Category Archives: Talks and visits

Visit to Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf

In July, Anitha Thillaisundaram visited the University of Duesseldorf and made significant progress on her joint paper “The normal Hausdorff spectrum of pro-p groups” with Benjamin Klopsch and Amaia Zugadi-Reizabal. Her other joint paper “Maximal subgroups and irreducible representations of generalised multi-edge spinal groups” with Benjamin Klopsch has been accepted by the Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society.

Dr Stephen P. Glasby from the University of Western Australia visited the University of Lincoln

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Dr Stephen P. Glasby from the University of Western Australia’s Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation visited Dr Simon Smith at the University of Lincoln School of Mathematics and Physics this week.

Maths & Physics at Lincoln: EDT Headstart residential course

The University of Lincoln has hosted a EDT Headstart  residential, where thirty students in Year 12 from all over the country have stayed from 10th to 13th July to get an introduction to university life at Lincoln, to visit the facilities of our campus, but especially to experience several lectures and workshops in Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering. Two of the three half-day sessions devoted to academic tasters were held by the School of Mathematics and Physics, and coordinated by Dr Sandro Mattarei. Three hours in the morning and three in the afternoon of 11th July the students enjoyed the following sessions:

  • What is Chaos? – A lecture given by Dr Andrea Floris
    Dr Andrea Floris
  • Patterns in nature: a mathematical view – A lecture given by Dr Danilo Roccatano
    Dr Danilo Roccatano
  • Group Theory: algebra of transformations – A lecture given by Dr Evgeny Khukhro (whose presentation is available for download)
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  • Pascal’s triangle and the Sierpinski gasket – A lecture given by Dr Sandro Mattarei followed by a computer implementation presented by Dr Bart VorselaarsDr Sandro Mattarei
  • There’s more to light than meets the eye! – A lecture given by Dr Matt BoothDr Matt Booth

Before the last lecture the students sat a short test on the contents of the previous lectures, and at the end of the afternoon the best performers received a prize and a certificate for their effort:

Alex Blake - First prize

Alex Blake – First prize

Lisa Fordham - Second prize

Lisa Fordham – Second prize

Alice Harray - Second prize

Alice Harray – Second prize

Eleanor Mckay - Second prize

Eleanor Mckay – Second prize

Amir Allidina - Third prize

Amir Allidina – Third prize

Conference “Groups, Rings and the Yang–Baxter equation”

Evgeny Khukhro IMG_1300bgave an invited talk at the international conference “Groups, Rings and the Yang–Baxter equation”, which was held in Spa, Belgium, on June 18–24, 2017. He spoke on “Almost Engel finite, profinite, and compact groups”.

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Maths and physics outreach lectures in Isaac Newton Building

 

On Tuesday, 9th May 2017, the Lecture Theater of the Isaac Newton Building, was used for the first time for an outreach event, organised by Sandro Mattarei in collaboration with the university’s Marketing Team. Students from the Lincoln College attended a double lecture in Maths and Physics. Marco Pinna’s lecture on the mathematics of bird flocking was followed by a lecture on Platonic solids delivered by Sandro Mattarei.

Maths & Physics at Lincoln: EDT Headstart residential course

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On 11th July 2017 several members of the School of Mathematics and Physics will contribute lectures and workshops to a Headstart residential course at the University of Lincoln (see EDT Headstart). Thirty students in Year 12 from all over the country will stay from 10th to 13th July to experience several taster session of Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering.

The Maths and Physics activities will span six hours of 11th July and include sessions on the following topics:

  • What is Chaos?
  • Patterns in nature: mathematical views of the natural world
  • Group Theory: algebra of transformations
  • Pascal’s triangle and the Sierpinski gasket
  • There’s more to light than meets the eye!

Algebraic conference in Lincoln

confSchool of Mathematics and Physics conducted the conference “Maximal Conditions and Embeddings of Profinite Groups” in University of Lincoln on 2nd June. The conference was supported by a grant of the London Mathematical Society under the ‘Celebrating New Appointments’ scheme, which was secured by Dr Anitha Thilaisundaram.  The participants included Prof Dugald Macpherson (Leeds), Prof Rögnvaldur G. Möller (University of Iceland, Reykjavik), Prof Peter Neumann (Oxford), Prof Dan Segal (Oxford), Prof John Wilson (Oxford), as well as young researchers from Australia, Germany, and UK. The talks were given by Alejandra Garrido (Düsseldorf), Simon Smith (Lincoln), Anitha Thillaisundaram (Lincoln), and John Wilson (Oxford); see the programme here.

After the conference a wine reception was addressed by the Pro Vice Chancellor of UoL / Head of College of Science and Engineering Prof Libby John and Prof John Wilson (Oxford). The reception was followed by the conference dinner.

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Two talks at LARA seminar by Prof Rögnvaldur G. Möller and by Dr Colin Reid

Another enhanced Lincoln Algebra Research Afternoon (LARA) before the conference “Maximal Conditions and Embeddings of Profinite Groups” on 2nd June. On 31th of May we had two talks:

Prof Rögnvaldur G. Möller (University of Iceland), Minimal valency of a Cayley–Abels graph and group properties, 

Dr Colin Reid (ARC DECRA Fellow at University of Newcastle, Australia), Chief series of locally compact groups. 

 

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LARA seminar by Dr Alejandra Garrido

On 30th of May we had a P1030268aseminar within the Lincoln Algebra Research Afternoons (LARA), with Dr Alejandra Garrido (currently an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at Duesseldorf) giving a talk on Congruence and profinite completions for groups acting on rooted treesP1030280aP1030261a

The next LARA seminar will be on 31st May 2017 with two talks, one by Röggi Möller (Univ. of Iceland), and another by Colin Reid (Newcastle Univ., Australia).

We enjoy several extra speakers at LARA seminars due to participants arriving in Lincoln for the forthcoming conference “Maximal Conditions and Embeddings of Profinite Groups” on 2nd June.

Sandro Mattarei gives a talk in Cambridge

On 24th May 2017 Sandro Mattarei visited the University of Cambridge and gave a seminar talk on Generalisations of self-reciprocal polynomials.

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