MEETINGS

Contents

LMS Mary Cartwright Lecture
LMS Invited Lectures
Analysis and Singularities
BAMC 2007 Bristol
BMC 2007 Swansea
European Women in Mathematics Meeting
Noncommutative Day
Open University Winter Combinatorics Meeting
Probability, Statistics & Financial Stochastics
Psychology and Mathematics
UK-Japan Winter School 2007
Yorkshire and Durham Geometry Day


LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

MARY CARTWRIGHT LECTURE

Friday 9 February 2007, University College London

3.30 – 4.30 P. Maini (Oxford)
Emergent Phenomena – Fact or Fiction?

 

 

4.30 – 5.00 Tea

 

 

5.00 – 6.00 A. Stevens (Leipzig)
Mary Cartwright Lecture
Interacting Cell Systems: An Example for Mathematical Modeling in the Life-Sciences

There are limited funds available to contribute in part to the expenses of members of the Society or research students to attend the meeting. Contact Isabelle Robinson (robinson@lms.ac.uk) for further information.

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LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

INVITED LECTURES 2007

The Geometric Langlands Correspondence
David Ben-Zvi, University of Texas at Austin

Mathematical Institute, Oxford, 10-14 April 2007

This lecture series will explore the geometric Langlands program, a subject of much exciting recent activity at the interface of representation theory, algebraic geometry and quantum field theory. The lectures will assume a familiarity with first courses on Lie groups and algebraic varieties. Research students are particularly encouraged to attend.

Lectures will begin at 2.30 pm on Tuesday 10 April and will finish by lunchtime on Saturday 14 April. The main set of 10 lectures by David Ben-Zvi will be assisted by more specialized talks by Ian Grojnowski, Dmitriy Rumynin, Constantin Teleman and others.

All mathematicians are welcome to attend the lectures. There will be a registration fee of £30, payable on arrival. The registration fee will be waived for research students. Limited funds are available to support participants. Priority will be given to research students and mathematicians who would benefit from attending the lectures, but who would otherwise be prevented from attending by financial constraints. Please apply by 15 February 2007 using the online application form (www.maths.ox.ac.uk/~szendroi/langlands.html).

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ANALYSIS AND SINGULARITIES

An international conference on Analysis and Singularities will be held at the Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow, from 20–24 August 2007, dedicated to the 70th birthday of Vladimir Igorevich Arnold. The topics will be: Algebraic Geometry, Singularity Theory, Differential Equations, Mechanics, Hydrodynamics, Number Theory. The list of invited speakers includes:

  • A. Agrachev (Trieste, Italy)
  • J. Palis (IMPA, Brasil)
  • A. Varchenko (Chapel Hill, USA)
  • O. Viro (Uppsala, Sweden)
  • B. Khesin (Toronto, Canada)
  • E. Shustin (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • P. Biran (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • S. Novikov (Maryland, USA and Moscow, Russia)
  • Ya. Sinai (Princeton, USA)
  • V. Goryunov (Liverpool, UK)
  • S. Kuksin (Edinburgh, UK)
  • D. McDuff (Stony Brook, USA)
  • A. Vershik (St Petersburg, Russia)
  • V. Kharlamov (Strasbourg, France)
  • D. Siersma (Utrecht, Holland)
  • J. Steenbrink (Nijmegen, Holland)

For further information contact the Steklov Mathematical Institute, Gubkina 8, Moscow 119991, Russia (email: Arnold-70@mi.ras.ru; website: http://arnold-70.mi.ras.ru).

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BMC07 SWANSEA

16–19 April 2007

The programme for the BMC07 is now more or less fixed. We expect as Plenary Speakers:

  • H.D. Cao (Lehigh University)
  • A. Connes (Collège de France)
  • H. McKean (Courant Institute)
  • D. Stroock (MIT)

The meeting will be opened by Professor R. Davies, VC Swansea University, on 16 April 2007. As 15 April 1707 is the birthday of Leonard Euler, Ivor Grattan-Guinness has agreed to give a lecture on a topic related to Euler. We have confirmation as Morning Speakers of J. Bergstra (Amsterdam), D. Calderbank (York), F. Leader (Cambridge), T. Leinster (Glasgow), J. Marklof (Bristol), P. Mörters (Bath), Z. Qian (Oxford), M. Rathjen (Leeds), M. Singer (Edinburgh), A. Sobolev (Birmingham), D. Vassiliev (UCL), K. Wendland (Warwick).

Many colleagues across the UK have agreed to help to organise Splinter Groups. Topics include: Combinatorial Algebra and Representation Theory, Number Theory, Functional Analysis, Probability Theory, Geometric and Algebraic Methods in Physics, Partial Differential Equations, Differential Geometry, Random Matrices, Logic and Theoretical Computer Science, History of Mathematics.

There will also be an open splinter group. Anyone who wants to add to this part of the programme by arranging a further splinter group is invited to contact bmc@swansea.ac.uk as soon as possible. We expect that the two Special Sessions:

  • Algebraic Topology (J. Greenlees)
  • Harmonic Analysis (A. Carbery, J. Wright)

will make an outstanding contribution to the scientific programme. Beyond the scientific programme there will be other events such as:

  • Students' Conference (organised by T. Brzezinski)
  • Round Table: Publishing in the Future (organised by S. Hezlet)
  • Presentation of the British Mathematical Olympiad Committee

We will also have a more extended outreach programme. It is a pleasure to announce a Public Lecture by Caroline Series. Moreover, during the BMC07 Techniquest/mathcymru will organise lectures and events for school children on our Campus. This will include a fun lecture by our own David Williams.

Many publishers have already agreed to participate in the book exhibition – a service much appreciated.

Last, but not least, we are grateful that Ken Brown has agreed to a Session on the RAE2008. This session will be on Tuesday evening when Ken wil be joined by Caroline Series and John Greenlees, two colleagues with long standing relations with the BMC. The sessions will be chaired by John Toland, President of the LMS.

On behalf of all my colleagues in Swansea, I would like to invite every member of the LMS to participate and contribute to the BMC07.

Looking forward to meeting you in Swansea. More information is on the web at: //bmc.swansea.ac.uk.

Niels Jacob

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EUROPEAN WOMEN IN MATHEMATICS

First Announcement

The 13th general meeting of European Women in Mathematics (EWM07), open to members and non-members of EWM, will take place at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS), University of Cambridge from lunchtime on Monday 3 September to lunchtime on Thursday 6 September 2007. Accommodation has been arranged at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Many have been amazed and encouraged by the experience of attending an EWM conference, never having previously been part of a group of over 100 women listening intently to a talk on state-of-the-art mathematical research, or had the opportunity to meet and talk to women mathematicians in a variety of fields. The conferences have sparked collaborations, follow-on meetings on related themes and, most importantly, have inspired many women from graduate students to professors as they develop their careers as working mathematicians.

Talks at EWM07 will cover a range of mathematical areas. The invited speakers are among the very best in their areas of research, and we hope that there will be something to interest all mathematicians. Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Natalia Berloff (Cambridge, UK) Quantum fluids
  • Lenore Blum (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) Theoretical Computer Science
  • Simone Gutt (Univ. Libre de Bruxelles) Symplectic Geometry
  • Eleny Ionel (Stanford, USA) Symplectic Geometry
  • Dusa McDuff (Stonybrook, USA) Symplectic Geometry
  • Cheryl Praeger (University of Western Australia) Group Theory
  • Vera Sos (Budapest) Combinatorics

There will also be a session on mathematical education, with a talk given by Toni Beardon (Cambridge, UK) speaking on the impact of computers and the internet on globalising mathematics education. In addition there will be an afternoon devoted to short talks and posters from PhD and postdoctoral students, which will have parallel sessions. A discussion on the role and future of EWM is also planned.

A conference banquet has been arranged at Trinity College, Cambridge on Wednesday 5th September. There will also be receptions at Newnham College and at the Master's Lodge, Trinity College on the other evenings. Participants will have the chance to go on a punting trip on the river in Cambridge. The aim is to provide some childcare during the conference.

There is a registration fee of £60 (£30 for students) for the conference. The conference dinner costs around an extra £35 per person. We may be able to reduce these costs if sufficient sponsorship is found. Accommodation at Fitzwilliam College costs between £29.00–£41.60 per night (€42.50–€61.00) for bed and breakfast, depending on facilities.

The Organising Committee hopes to obtain some funding for participants, particularly students and participants from developing countries. In addition, opportunities are available for women from developing countries to visit the ICTP in Trieste for a few weeks around the time of this conference. Please let us know if you would be interested in applying for such a visit.

Organizing Committee: Eva Bayer (Lausanne, Switzerland), Anne Davis (Cambridge, UK), Catherine Hobbs (Oxford Brookes, UK), Marjo Lipponen-Sahli (Turku, Finland), Ursula Martin (Queen Mary, London, UK), Sylvie Paycha (Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand, France) Caroline Series (Warwick, UK).

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please email Amanda Stagg (ewm07@maths.cam.ac.uk). For further information visit the website: www.maths.cam.ac.uk/ewm.

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NONCOMMUTATIVE DAY

A Noncommutative Day will be held on Thursday 7 December from 14:00–17:30 at the Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London. The speakers are:

  • J. Brodzki (Southampton) Topological invariants of noncommutative spaces
  • I. Krolak (Wroclaw) Ornstein-Uhlenbeck semigroup for general commutation relations
  • D. Petz (Budapest) Noncommutative probability
  • V. Turunen (Helsinki) Pseudo-differential operators on Lie groups

For further information contact B. Zegarlinski (b.zegarlinski@imperial.ac.uk) or visit the website www.ma.ic.ac.uk/~boz/ND06/ND06.html. The host institution would like to acknowledge the support of London Mathematical Society Scheme 3 grant which makes this meeting possible.

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OPEN UNIVERSITY WINTER COMBINATORICS MEETING

The 2007 Open University Winter Combinatorics Meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 January in the Christodoulou Meeting Room 11 (CMR 11) on the Open University campus in Milton Keynes. All are welcome and coffee will be available from 10.15am. The speakers will be:

  • Bill Jackson (Queen Mary) Compatible circuit decompositions of 4-regular graphs
  • Daniela Kühn (Birmingham) Generalized matching problems
  • Imre Leader (Cambridge) Intersecting families of permutations
  • Vassili Mavron (Aberystwyth) Regular Hadamard matrices, codes and quasi-symmetric designs
  • John Talbot (UCL) G-intersecting families of sets

For further information visit http://puremaths.open.ac.uk/combin, or contact Mike Grannell (M.J.Grannell@open.ac.uk) or Terry Griggs (T.S.Griggs@open.ac.uk). The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the British Combinatorial Committee.

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PROBABILITY, STATISTICS & FINANCIAL STOCHASTICS

Middlesex University is organising an international workshop on Recent advances in probability, statistics and financial stochastics to be held on 18-19 December in the Drawing Room in the Mansion at Trent Park campus. The workshop is supported by a grant from LMS. Further details at http://mubs.mdx.ac.uk/conferences/PSFS/.

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Lighthill Institute of Mathematical Sciences
De Morgan House, 57–58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7863 0881 Email: office@lims.ucl.ac.uk

Tuesday 12th December 2006
Evening Lectures

PSYCHOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS

Hardy Room, De Morgan House, 57 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm There's no-one quite like Grandad
Steve Blinkhorn (Psychometric Research & Development Ltd)
Newly rediscovered evidence casts fresh light on early developments of mathematics applied to psychology. The original work of Charles Spearman on general intelligence may have been distorted by the teaching practices of a prep school: the sources of his data, believed lost, have been found. JC Maxwell Garnett, in contact with Spearman, Cyril Burt and Godfrey Thomson, developed an approach to multiple factor analysis during the First World War that antedated Louis Thurstone by a decade and a half. What was said in 1923 when Cyril met Louis, and did Louis want to hide it? How personalities, feuds, short tempers and rivalries marked the contemporaneous hatching of multivariate methods and theories of intelligence, and what use the military made of the Grote Professor of Mind and Logic during the First World War.

5:45 pm – 6:15 pm Break for Refreshments

6:15 pm – 7:00 pm Numbers in the Brain
Professor Brian Butterworth (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL)
The Brain appears to have a mechanism for recognising and representing number and order. Here I discuss evidence from patients, from synaesthetes, from MRI, TMS and optical topography that is beginning to show how this mechanism works. I will also discuss how and why it fails to work in more than 5% of the population.

Frank Smith and the LIMS committee

Entrance is free and event is open to all. RSVP: office@lims.ucl.ac.uk

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UK-JAPAN WINTER SCHOOL 2007

The UK-Japan Winter Schools have been held since 1999. Every year the focus is on a special topic. For the next Winter School the topic will be Number Theory. The aim of the School is to bring together Japanese and UK scientists, in particular also young researchers and students from mathematics and mathematical physics, in a relaxing and stimulating atmosphere. It will be held 7-10 January at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge. For further information visit the website http://euclid.ucc.ie/pages/staff/berndt/conferences/UK-Japan07/ws2007home.html.

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YORKSHIRE AND DURHAM GEOMETRY DAY

There will be a Yorkshire and Durham Geometry Day on Monday 12 January from 11:00 am to 5:15 pm in the Willmore Room in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University. Talks will be given by:

  • Dmitri Alekseevsky (Edinburgh)
  • Simon Donaldson (Imperial College London)
  • Tim Perutz (Cambridge)
  • Luc Vrancken (Valenciennes)

All interested are welcome to attend, although the organisers would appreciate your letting them know if you plan to come. For further information email John Bolton (john.bolton@durham.ac.uk) or Wilhelm Klingenberg (wilhelm.klingenberg@durham.ac.uk), or visit the website maths.dur.ac.uk/~dma0jb/ydgd.html. The Yorkshire and Durham Geometry Days are supported by an LMS grant.

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