–EPSRC Short Course: Continuum Mechanics in Biology and Medicine
LMS–Gresham Lecture
LMS Hardy Fellow 2012
LMS Meeting at the 6ECM
LMS Midlands Regional Meeting
LMS Northern Regional Meeting
LMS Poincaré Meeting
LMS Popular Lectures 2012
LMS Society Meeting and Hardy Lecture
LMS South West & South Wales Regional Meeting

Other meetings
Additive Combinatorics
Alan Turing Centenary Satellite Workshops
Alan Turing Year
Algebra, Combinatorics, Dynamics and Applications
Analysis of Quantum Systems and Control
Arithmetic Geometry and Homotopy Theory
Applied and Numerical Mathematics
Asymptotic Group Theory and Model Theory
BAMC 2012
Banach Spaces Workshop 2012
Beauville Surfaces and Groups
Big Bang 2012
Biological Flow
BMC 2012
Branes and Black Holes
Branes, Supergravity and M-Theory
British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science
British Postgraduate Model Theory Conference
British Science Festival
British Topology Meeting
Categorical Methods in Representation Theory
Christopher Zeeman Lecture
Clay Research Conference
Coarse Geometry of Infinite Groups
Combinatorics At Oxford
Combinatorics Colloquia
Continuum Mechanics in Biology and Medicine LMS–EPSRC Short Course
Distinguished Lecture Series – Bristol
Dynamics in Infinite Dimensions
Early Career Mathematicians
Elmer Rees Celebration
Enhancing Mathematics Research in African Universities
European Congress of Mathematics
Fields Institute Programmes
Finite Groups and Related Topics
Finite Groups and Representations
Formal and Computational Cryptographic Proofs
Free Boundary Problems in Fluid Mechanics
Frontiers of Nevanlinna Theory
Function Theory Meeting
Future Directions for Quantum Groups
Future Directions in Tropical Mathematics
Galway Topology Colloquium
Geometry, Representation Theory and Clusters
Gresham College Lectures
Groups St Andrews 2013
HEA Events
Heilbronn Annual Conference
Higher Order Problems in Geometric Analysis
Homotopy and Geometry of Loop Spaces
IMA Conferences
Infinite Ergodic Theory
Infinite Combinatorics 2012
Integrable Models, Conformal Field Theory
International Pure Mathematical Conference 2012
Ischia Group Theory 2012
Is Cryptographic Theory Practically Relevant?
John Thompson Conference
Lattices and Relations
Lie Theory
Logical Approaches to Barriers in Complexity II
Logic Colloquium 2012
Mathematical Geophysics
Mathematicians and their Gods
Mathematics of Human Biology
Mathematics of String Theory and Gauge Theory
Mathematical Techniques for Quantum Physics
Modern Mathematical Methods in Science and Technology
Modern Perspectives in Homotopy Theory
Multiscale Modelling and Techniques
NBFAS Seminar
Nancy Nichols’ 70th Birthday Conference
Neurodynamics
Nevanlinna Theory and Number Theory
Noncommutative Geometry
Nonlinear PDE; Free Surface and Interface Problems
Nonlinear Waves in Fluids
Numerical Analysis of Stochastic PDEs
Numerical Linear Algebra, Control Theory and Data Assimilation
PANDA
PANDA, 2012
Pattern Formation: The Inspiration of Alan Turing
Physics and Computation
Postgraduate Combinatorial Conference
Postgraduate Group Theory Conference
Probability at Warwick Young Researchers Workshop
Profinite Groups
QP–NG–QI
Quantized Flux in Tightly Knotted and Linked Systems
Quantum Algorithms Day
Quantum Probabilistic Symmetries
Rigidity of Periodic and Symmetric Structures
Selmer Groups, Descent and the Distribution of Ranks
Singularity Theory
Spectral Theory of Hankel Operators
Spitalfields Day: The Mathematical Legacy of Alan Turing
Stochastic Modelling in Biological Systems LMS–EPSRC Short Course
Stochastic Modelling in Ecosystems
Stochastic Partial Differential Equations
String Phenomenology
String Theory and Arithmetic Geometry
Symmetries of Discrete Objects
Tangled Magnetic Fields in Astro- and Plasma Physics
Thomas Harriot Seminar
Topological Aspects of DNA Function and Protein Folding
Topological Fluid Dynamics
Topological Solitons
Topology and Groups Summer School and Conference
Turing’s Worlds
Yorkshire and Durham Geometry Day
Young Functional Analysts’ Workshop
Young Researchers in Mathematics
Wales Mathematics Colloquium
Wavelets and MATLAB
Weather and Climate Prediction on Next Generation Supercomputers


Earlier Meetings notices can be found in the Published Issues.


PANDA

Published online 02 August 2012

The next meeting in the LMS-supported PANDA (Patterns, Nonlinear Dynamics and Applications) series will be held on Friday 21 September 2012 at the University of Bath.

Pedagogical review talks of general interest to students and researchers in applied mathematics will be given by Christian Kuehn (TU Vienna) and Paul Milewski (Bath), on slow-fast dynamical systems and nonlinear waves, respectively. There will also be a number of shorter contributions across a range of topics in applied dynamical systems.

A limited amount of funding is available for the reimbursement of childcare and travel expenses. Further details can be found at http://people.bath.ac.uk/jhpd20/panda/. Please direct contact Jonathan Dawes if you have questions.

The PANDA network is organised by Rebecca Hoyle (Surrey), Jonathan Dawes (Bath), Paul Matthews (Nottingham) and Alastair Rucklidge (Leeds), and is supported by an LMS Scheme 3 grant.

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SELMER GROUPS, DESCENT AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF RANKS


Published online 02 August 2012

SELMER GROUPS, DESCENT AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF RANKS

A workshop on the subject of Selmer Groups, Descent and the Distribution of Ranks will take place at the University of Warwick from 24 to 28 September 2012.  This is the opening workshop of the 2012-2013 EPSRC Warwick Number Theory Symposium, and is organised by John Cremona (Warwick), Tim Dokchitser (Bristol), Tom Fisher Cambridge) and Samir Siksek (Warwick).  Invited speakers include

  • Manjul Bhargava  (Princeton)
  • Bryan Birch (Oxford)
  • Nils Bruin, (Simon Fraser)
  • Brian Conrey (American Institute of Mathematics)
  • Vladimir Dokchitser (Cambridge)
  • Victor Flynn (Oxford)
  • Wojciech Gajda (Poznan)
  • Wei Ho (Columbia)
  • Karl Rubin (UC Irvine)
  • Alice Silverberg (UC Irvine)
  • Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (Cambridge)
  • Michael Stoll (Bayreuth)
  • Damiano Testa (Warwick)
  • Mark Watkins (Sydney)
  • Christian Wuthrich (Nottingham)

 

For further information visit the website http://tinyurl.com/crlua85 which gives further information, including how to register.  This meeting is supported by EPSRC and the Warwick Mathematics Research Centre.

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MATHEMATICAL TECHNIQUES FOR QUANTUM PHYSICS

Published online 02 August 2012

A postgraduate student conference on Mathematical Techniques for Quantum Physics will take place in Nottingham from 7 to 9 November 2012. The conference will emphasise quantum information, quantum gravity and quantum disordered systems. Respectively, the invited speakers from each area are:

  • Nilanjana Datta (Cambridge)
  • Samuel Braunstein (York)
  • Karoline Wiesner (Bristol)

Students are encouraged to participate and contribute talks. For more information visit quantumsquare.weebly.com or email pmxsr3@nottingham.ac.uk or pmxdg1@nottingham.ac.uk.  The meeting is supported by an LMS Postgraduate Research Conference Scheme 8 grant.

 

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FINITE GROUPS AND REPRESENTATIONS

Published online 16 July 2012

A conference on Finite Groups, Representations and Related Topics will take place in the Mathematical Institute, Oxford from 20 to 24 August 2012. An important topic of the conference will be the recent directions in modular representation theory of finite groups and in local group theory. An outstanding issue is the relation between local representation theory and the theory of fusion systems and the conference will have experts in those two areas. This meeting will mark Michael Collins’s fifty years at Oxford. The list of speakers includes:

  • Michael Aschbacher (Caltech)
  • Jon Carlson (U. Georgia)
  • Joseph Chuang (City University)
  • Paul Flavell (Birmingham)
  • George Glauberman (U. Chicago)
  • Simon Goodwin (Birmingham)
  • Derek Holt (Warwick)
  • Radha Kessar (Aberdeen)
  • Markus Linckelmann (Aberdeen)
  • Bob Oliver (Paris-Nord)
  • Geoff Robinson (Aberdeen)
  • Leonard Scott (U. Virginia)
  • Peter Sin (U. Florida)
  • Ron Solomon (Ohio State)

For further information visit the website www.maths.ox.ac.uk/events/conferences/finite-groups-representations-and-related-topics. Organisers: David Craven, Raphaël Rouquier. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant.

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IMA CONFERENCES

Published online 16 July 2012

The following IMA conferences are taking place during 2012–2013:

2012

  • Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimisation 3rd IMA Conference, University of Birmingham, 10–12 September
  • Mathematics of Medical Devices and Surgical Procedures IMA Conference, University College London, 17–19 September
  • Early Career Mathematicians’ IMA Autumn Conference, University of Greenwich, 24 November
  • Mathematics in Signal Processing 9th IMA International Conference, Austin Court, Birmingham, 17–20 December

2013

  • Quantitative Modelling in the Management of Health and Social Care 7th IMA Conference, Central London, 25–27 March
  • Mathematics in Finance IMA Conference, Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University, 8–9 April
  • Dense Granular Flows 2nd IMA Conference, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, 1–4 July
  • Mathematics of Surfaces 14th IMA Conference, University of Birmingham, 11–13 September

For further information or to register your interest in any of the conferences contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer (email: conferences@ima.org.uk tel: +44 (0) 1702 354020) or visit the IMA conferences calendar www.ima.org.uk/conferences/conferences_calendar.cfm.

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BRITISH SCIENCE FESTIVAL

Published online 16 July 2012

This is organized by the British Science Association (a.k.a. the British Association for the Advancement of Science) and takes place this year in Aberdeen from Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 September 2012 with the theme Energise Your Mind. Mathematical Sciences events in the main programme are as follows:

Wednesday 5 September, 13.00–15.00
Fishy Figure, organized by Malcolm Hall, Royal Statistical Society, Highlands Local Group: Research and advice relevant to the marine environment.

Friday 7 September 15.30–16.30
Expanding Minds and Universes: Presidential Lecture by John Barrow (How Einstein made it possible for cosmologists to study whole universes.) followed by a wine reception 16:30–17:30 sponsored by the Edinburgh Mathematical Society.

Saturday 8 September 10:00–12:00
How to Solve Crimes with Mathematics? Marco Thiel (Physics Department, University of Aberdeen). A presentation, experiments, finger-print recognition software, potentially face recognition, pursuit and evasion patterns etc.

Saturday 8 September 15.00–17.00
In Tune with Mathematics, Kevin Houston, Rob Sturman and Ben Sparks. Auto-Tune, spectral analysis of the opening chord of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, the mathematics of musical tunings and more.

Sunday 9 September 15.30–17.30
Turing: The Human vs the Machine, Robin Whitty and Bob Lockhart. Alan Turing invites you to speed date ... with a computer!

Sunday 9 September 18.00–20.00
The Maths and Computing Magic Show, Peter McOwan and Matt Parker. Magic tricks, maths, computing, enquiry based learing, entertainment and fun.

Any queries should be directed to Peter Giblin, pjgiblin@liv.ac.uk (Chair of the Mathematical Sciences Section). For full details of the Festival visit www.abdn.ac.uk/science/public/2012.

2013 Festival

For the 2013 Festival in Newcastle (7–12 September), the Mathematical Sciences Section is keen to hear from anyone with a possible idea for a mathematics, statistics or computing based event. The mission of the British Science Association is to communicate the excitement and relevance of science, including mathematics, to the wider public. Thus the ‘unexpected usefulness of mathematics’ is a strong theme. The programme for 2013 will be fixed around the end of October 2012. Any ideas or offers of help should be sent to Peter Giblin (pjgiblin@liv.ac.uk).

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FUNCTION THEORY MEETING

Published online 16 July 2012

The one-day Function Theory Meeting will take place at De Morgan House in London on 3 September 2012. The meeting is a well-established annual event which focuses on function theory and related topics such as dynamics and differential equations. The main invited speaker is Professor David Drasin from Purdue University, USA. Professor Drasin is an eminent mathematician in the field of function theory and is a popular speaker all over the globe. The list of speakers is:

  • David Drasin (Purdue)
  • Rob Fryer (Warwick)
  • Thomas Kecker (UCL)
  • Myrto Manolaki (UCD)
  • Dan Nicks (Nottingham)
  • Phil Rippon (Open)
  • Corinna Ulcigrai (Bristol)

There is no need to register in advance for the meeting. There is a £10 registration fee payable on the day, which is waived for those who are retired or unemployed. For further information, the meeting website is https://sites.google.com/site/functiontheorymeeting/ and the organiser is Alastair Fletcher, who can be contacted at odftm.mail@gmail.com. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant.

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QUANTIZED FLUX IN TIGHTLY KNOTTED AND LINKED SYSTEMS

Published online 16 July 2012  
3–7 December 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Topological Dynamics in the Physical and Biological Sciences
(16 July – 21 December 2012)

International Scientific Committee:  Natalia G. Berloff (DAMTP, Cambridge), Jason Cantarella (University of Georgia), Anne-Christine Davis (DAMTP, Cambridge), Thomas W. Kephart (Vanderbilt University), Paul Sutcliffe (Durham University) and Tanmay Vachaspati (Arizona State University).

Many systems contain flux tubes which tighten due to their own tension. This workshop will study all aspects of tightly knotted and linked systems which support quantized flux tubes. The systems studied will range over, but not be limited to, superconductors, cosmic strings, and gauge theories, such as quantum chromodynamics. Some topics to be considered will be:

  • the energy spectrum of knots and links;
  • mathematical and physical aspects of tightening;
  • relaxation to local and global minima;
  • topological aspects of stability related to helicity, quantized helicity and their generalizations;
  • curvature corrections, distortion and other physical corrections;
  • topology change and the dynamics of flux tube decay, from quantum reconnection and tunnelling to monopole-anti-monopole pair production;
  • universality aspects of tightly knotted/linked systems of quantized flux, from knotted flux tubes in superconductors to glueballs in QCD.

Further information and application forms are available from the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/TOD/todw04.html. Closing date of the receipt of applications is 31 July 2012.

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INFINITE COMBINATORICS 2012

Published online 12 July 2012

A mini conference on Infinite Combinatorics will take place on 25 July 2012 at the Mathematics Department, Room COL.2.01, Columbia House, London School of Economics.

Steinhaus's sum-theorem for 'large’ sets is at the heart of several strands of infinite combinatorics and of related finitary combinatorics, particularly Fraïssé direct and inverse limits. These strands include additive combinatorics, e.g. Ruziewicz-van der Waerden theorems, automatic continuity theorems (for measurable homomorphisms), and reduction of continuous to sequential properties. Probability theory is an end-user (e.g. regular variation, Kingman's discrete skeleton and extreme value theories). Generalizations of Steinhaus' result range from continuous groups to discrete semigroups involving notions such as `amenability at 1', idempotent ultrafilters, and recently shift-compactness of group actions and refinement topologies. (The latter notions may be viewed as strengthened-form Baire Category theorems and can explain en route some of the measure-category duality via density topologies.) A model-theoretic approach to group action relies on generic and mutually generic automorphisms. The mini-conference draws attention to affinities between these strands.

  • Nick Bingham (Imperial College London) Topological regular variation
  • Adam Ostaszewski (LSE) Steinhaus’ theorem and its descendants
  • Dona Strauss (Hull) Chains of idempotents in beta-N
  • Sławomir Solecki (University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana) An abstract approach to Ramsey theory with applications
  • Imre Leader (Cambridge) Sparse pairwise sums

There will be no formal registration process, however let Rebecca Lumb| (r.c.lumb@lse.ac.uk) know whether you will be attending.  For further information visit the website at www2.lse.ac.uk/maths/Seminars/Mini-Conference-on-Infinite-Combinatorics-2012.aspx.

Professor Solecki is visiting the LSE from 24 to 27 July.  The conference is supported by an LMS Conference grant, and the British Combinatorial Committee is gratefully acknowledged.

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HEILBRONN ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Published online 19 June 2012

The 2012 Heilbronn Annual Conference will be held at the University of Bristol from 20 to 21 September. A number of distinguished mathematicians are invited to present lectures, intended to be accessible to a mixed audience of mathematicians. The topics will cover the range of the Institute’s interests as outlined on its web page at www.maths.bris.ac.uk/research/heilbronn_institute/. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Eva-Maria Feichtner (Bremen)
  • Kristin Lauter (Microsoft and Washington)
  • Mark Maloof (Georgetown)
  • Andrew Odlyzko (Minnesota)
  • Toby Stafford (Manchester)
  • Wendelin Werner (Paris-Sud)

All interested mathematicians are invited to attend. There is no registration fee but to enable estimation of numbers, intending participants are requested to inform Alice Adams (heilbronn-coordinator@bristol.ac.uk). All participants are invited to take part in the conference dinner, for which there will be a charge of £25: this can be booked through Alice.

UK graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to attend and need support should contact Alice before 15 July 2012 detailing their requirements, enclosing a brief CV, and explaining why other support is not available. The final programme and additional details will be posted on the Institute website in due course.


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CATEGORICAL METHODS IN REPRESENTATION THEORY

Published online 19 June 2012

A five-day conference/workshop on Categorical Methods in Representation Theory will take place at the University of Bristol from 24 to 28 September 2012. It will focus on categorical approaches to various aspects of the representation theory of finite groups and finite-dimensional algebras. The week will consist of three short lecture courses and roughly 12 one-off lectures given by experts in the field, as well as several contributed talks. The short courses will be:

  • Dave Benson (Aberdeen) The stable category
  • Michel Broué (Paris 7) The derived category
  • Mike Prest (Manchester) The functor category

Other speakers will include Paul Balmer, Serge Bouc, Joe Chuang, Osamu Iyama, Radha Kessar, Henning Krause, Markus Linckelmann, Raphaël Rouquier (tbc), Peter Symonds, Will Turner and Peter Webb.

The conference is supported by an LMS Conference grant to provide financial assistance to postgraduates and young researchers and by the Heilbronn Institute. For further information email CMRT2012@gmail.com or visit the website at www.maths.bris.ac.uk/~majwm/CMRT/start.php.


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FINITE GROUPS AND RELATED TOPICS

Published online 19 June 2012

A conference on Finite Groups and Related Topics on the occasion of John Thompson’s 80th birthday will take place at the CMS in Cambridge, starting after lunch on Thursday 27 September and ending at lunchtime on Sunday 30 September 2012. The speakers will include Aschbacher, Capdeboscq, Flavell, Glauberman, Kessar, Liebeck, Malle, Robinson, Serre, Sin, Smith, Solomon and Tiep.

The conference dinner will take place at Gonville & Caius College on Thursday 27 September. For further information and to register see the website at www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/Seminars/Conferences/Thompson80/. There will be support available for young mathematicians attending; for this you should contact J.Saxl@dpmms.cam.ac.uk. The organisers are Bob Guralnick and Jan Saxl. The conference is supported by the DPMMS, the National Science Foundation and an LMS Conference grant.


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POSTGRADUATE COMBINATORIAL CONFERENCE

Published online 19 June 2012

The 22nd Postgraduate Combinatorial Conference (PCC) will be held at the University of Warwick from 15 to 17 August 2012. PCC is an established annual conference organised by, and for, current research students in all areas of combinatorial and discrete mathematics, under the auspices of the British Combinatorial Committee. The PCC is mainly aimed at UK-based students, but also open to those from abroad.

The aim of the conference is to allow research students to meet and discuss their research in a relaxed environment, to gain practice at presenting their research outside of their own department, and to meet pre-eminent researchers in their area. Each student is encouraged to contribute by giving a talk which will last 20 minutes (including five minutes question-and-answer time). Speakers will include:

  • Stefanie Gerke (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Konrad Swanepoel (LSE)
  • Andrew Thomason (University of Cambridge)

For further details visit the website at www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/dimap/events/pcc2012.

The conference is supported by an LMS Postgraduate Research Conference Scheme 8 grant and a grant from the British Combinatorial Committee.


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LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

Published online 19 June 2012

SOUTH WEST & SOUTH WALES REGIONAL MEETING

Monday 1 October 2012

SM1, School of Mathematics, University Walk, University of Bristol

Programme:

2.00Opening of the Meeting

John Cremona (Warwick)
Unusual modular curves and elusive isogenies
3.00Tea/Coffee
3.45 Tony Scholl (Cambridge)
Special values of L-functions
5.00 Karl Rubin (Irvine)
Ranks of elliptic curves
7.00Dinner

These lectures are aimed at a general mathematical audience. All interested, whether LMS members or not, are most welcome to attend this event.

For further details or to register or reserve a place for dinner, please email the organisers (tim.dokchitser@bristol.ac.uk). The cost of the dinner will be approximately £25, including drinks.

The LMS Regional Meeting is part of a three-day workshop on Arithmetic of L-functions from 1 to 3 October. For further details visit the website at www.maths.bris.ac.uk/~matyd/LMS2012.

There are funds available to contribute in part to the expenses of members of the Society or research students to attend the meeting and workshop. Requests for support, including an estimate of expenses, may be addressed to the organisers.


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LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

Published online 14 May 2012

LMS HARDY FELLOW 2012

11–29 June 2012

(8 Lectures)

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PHYSICS AND COMPUTATION

Published online 19 June 2012

The Physics and Computation 2012 workshop will take place from 29 to 31 August 2012 at Swansea University. The workshop is an interdisciplinary meeting on the frontiers of mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering and biology. The invited speakers include:

  • Andy Adamatzky (UWE)
  • Hajnal Andréka (Alfréd Rényi, Budapest)
  • Ed Blakey (Oxford)
  • Barry Cooper (Leeds)
  • Arun Holden (Leeds)
  • Martin Ziegler (Darmstadt)

The Keynote Lecture will be given by Tony Hey (Microsoft Research). The meeting will commence in the evening of Tuesday August 28 with registration and a welcome reception. Talks start at 9 am on Wednesday morning and finish at 2 pm Friday afternoon. For further information email the Local Organizing Committee (pc2012@swansea.ac.uk) or visit the website at www.cs.swansea.ac.uk/pc2012. The workshop is receiving support from EPSRC, the Institute of Physics, the Learned Society of Wales, the Turing Centenary, and an LMS Conference grant.


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LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

Published online 19 June 2012

MIDLANDS REGIONAL MEETING

Monday 3 September 2012

Aberystwyth University

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QUANTUM PROBABILISTIC SYMMETRIES

Published online 19 June 2012

3–7 September 2012

Aberystwyth University

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TANGLED MAGNETIC FIELDS IN ASTRO- AND PLASMA PHYSICS
(A satellite meeting at ICMS, Edinburgh)

Published online 19 June 2012  
15–19 October 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Topological Dynamics in the Physical and Biological Sciences
(16 July – 21 December 2012)

Organisers:  Konrad Bajer (University of Warsaw), Mitchell Berger (University of Exeter), Steve Cowley (Culham Fusion Science Center), Andrew Gilbert (University of Exeter), Gunnar Homig (University of Dundee) and Clare Parnell (University of St Andrews).

The workshop will focus on research exploiting topological and geometrical concepts in the study of the morphology and evolution of magnetic fields in astrophysics and plasma physics. Magnetic fields are all-pervasive in astrophysics. Such fields generally have non-trivial topology. This results through various mechanisms such as dynamo action within stars which generates and maintains the magnetic field, and also the movement and stressing of the magnetic field by plasma motions that can lead to extremely complex topologies in, for example, stellar coronae. These fields play a crucial role in relation to many observed phenomena in the sun and the solar atmosphere, and similarly in stars and in the interstellar medium. Likewise, the magnetic field is the crucial ingredient in toroidal fusion plasma containment devices like the Tokamak, for which the simplest magnetostatic equilibria are helical in character. More complex equilibria may exhibit current sheet singularities, the site of potential resistive instabilities.

Deadline for applications is 30 June 2012. For more information and application forms visit the website at www.icms.org.uk/workshops/tangled.


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STOCHASTIC PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
(Follow-up meeting)

Published online 19 June 2012  
10–14 September 2012


Organisers:  Zdzislaw Brzezniak (York), David Elworthy (Warwick), Michael Röckner (Bielefeld), Panagiotis Souganidis (Chicago) and Roger Tribe (Warwick).

This workshop on Stochastic Partial Differential Equations is a follow-up meeting to the six-month programme at the Isaac Newton Institute in 2010. The following themes are expected to be part of the follow-up meeting:

  • Stochastic conservation laws
  • Stochastic interface models
  • Infinite-dimensional analysis
  • Equations driven by Levy noises
  • Large deviations problems for SPDEs
  • Numerical approximations
  • Stochastic models in hydrodynamics and other physical applications

For more information visit the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/SPD/spdw07.html.


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NONLINEAR WAVES IN FLUIDS

Published online 19 June 2012

A conference on Nonlinear Waves in Fluids will take place at Loughborough University from 12 to 14 September 2012. The meeting is dedicated to Roger Grimshaw on the occasion of his retirement. It will be devoted to all aspects of nonlinear waves with applications in geophysical fluid dynamics, thin films and complex fluids. The list of invited speakers currently includes:

  • Mark Ablowitz (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Triantaphyllos Akylas (MIT Cambridge, USA)
  • Thomas Bridges (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Oliver Bühler (Courant Institute, USA)
  • Karl Helfrich (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
  • Nalini Joshi (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Alfred Osborne (Università di Torino, Italy)
  • Efim Pelinovsky (Institute of Applied Physics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)
  • Victor Shrira (Keele University, UK)

For further information visit the website at www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/%7emakk/NWF.html. The conference is supported by an LMS Conference grant, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Marie Curie MULTIFLOW Network and Loughborough University.


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POSTGRADUATE GROUP THEORY CONFERENCE

Published online 18 June 2012

The Postgraduate Group Theory Conference (PGTC) will this year be hosted at the University of York from 9 to 12 July 2012. This is a networking opportunity for PhD students and others with an interest in group theory and related areas (Lie algebras, representation theory, algebra in general) to give a short presentation about their research to a friendly and interested audience. The PGTC 2012 will include invited speakers Professor Robert Wilson (Queen Mary, University of London) and Dr David Craven (Birmingham University).

The conference itself will include three nights of ensuite bed-and-breakfast accommodation at the University of York campus and a conference dinner on the evening of Wednesday 11 July. To register your interest in attending the PGTC 2012, email Malcolm Connolly (mpc501@york.ac.uk). For further information visit the website at http://maths.york.ac.uk/www/node/12393. The meeting is supported by an LMS Postgraduate Research Conference Scheme 8 grant.


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LOGIC COLLOQUIUM 2012

Published online 18 June 2012

Logic Colloquium 2012 will be held at the University of Manchester from 12 to 18 July 2012. Invited plenary speakers include:

  • Jeremy Avigad (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Andreas R. Blass (University of Michigan)
  • Samuel R. Buss (UC San Diego)
  • Harvey Friedman (Ohio State University)
  • Gareth Jones (University of Manchester)
  • Péter Komjáth (Eötvös Lorand University)
  • Leonid Levin (Boston University)
  • Giuseppe Longo (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
  • Angus Macintyre (Queen Mary, University of  London)
  • Menachem Magidor (Hebrew University)
  • Zlil Sela (Hebrew University)
  • V. Yu. Shavrukov (University of Amsterdam)
  • Alexandra Shlapentokh (East Carolina University)
  • Mariya I. Soskova (Sofia University)

There will be tutorial courses on set theory (Ilijas Farah), computability theory (Antonio Montalbán) and model theory (Boris Zilber).  Special sessions topics include:

  • Philosophy of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Computability, Logical and Physical
  • Model Theory
  • Homotopy Type Theory
  • Set Theory

For further information visit the website at www.mims.manchester.ac.uk/LC2012/. The meeting is held under the auspices of the Association for Symbolic Logic, and incorporates this year’s meeting of the British Logic Colloquium. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant, the ASL, the BLC and the Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences.


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PROFINITE GROUPS

Published online 18 June 2012

A one-day meeting on Hausdorff Dimension in Profinite Groups will be held on 22 June 2012 at the University of Southampton. The aim of the meeting will be to explore, in a range of settings, Hausdorff-dimension arguments in the theory of profinite groups.The speakers are:

  • Y. Barnea (Royal Holloway University of London)
  • M. Abért (Alfréd Rényi Institute, Budapest)
  • R. Camina (University of Cambridge)
  • B. Klopsch (Royal Holloway University of London)

Limited funds are available to reimburse travel expenses of UK-based students and young mathematicians. Application for support can be made at the meeting. To register send your name and whether you need parking to Martin Kassabov (martin.kassabov@gmail.com). More information is available at www.ma.rhul.ac.uk/profinite_groups/meetings.html. The workshop forms part of the South England Profinite Groups Meetings which are supported by an LMS Scheme 3 grant. The workshop is also funded by the University of Southampton.


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BRITISH TOPOLOGY MEETING

Published online 18 June 2012

The 27th British Topology Meeting will take place in Cambridge from 6 to 8 September 2012. The conference is primarily aimed at graduate and postgraduate students in topology, geometry and cognate fields. It is designed to showcase recent activity in a broad range of areas in topology, including algebraic topology, geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology and symplectic geometry. This year’s invited speakers are:

  • Paul Biran (ETH)
  • Dorothy Buck (Imperial)
  • Danny Calegari (Cambridge)
  • Simon Donaldson (Imperial)
  • Marc Lackenby (Oxford)
  • Zoltán Szabó (Princeton)
  • Nathalie Wahl (Copenhagen)

There will also be a number of shorter talks, selected from abstracts submitted by participants on registration; all participants should register, and those wishing to offer a talk are encouraged to register by the end of July. For further information, in particular to register or to submit an abstract for a presentation, visit the website at www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/seminars/Conferences/BTM2012/index.html or contact the organizers Jake Rasmussen (J.Rasmussen@dpmms.cam.ac.uk) and Ivan Smith (I.Smith@dpmms.cam.ac.uk). The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant and the Foundation Compositio Mathematica.


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STRING THEORY AND ARITHMETIC GEOMETRY

Published online 18 June 2012

The aim of this Heilbronn workshop on String Theory and Arithmetic Geometry is to bring together people interested in motivic descriptions of physical ideas with those interested in symmetries and dualities of high-energy physics from an algebraic perspective. Whilst exploring the use of derived categories in both motive-like pursuits and their appearance in particle and string theories, it is hoped to emphasize the computational aspects of these areas so as to have as many concrete examples as possible.

The workshop will be held at the University of Bristol from 3 to 7 September 2012. The registration deadline is 1 August. The Invited Speakers include:

  • David Broadhurst (Open University)
  • Dirk Kreimer (Humboldt-Universität)
  • Steve Lichtenbaum (Brown University)
  • Matilde Marcolli* (Caltech)
  • Andreas Recknagel* (King’s College London)
  • Ingo Runkel (Universität Hamburg)
  • Ed Segal (Imperial College London)
  • Balázs Szendröi (Oxford)
  • Katrin Wendland (Universität Freiburg)

* to be confirmed

Applications are invited for a limited number of contributed talks. Please send a title and abstract to the organisers by the registration deadline. There will be limited funding available to young researchers. Please request funding when registering.

Further information and registration forms may be found at http://tinyurl.com/dx8z982 or by contacting Oliver Gray (oliver.gray@bristol.ac.uk) or Owen Patashnick (o.patashnick@bristol.ac.uk).


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ARITHMETIC GEOMETRY AND HOMOTOPY THEORY

Published online 29 May 2012

A mini-conference on Arithmetic Geometry and Homotopy Theory will take place in the Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London from 31 May to 1 June 2012, the first meeting on this particular subject in the UK. The mini-conference is planned to bring together researchers working on applications of homotopy theory to arithmetic geometry, with particular emphasis on recent work on rational points and the section conjecture. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ilan Barnea (Jerusalem)
  • Yonatan Harpaz (Jerusalem)
  • Rick Jardine (Western Ontario)
  • Behrang Noohi (Queen Mary)
  • Ambrus Pál (Imperial College)
  • Jon Pridham (Cambridge)
  • Gereon Quick (Harvard)
  • Tomer Schlank (Jerusalem)
  • Kirsten Wickelgren (Harvard)

To register your interest in this conference email a.pal@imperial.ac.uk. For further information visit the website at www2.imperial.ac.uk/~anskor/homotopy/workshop.html. The organizers are Ambrus Pál and Alexei Skorobogatov. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant and by an EPSRC platform grant.


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LATTICES AND RELATIONS

Published online 29 May 2012

A workshop on Lattices and Relations will take place from 12 to 14 September 2012 at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam.

Relation algebra in its modern form has been developed in fruitful exchange with neighbouring disciplines such as lattice and order theory, universal algebra, category theory, topology and model theory. Relational and lattice-theoretic methods are important to the semantic study of many non-classical logics, as well as in the foundations of computer science, where they have widespread applications. This has led to the formation of a research area that is defined by a quite liberal attitude in which results, tools and techniques from neighbouring fields are freely transported and combined. The area thus serves as an interface between fields such as logic, universal algebra, topology, category theory, order, and model theory.

The workshop is aimed to bring together researchers from various countries who are active in different facets of this area. This is the second workshop in the series: the first was at University College, London, in 2010. While lattices and relations are the main thread of these workshops, this second workshop particularly welcomes contributions about connections with topics such as semigroups, semirings, quantales, Kleene algebras and fixpoint calculi.

Title and abstract of submissions should be sent to Szabolcs Mikulas (szabolcs@dcs.bbk.ac.uk) by 15 June 2012. Communication of attendance should be sent to Alessandra Palmigiano (lattices-relations-science@uva.nl) by 8 July 2012.

For further information visit the website at www.illc.uva.nl/Workshops/LR2012.


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ALAN TURING CENTENARY

Published online 15 May 2012

Satellite Workshops

As part of Alan Turing Centenary celebrations and linked to a major international gala event (The Alan Turing Centenary Conference; www.turing100.manchester.ac.uk), several satellite workshops for about 15–40 participants each will be held in the morning and afternoon of Friday 22 June 2012 in the Alan Turing Building, University of Manchester, prior to the opening of the conference later in the evening. 

It is expected that these workshops will concentrate on more modern developments in mathematics, logic and computer science which are linked to Alan Turing’s scientific legacy but deserve a more specialist discussion among interested researchers. If you are interested in organising one of these workshops, contact Mrs Helen Harper, School of Mathematics, University of Manchester (helen.harper@manchester.ac.uk) who may provide you with an easy-to-manage package which includes support for travel and accommodation for three speakers and for research student’s travel. These satellite workshops will be supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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ANALYSIS OF QUANTUM SYSTEMS AND CONTROL

Published online 15 May 2012

A meeting on Analysis of Quantum Systems and Control will take place from 24 to 25 May 2012 at Aberystwyth University. The speakers are:

  • Daniel Burgarth (Aberystwyth)
  • Rolf Gohm (Aberystwyth)
  • John Gough (Aberystwyth)
  • Madalin Guta (Nottingham)
  • Merlijn van Horssen (Nottingham)
  • Keith Hughes (Bangor)
  • Claus Köstler (Aberystwyth)
  • Frank Langbein (Cardiff)
  • Sophie Schirmer (Swansea)
  • Alessio Serafini (London)

The organizers are Daniel Burgarth and John Gough. For further information visit the website https://sites.google.com/site/aberquant/wales-quantum-control-meeting. The meeting is supported by the Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences Mathematical Analysis Cluster and by an LMS Conference grant.


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APPLIED AND NUMERICAL MATHEMATICS

Published online 15 May 2012

The Essex–Greenwich–Hertfordshire Workshop on Applied and Numerical Mathematics will take place from Thursday 7 to Friday 8 June 2012 at the University of Greenwich. It is a one-and-a-half day workshop for junior researchers and PhD students who work in the area of multi-scale modelling and methods. The format of the workshop will be plenary talks and contributed talks on the first day, and brief presentations of research work by junior PhD students and a panel discussion on the future direction of multi-scale methods on the second day. Agreed plenary speakers include:

  • Ariel Iserles (University of Cambridge)
  • Frédéric Nataf (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
  • Jiayun Pang (University of Greenwich)

The scope of the workshop covers various interests in problems related to disparate temporal and spatial scales and will cover a variety of problems from different industries. For further information visit the website at http://ghsymposium.gre.ac.uk/EGH2012 or contact Choi-Hong Lai (C.H.Lai@greenwich.ac.uk). The workshop is supported by an LMS Postgraduate Research Conference Scheme 8 grant.


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BEAUVILLE SURFACES AND GROUPS

Published online 15 May 2012

A conference on Beauville Surfaces and Groups will take place in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, Newcastle University from 7 to 9 June 2012. Beauville surfaces are a class of rigid regular surfaces of general type, which can be described in a purely algebraically combinatorial way. They appear in different fields of mathematics such as algebraic geometry, group theory and number theory.

The intention of this conference is to bring together experts from various fields, who are also interested in Beauville surfaces, in order to share knowledge and discuss further developments of this new and exciting subject. Invited speakers are:

  • Nigel Boston (University of Wisconsin)
  • Fabrizio Catanese (University of Bayreuth)
  • Ben Fairbairn (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Shelly Garion (University of Münster)
  • Gareth Jones (University of Southampton)
  • Michael Lönne (University of Hannover)
  • Kay Magaard (University of Birmingham)
  • Gunter Malle (University of Kaiserslautern)
  • Chris Parker (University of Birmingham)
  • Matteo Penegini (University of Bayreuth)
  • Norbert Peyerimhoff (Durham University)
  • Roberto Pignatelli (University of Trento)
  • Francesco Polizzi (University of Calabria)

If you wish to attend the conference, fill in the registration form by 1 June 2012 at www.students.ncl.ac.uk/nathan.barker/beauville. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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BRANES, SUPERGRAVITY AND M-THEORY

Published online 15 May 2012

Professor Paul Townsend is an internationally renowned figure in the field of theoretical and mathematical physics and recently turned 60. His career, spanning nearly 40 years, has included seminal contributions to many different areas in the field. He is one of the world’s leading experts in the area of supersymmetry, supergravity, dualities and the properties of extended objects or ’branes’. He has made some pivotal discoveries which revealed that the various string theories, which beforehand had been thought to be just defined in ten spacetime dimensions, are all different aspects of a single eleven-dimensional theory, now called M-theory.

Following tradition there will be a conference in Professor Townsend’s honour from 2 to 3 July 2012 at DAMTP in Cambridge. For further information and registration visit the conference website at www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/hep/conferences/branes. The conference is funded in part by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and an LMS Conference grant.


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CLAY RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Published online 15 May 2012

The 2012 Clay Research Conference will be held from 18 to 19 June 2012 at the University of Oxford, Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics. Jeremy Kahn (Brown University) and Vladimir Markovic (Caltech), winners of this year’s Clay Research Awards, will speak on their resolution of the Ehrenpreis conjecture. Other confirmed speakers are:

  • Artur Ávila (IMPA/CNRS)
  • Francis Brown (CNRS)
  • Stavros Garoufalidis (Georgia Tech)
  • Marc Lackenby (University of Oxford)
  • Peter Scholze (University of Bonn)

Registration is free but strongly recommended. More information is available at www.claymath.org.


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COMBINATORICS COLLOQUIA

Published online 15 May 2012

Two linked one-day colloquia in combinatorics will be taking place in London. The first day will be held at Queen Mary, University of London, on Wednesday 16 May and the second will take place at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Thursday 17 May 2012. It is hoped that the talks will be of wide interest to all those working in combinatorics or related fields. The schedule is as follows:

Queen Mary, University of London (16 May)

  • Julia Böttcher (LSE) Powers of Hamilton cycles in pseudo-random graphs
  • Gregory Gutin (Royal Holloway) Applications of discrete harmonic analysis, probabilistic method and linear algebra in fixed-parameter algorithmics and graph theory
  • Daniel Král (Charles University, Prague) Flag algebra method in extremal combinatorics
  • Richard Mycroft (University of Birmingham) A multipartite Hajnal–Szemerédi theorem
  • Lutz Warnke (University of Oxford) The evolution of Achlioptas processes
  • Günter Ziegler (Freie Universität, Berlin) Cutting polygons, configuration spaces, and binomial coefficients

London School of Economics (17 May)

  • Rosemary Bailey (Queen Mary, University of London) Levi graphs and concurrence graphs as tools to evaluate designs
  • Magnus Bordewich (University of Durham) Fast and slow mixing in the ferromagnetic Potts model
  • Artur Czumaj (University of Warwick) Finding cycles and trees in sublinear time
  • Nikolaos Fountoulakis (University of Birmingham) Random geometric graphs on non-euclidean spaces
  • János Pach (EPF Lausanne) Szemerédi strikes back
  • Mathias Schacht (University of Hamburg) Regularity method in sparse graphs

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Some funds are available to contribute to the expense of research students who wish to attend the meetings. Further details can be obtained from the web page www2.lse.ac.uk/maths/Seminars/Colloquia_2012.aspx or from Jozef Skokan (j.skokan@lse.ac.uk) and Peter Keevash (p.keevash@qmul.ac.uk).

There are also some funds available from the London Mathematical Society for help with childcare costs. Further details can be found on the website www.lms.ac.uk/content/childcare-supplementary-grants. Support for this event by an LMS Conference grant and by the British Combinatorial Committee is gratefully acknowledged by the organisers.


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COMBINATORICS AT OXFORD

Published online 15 May 2012

A one-day Combinatorics meeting will be held in Oxford on Wednesday 30 May 2012.  The meeting will take place in the Mathematical Institute, with talks starting at 11 am and coffee available beforehand from 10.30 am. This year’s speakers are:

  • Louigi Addario-Berry (Montréal)
  • Béla Bollobás (Cambridge/Memphis)
  • Jacob Fox (MIT)
  • Jarik Nešetril (Prague)
  • Benny Sudakov (UCLA)

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Some funds may be available to contribute to the expenses of research students who wish to attend the meeting. Further details can be obtained from Alex Scott (scott@maths.ox.ac.uk) or from the website at http://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/scott/Pages/one-day_meeting.htm. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant and the British Combinatorial Committee.


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ENHANCING MATHEMATICS RESEARCH IN AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES

Published online 15 May 2012

The 2012 Strathmore International Mathematics Research Meeting on Enhancing Mathematics Research in African Universities through International Collaboration will take place from 23 to 27 July 2012 at Strathmore University, Nairobi. The objective of this meeting is to bring together expert researchers from around the world to exchange ideas and share their research results in contemporary areas of mathematics research and application. This meeting also intends to promote and explore new collaborations among the international mathematics community and, in particular, researchers in Africa. 

The meeting will focus on five areas of mathematics research and application, namely pure mathematics, mathematical biology, mathematical finance, statistical modelling and mathematics education. The meeting will be organized into five 4-day parallel workshops of invited and contributed talks in each of the areas of focus listed above. Each workshop will include a graduate students and postdoctoral fellows’ poster session. Each workshop will have a convener, or two joint conveners who will be a renowned researcher(s) in the respective area of focus. The convener(s) will have the responsibility of organizing the workshop, inviting the key speakers, and selecting contributed talks and graduate students posters. On the last day there will be a one-day symposium which will include plenary talks by leading researchers in each of the listed areas, and an expert panel to discuss current problems and future directions in mathematics research and applications in Africa.

Further information about the meeting can be found on the website at www.strathmore.edu/maths.


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FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR QUANTUM GROUPS

Published online 15 May 2012

A conference on Future Directions for Quantum Groups will take place at Lancaster University from 6 to 8 September 2012. The aims of the meeting are

  • to reflect on recent progress in the study of quantum groups and related areas such as noncommutative geometry, and
  • to identify the most important open problems in the area and new avenues for exploration of them.

The speakers will include:

  • Y. Bazlov (Manchester)
  • T. Brzezinski (Swansea)
  • D. Hernandez (Paris VII)
  • U. Krähmer (Glasgow)
  • K. Kremnizer (Oxford)
  • S. Kolb (Newcastle)
  • S. Launois (Kent)
  • T. Lenagan (Edinburgh)

Financial support is available for post-graduate students and early-career researchers. For further information please see the conference website at www.maths.lancs.ac.uk/~grabowsj/futuredirections/ or contact the organiser, Jan Grabowski (j.grabowski@lancaster.ac.uk). The meeting will incorporate a meeting of the ARTIN (Algebras and Representation Theory in the North) network and is supported by conference grants from the London Mathematical Society and the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster.


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GALWAY TOPOLOGY COLLOQUIUM

Published online 15 May 2012

The 15th Galway Topology Colloquium will be held from 9 to 11 July 2012 at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. The invited speakers are:

  • A.V. Arhangel’skii (University of Moscow and Ohio University)
  • A. Dow (UNC Charlotte)
  • A. McCluskey (NUI Galway)
  • J. van Mill (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
  • F. Tall (University of Toronto)
  • V.V. Tkachuk (Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico City, Mexico)

The Galway Topology Colloquium was created in 1997 in Galway with the intention of encouraging graduate students studying Analytic and Set-theoretic Topology to present their findings to a professional, supportive, and inquisitive audience. It is also the established annual arena to bring together British and Irish analytic and set-theoretic topologists to collaborate on their research. Its particular focus is on the active participation of all who attend to promote a spirit of training, learning and communicating. The atmosphere is informal and graduate students are especially encouraged to participate.

For further information visit the website at www.maths.ox.ac.uk/events/conferences/galway15. The colloquium is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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TOPOLOGICAL FLUID DYNAMICS
(IUTAM Symposium)

Published online 15 May 2012  
23–27 July 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Topological Dynamics in the Physical and Biological Sciences
(16 July – 21 December 2012)

International Scientific Committee:  Yoshifumi Kimura (Nagoya) (Chair), Konrad Bajer (Warsaw) (Co-Chair), Mark Stremler (Virginia Tech.), Peter Constantin (Chicago), David Dritschel (St Andrews),  Keith Moffatt (Cambridge) (Co-Chair), Timothy Pedley (IUTAM Bureau Representative).

In an ideal fluid, vortex lines are transported with the fluid and their topology is conserved for so long as the field remains smooth; in particular, the helicity of the flow, providing a measure of the degree of linkage of vortex lines, is conserved. A central unsolved problem concerns the question of whether the vorticity field does remain smooth for all time under Euler evolution, or whether (alternatively) singularities at finite time may develop. Three-dimensional vortex interactions lie at the heart of this problem. Weak (viscous) diffusion modifies the evolution, but does not necessarily suppress singularity formation. Viscosity allows vortex reconnexion and therefore change of topology; this process provides for the finite rate of dissipation of energy in turbulence even in the limit of vanishing viscosity.

Deadline for applications is 31 May 2012. For more information and application forms visit the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/TOD/todw01.html.


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LIE THEORY

Published online 15 May 2012

A workshop on Recent Developments in Lie Theory will take place at the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester from Friday afternoon 1 June to Saturday afternoon 2 June 2012. The focus of the meeting will be on new developments in representation theory of Lie algebraic structures and possible links to geometry, combinatorics and mathematical physics. The speakers include:

  • Simon Goodwin (Birmingham)
  • Anne Henke (Oxford)
  • Christian Korff (Glasgow)*
  • Konstanze Rietsch (KCL)
  • Dmitriy Rumynin (Warwick)

*to be confirmed

The workshop is organised by Yuri Bazlov and Gwyn Bellamy. To obtain further information, and to express an interest in attending, visit the workshop web page at http://tinyurl.com/lie-workshop. The workshop is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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MATHEMATICAL GEOPHYSICS

Published online 15 May 2012

The 29th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Conference on Mathematical Geophysics, focusing on Confronting Models with Data, will be held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh from 18 to 22 June 2012.

The conference aims to draw together key contemporary issues in mathematical geophysics, including solid Earth, ocean, atmosphere, criosphere, climate observations and data assimilation, modelling of the Earth system and its components, model validation and the solving of contemporary earth science problems. An opening session on Mathematics of the Planet Earth will anticipate the year 2013 emphasis on the subject. Chris Jones (University of North Carolina) is the invited speaker for the Mathematics of Planet Earth session.

The organizers hope that as well as presenting new results, the meeting will also demonstrate methodological approaches that can be transferred between disciplines.  For further information visit the conference website www.cmgedinburgh2012.org.uk or email mark.naylor@ed.ac.uk.


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MATHEMATICIANS AND THEIR GODS

Published online 15 May 2012

The historical interaction between mathematicians and theism is rich in culture and character. This September weekend event (15 to 16 September 2012 at Rewley House, Oxford) will be made up of talks which draw from the breadth of mathematical and theological history to consider topics including the sect of the Pythagoreans (Andy Gregory, UCL); Newton’s views on the apocalypse (Rob Iliffe, University of Sussex); Edwin Abbott’s faith and Flatland (Mel Bayley, University of Kingston); and Gödel’s proof of the existence of God (Anthony Anderson, University of California).

The content of this weekend should be accessible to the intelligent layman. It is offered in conjunction with the British Society for the History of Mathematics and further information can be found at www.conted.ox.ac.uk/O12P114MAR.


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MULTISCALE MODELLING AND TECHNIQUES

Published online 15 May 2012

A postgraduate conference on Multiscale Modelling and Techniques will take place on Wednesday 6 June 2012 at ICMS, Edinburgh. There will be tutorial lectures on multiscale modelling and techniques (made specifically accessible to postgraduate students). Speakers include Hans Othmer (Minneapolis) and Rachel Kuske (UBC, Vancouver). There will also be an opportunity for postgraduate students to present their work – as a talk or a poster – to fellow researchers.

Visit the website at www.icms.org.uk/workshops/multiscalepostgrad for further information. The conference is supported by an LMS Postgraduate Research Conference Scheme 8 grant

This one-day conference is part of a workshop on Scale Transitions in Chemistry and Biology taking place from 4 to 8 June 2012 (www.icms.org.uk/workshops/scale).


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NEVANLINNA THEORY AND NUMBER THEORY

Published online 15 May 2012

The fourth Frontiers of Nevanlinna Theory workshop will take place at University College London from 18 to 20 June 2012. The meeting will explore the formal similarity between parts of complex analysis (specifically the value distribution of meromorphic functions) and parts of number theory (in particular, Diophantine approximation). The meeting should be of interest to complex analysts and number theorists alike. Speakers will include:

  • Enrico Bombieri (Princeton University) tbc
  • Alexandre Eremenko (Purdue University)
  • Walter Gubler (Universität Tübingen)
  • Walter Hayman (Imperial College London)
  • Aaron Levin (Michigan State University)
  • David McKinnon (University of Waterloo)
  • Patrick Tuen Wai Ng (University of Hong Kong)
  • Joseph Silverman (Brown University)
  • Yum-Tong Siu (Harvard University)
  • Paul Vojta (University of California at Berkeley)
  • Zhuan Ye (Northern Illinois University)

The meeting is open to all. Some funds are available to help UK postgraduate students attend the meeting. Contact Rod Halburd to register your interest. For further details go to www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucahrha/conferences/frontiers/frontiers4.html. The meeting is supported by EPSRC and an LMS Conference grant.


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NONLINEAR PDE; FREE SURFACE AND INTERFACE PROBLEMS

Published online 15 May 2012

An international conference on Nonlinear PDE and a workshop on Free Surface and Interface Problems will take place from 10 to 15 September 2012 in Oxford.

The main objective of the conference is to bring scientists with interests in the analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations (PDE) and their applications together to present recent developments and explore new connections between nonlinear PDE and other areas in mathematics and related fields in the sciences. PDE are ubiquitous in the sciences, where they provide a natural mathematical description of many phenomena. The behaviour of every material object, with length scales ranging from sub-atomic to astronomical and timescales ranging from picoseconds to millennia can be modelled by PDE or by equations having similar features. Contemporary challenges raised by recent advances in the sciences are confronted with state-of-the-art mathematical ideas and tools in PDE. There will be 12 lectures and eight mini-symposium sessions over four days (Monday to Thursday), covering a wide spectrum of topics related to nonlinear PDE.

The speakers are: Luigi Ambrosio, Constantine Dafermos, Isabelle Gallagher, Martin Hairer, Fanghua Lin, Pierre-Louis Lions, Felix Otto, Frank Pacard, Richard Schoen, Gigliola Staffilani, Andrew Majda, Eitan Tadmor.

The workshop will be held at St Anne’s College, Oxford and consist of three sessions, each of three hours’ duration (Friday and Saturday). The general theme will be the theoretical and numerical aspects of nonlinear hyperbolic and dispersive free boundary and interface problems. These various types of PDE problems arise from a variety of important real world problems in fluid and gas dynamics, and offer challenges both from the analytical and numerical viewpoints. Each session will involve a mix of analysts and numerical analysts and show connections between the analysis and the numerical sides of the problems discussed.

More information is available at www.maths.ox.ac.uk/groups/oxpde/events. The conference and workshop are part of the joint scientific activities of Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDE (OxPDE, Oxford) and Centre for Analysis and Nonlinear PDE (CANPDE, Edinburgh) and are funded by EPSRC and an LMS Conference grant.


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CONFERENCE IN HONOUR OF NANCY NICHOLS’ 70TH BIRTHDAY

Published online 15 May 2012

A conference on Numerical Linear Algebra, Control Theory and Data Assimilation in honour of Nancy Nichols’ 70th birthday will take place from 2 to 3 July 2012 at the University of Reading. The conference will celebrate Nancy’s contributions to control theory, numerical linear algebra and data assimilation. The confirmed speakers include:

  • Craig Bishop (Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, USA)
  • Angelika Bunse-Gerstner (Universität Bremen, Germany)
  • Sarah Dance (University of Reading, UK)
  • Jerry Kautsky (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
  • Volker Mehrmann (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Alan O’Neill (University of Reading, UK)
  • Michael Overton (New York University, USA)
  • Gilbert Strang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Paul Van Dooren (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Andy Wathen (University of Oxford, UK)

Registration is now open and contributed talks are invited. Limited funds are available to support PhD students to attend. For full details visit the conference website www.reading.ac.uk/maths-and-stats/news/nancy70.html or email nancy70@reading.ac.uk. This conference is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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PROBABILITY AT WARWICK YOUNG RESEARCHERS WORKSHOP

The Warwick Department of Statistics is pleased to announce the fifth Probability at Warwick Young Researchers Workshop, which will run from 23 to 27 July 2012. The workshop has the principal aim of bringing together young researchers working in probability, and will feature lectured courses by two excellent speakers intended to be accessible to graduate mathematicians and probabilists:

  • Geoffrey Grimmett (University of Cambridge) Graphical probability and disordered systems
  • John Biggins (University of Sheffield) Topics in branching processes

Registration is now open, with the deadline for the allocation of subsidised places being 31 May 2012. For further information visit the workshop webpage at www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/statistics/research/paw/paw2012. The organisers would like to thank the University of Warwick Institute of Advanced Study, the London Mathematical Society and the University of Warwick Department of Statistics for their generous support. In particular, the workshop is being partially supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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SINGULARITY THEORY

Published online 15 May 2012

An international workshop on Singularity theory, its modern applications and future prospects will be held in honour of the 60th birthday of J.W. (Bill) Bruce and the 75th birthday of C.T.C. (Terry) Wall, FRS, at the University of Liverpool from 18 to 22 June 2012. The influence of Bruce and Wall, through their works, their students and their collaborators, is truly international and of the greatest significance for singularity theory and its applications. The idea of the meeting is to bring together international leaders, promising young researchers and doctoral students in various branches of Singularity Theory and in adjacent areas where Singularity Theory has applications. The major aims of the workshop are to disseminate new results and ideas, to foster new developments within Singularity Theory and to look for new areas of application and interaction.

The organizers are Peter Giblin (pjgiblin@liv.ac.uk) and Victor Goryunov (goryunov@liv.ac.uk), and further details can be found on the website http://liv.ac.uk/~pjgiblin/B-W2012/index.htm. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant and EPSRC.


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SPECTRAL THEORY OF HANKEL OPERATORS

Published online 15 May 2012

A one-day workshop on Spectral Theory of Hankel Operators and related topics will be held on 8 June 2012 at King’s College London (Room K2.31). The speakers are:

  • Alexander Its (Indianapolis)
  • Igor Krasovsky (Imperial College)
  • Jonathan Partington (Leeds)
  • Oana Pocovnicu (Imperial College)
  • Dmitri Yafaev (Rennes 1)

Dmitri Yafaev will be visiting King’s College London from 12 May to 9 June; during his visit he will give a mini-course on Hankel Operators and the Moment Problem. For further information visit the website at www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/mathematics/spectraltheory.aspx or contact Alexander Pushnitski (alexander.pushnitski@kcl.ac.uk).


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STOCHASTIC MODELLING IN ECOSYSTEMS

Published online 15 May 2012

A two-day workshop on Stochastic Modelling in Ecosystems will take place in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow from 11 to 12 June 2012. Due to the complex features of ecosystems, stochastic modelling has become more and more popular, not only because it is useful in the study of ecosystems, but also presents many challenges to mathematical research as well as provides ecologists, biologists and mathematicians with a great opportunity to collaborate together. This workshop is to bring researchers and their research assistants and students together to promote, encourage, and influence more cooperation. The list of speakers includes:

  • David Alonso (Spain)
  • Pierre Couteron (France)
  • Carlo De Michele (Italy)
  • Alison Gray (Strathclyde)
  • Martin Griffiths (Essex)
  • Pat Heslop-Harrison (Leicester)
  • Jongrae Kim (Glasgow)
  • Bob Scholes (South Africa)
  • Renata Vezzoli (Italy)
  • Mathew Williams (Edinburgh)
  • Lihu Xu (London)
  • Chenggui Yuan (Swansea)
  • Hong Yue (Strathclyde)

To register your interest in this conference email x.mao@strath.ac.uk. For further information visit the website at www.mathstat.strath.ac.uk/seminars/stochastic. The organizers are X. Mao and C. De Michele. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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TURING’S WORLDS

Published online 15 May 2012

Alan Mathison Turing was born on 23 June 1912 – exactly one hundred years before this weekend meeting (23 to 24 June 2012 at Rewley House, Oxford) which celebrates his life and achievements. Although best known for his work at Bletchley Park in the pioneering days which saw the birth of modern practical computing, Turing had achieved fame well before the Second World War with a seminal account of theoretical computation and his solution to the Entscheidungsproblem.

An Olympic-class marathon runner, whose refusal to conform to the narrow sexual standards of the day led to persecution and an early death, Turing did fundamental research on Artificial Intelligence, Computer Programming and even Mathematical Biology. This weekend attempts a rounded, yet accessible view of Turing, and is offered in conjunction with the British Society for the History of Mathematics. Further information can be found at: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/O11P222MAR.


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WALES MATHEMATICS COLLOQUIUM

Published online 15 May 2012

The Wales Mathematics Colloquium is a forum for the promotion and discussion of current research in mathematics in Wales. The meeting is being held at Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, near Newtown, Powys from 21 to 23 May 2012. It will begin with tea at 4 pm on the 21st and run until after lunch on the 23rd.  The invited speakers are:

  • Robert Archbold (Aberdeen)  Measuring non-commutativity in operator algebras and Strength of convergence in orbit spaces for improper actions of groups
  • Stephen Wilson (Strathclyde)  Coating and rimming flows on horizontal cylinders and Rivulet flow

In addition, Dr Hilary Weller (Reading) will give the inaugural C3W lecture on climate modelling: The dynamical core of a climate model for next-generation computer architectures.

The meeting is organised jointly by the mathematics departments of universities in Wales, and most of the participants will be from those departments. Any others who would like to attend will be very welcome. The registration fee is £200, to include all meals and accommodation. Please note that we are unable to give financial support to outside participants.

To register please complete the form at www.wimcs.ac.uk/gregynog.html. There are opportunities for contributed talks. For further details contact Professor Simon Cox (sxc@aber.ac.uk). The organisers would like to thank the LMS, the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W) and the Gregynog Fund for financial support.


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YORKSHIRE AND DURHAM GEOMETRY DAY

Published online 15 May 2012

The next Yorkshire and Durham Geometry Day will take place in Leeds on 1 June 2012. The programme is:

  • Ian McIntosh (University of York) Minimal surfaces and the representations of surface groups
  • Simon Salamon (King’s College, London) Evolution of SU(3) structures and G2 metrics
  • Ian Strachan (University of Glasgow) Symmetries of F-manifolds
  • Evgeny Ferapontov (University of Loughborough) Linearly degenerate PDEs in 3D and quadratic line complexes

For further information contact the local organisers Roger Bielawski (rb@maths.leeds.ac.uk) and Martin Speight (speight@maths.leeds.ac.uk) or visit the website at www1.maths.leeds.ac.uk/pure/geometry/ydgd/prog11_2.html.


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LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

Published online 15 May 2012

MIDLANDS REGIONAL MEETING

Monday 3 September 2012

Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University
Physics Main Lecture Theatre, Physical Sciences Building, Penglais Campus

Programme:

13.45Opening of the Meeting
14.00 Roland Speicher (Saarland University)
Quantum symmetries in free probability
15.00 Dan-Virgil Voiculescu (University of California, Berkeley)
Noncommutative probability aspects of trace-class commutators
16.00Tea/Coffee
16.30 Masaki Izumi (Kyoto RIMS)
Group actions on operator algebras
17.30 Matthias Christandl (ETH Zürich)
The quantum marginal problem
19.30Dinner at MedRus Conference Centre

These lectures are aimed at a general mathematical audience. All interested, whether LMS members or not, are most welcome to attend this event.

For further details, to register or to reserve a place at the dinner, visit the online-registration website at http://users.aber.ac.uk/cck/2012LMS/ or contact the organisers (cck@aber.ac.uk). The cost of the dinner will be approximately £30, including drinks.

The meeting is embedded into a workshop on Quantum Probabilistic Symmetries from 3 to 7 September.  For further details and online registration for the workshop visit the website at http://users.aber.ac.uk/cck/2012LMS/.

There are funds available to contribute in part to the expenses of members of the Society or research students to attend the meeting and workshop. Requests for support, including an estimate of expenses, may be addressed to the organisers.


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LMS POPULAR LECTURES 2012

Published online 3 April 2012. revised 15 May 2012

Tuesday 26 June 2012, London  and  Wednesday 26 September 2012, Birmingham

www.lms.ac.uk/content/popular-lectures


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LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

Published online 15 May 2012

6th European Congress of Mathematics, Kraków, Poland

LMS MEETING AND RECEPTION

Tuesday 3 July 2012

The London Mathematical Society will be holding a meeting and reception during the 6th European Congress of Mathematics (6ECM) which takes place in Kraków from 2 to 7 July 2012. 

The Society meeting and reception will be held from 6:30 pm to 8.00 pm on Tuesday 3 July. LMS members will have the opportunity to sign the Membership Book which dates back to 1865.

LMS members who wish to attend the meeting and reception should apply for their free ticket to Elizabeth Fisher (lmsmeetings@lms.ac.uk) no later than Friday 22 June 2012.  

The Society hopes to entertain as many as possible of its members, but numbers are limited by the capacity of the room.


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LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

Published online 14 May 2012

SOCIETY MEETING: HARDY LECTURE

Friday 29 June 2012

Old Wilkins Refectory, Gower St, University College London, London WC1E 6BT
(nearest tube: Euston Square)

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LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

Published online 1 March 2012; revised 14 May 2012

MEETING – POINCARÉ ANNIVERSARY

Saturday 19 May 2012

De Morgan House, 57–58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS

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COARSE GEOMETRY OF INFINITE GROUPS

Published online 11 May 2012

A conference on Coarse Geometry of Infinite Groups will take place at the University of Lille 1, France, from 18 to 22 June 2012. The conference will focus on the large-scale geometry/topology of groups (discrete, but also Lie, p-adic and more generally locally compact groups). Among the themes represented are filling functions, coarse properties, isometry groups of CAT(0) spaces, and quasi-isometry rigidity.

Financial support, covering local expenses, for young researchers (PhD students and post-docs) is available. The deadline for both registration and application for financial support is 15 May. To register and apply for financial support, email Romain Tessera (tessera@phare.normalesup.org). For further information visit the website at https://sites.google.com/site/webpageofromaintessera. The organizers are Cornelia Drutu-Badea (Oxford) and Romain Tessera (CNRS ÉNS Lyon).


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GEOMETRY, REPRESENTATION THEORY AND CLUSTERS

Published online 3 April 2012

A workshop on Geometry, Representation Theory and Clusters will take place at the University of Leicester from 21 to 23 June 2012. It will include topics in the geometry and combinatorics related to cluster algebras and cluster categories as well as more general representation theory and adjacent fields. Speakers will include:

  • Karin Baur (Universität Graz)
  • Aslak Buan (NTNU Trondheim)
  • Anna Felikson (Jacobs University Bremen)
  • Thorsten Holm (Universität Hannover)
  • Peter Jørgensen (University of Newcastle)
  • Robert Marsh (University of Leeds)
  • Nicole Snashall (University of Leicester)
  • Pavel Tumarkin (Durham University)

For further information visit the website at http://tinyurl.com/LeicesterClusterGeometry2012. The workshop is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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LMS POPULAR LECTURES 2012

Published online 3 April 2012

Tuesday 26 June 2012, London  and  Wednesday 26 September 2012, Birmingham

www.lms.ac.uk/content/popular-lectures


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HEA EVENTS

Published online 3 April 2012

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) will be running an Induction Course for New Lecturers in Maths, Stats and OR in September 2012. This course will be a continuation of the highly-valued course which has been run by the HEA MSOR Network in previous years. It will be delivered by experienced academics in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research and the content will continue to be discipline specific.

In the autumn of 2012, the HEA will also be running a series of one-day workshops to support postgraduate students who teach in Maths, Stats and OR. Again these events will be a continuation of the workshops which have been run in the past by the MSOR Network. The workshops will be held in university departments regionally distributed throughout the UK, and will be delivered by experienced academics in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research. The content of these workshops will also continue to be discipline specific.

Queries regarding these events should be directed to Dr Mary McAlinden, the HEA Discipline Lead for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (mary.mcalinden@heacademy.ac.uk). The dates of the events will be announced in the summer term.


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BANACH SPACES WORKSHOP 2012

Published online 3 April 2012

The Banach Spaces Workshop will take place from 6 to 9 June 2012 at the University of Birmingham. The invited speakers include:

  • Frédéric Bayart (Université Bordeaux)
  • Pandelis Dodos (University of Athens)
  • Vladimir Fonf (Ben-Gurion University)
  • Petr Hájek (Academy of Science of the Czech Republic)
  • Richard Haydon (University of Oxford)
  • William Johnson (Texas A&M University)
  • Gilles Lancien (Université de Franche-Comté)
  • Maria Roginskaya (Göteborgs Universitet)
  • Gideon Schechtman (Weizmann Institute)
  • Thomas Schlumprecht (Texas A&M University)
  • Jaroslav Tiser (Czech Technical University)
  • Ludek Zajícek (Charles University)

Funds are available to support the attendance costs of participants at an early stage of their career (PhD students, postdocs); those interested in claiming should contact the organisers in advance.

The workshop is funded by the EPSRC, and organised by Olga Maleva (University of Birmingham) and David Preiss (University of Warwick). For further details visit the website at http://tinyurl.com/banach-workshop.


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NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF STOCHASTIC PDEs

Published online 3 April 2012

A two-day workshop on Numerical Analysis of Stochastic Partial Differential Equations (NASPDE) will take place from 11 to 12 June 2012 at the University of Warwick. This is the fifth in a sequence of international two-day workshops on the numerical treatment of stochastic partial differential equations, with previous meetings having taken place in Manchester (2007), Zürich (2008), Edinburgh (2009) and Freiberg (2010).

There has been a huge worldwide growth in research at the interface between numerical analysis and applied probability and its interaction with important areas of applied mathematics in the last 10 years. This meeting will highlight the work of eminent overseas and UK groups working in this field. The following have accepted invitations to speak:

  • A. Bespalov (Manchester)
  • E. Buckwar (Linz)
  • D. Crisan (Imperial)
  • A. Debussche (ENS-Cachan)
  • R. Ghanem (USC)
  • C. Gittelson (Purdue)
  • M. Hairer (Warwick)
  • O. Lakkis  (Sussex)
  • E. Süli (Oxford)
  • E. Ullmann (Bath)
  • E. von Schwerin (KAUST)
  • D. Vvedensky (Imperial)

To register your interest in this conference please email mrc@maths.warwick.ac.uk. For further information and registration visit the website at http://go.warwick.ac.uk/mathsevents

The organizers are Andrew Cliffe (Nottingham), Ivan Graham and Robert Scheichl (Bath) and Andrew Stuart (Nottingham). The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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DYNAMICS IN INFINITE DIMENSIONS: ERGODIC THEORY AND PDEs

Published online 2 April 2012

A workshop on Dynamics in infinite dimensions: ergodic theory and PDEs will take place from 21 to 25 May 2012 at ICMS, Edinburgh.

The workshop will focus on the analysis of PDEs using techniques motivated by phenomena that occur in finite dimensions. In particular, the goal will be to develop the ergodic theory of infinite-dimensional dynamical systems. There are many examples, such as invariant manifolds and stability analysis, in which the rigorous analysis of the phenomenon in finite dimensions lead to the understanding of it also in infinite dimensions. One area in which this connection has not been extensively explored is ergodic theory, which in finite dimensions is reasonably mature. The aim of this workshop is to bring this accumulated knowledge to bear on the study of certain PDEs by fostering new collaborations between researchers working in these areas.

The organizers are Margaret Beck (Heriot-Watt and Boston), Ian Melbourne (Surrey), and Will Ott (Houston). For further information visit the website at www.icms.org.uk/workshops/dynamics.


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INFINITE ERGODIC THEORY

Published online 2 April 2012

A workshop on Infinite Ergodic Theory will be held from 28 May to 1 June 2012 in the Department of Mathematics, University of Surrey. The workshop is in conjunction with a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship awarded to Jon Aaronson who is spending six months at the University of Surrey during 2011–2012.

The format for the workshop will consist of four or five talks per day leaving plenty of time for mathematical discussions. Further details will be made available on the webpage at http://personal.maths.surrey.ac.uk/st/I.Melbourne/Meetings/IET.html. In the meantime, for further information contact Henk Bruin (H.Bruin@surrey.ac.uk, 01483 689253) or Ian Melbourne (I.Melbourne@surrey.ac.uk, 01483 689643). This workshop is supported in part by an LMS Conference grant.


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WEATHER AND CLIMATE PREDICTION ON NEXT GENERATION SUPERCOMPUTERS: NUMERICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL ASPECTS
(A satellite meeting at the Met Office)

Published online 2 April 2012  
22–25 October 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Multiscale Numerics for the Atmosphere and Ocean
(22 August – 21 December 2012)

Organisers:  Markus Gross (Met Office), David Ham (Imperial College London), Matthew Piggott (Imperial College London), Tom Ringler (Los Alamos), Hilary Weller (Reading), Nigel Wood (Met Office).

Theme of meeting:  Ever increasing model complexity and more and more complex scientific questions are demanding higher resolution and wider process coverage. This leads to a seemingly insatiable appetite for computational resources amongst the weather and climate modelling community. This significant challenge is elevated to a new magnitude if combined with the pressures and requirements of operational centres with regard to reliability of the compute platforms, models and scientific quality of the results. This appetite can potentially be sated by the next generation of supercomputers with their step change in core counts and use of accelerators. But utilisation of these new machines demands a step change in the scalability of the code and in parts major rewrites of existing code and formulations.

This workshop aims at bringing together key players of the academic, operational NWP/climate and high-performance computing communities. This meeting will address the problems, challenges and predictions for the future in order to guide development and raise awareness for limits ahead and possible routes for their mitigation, enabling future collaborations and joint developments.

The main topics to be covered:

  • State of the art in weather and climate modelling, where we came from and where we want to go
  • Discretisations, equation-sets, grids and solvers for the resulting systems
  • Operational aspects of weather and climate modelling
  • Computational trends, limiters and opportunities

Further information and application forms are available from the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/AMM/ammw03.html. Closing date of the receipt of applications is 26 August 2012.


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EARLY CAREER MATHEMATICIANS

Published online 2 April 2012

The IMA will be holding the sixteenth in a series of conferences for Early Career Mathematicians (ECM). The conference will take place on Saturday 19 May 2012 at the Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, University of Manchester. The ECM conferences attract mathematicians from around the UK, studying and working in universities, schools and in many sectors of industry. The conferences are held twice a year, giving delegates the opportunity to hear talks and participate in workshops on all aspects of Mathematics, as well as socialising with other like-minded Early Career Mathematicians and quizzing the speakers in more depth on their topics. Confirmed speakers and topics for the conference include:

  • Sandy Black (University of Leeds)
    Life as a PhD student: experience and an introduction to combustion CFD
     
  • Richard Crawford (AMEC)
    The LEWIS method of nuclear reactor channel functionality assessment
     
  • Sharon Evans (Rolls Royce)
    Inspiring future generations
     
  • Valentin Fadeev (Maersk Line)
    Design of a method. Building bricks of analysis
     
  • Steve Humble (freelance mathematics consultant)
    Maths on the Streets: A journey from school to learning maths beyond the classroom with a sprinkle of magic along the way
     
  • Katie Steckles (University of Manchester)
    Maths outreach

For further information on this conference including registration details and abstracts, visit the conference webpage http://tinyurl.com/IMASpringECM12 or contact the Conference Office at conferences@ima.org.uk or 01702 354020.


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LMS DURHAM RESEARCH SYMPOSIA 2012

Published online 30 March 2012

In 2012 there will be two LMS Durham Research Symposia, both supported by EPSRC:

  • 2–7 July  Interactions of birational geometry with other fields
    Caucher Birkar (Cambridge), Ivan Cheltsov (Edinburgh), Tim Browning (Bristol)
    For further information visit: www.maths.dur.ac.uk/events/Meetings/LMS/2012/IBG12.

  • 9–17 July  Grand Biological Challenges for Mathematicians
    Kasper Peeters (Durham), Anne Taormina (Durham), Reidun Twarock (York)
    For further information visit www.maths.dur.ac.uk/lmsbio.

LMS Durham Research Symposia have been held at the University of Durham each year in July and August since 1974. The Symposia cover a wide range of mathematical disciplines and recent symposia include:

2011

  • Mathematics of Data Assimilation, I. Roulstone, P.-J. Leeuwen, N. Nichols
  • Automorphic Forms and Galois Representations, F. Diamond, P. Kassaei, M. Kim
  • Geometry and Arithmetic of Lattices, M. Belolipetsky, M. Bridson, M. Lackenby, J. Parker

2010

  • Non-Perturbative Techniques in Field Theory, P. Mansfield, D. Tong, W. Zakrzewski, M. Zamaklar
  • Numerical Analysis of Multiscale Problems, I. Graham, T. Hou, R. Scheichl

The Durham website www.maths.dur.ac.uk/events/Meetings/LMS contains information on all previous and forthcoming symposia including, in many cases, a list of participants, abstracts of talks, a symposium photograph (the earliest surviving photograph is from 1976), lecture notes and, for more recent symposia, videos of the talks.

Proposals for Future Durham Symposia – deadline 1 September 2012

The LMS Research Meetings Committee (RMC), which is responsible for planning the LMS Durham Symposia, welcomes ideas for symposia for 2013 and later, from potential organisers and others. (EPSRC support has yet to be secured for 2014 and later.)

Outline proposals for 2013 should be submitted to John Parker, Principal Investigator (j.r.parker@durham.ac.uk) by 1 September 2012. For further information regarding preparing and submitting proposals for Durham Symposia, please visit the LMS website (www.lms.ac.uk/content/durham-symposia).


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MODERN PERSPECTIVES IN HOMOTOPY THEORY

Published online 21 March 2012

A mini-school on infinity categories, infinity operads, and Voevodsky's homotopy type theory will take place in the College of Science at Swansea University from 10 to 14 April 2012. The programme will consist of lecture mini-courses aimed at postgraduate and early-career researchers. The lectures will start from a basic knowledge of simplicial sets and proceed to current frontiers. The main speakers will be:

  • Ieke Moerdijk (Nijmegen)
  • David Gepner (Regensburg)
  • Michael Shulman (UC San Diego)

The registration deadline is 16 March 2012. For further information, visit the website at http://maths.swan.ac.uk/staff/jhg/minischool2012/index.html. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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TOPOLOGY AND GROUPS

Published online 1 March 2012

Summer School and Conference

The summer school will take place from 18 to 22 June 2012. There will be six lecture series, each consisting of four lectures, accompanied by tutorial sessions. 

  • Topology and geometry of outer space   Mladen Bestvina (University of Utah, Salt Lake City)
  • Rigidity, mapping class groups and automorphism groups of free groups   Martin Bridson (University of Oxford)
  • A topological look at negative curvature   Tom Farrell (SUNY, Binghamton)
  • The Farrell–Jones conjecture   Wolfgang Lück (Universität Bonn)
  • Cohomology of automorphism groups of free groups   Karen Vogtmann (Cornell University, Ithaca)
  • Smooth maps to the plane and Pontryagin classes   Michael Weiss (University of Aberdeen)

The conference will take place from 25 to 29 June 2012. Confirmed speakers are:

  • Alejandro Adem (British Columbia)
  • Arthur Bartels (Münster)
  • Mladen Bestvina (Utah)
  • Martin Bridson (Oxford)
  • Sylvain Cappell (New York)
  • Guillermo Cortiñas (Buenos Aires)
  • Benson Farb (Chicago)
  • Tom Farrell (Binghamton)
  • David Fisher (Indiana)
  • Stefan Friedl (Köln)
  • Ian Hambleton (McMaster)
  • Ursula Hamenstädt (Bonn)
  • Tadeusz Januszkiewicz (Warsaw)
  • Roman Sauer (Regensburg)
  • Thomas Schick (Göttingen)
  • Andreas Thom (Leipzig)
  • Karen Vogtmann (Cornell)
  • Shmuel Weinberger (Chicago)
  • Guoliang Yu (Vanderbilt)

In order to attend either or both events, you will need to register. Both the summer school and the conference will take place at Freie Universität Berlin and are supported by the Berlin Mathematical School. For further information visit the website at www.math.fu-berlin.de/top.


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INTERNATIONAL PURE MATHEMATICAL CONFERENCE 2012

Published online 1 March 2012

The International Pure Mathematical Conference 2012 (IPMC 2012) will take place from 1 to 3 September 2012. This is the 13th international conference in the series of Pure Mathematics Conferences that takes place in Islamabad every year in August/September.  It is a thematic conference on Algebra, Geometry, and Analysis held under the auspices of the Pakistan Mathematical Society (www.pakms.org.pk) and Algebra Forum (www.algebraforum.org.pk).

There will be free housing for foreign participants. Some travel grants are available for foreign speakers. For further information and to register on-line (by 15 April) visit the website at www.pmc.org.pk. The conference is convened by Professor Dr Qaiser Mushtaq, Department of Mathematics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (president@pakms.org.pk).


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MATHEMATICS OF STRING THEORY AND GAUGE THEORY

Published online 1 March 2012

City University, London and King’s College, London are jointly holding a workshop on the mathematics of string and gauge theory from 3 to 5 May 2012 in London. This workshop will explore recent advances in our understanding of the mathematics of string and gauge theory, with particular focus on:

  • Localisation, geometrical invariants and supersymmetric gauge theories
  • The AdS/CFT correspondence
  • Supersymmetric vacua and operators of gauge theories
  • New integrable systems and strongly coupled gauge theories

Confirmed speakers include:

  • N. Beisert (ETH Zürich)
  • A. Dabholkar (Paris VI)
  • F. Denef (KU Leuven)
  • S. Donaldson (Imperial)
  • S. Franco (Durham)
  • J. Gomis (Perimeter Institute)
  • D. Jafferis (Harvard)
  • V. Kazakov (ÉNS)
  • S. Lee (Cambridge)
  • J. Minahan (Uppsala)
  • A. Neitzke (Austin)
  • N. Nekrasov (IHÉS)
  • L. Rastelli (SUNY Stony Brook)
  • N. Seiberg (IAS)
  • S. Shatashvili (Trinity College Dublin)
  • J. Sparks (Oxford)
  • M. Staudacher (Humboldt)
  • B. Szendröi (Oxford)
  • H. Verlinde (Princeton)

The registration deadline is 12 April 2012. Further details can be found at http://kings-city.wikidot.com. The workshop is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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THOMAS HARRIOT SEMINAR

Published online 1 March 2012

The Thomas Harriot Seminar (THS) exists to promote the study of the life and times of the Elizabethan mathematician and natural philosopher Thomas Harriot (1560–1621). The THS meets bienially in Durham (in December) and features papers both on the work of Harriot himself, and on various aspects of the history of sixteenth- and early-seventeenth century science and mathematics (including the history of navigation) and the discovery and colonisation of the New World. It publishes an occasional newsletter, and a series of Occasional Papers.

The 2012 Thomas Harriot Seminar will be held at St Chad’s College, University of Durham from 15 to 17 December. Speakers will include: Matteo Valleriani, Adam Mosley, Alexander Marr, Jim Bennett, Philip M. Sanders, Makiko Okamura, Jackie Stedall and Robert Goulding.

The 2012 Thomas Harriot Lecture given by Professor Lesley Cormack (University of Alberta) will take place on 31 May, organised and hosted by Oriel College, Oxford.

If you have any news items relating to Thomas Harriot, or you would like to hear more about the Seminar and its activities, please contact the Vice-Chairman of the Seminar, Dr Stephen Clucas (s.clucas@bbk.ac.uk). More details of both events and further information about THS can be found on the website at www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-research/research_seminars/thomas-harriot-seminar.


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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM MECHANICS AND APPLICATIONS

Published online 1 March 2012  

30 July – 3 August 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Spectral Theory of Relativistic Operators
(23 July – 17 August 2012)

Organisers:  Malcolm Brown (Cardiff), Maria J. Esteban (CEREMADE), Karl Schmidt (Cardiff) and Heinz Siedentop (Munich).

The Dirac operator and other relativistic Hamiltonians present a great variety of intriguing challenges, both regarding their physical interpretation and their mathematical analysis. Over the years, the study of these operators has been approached from many, often independent, different angles. A recent mathematical challenge posed by physics is the consistent description of relativistic multi-particle systems in particular in graphene. This workshop aims at drawing together recent work on the various aspects of the operators of relativistic quantum mechanics, to provide an overview of the problems and techniques, and to create synergy to bring the subject forward in novel ways.

Deadline for applications is 29 April 2012.

For more information visit the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/SRO/srow01.html.


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BRANES AND BLACK HOLES
(A satellite meeting at King’s College London)

Published online 1 March 2012  
28 May – 1 June 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Mathematics and Applications of Branes in String and M-Theory
(3 January – 29 June 2012)

Organisers:  Jan de Boer (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Sunil Mukhi (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra Research Institute) and Andy Strominger (Harvard University).

Black holes have played an extremely important role in string theory during the last several years. Remarkable new developments have thrown light on the challenges of understanding black hole entropy and addressing the puzzle of information loss. More generally their study poses fascinating theoretical challenges for any theory of quantum gravity, and they are instrumental in applications of the gauge-gravity duality to strongly coupled systems at finite temperature. The aim of this workshop will be to review recent progress and to identify the most pressing open problems, to stimulate interaction and collaboration among participants, and hopefully trigger further outstanding developments in the field.

Deadline for applications is 2 April 2012.

For more information visit the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/BSM/bsmw04.html.


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TOPOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF DNA FUNCTION AND PROTEIN FOLDING

Published online 1 March 2012  

3–7 September 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Topological Dynamics in the Physical and Biological Sciences
(16 July – 21 December 2012)

Organisers:  Andy Bates (University of Liverpool), Dorothy Buck (Imperial College London), Sarah Harris (University of Leeds), Andrzej Stasiak (University of Lausanne), De Witt Sumners (Florida State University, Tallahassee)

The structure and function of DNA and proteins are affected by the topology of the DNA strands or polypeptide chains, respectively. During DNA replication, transcription or recombination, DNA molecules become supercoiled, knotted or catenated. These processes are dynamic and are modulated by the activity of site-specific recombinases, which break double stranded DNA at a specific locations, and re-assort and rejoin the ends, and DNA topoisomerases, which permit intra- or inter-molecular strand passages by mechanisms also involving the breaking and rejoining of the DNA backbone. The transient DNA breaks induced by topoisomerases have made them a fruitful target for cytotoxic antibacterial and anti-tumour drugs. Recent structural and biochemical studies have elucidated many mechanistic details of both topoisomerases and recombinases.

While supercoiling, knotting and catenation have been intensively studied for over 40 years, the realization that proteins can also be knotted dates back just one decade. The number of known proteins that form knots in their native structure is growing and we are beginning to understand how knotted proteins can fold, and the potential structural advantages of knotted proteins.

Subjects to be covered will include:

  • Modelling of DNA molecules subject to topological constraints
  • Mechanism of action of DNA topoisomerases
  • DNA recombination and its mechanisms
  • Chromosomal architecture
  • Folding mechanisms of knotted proteins
  • Function of knots in proteins

Deadline for applications is 3 June 2012.

For more information visit the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/TOD/todw02.html.


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CONTINUUM MECHANICS IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE

Published online 1 March 2012

LMS–EPSRC Short Course

University College London, 17–22 June 2012

Organisers: Nick Ovenden and Frank Smith

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LMS–GRESHAM LECTURE

Published online 1 March 2012

Home Office Mathematics

Professor Bernard Silverman, FRS

Tuesday 15 May 2012 at 6.00 pm, Barnard's Inn Hall

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TOPOLOGICAL SOLITONS

Published online 6 February 2012

A conference on Topological Solitons will take place in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in Cambridge from 19 to 22 September 2012. Topological solitons constitute a research area at the interface of geometry, nuclear and particle physics, cosmology and solid state physics. Nick Manton has fundamentally shaped the field through several pioneering contributions, among them the discovery of the sphaleron (together with Klinkhamer), the introduction of the moduli space approximation to soliton dynamics, and work on Skyrmions. The purpose of the meeting is to mark Nick Manton's 60th birthday with two days of talks reviewing recent developments in the subject.

The list of speakers includes:

  • Amandine Aftalion (École Polytechnique)
  • Sir Michael Atiyah (Edinburgh)
  • Peter Forgacs (Tours and Budapest)
  • Gary Gibbons (Cambridge)
  • Peter Goddard (Princeton)
  • Nigel Hitchin (Oxford)
  • Martin Speight, (Leeds)
  • Steffen Krusch (Kent)
  • Paul Sutcliffe (Durham)
  • Richard Ward (Durham)
  • Erick Weinberg (Columbia)
  • Wojtek Zakrzewski (Durham)

To register your interest in this conference email topologicalsolitons@damtp.cam.ac.uk. For further information visit the website at www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/hep/conferences/topolsol. The organizers are Maciej Dunajski, Norman Rink, Bernd Schroers and Amanda Stagg. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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MODERN MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Published online 31 January 2012

A conference on Modern Mathematical Methods in Science and Technology (M3ST) will take place from 26 to 28 August 2012 in Kalamata, Greece. This international conference organised by the Department of Mathematics, University of Athens takes place every three years in various locations in Greece. The conference themes are:

  • Differential equations and mathematical models
  • Numerical analysis
  • Applications of mathematics in finance
  • Stochastic analysis, Modelling
  • Optimization, Control theory
  • Image and Signal processing
  • Mathematics of computation

The Invited Speakers are:

  • José Arrieta (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Giorgio Fusco (Università dell’Aquila)
  • Gerhard Kristensson (Lund University)
  • Charalambos Makridakis (University of Crete)
  • Rainer Picard (University of Dresden)
  • Athanasios Tzavaras (University of Crete)
  • Glenn Vinnicombe (University of Cambridge)

Presentations are welcome on any of the conference themes. Potential speakers should submit an extended abstract, not exceeding two pages in PDF format by 31 March 2012. For further information visit the website at http://noether.math.uoa.gr/m3st.


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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES

Published online 31 January 2012

What are L-functions and what are they good for?

Kannan Soundararajan, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University

16–19 April 2012

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For further information about the Distinguished Lectures, visit the website at www.maths.bris.ac.uk/events/seminars/series/index.php?id=52.


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ISCHIA GROUP THEORY 2012

Published online 31 January 2012

A conference on Group Theory will be held in Ischia, Naples, Italy from 26 to 29 March 2012. The meeting will consist of talks given by invited speakers and a permanent poster session. The scientific programme will be dedicated to the memory of Narain D. Gupta and James Wiegold. The main speakers are:

  • A. Abdollahi (Iran)
  • M. Dixon (USA)
  • M. Evans (USA)
  • A. Giambruno (Italy)
  • C.K. Gupta (Canada)
  • M. Herzog (Israel)
  • A. Jaikin-Zapirain (Spain)
  • M. Kuzucuoglu (Turkey)
  • L-C. Kappe (USA)
  • A. Lucchini (Italy)
  • A. Mann (Israel)
  • A. Moreto (Spain)
  • A. Ol’shanskii (USA)
  • D.J.S. Robinson (USA)
  • P. Shumyatsky (Brazil)
  • G. Trastauson (UK)
  • N. Vavilov (Russia)
  • A. Zalesski (UK)

The social programme will include a welcome cocktail on Monday late afternoon, a recital of Classical Neapolitan songs on Tuesday evening, a social trip on Wednesday morning and the conference dinner on Thursday evening. For information visit the website at www.dipmat.unisa.it/ischiagrouptheory.


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BIOLOGICAL FLOW

Published online 31 January 2012

A conference to celebrate the 70th birthday of Professor T.J. Pedley, FRS, will take place at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge from 2 to 3 April 2012. Professor Pedley, Emeritus G.I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Cambridge, has played a leading role in the development of biological fluid mechanics. His 70th birthday provides an excellent opportunity to bring leading figures in biological and biomedical fluid mechanics to the UK as participants in this two-day conference. The conference will address recent research across the discipline including:

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Dynamics
  • Cellular and Micro-Organism Dynamics
  • Flow-Structure Interaction
  • Swimming, Flying and Other Locomotion

Contributed talks and posters are very welcome. Potential participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register for the conference and dinner at http://biofluids.info/pre-register. Enquiries should be directed to TJP-Fest@biofluids.info. More information is available on the conference website www.biofluids.info. The conference is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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STRING PHENOMENOLOGY

Published online 31 January 2012  

25–29 June 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Mathematics and Applications of Branes in String and M-Theory
(3 January – 29 June 2012)

Organisers:  Joseph Conlon (University of Oxford), Fernando Quevedo (Cambridge/ICTP, Trieste), Daniel Baumann (University of Cambridge) and Steve Abel (Durham).

There exist two Standard Models in physics, both of which are known to be inadequate. The Standard Model of particle physics is accommodated but not explained by the formalism of quantum field theory. A deeper theoretical toolkit is needed to understand inter alia the quantum instability in the Higgs field, the apparent unification of gauge couplings at high energies, the presence of multiple generations and the hierarchical structure of fermionic masses.

The Standard Model of cosmology provides a beautiful fit to precision data but is built around the idea of inflation, with no detailed microscopic understanding of the physics responsible for inflation. Cosmology furthermore tells us that a quarter of the Universe’s energy density is in an unknown form of dark matter.

String theory is a consistent theory of quantum gravity and provides a candidate theory of fundamental interactions. String phenomenology is the branch of string theory that aims to connect this subject to particle physics and cosmology. The ultraviolet consistency of string theory motivates new ideas for low-energy physics and provides a rich structure of constraints on low-energy theories, going beyond the requirements of low-energy effective field theory. String Phenomenology 2012 will be the 11th annual String Phenomenology conference, following on from the successful 2011 conference in Madison, Wisconsin. It also marks ten years since the original String Phenomenology Conference in Oxford in 2002. The conference brings together researchers aiming to connect fundamental and observable physics, through the study of string compactifications, effective actions, supersymmetry breaking, model building, Standard Model constructions, cosmology and inflation.

Deadline for applications is 7 April 2012. Applications received before 5 March 2012 will be given priority.

For more information visit the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/BSM/bsmw05.html.


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LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

Published online 31 January 2012, revised 29 February 2012

NORTHERN REGIONAL MEETING

Wednesday 6 June 2012

CCE-1 002 Lecture Theatre, Business School Building, Northumbria University

Programme:

2.00Opening of the Meeting

Michael Mackey (McGill University)
A mathematical modeling study of neutrophil dynamics in response to chemotherapy and G-CSF
3.15 Anthony Shannon (University of Technology, Sydney)
Empirical approaches to the application of mathematical techniques in health technologies
4.30Tea/Coffee
5.00 Eytan Domany (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Complex dynamics of cellular transcriptional response: how do cells get on the fast lane?
7.00Dinner at The Assembly Rooms

These lectures are aimed at a general mathematical audience. All interested, whether LMS members or not, are most welcome to attend this event.

For further details, to register or to reserve a place at the dinner, email the organisers (maia.angelova@northumbria.ac.uk). The cost of the dinner will be approximately £30, including drinks.

The meeting forms part of a workshop on Mathematics of Human Biology from 6 to 8 June.  For further details contact the organisers or visit the website at http://group28.northumbria.ac.uk/biomath.

There are funds available to contribute in part to the expenses of members of the Society or research students to attend the meeting and workshop. Requests for support, including an estimate of expenses, may be addressed to the organisers.


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YOUNG RESEARCHERS IN MATHEMATICS

Published online 31 January 2012

The third Young Researchers in Mathematics conference will be held at the University of Bristol from 2 to 4 April 2012. This conference is aimed at all postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in mathematics, and hosts over 200 participants. A unique opportunity is provided to meet potential collaborators and other graduate students, and learn about the latest research in other branches of mathematics. All participants are encouraged to give a talk about their research, whether partial or complete. The conference is divided into thirteen broad subject tracks, and participants are encouraged to attend talks from a variety of tracks. Each track will be led by a keynote talk given by a leading researcher in that area.

  • Algebra – Jan Saxl (University of Cambridge)
  • Analysis and PDEs – Gui-Qiang Chen (University of Oxford)
  • Applied Mathematics – Dimitris Drikakis (Cranfield University)
  • Combinatorics – Julia Wolf (École Polytechnique)
  • Cryptography and Quantum Information – Renato Renner (ETH Zürich)
  • Dynamical Systems – Viviane Baladi (École Normale Supérieure)
  • Financial Mathematics – TBC               
  • Geometry and Topology – Frances Kirwan (University of Oxford)
  • Logic and Set Theory – Angus Macintyre (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Mathematical Biology – Reidun Twarock (University of York)
  • Number Theory – Henryk Iwaniec (Rutgers University)
  • Probability and Statistics – Wilfrid Kendall (University of Warwick)
  • Quantum Physics – Jon Keating (University of Bristol)

The conference fee is £30, and subsidies for accommodation are available. For further information and to register, visit the website at www.maths.bris.ac.uk/~maxsb/yrm or email yrm2012@gmail.com. Thanks to the generous support of an LMS Postgraduate Research Conference Scheme 8 grant the organizers are able to further subsidise graduate students who also attend the British Mathematical Colloquium.


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INTEGRABLE MODELS, CONFORMAL FIELD THEORY

Published online 31 January 2012

The 16th UK meeting on Integrable Models, Conformal Field Theory and Related Topics will take place at the University of York from 13 to 14 April 2012. The main aims of the meeting are:

  • the dissemination, explanation and discussion of recent exciting results in this field
  • to promote communication and collaboration within the UK Integrable Models and Conformal Field Theory community, and to bring together mathematicians and physicists working in this area
  • to act as a forum for young researchers to present their work and to become known and integrated into the community.

Speakers are:

  • James Drummond (Annecy/CERN)
  • Benoit Vicedo (DESY, Hamburg/York)
  • Christian Hagendorf (Geneva)
  • Ben Hoare (student; Imperial)
  • Adam Nahum (student; Oxford)

There will be an informal poster session. All participants, especially students and postdocs, are encouraged to present a poster. For further information contact Niall MacKay (niall.mackay@york.ac.uk). The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant and the Institute of Physics.


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ASYMPTOTIC GROUP THEORY AND MODEL THEORY

Published online 31 January 2012

A two day workshop on Asymptotic Group Theory and Model Theory will be held from 26 to 27 March 2012 at Royal Holloway, University of London. The speakers will include:

  • R. Cluckers (Université de Lille and K.U. Leuven)
  • H. Helfgott (CNRS/École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
  • J. Howie (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)
  • I. Kazachkov (University of Oxford)
  • F. Loeser (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
  • H.D. Macpherson (University of Leeds)
  • U. Onn (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
  • A. Ould Houcine (Universités de Lyon and de Mons)

The workshop forms part of the ’South England Profinite Groups Meetings’ which are supported by an LMS Scheme 3 grant. The workshop is also funded by Royal Holloway, University of London. Applications for financial support can be made on the registration form. For more details see www.ma.rhul.ac.uk/model-theory or contact Benjamin Klopsch and Christopher Voll at rhulworkshop2012@googlemail.com.


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YOUNG FUNCTIONAL ANALYSTS’ WORKSHOP

Published online 31 January 2012

The next Young Functional Analysts’ Workshop (YFAW) will be held at the University of Oxford from 21 to 22 March 2012. The event is aimed at postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in functional analysis and related areas, but anybody interested in participating is welcome. The programme on each of the two days will consist of talks given by participants as well as our four invited speakers:

  • Charles Batty (Oxford, UK)
  • Matthew Daws (Leeds, UK)
  • Olga Maleva (Birmingham, UK)
  • Wilhelm Winter (Münster, Germany)

There will be a registration fee of £20. For further information, and in order to register, visit the YFAW website at https://sites.google.com/site/yfawuk. The event is supported by an LMS Postgraduate Research Conference Scheme 8 grant.

NBFAS Seminar

The workshop will be followed by a meeting of the North British Functional Analysis Seminar (NBFAS) in Oxford from 23 to 24 March 2012, with Gilles Pisier (Université Paris VI, France, and Texas A&M University, USA) and Mikael Rørdam (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) as speakers. For further information visit the website at www1.maths.leeds.ac.uk/nbfas.


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ALGEBRA, COMBINATORICS, DYNAMICS AND APPLICATIONS

Published online 9 January 2012

This workshop will take place from 27 to 30 August 2012 at Queen’s University, Belfast. It will focus on recent developments and classical ideas in the interplay between structural properties of algebras, properties of their representations and   combinatorics and dynamics. The organizers are particularly interested to discuss problems where combinatorial methods appear as a main ingredient in the solution of an algebraic problem or where arguments of dynamical nature help to understand better some algebraic phenomenon. More general structures appearing in various applications, in particular in physics, analysis, geometry, topology, homotopy theory, and coding theory will also be considered. Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Algebras given by relations (including quadratic algebras)
    –  Combinatorics of defining relations, particularly combinatorics and dynamics of words; semigroups and semigroup algebras
    –  Properties of various generating series associated to rings, Hilbert series, growth, combinatorics of primes
    –  Representation spaces, dynamics of Gln action; Deformation theory
    –  Homological properties, properties of the Koszul complex
  • Structures originated in  physics, geometry, topology, homotopy theory
    –  Operads, props
    –  Novikov structures and pre-Lie algebras, Leibnitz algebras, ternary algebras, etc.
    –  Poisson structures
    –  Cluster algebras
  • Actions of groups over rings, lower K-groups over noncommutative rings
  • Operator algebras and semigroup actions on Banach spaces, their (infinite-dimensional) dynamics
  • Computational aspects of the above, in particular, related to the Gröbner bases theory

Speakers include:

  • Vladimir Bavula (Sheffield)
  • Peter Cameron (London)
  • Grigori Garkusha (Swansea)
  • David Jordan (Sheffield)
  • Peter Jørgensen (Newcastle)
  • Arnfinn Laudal (Oslo)
  • Tom Lenagan (Edinburgh)
  • Abdenacer Makhlouf (Mulhouse)
  • Sergei Silvestrov (Lund)
  • Agata Smoktunowicz (Edinburgh)
  • Robert Wisbauer (Düsseldorf)

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Some funds may be available to contribute to the expenses of research students who wish to attend the meeting. For further details and registration visit http://sites.google.com/site/algebrabelfast2010/2011 or contact Natalia Iyudu at n.iyudu@qub.ac.uk. The workshop is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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GROUPS ST ANDREWS 2013

Published online 9 January 2012

Groups St Andrews 2013 is organised by the University of St Andrews and will take place in St Andrews (Scotland). It will run from Saturday 3 August (arrival day) to Sunday 11 August 2013 (departure day). The talks will take place from 4 to 10 August 2013 (inclusive). The conference aims to cover all aspects of group theory. The short lecture courses are intended to be accessible to postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in all areas of group theory. The principal speakers will each deliver a short lecture course on a topic of their choice. They are:

  • Emmanuel Breuillard (Université Paris-Sud 11)
  • Martin Liebeck (Imperial College London)
  • Alan Reid (University of Texas)
  • Karen Vogtmann (Cornell University)

One hour speakers are:

  • Inna Capdeboscq (University of Warwick)
  • Radha Kessar (University of Aberdeen)
  • Markus Lohrey (Universität Leipzig)
  • Derek Robinson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Christopher Voll (University of Bielefeld)

Those interested in attending the conference are encouraged to sign up for conference updates on the following webpage: www.groupsstandrews.org/2013/form.shtml.  Further details will be posted when available on the conference website at www.groupsstandrews.org/2013/index.shtml, or email gps2013@mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk. This conference, the ninth in the series of Groups St Andrews conferences, will be organised along similar lines to previous events in this series.


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BRITISH COLLOQUIUM FOR THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE

Published online 9 January 2012

The 28th British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science (BCTCS) will be hosted by the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester from 2 to 5 April 2012. The purpose of BCTCS is to provide a forum in which researchers in theoretical computer science can meet, present research findings, and discuss developments in the field. It also aims to provide an environment in which PhD students can gain experience in presenting their work, and benefit from contact with established researchers.

The scope of the colloquium includes all aspects of theoretical computer science, including automata theory, algorithms, complexity theory, semantics, formal methods, concurrency, types, languages and logics. Both computer scientists and mathematicians are welcome to attend, as are participants from outside of the UK. The colloquium features both invited and contributed talks. This year’s invited speakers are:

  • Rod Downey (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, Victoria University of Wellington)
    LMS Keynote Speaker in Discrete Mathematics
  • Mike Edmunds (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Cardiff)
  • Reiner Hähnle (Fachbereich Informatik, Technische Universität Darmstadt)
  • Nicole Schweikardt (Institut für Informatik, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main)

Registration and accommodation bookings open on 16 January. Participants wishing to give 30-minute contributed talks may simply submit a title and abstract (100 to 300 words) by 19 March.

This year, BCTCS is part of the Alan Turing Year, and will be collocated with the Automated Reasoning Workshop ARW (http://arw2012.cs.man.ac.uk/). Further BCTCS details are available from the Colloquium website http://bctcs2012.cs.manchester.ac.uk.


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NONCOMMUTATIVE GEOMETRY

Published online 9 January 2012

In April 2012, the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI), Cambridge, and the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS) will jointly organise a meeting on Noncommutative Geometry. The meeting will be held at Cardiff University and will start on Monday 16 April and end on Friday 20 April.

This will be a follow-up meeting which, hopefully, will build upon the success of the six-month research programme, of the same name, that was held at the INI in 2006. Financial support for the meeting has been provided by the INI, WIMCS and Oxford University Press. The following have agreed to participate and make presentations:

  • J. Block (UPenn)
  • R. Bocklandt (Newcastle)
  • M. Bojowald (Penn State)
  • A.H. Chamseddine (Beirut and IHÉS)
  • A. Connes* (Collège de France, IHÉS & Vanderbilt)
  • L. Evans (LHC, CERN)
  • T. Gannon (Alberta)
  • V. Ginzburg* (Chicago)
  • Y. Kawahigashi (Tokyo)
  • R. Longo (Rome)
  • R. Meyer (Göttingen)
  • E. Meinrenken (Toronto)
  • J. Mickelson (Helsinki)
  • D. Nadler* (Northwestern)
  • R. Nest (Copenhagen)
  • M. Piai (Swansea)
  • T. Stafford (Manchester)
  • D. Stevenson (Glasgow)
  • C. Teleman (Berkeley)
  • D. Voiculescu (Berkeley)
  • P. Xu (Penn State)
  • D. Ben-Zvi* (Austin)

   * to be confirmed

The meeting will consist of nine sessions, each concentrating on a particular research area that is currently attracting significant interest within the community:

  • Noncommutative algebraic geometry
  • Representation theory aspects of Baum–Connes
  • Noncommutative geometry and symplectic geometry
  • Free aspects of noncommutative geometry
  • Noncommutative geometry and conformal field theory
  • Nonommutative geometry and categorification
  • Noncommutative geometry and quantum field theory
  • Noncommutative spacetime and cosmology
  • The standard model and beyond

The scientific organisers of the meeting are: David E. Evans (Cardiff University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Shahn Majid (Queen Mary, University of London)

For further information regarding the scientific programme email EvansDE@cardiff.ac.uk, and for accommodation email EmeryJL4@Cardiff.ac.uk. Full details are given at http://mathsevents.cf.ac.uk/iniwimcs2012/index.html.


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WOMEN IN MATHEMATICS DAY 2012

Published online 9 January 2012, revised 29 February 2012

The next Women in Mathematics Day will be held on Friday 27 April 2012 at De Morgan House, 57–58 Russell Square, London. Sessions will include talks by women mathematicians in a variety of appointments and at different career stages.

The organisers would be very grateful if all members could encourage women mathematicians, particularly students (including final-year undergraduates) and those at an early stage in their career, to attend this meeting. The Women in Mathematics Day provides a valuable opportunity to meet and talk with women who are active and successful in mathematics. Participants from previous meetings have found this opportunity useful and beneficial. All mathematicians are invited to attend, but women are especially welcome.

Any postgraduates, postdocs or research assistants wishing to give a talk during the afternoon session or present a poster should contact Susan Pitts (s.pitts@statslab.cam.ac.uk) by 9 March 2012.

To encourage high-quality posters, a £50 book token will be awarded for the poster that is judged to be the best Women in Mathematics Day Poster 2012.

 
 © Jonathan Tickner
 
2012 Poster Competition Winner:
Ndifreke Udosen, Reading University
 

Programme

10.30–11.00Registration and Coffee
11.00–13.00Morning Session

Jennifer Scott (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
Challenges from a large sparse world

Rachel Camina (Cambridge)
The influence of conjugacy class sizes

Christina Goldschmidt (Oxford)
The scaling limit of the critical random graph
13.00–14.00Lunch and Poster Session
14.15–16.00Afternoon Session
 
Postgraduate/Postdoc speakers
16.00–16.30Tea

Participants are invited to join us for dinner at a local restaurant after the event. If you would like to attend, please email Elizabeth Fisher (womeninmaths@lms.ac.uk). Please note that the dinner will not be paid for by the Society.

Limited funds are available to help with the travel costs of students attending the event. Further details are available from Elizabeth Fisher at the Society (contact details below).

To register contact Elizabeth Fisher (womeninmaths@lms.ac.uk) by Friday 20 April. Late registrations for places may still be accepted, subject to availability.

The day is free for students and £5 for all others – payable on the day.


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STOCHASTIC MODELLING IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

Published online 9 January 2012

LMS–EPSRC Short Course

Oxford University, 18–23 March 2012

Organiser: Professor Philip Maini

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LOGICAL APPROACHES TO BARRIERS IN COMPLEXITY II

Published online 9 January 2012  

26–30 March 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Semantics and Syntax: A Legacy of Alan Turing
(9 January – 6 July 2012)

Organisers:  Arnold Beckmann (University of Swansea) and Anuj Dawar (University of Cambridge).

Computational complexity theory has its origin in logic. The fundamental goal of this area is to understand the limits of efficient computation (that is, understanding the class of problems which can be solved quickly and with restricted resources) and the sources of intractability (that is, what takes some problems inherently beyond the reach of such efficient solutions). The most famous open problem in the area is the P = NP problem, listed among the seven Clay Millenium Prize problems. Logic provides a multifarious toolbox of techniques to analyse questions like this, some of which promise to provide deep insights in the nature and limits of efficient computation.

In our workshop, we shall focus on logical descriptions of complexity, i.e. descriptive complexity, propositional proof complexity and bounded arithmetic. Despite considerable progress by research communities in each of these areas, the main open problems remain. In finite model theory the major open problem is whether there is a logic capturing on all structures the complexity class P of polynomial-time decidable languages. In bounded arithmetic the major open problem is to prove strong independence results that would separate its levels. In propositional proof complexity the major open problem is to prove strong lower bounds for expressive propositional proof systems.

The workshop will bring together leading researchers covering all research areas within the scope of the workshop. We will especially focus on work that draws on methods from the different areas which appeal to the whole community.

Deadline for applications is 26 January 2012.

For more information visit the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/SAS/sasw01.html.


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PANDA

Published online 8 January 2012

10 years on

The next Patterns, Nonlinear Dynamics and Applications (PANDA) meeting will be held on Friday 20 January 2012 in the School of Mathematics, University of Leeds. There is a broad ’theme’, combining a retrospective on the last ten years (the first PANDA meeting was in December 2001) and a perspective on the next. There will be two review/pedagogical talks:

  • Rebecca Hoyle (University of Surrey)
    Natural history of a PANDA, and nonlinear dynamics in biology and sociology
     
  • Jonathan Dawes (University of Bath)
    Nonlinear dynamics in continuum mechanics: current challenges and future opportunities

We invite contributed half-hour research talks on any topic within the PANDA remit, and particularly welcome offers of talks by postdocs and PhD students. A limited amount of funding is available for the reimbursement of travel expenses. We may also be able to make a contribution towards childcare expenses incurred specifically for the purpose of attending the meeting. Please contact Alastair Rucklidge (A.M.Rucklidge@leeds.ac.uk) if you would like to speak at the meeting.

For further details visit the website at www.maths.leeds.ac.uk/~alastair/12_panda/index.html. The PANDA network is organised by Rebecca Hoyle (Surrey), Jon Dawes (Bath), Paul Matthews (Nottingham) and Alastair Rucklidge (Leeds), and is supported by an LMS Scheme 3 grant.


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FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN TROPICAL MATHEMATICS

Published online 8 January 2012

A two-day workshop on Future Directions in Tropical Mathematics and its Applications will be held in Manchester from 19 to 20 January 2012. The workshop will bring together those using and developing tropical and max-plus theory and methods, across both pure and applied mathematics. Research speakers include:

  • Florian Block (Warwick)
  • Alexander Guterman (Moscow)
  • James Hook (Manchester)
  • Katharina Huber (UEA)
  • Zur Izhakian (Bremen)

Mini-courses will be given by Peter Butkovic (Birmingham) and Stephane Gaubert (INRIA). For further details visit the website at http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/Marianne.Johnson/tropicalworkshop.html.

The workshop is funded by the LMS (through a Birmingham–Manchester–Warwick Scheme 3 triangle) and EPSRC (through the CICADA project), and organised by Marianne Johnson, Mark Kambites and Mark Muldoon. Funds are available to support the attendance costs of UK-based graduate students; those interested in claiming should contact the organisers in advance.


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QP–NG–QI

Published online 8 January 2012

A final meeting of the four-year UKIERI research network Quantum Probability, Noncommutative Geometry and Quantum Information will be held at the ICMS in Edinburgh from 16 to 18 January 2012. Non-UKIERI invited speakers include

  • Philippe Biane (Université de Marne la Vallée)
  • Uwe Franz (Université de Franche-Comté)
  • Giovanni Lendi (Università di Trieste)
  • Hans Maassen (Radboud University)
  • Adam Skalski (Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • Reinhard Werner (Leibniz-Universität)
  • Stephen Wills (University College Cork)

The meeting is organised by Alexander Belton, Michael Dritschel, Martin Lindsay and Kalyan Sinha. The number of participants will be limited to around 40 people, so if you wish to participate then please contact Martin Lindsay (j.m.lindsay@lancaster.ac.uk) or Alexander Belton (a.belton@lancaster.ac.uk). Up-to-date conference information may be viewed at www.maths.lancs.ac.uk/~belton/QPNGQI and at the ICMS website www.icms.org.uk.

The event is supported by the British Council’s UK–India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).


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HOMOTOPY AND GEOMETRY OF LOOP SPACES

Published online 8 January 2012

The Fourth Sheffield Homotopy Mini Conference on Homotopy and Geometry of Loop Spaces will take place from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 January 2012 at the University of Sheffield. In recent years, the study of loop spaces has seen rapid progress and also brought about new interactions between different areas of mathematics. This meeting aims to inform participants of the latest developments as well as some of the future directions in this exciting area of research. The speakers include:

  • Ralph Cohen (Stanford)
  • David Gepner (Regensburg)
  • Jelena Grbić (Manchester)
  • Richard Hepworth (Aberdeen)
  • Kathryn Hess (Lausanne)
  • John Jones (Warwick)
  • Sadok Kallel (Lille)
  • Birgit Richter (Hamburg)
  • Andrew Stacey (Trondheim)
  • Ulrike Tillmann (Oxford)
  • Nathalie Wahl (Copenhagen)
  • Konrad Waldorf (Regensburg)

Financial support will be available for UK-based students. For more information, visit the website www.pokman-cheung.staff.shef.ac.uk/SHM4 or write to SHM4@sheffield.ac.uk. The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant and the University of Sheffield Mathematics and Statistics Research Centre.


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LMS SPITALFIELDS DAY

Published online 8 January 2012

Public opening of the SAS programme

The mathematical legacy of Alan Turing

Monday 9 January 2012, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge

On 9 January 2012 the programme Semantics & Syntax (www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/SAS/index.html) will be officially opened. In addition to being the official opening of the programme, this event will provide the general mathematical public (with strong emphasis on postgraduate students) a glimpse of the current state of the art and explain what is going to happen during the six months at Cambridge.

The day is one of the Spitalfields Days of the London Mathematical Society, named in honour of the Spitalfields Mathematical Society, a precursor of the London Mathematical Society which flourished from 1717 to 1845. Spitalfields Days provide survey lectures aimed at a general mathematical audience.

With four survey lectures of leading experts of the field, we shall allow everyone who is planning to be engaged with the programme a glimpse of the relevance and the importance of the involved fields. We shall also offer postgraduate students the opportunity of collecting information about how they can get involved with the programme as workshop participants or junior fellow. We invite interested researchers and postgraduate students from all institutions in the UK to come and listen to the tutorials.

The speakers are:

  • George Barmpalias (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) Measures of relative complexity
  • Anuj Dawar (University of Cambridge, UK) On syntactic and semantic complexity classes
  • Nigel Smart (University of Bristol, UK) Modern cryptography for non-cryptographers
  • Hugh Woodin (UC Berkeley, USA) The global structure of the Turing degrees and the bi-interpretability conjecture

Anyone interested is welcome to attend; talks will be aimed at a general mathematical audience. Please let the Programme and Visitor Officer at the Institute know if you intend to come by emailing programmes@newton.ac.uk.

There will be no accommodation available from the Institute, therefore participants are encouraged to make their own arrangements. Our suggested accommodation listing can be found here.

The deadline for applications for travel stipends has passed, but UK-based postgraduate students can ask the organizer Professor Loewe (bloewe@science.uva.nl) whether there are any funds left to offer modest support to attend the event.

The London Mathematical Society supports the Spitalfields Day.


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HEILBRONN QUANTUM ALGORITHMS DAY

Published online 1 December 2011

The 2nd Heilbronn Quantum Algorithms Day will take place at the University of Bristol on 1 February 2012. Following on from the success of last year’s event, the aim of this colloquium is to showcase recent research in quantum algorithms. The day will consist of a number of talks from invited speakers who include:

  • Scott Aaronson (MIT)
  • Matty Hoban (Oxford)
  • Ashley Montanaro (Cambridge)
  • Martin Roetteler (NEC Labs, Princeton)
  • Miklos Santha (LIAFA, Paris)

There is no conference fee; however registration is mandatory and intending participants are requested to email quantum-algorithms-2012@bristol.ac.uk. The deadline for registration is 31 January 2012. The organisers may be able to offer limited travel support to students who are unable to find funding from their home institutions. The organisers are Steve Brierley, Noah Linden and Oliver Gray. Further information is available at www.maths.bris.ac.uk/~maowg/q-alg-2012/q-alg-2012.html


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BRITISH POSTGRADUATE MODEL THEORY CONFERENCE

Published online 1 December 2011

The second British Postgraduate Model Theory Conference will take place at the University of Oxford from 4 to 6 January 2012. It is mainly aimed at postgraduate students and postdocs working in model theory and related subject areas, but anybody interested in the subject is very welcome.

The conference fee is £10. For further information email bpgmt2012@gmail.com or visit the website at http://tcc.maths.ox.ac.uk/bpgmt12. Registration is now open. The conference is supported by an LMS Postgraduate Research Conference Scheme 8 grant.


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RIGIDITY OF PERIODIC AND SYMMETRIC STRUCTURES

Published online 1 December 2011

A Royal Society meeting on the Rigidity of Periodic Structures in Nature and Engineering will be held at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre from 23 to 24 February 2012. Rigidity and flexibility are the heart of the behaviour of designed and natural structures, machines and materials. Combining theories of symmetry and rigidity gives insights in all these fields.  Periodic and repetitive structures give new challenges, where open mathematical questions have practical implications for engineers, material scientists and chemists; multidisciplinary combination of diverse approaches shows the way forward. The speakers are:  

  • Bob Connelly (Cornell University)
  • Gérard Férey (Université de Versailles)
  • Simon Guest (University of Cambridge)
  • Stephen Hyde (Australian National University)
  • Mike O’Keefe (Arizona State University)
  • Stephen Power (University of Lancaster)
  • Elissa Ross (York University, Canada)
  • Bernd Schulze (York University, Canada)
  • Hellmuth Stachel (Technische Universität Wien)
  • Mike Thorpe (Arizona State University)
  • Mike Treacy (Arizona State University)
  • Nick Trianafyllidis (University of Michigan)
  • Walter Whiteley (York University, Canada)
  • Alphonse Zingoni (University of Cape Town)

Participation in the meeting is open to all. Further information can be obtained from the conference website at http://royalsociety.org/events/Rigidity-of-periodic-and-symmetric-structures, which includes the email address for registration, or from the  organizers, Dr Simon Guest (sdg@eng.cam.ac.uk), Professor Patrick Fowler (P.W.Fowler@sheffield.ac.uk) and Professor Stephen Power (s.power@lancaster.ac.uk).


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BRITISH MATHEMATICAL COLLOQUIUM 2012

Published online 1 December 2011

16–19 April 2012, University of Kent, Canterbury

The 2012 BMC will include a celebration of the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing. Dr Andrew Hodges will give a public lecture on Turing's life and work and Professor Solomon Feferman will give a plenary lecture on mathematical aspects of Turing's work.

Plenary speakers

  • Christine Bessenrodt (Hannover)
  • Solomon Feferman (Stanford)
  • Andrew Hodges (Oxford)
  • Martin Lorenz (Temple University)
  • Idun Reiten (Trondheim)
  • Christiane Tretter (Bern)

Morning speakers will include

  • Ken Brown (Glasgow)
  • Rachel Camina (Cambridge)
  • Cornelia Druţu (Oxford)
  • Des Evans (Cardiff)
  • Leonid Parnovski (UCL)
  • Sarah Rees (Newcastle)

Research workshops

  • Turing's Legacy
  • Algebraic Transformation Groups
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Operator Theory
  • Noncommutative Geometry
  • Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry

For more information visit the website at www.kent.ac.uk/IMS/events/160412.html.


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BRITISH APPLIED MATHEMATICS COLLOQUIUM 2012

Published online 1 December 2011

27–29 March 2012, University College London

The Mathematics Department at University College London will host the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC 2012) from 27 to 29 March 2012. It is the first time it will take place at UCL since 1972. BAMC is one of the main annual applied mathematics meetings in the UK. The organisers expect about 300 participants including faculty members, scientists and graduate students. Contributed talks will cover a wide range of topics in applied mathematics. They will be given in parallel sessions by senior and junior researchers. Each talk will be followed by a discussion. In addition there will be plenary lectures and mini-symposia.

The currently confirmed plenary speakers are:

  • Oliver Buhler (New York University), Lighthill Lecture
  • Darren Crowdy (Imperial College London)
  • Mark Peletier (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Yuriko Renardy (Virginia Tech), Stewartson Lecture

The currently planned mini symposia include:

  • Financial mathematics
  • Free surface flows
  • General relativity
  • Geophysical fluid mechanics
  • Mathematical ecology
  • Medical applications
  • Numerical analysis
  • Quantum dynamics
  • Quantum information
  • Slamming problems
  • Social modelling

For further information email bamc@math.ucl.ac.uk or visit the website at www.ucl.ac.uk/mathematics/BAMC-2012.


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ADDITIVE COMBINATORICS

Published online 1 December 2011

Additive Combinatorics in Paris 2012 will be held at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris from 9 to 13 July 2012. The conference will be dedicated to the memory of Yahya ould Hamidoune, who passed away earlier this year. As such, the scope of the conference encompasses topics in additive and combinatorial number theory, additive group theory, graph theory and probabilistic combinatorics as well as adjacent fields. The following keynote speakers have confirmed their attendance:

  • Noga Alon (Tel Aviv University)
  • Emmanuel Breuillard (Université Paris-Sud, Orsay)
  • Alfred Geroldinger (Universität Graz)
  • Tim Gowers (University of Cambridge)
  • Ben Green (University of Cambridge)
  • Melvyn Nathanson (CUNY/Lehman College)
  • Oriol Serra (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
  • Benny Sudakov (UCLA)
  • Tamar Ziegler (Technion)

In addition, there will be shorter lectures. For further information visit the website at http://caparis2012.wordpress.com.


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CELEBRATION OF THE 70TH BIRTHDAY OF ELMER REES

Published online 1 December 2011

The Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Bristol, is planning to hold a short conference to celebrate the 70th birthday of Elmer Rees, to honour his academic achievements and to acknowledge his success as the first Director of the Institute. The conference will take place at the University of Bristol from 20 to 21 April 2012. Confirmed speakers are:

  • Sir Michael Atiyah (University of Edinburgh)
  • Sir John Ball (University of Oxford)
  • Victor Buchstaber (Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences)
  • John Jones (University of Warwick)
  • Angus Macintyre (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Andrew Ranicki (University of Edinburgh)

There will be four lectures on Friday followed by a dinner in the evening. On the Saturday morning there will be lectures with the conference ending with lunch. All lectures will be about one hour and will be of general interest. There is no registration fee but to enable estimation of numbers, intending participants are requested to inform Claire Barr (claire.barr@bristol.ac.uk).

Dinner on the Friday evening will be at The Royal West of England Academy and there is a charge of £25 per person for attendees and guests. Further information and registration forms are available at www.maths.bris.ac.uk/events/meetings/meeting/index.php?meeting_id=76. The organiser is Nelson Stephens.


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6TH EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF MATHEMATICS

Kraków, Poland, 2–7 July 2012

Published online 1 December 2011

The Congress  The European Congress of Mathematics, a quadrennial general mathematical meeting, is an important activity of the European Mathematical Society (EMS) which decides about the core of its scientific programme. The 6ECM is organized by the Polish Mathematical Society and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

Scientific programme  There will be 10 plenary lectures, 34 invited lectures in parallel sections, approximately 20 mini-symposia as well as contributed poster sessions. Arrangements will be made for informal discussions, talks and small working groups.

Prizes  10 EMS Prizes for mathematicians not older than 35, the Felix Klein Prize in Application of Mathematics and the Otto Neugebauer Prize for the History of Mathematics will be awarded. The committees were appointed by the EMS. The winners will be announced at the opening of the 6ECM and they will deliver lectures during the 6ECM.

Proceedings  The 6ECM Proceedings, published by the EMS Publishing House, will be available at a special price for the registered participants. The registered participants will receive free access to the files of the proceedings papers.

Satellite conferences  Mathematicians are invited to organize satellite events (conferences, etc.) close to the dates of the 6ECM. There are already 12 satellite conferences that will be held before and after the Congress, in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Poland and Romania.

Grants and financial support  In order to ensure broad participation and reduce economic barriers, a limited number of grants funded by the Foundation for Polish Science and the EMS will be offered, particularly for young mathematicians and for mathematicians from Central and Eastern Europe.

Exhibitions  Space will be available for mathematical societies, publishers and other companies.

Registration fee  Until 31 March 2012 the fee is PLN 1,050 (Polish Zloty) which currently is approximately €250; from 1 April 2012 it will increase to PLN 1,250. There is a reduced fee for EMS individual members (PLN 900) and students (PLN 600).

Social programme  Social and cultural programmes, promoting informal contacts between participants and the rich cultural heritage of Kraków, will be important components of the Congress activities. A welcome reception and conference dinner are planned. There will be a special programme for accompanying persons.

Logistics  The Congress will be held in the Auditorium Maximum of the Jagiellonian University, located close to the historic old city. Several rooms will be booked for participants for the period of the Congress in hotels and dormitories (of different standards) at convenient distance from the Congress venue. Reservations will start in February 2012 via the 6ECM website, www.6ecm.pl.

Important dates and deadlines

31 Dec 2011    announcement of the scientific programme

29 Feb 2012    application for the satellite events

1 Apr 2012      registration fee increases

30 Apr 2012    submission of posters

Register  for the 6ECM at the website www.6ecm.pl, where you’ll also find:

  • names of the speakers
  • call for nominations of candidates for prizes
  • list of satellite events

and much more. You can also ask questions via email to 6ecm@6ecm.pl.


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NEURODYNAMICS

Published online 1 December 2011

A workshop on heterogeneity, noise, delays, and plasticity in neural systems will take place in Edinburgh from 5 to 7 March 2012. Although mathematical work on Neurodynamics has increased in recent years, the study of heterogeneity, noise, delays, and plasticity needs much further attention.  A firmer mathematical framework for treating dynamical systems with these attributes will pave the way for a more comprehensive understanding of the dynamic states of biological neural networks, and their role in facilitating natural computation. This three-day conference will bring together experts in these key areas to seed a new phase of theoretical work to develop those pieces of mathematical theory which are critical for future realistic modelling studies of the brain.

The meeting will consist of invited speakers and registered participants, though will be limited to 100 people. The schedule will allow for a number of poster presentations.  The invited speakers are:

  • Paul Bressloff (University of Utah)
  • David Cai (Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University)
  • Dmitri Chklovskii (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm)
  • Claudia Clopath (Université Paris Descartes)
  • Carina Curto (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • Ila Fiete (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Toni Guillamon (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
  • Boris Gutkin (École Normale Supérieure)
  • Rachel Kuske (University of British Columbia)
  • Khashayar Pakdaman (Université Paris Diderot/CNRS)
  • Stefan Rotter (University of Freiburg)
  • Nicholas Swindale (University of British Columbia)
  • Jonathan Touboul (INRIA/ENS Paris)
  • Martin Wechselberger (University of Sydney)
  • Fred Wolf (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation)

Registration is now open, closing on 6 January 2012. The registration fee for the conference is £100. This event is sponsored by the EPSRC in association with the UK Mathematical Neuroscience Network (http://mathneuronet.org.uk). The scientific organizers are Professor Stephen Coombes (Nottingham) and Dr Yulia Timofeeva (Warwick).

A Tutorial Day, covering key concepts in heterogeneity, noise, delays, and plasticity in neural systems, for PhD students and post-docs, will take place on 4 March prior to the meeting. Some financial assistance is available to assist graduate students who attend both the training workshop and the conference. The Tutorial Day organiser is Dr Mark van Rossum (Edinburgh).

For further details and how to register visit the website at http://icms.org.uk/workshops/neuro2012. Enquiries should be addressed to Audrey Brown (audrey.brown@icms.org.uk).


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HIGHER ORDER PROBLEMS IN GEOMETRIC ANALYSIS

Published online 1 December 2011

A workshop on Higher Order Problems in Geometric Analysis will take place at the University of Bath from 5 to 8 June 2012. The aim of this workshop is to bring together experts in geometric analysis and foster interaction with researchers in neighbouring fields, such as differential geometry, numerical analysis, or applied mathematics. The focus is on problems giving rise to partial differential equations of higher order. Speakers include:

  • John Barrett (Imperial College London)
  • Anna Dall’Acqua (University of Magdeburg)
  • Klaus Deckelnick (University of Magdeburg)
  • Andreas Gastel (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Udo Hertrich-Jeromin (University of Bath)
  • Ernst Kuwert (University of Freiburg)
  • Tobias Lamm (University of Frankfurt)
  • Andrea Malchiodi (SISSA, Trieste)
  • Jan Metzger (University of Potsdam)
  • Tristan Rivière (ETH Zürich)
  • Frédéric Robert (Henri Poincaré University, Nancy)
  • Melanie Rupflin (Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam)
  • Friedemann Schuricht (TU Dresden)
  • Michael Struwe (ETH Zürich)
  • Pawel Strzelecki (University of Warsaw)

The programme will start on Tuesday afternoon (5 June) and end on Friday afternoon (8 June). For further information contact the organisers Peter Hornung, Roger Moser and Hartmut Schwetlick (geometric-analysis@bath.ac.uk) or visit the website at http://people.bath.ac.uk/rm257/geometric_analysis. The event is supported by the EPSRC.


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WAVELETS AND MATLAB

Published online 1 December 2011

A workshop on Wavelet Analysis with MATLAB will take place at Northumbria University from 19 to 21 December 2011. The aim of this workshop is to introduce wavelets as a tool for data analysis for a number of applications such as signal and image processing, communication systems, engineering, mathematics, computing, physics, biology medicine and finance. The workshop will cover the mathematical background of wavelet analysis and will introduce examples of 1D and 2D discrete and continuous wavelet transforms with applications.

The introduction to Wavelet Analysis with MATLAB will be on Tuesday 20 December 2011 from 10.00 to 17.00. The workshop will be presented as a mixture of lectures and laboratory sessions for approximately six hours per day. The laboratory sessions will require the participants to have a working knowledge of MATLAB.

Advanced sessions for those already familiar with Wavelet will be held on Wednesday 21 December 2011 from 10.00 to 17.00.

For participants not familiar with MATLAB, there will be a half-day course on the MATLAB on Monday 19 December between 14.00 and 17.00.

Participants with knowledge of MATLAB may wish to attend the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions only.

Registration deadline is 10 December 2011. The registration fee for the entire workshop is £300, the two-day workshop is £250 (Wavelet basics and advanced) and for a single-day workshop £150 (Wavelet basics or advanced). The registration fee covers handouts for the workshop, use of MATLAB toolboxes, lunches and refreshments.

For further information visit the website at http://group28.northumbria.ac.uk or contact Dr Sujan Rajbhandari (tel: 0191 227 3901, email: sujan.rajbhandari@northumbria.ac.uk).


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ISAAC NEWTON INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

PATTERN FORMATION: THE INSPIRATION OF ALAN TURING
(A satellite meeting at St John's College, Oxford)

Published online 4 November 2011

14–16 March 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Semantics and Syntax: A Legacy of Alan Turing
(9 January – 6 July 2012)

To celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth and his seminal work in the mathematical modelling of biological pattern formation, this workshop will aim to show how mathematical modelling of pattern formation has led to (i) significant advances in the understanding of certain aspects of biology and chemistry; (ii) new mathematical and computational challenges. It will bring together researchers ranging from those who do experiments to demonstrate pattern formation, to those who develop mathematical and computational techniques to analyse proposed models, the common theme being the emergence of pattern and form. The format will consist of a number of keynote lectures, given by experts in the field, and a series of shorter contributed talks.

Further information and application forms are available from the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/SAS/sasw08.html. Closing date for the receipt of applications is 1 December 2011. The organisers are Bernold Fiedler (Freie Universität Berlin), Benedick Löwe (Amsterdam) and Philip Maini (Oxford).


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ISAAC NEWTON INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

FORMAL AND COMPUTATIONAL CRYPTOGRAPHIC PROOFS

Published online 4 November 2011

10–13 April 2012, Cambridge

in association with the Newton Institute programme Semantics and Syntax: A Legacy of Alan Turing
(9 January – 6 July 2012)

Proofs arise in many forms in cryptography and security:

  • As mathematical proofs of security in a complexity-theoretic model of a protocol or scheme; such proofs are typical of the area known as ’reductionist proofs of security’.
  • As mathematical proofs of security in a logical, or symbolic, model of a protocol or scheme; such proofs are typified by work in the ’formal methods’/ ’symbolic’ tradition, a.k.a. the Dolev–Yao model.
  • As objects in their own right which are used in a protocol; for example as in zero-knowledge interactive proofs or probabilistically checkable proofs.

This workshop is timely, given recent work in establishing that some Dolev–Yao style proofs can have the same computational guarantees as provided by reductionist proofs of security. Such meta-proofs show that Dolev–Yao proofs are computationally sound. In addition recent years have shown the development of automated theorem provers, traditionally the reserve of formal methods style proofs, into the arena of provable security. In addition, we have seen the actual deployment of protocols based on zero-knowledge proofs via protocols such as U-Prove (from Microsoft) and Idemix (from IBM). Finally, the last ten years have seen the application of ideas from complexity theory, such as the PCP theorem, to cryptographic protocols, and it is to be hoped that such protocols may soon become practical.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together people working on all such topics, with a view for cross-disciplinary work, to obtain new insights on old problems, and to capitalise on the recent advances alluded to above.

Further information and application forms are available from the website at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/SAS/sasw02.html. Closing date for the receipt of applications is 30 November 2011. The organisers are Nigel Smart (Bristol) and Shafi Goldwasser (MIT).


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THE 2012 CHRISTOPHER ZEEMAN LECTURE

Published online 3 November 2011

Professor John Barrow FRS

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Email: lynn.webster@ima.org.uk


Click on the image below to view the poster.

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ALAN TURING YEAR

Published online 3 October 2011

The Incomputable and the Turing Centenary Conference are part of a series of special events, running throughout the Alan Turing Year, celebrating Turing’s unique impact on mathematics, computing, computer science, informatics, morphogenesis, philosophy and the wider scientific world.

The Incomputable

The Incomputable, a workshop of the six-month Isaac Newton Institute programme Semantics and Syntax: A Legacy of Alan Turing, will take place from 12 to 15 June 2012 at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell. The workshop is unique in its focus on the mathematical theory of incomputability, and its relevance for the real world. The invited plenary speakers are:

  • S. Abramsky (Oxford)
  • M. Davis (Berkeley/New York)
  • S. Lloyd (MIT)
  • P. Maini (Oxford)
  • Y. Matiyasevich (St Petersburg)
  • I. Németi/H. Andréka (Budapest)
  • G. Sacks (Harvard)
  • T.A. Slaman (Berkeley)
  • R.I. Soare (Chicago)
  • V. Vedral (Oxford)
  • A. Zeilinger (Vienna)             

The Incomputable is held in association with the Turing Centenary Conference (CiE 2012) in Cambridge the following week, which will run up to 23 June, the centenary of Turing’s birth, and will culminate with a birthday celebration at Turing’s old college, King’s College, Cambridge. For further information contact S. Barry Cooper, University of Leeds (pmt6sbc@leeds.ac.uk) or visit the website at www.mathcomp.leeds.ac.uk/turing2012/inc.

Turing Centenary Conference

CiE 2012 – How the Word Computes will take place from 18 to 23 June 2012 at the University of Cambridge. Its central theme is the computability-theoretic concerns underlying the broad spectrum of Turing’s interests, and the contemporary research areas founded upon and animated by them. Invited speakers include:

  • D. Aharonov (Jerusalem)
  • V. Becher (Buenos Aires)
  • L. Blum (Carnegie Mellon)
  • R. Downey (Wellington)
  • Y. Gurevich (Microsoft)
  • J. Hartmanis (Cornell)
  • A. Hodges (Oxford)
  • R. Jozsa (Cambridge)
  • S. Kauffman (Vermont/Santa Fe)
  • J. Murray (Princeton)
  • P. Smolensky (Johns Hopkins)
  • I. Stewart (Warwick)
  • L. Valiant (Harvard)

Deadline for submissions is Friday 27 January 2012. For further information contact Anuj Dawar, University of Cambridge (anuj.dawar@cl.cam.ac.uk) or visit the website at www.cie2012.eu.


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BIG BANG 2012

Published online 3 October 2011

The Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair will be held at the Birmingham NEC from 15 to 17 March 2012. At last year’s event at London’s ExCeL, the mathematics community was offered a floor space of 90 m2 in which a number of organisations created a wide variety of engaging activities designed to demonstrate mathematical principles. These included puzzles, card tricks, the mathematics of complexity, aerodynamics, projectiles and trigonometry. All the activities were low cost and could be reproduced in an ordinary classroom. During three days of the event, Big Bang attracted about 29,000 visitors. A report on the mathematics activity in last year’s event may be found at www.ima.org.uk/viewItem.cfm?cit_id=383783.

The organisers considered the MathsZone (called the X Plus Why? Factor) a success and, for 2012 at the NEC, the mathematics community has been offered between 100 m2 and 150 m2 of stand space in which to create a MathsZone along the lines of the 2011 event. We are now in the process of requesting proposals for activities for the NEC. If you have an activity that has already been used at a fair, that would be an excellent start; possibly you developed something with the National HE STEM programme. However, if you would like to develop something new, we would still be delighted to hear from you. Although we can provide guidance on what makes a good activity, in general, it should be interactive, fun, supported by knowledgeable, engaging stand personnel and stimulate interest in mathematics.

Clearly, we are interested in getting as much mathematics into the Big Bang as possible and the existence of the MathsZone does not preclude applications for stand space elsewhere, particularly if the theme fits into one of the four zones: Body Talk, Go Global, Energise and the Next Factor.

To select mathematics activities as fairly as possible, an independent panel is being recruited to rank submissions, a process which worked well last year. If you would like to join us in the X Plus Why? Factor at the NEC, please email john.meeson@ima.org.uk for further details.

John Meeson
IMA


 
 (John Meeson)
 

John Meeson’s dog, Bertie, discovering that his trajectory is a parabola


 

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FREE BOUNDARY PROBLEMS IN FLUID MECHANICS

Published online 5 September 2011

A meeting focussing on the mathematics of free-boundary problems in viscous fluid mechanics (in particular Hele–Shaw and Stokes flows) and on related mathematical techniques is being held from 8 to 11 January 2012 at the University of Nottingham. The conference will seek to promote cross-fertilisation between different approaches and to honour the influential contributions of the late Dr Stan Richardson.

Enquiries should be addressed to John King (john.king@nottingham.ac.uk) or to Jane Mason (jane.mason@nottingham.ac.uk). The meeting is supported by an LMS Conference grant.


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GRESHAM COLLEGE LECTURES

Published online 5 September 2011

Maths and Sport

John D. Barrow FRS, Gresham Professor of Geometry

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For further information about the Gresham College lectures, visit the website at www.gresham.ac.uk.


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SYMMETRIES OF DISCRETE OBJECTS

Published online 4 July 2011

A conference and MAGMA Workshop on Symmetries of Discrete Objects will be held at Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand from 13 to 17 February 2012. This event will be a combination of a research conference on symmetries of discrete objects (such as graphs, maps/dessins, polytopes, Riemann surfaces and other complexes), and a MAGMA workshop, including some instructional courses (well suited for graduate students) on the MAGMA package and its capabilities (especially for handling discrete structures and their automorphisms).

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers working in various inter-related fields, introduce their approaches and discoveries to one another, and to promote joint research in and between these fields. To achieve this we will have a small number of keynote talks, several contributed talks, at least one open problem session, and ample time for discussions and problem solving.  Anyone with interest in automorphisms of discrete structures is welcome to consider attending.

For further information visit the website at www.math.auckland.ac.nz/~conder/SODO-2012/ or contact Marston Conder (m.conder@auckland.ac.nz) for further details.


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ISAAC NEWTON INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

IS CRYPTOGRAPHIC THEORY PRACTICALLY RELEVANT?

Published online 6 June 2011

31 January – 2 February 2012

in association with the Newton Institute programme Semantics and Syntax: A Legacy of Alan Turing
(9 January – 6 July 2012)

The workshop aims to bring together researchers who work in theoretical aspects of cryptography (principally, provable security of protocols) with people working on applied aspects of cryptography, particularly people involved in standardization and in industrial deployment of cryptography. The main goal of the workshop is to strengthen the dialogue between these two groups of people, which is currently perceived to be quite weak. Ultimately, we aim to make a start on bridging the divide between what academic cryptographers believe should be the goals of cryptographic protocol design and what is actually deployed in the real world. The potential benefits of doing so are:

  • To bring a better understanding of real-world cryptographic issues to the theoretical community, helping to inform their research and set new research challenges for the theoretical community;
  • Enabling practitioners to develop a clearer view of the current state-of-the-art in cryptographic research and what it offers to practice;
  • Providing a forum for exchanging ideas and building relationships between researchers from the different communities.

Further details including speakers will be added in due course. Registration will open at a later stage. Further information and application forms are available from the website at: www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/SAS/sasw07.html.

The workshop is supported by the Newton Institute, the eCrypt-2 European Network of Excellence in Cryptography and by the EPSRC Leadership Fellowship award of Professor Kenny Paterson.


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FRONTIERS OF NEVANLINNA THEORY

Published online 7 February 2011

Over the next year and a half there will be a series of four short workshops on the Frontiers of Nevanlinna Theory at University College London:

  1. Frontiers of Nevanlinna theory 1 (a general introduction to all themes), 28–30 March 2011
  2. p-adic function theory and arithmetic dynamics, 27–29 June 2011
  3. Applications of Nevanlinna theory to differential and functional equations, 17–19 April 2012
  4. Nevanlinna theory and number theory (especially connections with Diophantine approximation), 18–20 June 2012

The interplay between Nevanlinna theory and these topics has not been pursued much in the UK and one of the main reasons behind running these meetings is to provide an introduction to some of these ideas and an opportunity for relevant researchers to mix. As such, each workshop will consist of a relatively small number of talks, with long breaks for discussions among participants. Speakers will include:

  • Grigor Barsegian (NAS, Armenia)
  • Walter Bergweiler (Kiel)
  • Enrico Bombieri (IAS Princeton) to be confirmed
  • Abdelbaki Boutabaa (Blaise Pascal)
  • William Cherry (North Texas)
  • Alexander Eremenko (Purdue)
  • Alain Escassut (Blaise Pascal)
  • Walter Hayman (Imperial College London)
  • Gordon Heier (Houston)
  • Aimo Hinkkanen (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Pei-Chu Hu (Shandong)
  • Risto Korhonen (Eastern Finland)
  • Ilpo Laine (Eastern Finland)
  • Jim Langley (Nottingham)
  • Michael McQuillan (Rome 'Tor Vergata')
  • Min Ru (Houston)
  • Joe Silverman (Brown)
  • Yum-Tong Siu (Harvard)
  • Kazuya Tohge (Kanazawa)
  • Lucia di Vizio (Paris VII)
  • Paul Vojta (Berkeley)
  • Julie Tzu-Yueh Wang (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  • Jörg Winkelmann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Chung-Chun Yang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

For further details visit the website at www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucahrha/conferences/frontiers. Contact Rod Halburd to register your interest (R.Halburd@ucl.ac.uk).


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EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF MATHEMATICS

Published online 15 October 2010

The 6th European Congress of Mathematics, under the auspices of the European Mathematical Society, will take place in Kraków, Poland from 2 to 7 July 2012. For further information and to pre-register, visit the website at www.6ecm.pl.


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THE FIELDS INSTITUTE

Published online 14 September 2010

The following major programmes are scheduled at the Fields Institute, Toronto:

  • Asymptotic Geometric Analysis (July – December 2010)
  • Dynamics and Transport in Disordered Systems (January – June 2011)
  • Discrete Geometry and Applications (July – December 2011)
  • Galois Representations (January – June 2012)
  • Forcing and its Applications (July – December 2012)

See www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/scientific for links to these and the many other upcoming workshops, conferences, etc. To be informed of upcoming Scientific Activities, subscribe to the mailing list at www.fields.utoronto.ca/maillist.


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