Seminars and Conferences

Regular seminar series

The Joint Colloquium is organized jointly by the USyd and UNSW Schools of Mathematics and Statistics, and the venue alternates between the two institutions. The organizers are Liangyi Zhao at UNSW and Leo Tzou at USyd.

The School Calendar lists upcoming seminars and colloquia. Most seminars are held in the Carslaw building where the School is located.

Upcoming public lecture

Title : The mathematics of déjà vu.

Speaker : Prof Amie Wilkinson (University of Chicago).

Time and Place : Thursday 27 April 2017, from 5:45pm to 7:00pm in the Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, University of Sydney.

Abstract :

Dynamics is an area of mathematics concerned with the motion of spaces ("dynamical systems") over time. Dynamics has its roots in the late nineteenth century, when it was developed as a tool to understand physical phenomena, such as the motion of gas molecules in a box and planets around the sun. A simple and yet powerful concept in dynamics is that of recurrence. In everyday language, recurrence is the mathematical version of déjà vu.

A motion of a space is recurrent if, given enough time, it eventually returns to its original configuration (allowing for a small amount of error). In this talk, Professor Wilkinson will describe how mathematical results about recurrence can be used to answer surprisingly disparate questions, from the mixing and unmixing of two ideal gases in a box, to deep properties of the prime numbers, to the discovery of exoplanets in nearby solar systems.

Upcoming conferences

  • CATS 2017.

    A workshop on Computational & Algorithmic Topology, to be held at the University of Sydney from 27 June to 1 July 2017 .

    The workshop will bring together experts and emerging researchers to report on recent results and explore future directions in computational and algorithmic topology. See the workshop's web-page for more information.

  • Integrable Systems 2017.

    The fifth annual workshop in this series will be held at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney, on December 7th and 8th 2017.

    See the Integrable Systems 2017 web site for more information.

Past conferences

Past public lectures