Prospects in Mathematics 17-18 December 2010


If you are considering applying for Ph.D. studies in mathematics for entry in 2011, this meeting is for you. Speakers will share their passion about mathematical research by describing the type of questions they are working on, and will discuss where their research topic is being actively studied in the UK. The conference will involve talks on the afternoon of Friday Dec. 17th and the morning of Saturday Dec. 18th, hosted in Edinburgh.

How to participate:

Facilities will allow up to 80 participants, so we anticipate that all who wish to attend will be able to do so. Funding is available to cover the costs for most participants for accommodations for one night and to help cover the cost of traveling to Edinburgh. All applicants are automatically considered for funding. To apply to attend, email with a subject heading "Prospects2010" and include evidence of the degree classification you are on track to receive (this could include a transcript or letter from member of staff at you institution) and include a statement that "I am on track academically to begin Ph.D. studies in 2011" or explain why you should attend if this is not the case. To receive full consideration for funding, your application needs to be received by December 1st 2010. Funding decisions will be made shortly thereafter. Late applications are considered at the discretion of the organizers.


The event will be held in Edinburgh at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA

Friday December 17th:

12:00-12:20: Registration desk open (collect name badge and reimbursement form)
12:20-12:30: Welcome
12:30-13:15: Nema Dean(Glasgow)   Statistics and Unsupervised Learning
13:15-14:00: Andy Lewis(Leeds)   The Turing degrees and relative computability
14:00-14:30: coffee/tea
14:30-15:15: Nick Higham(Manchester):   Numerical analysis and scientific computing
15:15-16:00: Meinolf Geck(Aberdeen)   Representations of finite groups
16:00-16:30: coffee/tea
16:30-17:15: Eugenia Cheng(Sheffield)   Higher-dimensional category theory
18:30: Discussion and buffet dinner

Saturday December 18th:

09:00-09:45: Pieter Blue(Edinburgh)   Dispersion outside black holes (and chalkboard talk)
09:45-10:30: James Norris(Cambridge)   Probability and the Cambridge Centre for Analysis
10:30-10:50: coffee/tea
10:50-11:35: Sarah Zerbes(Exeter)   Algebraic Number Theory
11:35-12:20: Roman Kotecky(Warwick)   Between Probability and Analysis
12:20-12:30: break
12:30-13:15: Corinna Ulcigrai(Bristol)   Mathematical billiards, flat surfaces and Dynamics
13:15-14:00: Paul Sutcliffe(Durham)   Magnetic bubbles and knots

A few pictures of the event:

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Local Organizers:

This year's edition of prospects in mathematics is hosted by the University of Edinburgh at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
Iain Gordon (Edinburgh) and Jared Tanner (Edinburgh)

Steering Committee:

The prospects in mathematics series is managed by members of the past (Durham), current (Edinburgh), and future (Bristol and Manchester) local organizing committees: Michael Farber (Durham), Iain Gordon (Edinburgh), Nicholas J. Higham (Manchester), Jens Marklof (Bristol), John Parker (Durham), Norbert Peyerimhoff (Durham), and Jared Tanner (Edinburgh)


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Past Events:

2009 2006 2005