Mathematics Colloquium

The Mathematics Colloquium is a bi-termly event, usually held in weeks 6 and 12 each semester.

Forthcoming colloquia

Wednesday 19 July 2023

Tim Trudgian (UNSW Canberra at ADFA)
The Riemann Hypothesis: severely undervalued at a meagre one million dollars 
3pm, Ponyting Small Lecture Theatre

Friday 3 November 2023

Xenia de la Ossa (University of Oxford)
Black holes, arithmetic and modularity of Calabi-Yau manifolds 
3pm, Lecture Theatre A, Watson Building

Previous Colloquia

Friday 28 April 2023

Kenneth Falconer (University of St Andrews)
Fractals and Intermediate Dimensions

Friday 10 March 2023

Angelika Steger (ETH Zurich)
The multi-arm bandit problem

Wednesday 30 March 2022

Heather Harrington (Oxford)
Computational geometry and topology for spatial structures arising in biology 

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Alan Champneys (Bristol)
The legacy of Paul Painlevé and how to draw dashed lines with chalk

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Helen Byrne (University of Oxford)
Mathematical approaches to modelling and remodelling biological tissues

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Richard Mycroft (University of Birmingham)
Trees in tournaments

Wednesday 13th February 2019

Christoph Thiele (Bonn)
Singular Brascamp-Lieb inequalities

Wednesday 28th November 2018

Rob Curtis (University of Birmingham)
Sphere-packing, lattices and groups

Wednesday 31st October 2018

Jon McLoone (Wolfram Research Europe)
Towards unified computation

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Lauren Williams (UC Berkley)
Particle processes and Macdonald polynomials (Hardy Lecture)

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Sibylle Schroll (Leicester)
Graphs and representation theory

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Imre Leader (Cambridge)
Tiling with arbitrary tiles

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Steve Otto (R&A)
Analysis of variability in golf swings

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Henrik Jeldtoft Jensen (Imperial)
Making use of Complex Systems Science to understand the effect on the audience of classical improvisation

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Marta Mazzocco (Loughborough)
Colliding holes in Riemann Surfaces

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Benoit Perthame (UPMC, Paris)
Bacterial collective movement:  patterns, pathways, scales, models

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Andrew Thomason (Cambridge)
Containers in combinatorics

Wednesday 23 November 2016

James Robinson (Warwick)
A characterisation of local existence for semilinear heat equations in Lebesgue spaces

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Ruth Misener (Imperial)
Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Optimisation: Energy Efficiency Applications

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Beatrice Pelloni (Reading)
Beyond integrability: the far-reaching consequences of thinking about boundary conditions

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Corinna Ulcigrai (Bristol)
Mathematical billiards and periodic surfaces dynamics

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Daniel Kráľ (Warwick)
Analytic methods in combinatorics

Wednesday 28  October 2015

David Craven (Birmingham)
The combinatorics of group rings

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Gernot Stroth (Halle)
Sporadic simple groups

Wednesday 11th February 2015

Vassili Kolokoltsov (Warwick)
Evolutionary game-theoretic modelling of cyber-security, crime prevention, inspection and corruption

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Tom Leinster (Edinburgh)
The many faces of magnitude

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Robert MacKay (Warwick)
A kinematic explanation for gamma-ray bursts

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Reidun Twarock (York)
Viruses and geometry – a new perspective on virus assembly and anti-viral therapy

Wednesday 12th February 2014

Leslie Ann Goldberg (Oxford)
Spin Systems, Phase Transitions, Sampling and Approximation Algorithms

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Iain Gordon (Edinburgh)
Wronskians, Galois Theory and Schubert Calculus

Wednesday 30th October 2013

Mike Gunn (Birmingham)
Rotating ultra cold gases - fluid dynamics in the space of analytic functions

Wednesday 8th May 2013

Iain Styles (Birmingham)
Inverse Problems in Optical Imaging: Sparsity, Compressed Sensing and Random Matrices

Wednesday 6th February 2013

Tomasz Luczak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
Critical phenomena in random discrete structures: a guided tour

Wednesday 21st November 2012

Peter Cameron (QMUL)

Wednesday 24th October 2012

Sanju Velani (York)
Diophantine approximation: the Lebesgue and Hausdorff theories

Friday 8th June 2012

Benny Sudakov (UCLA)
Induced matchings, arithmetic progressions and communication

Wednesday 7th March 2012

Rob Curtis (Birmingham)
Groups and graphs

Wednesday 8th February 2012

Richard Pinch (Cheltenham)
Solution of Diophantine equations

23rd November 2011

Simon Blackburn (Royal Holloway)
What is the probability that a pair of elements in a group are conjugate?

20th October 2011

John Conway (Princeton)
The quickest introduction to the Monster

23rd February 2011

Graham Brightwell (LSE)
Random partial orders and models of space-time

19th January 2011

Terence Tao (UCLA)
The Erdos distance problem and the ham sandwich theorem

1st December 2010

Ben Green (Cambridge)
Approximate groups

3rd November 2010

Roger Heath-Brown (Oxford)
Counting Solutions of Diophantine Equations

18th March 2010

Simon Goodwin (Birmingham)
Representation theory of semisimple Lie algebras and finite W-algebras

10th February 2010

Caroline Series (Warwick)
From Basic Hyperbolic Geometry to Spaces of Kleinian Groups

25th November 2009

Tom Körner (Cambridge)
Surnames, Pollen and Shares

28th October 2009

Anne Thomas (Oxford)
Lattices for trees and polygonal complexes

11th March 2009

Imre Leader (Cambridge)
Pursuit and Evasion

11th February 2009

Deryk Osthus (Birmingham)
Hamilton cycles in graphs

26th November 2008

Alan Beardon (Cambridge)
Groups, geometry and continued fractions

29th October 2008

Frances Kirwan (Oxford)
Moduli spaces and quotients of algebraic varieties by group actions