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Young Researchers in Mathematics 2020

The University of Bristol’s School of Mathematics will host the 10th annual Young Researchers in Mathematics conference, taking place from Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th June 2020.

What is YRM?

The Young Researchers in Mathematics conference is open to all PhD students in the UK. The conference provides a fantastic opportunity to meet with researchers from all areas of mathematics, as well as the opportunity to share your own research, whether it be introductory or your own results.

We also invite you to join us for the plenary talks which showcase a wide range of mathematics happening in the UK right now.

Whether you are in the first or final year of your PhD, this is the conference for you.

How to register

Further information about the conference, including the full schedule and how you can register will be made available soon through the official website. Please check back here for further updates.



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Women in Mathematics: Opportunities for the Future 2019

Join us for our annual Women in Mathematics event, Tuesday 5th – Wednesday 6th November 2019 – open to female and non-binary students in the UK and Ireland.

A PhD in mathematics can offer you independence, challenging problems and an inspiring job, as well as the chance to travel and the opportunity to make a difference.

This two-day event is aimed at encouraging women and non-binary people to consider continuing their studies to PhD level.

The event features talks from mathematicians working both in universities and industry, giving insight into their current roles and their careers to date. Even more importantly, there is ample time to talk in small groups to the other participants who are facing the same decisions, and to current PhD students who have recently faced the same questions. It will be an opportunity to discuss your motivations as well as your concerns, and specifically to identify and seek to address any concerns related to gender identity.

The Wednesday afternoon session is open to all students and will more broadly address the nature of PhD research, the work environment, the application process, and career options. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns around PhD study.

How to apply

To register your interest in attending please complete the following application form.

Please note that there are a limited number of places, so early registration is encouraged.

Applications will be reviewed periodically up until the deadline date of Monday 7th October. Prioritisation will be given to final year students and those who have already completed their undergraduate degree.

A small amount of financial support is available to cover attendees travel expenses, however this is offered on a first come first served basis. We encourage attendees to contact their home departments in the first instance to see whether they can provide financial support.


From 4pm on Tuesday 5th November – 12pm on Wednesday 6th November:  To support women and non-binary undergraduates and masters students across the UK into further study in mathematics.

From 12pm – 5pm on Wednesday 6th November:  To support all undergraduate and masters students.

Tuesday 5 November – supporting women and non-binary students in maths:

4:00pm Welcome and registration

from    4pm Networking in groups/meeting graduate students

5:00pm Keynote speaker: Delaram Kahrobaei, University of York

7:00pm Dinner and networking

 Wednesday 6 November – supporting women and non-binary students in maths:

10:00am Question and answer session

10:30am Short talk by current graduate student

10:45am  Tea and Coffee

11:00am   Small groups: what is PhD-level maths like?

Wednesday 6 November – open to all undergraduate and masters students:

12:00pm Lunch

12:45pm Panel with graduate students discussing their experiences and how they came to do a PhD

1:45pm Short talk by current graduate student

2:00pm Information from the Post Graduate team

2:45 pm Tea and Coffee

Three practitioners of mathematics to speak about what they do and how they got there:

3:00pm Industry speaker: Katie Russell, OVO Energy

3:30pm Academic speaker

4:00pm Speaker TBC

4:30pm Informal discunsssio

5:00pm Finish

*Programme may be subject to change

Organising Commitee

Eleanor Machin, Emma Bailey, Louisa Bartoszewicz, Haeran Cho, Jos Gunns, Emilia Alvarez, Jess Jay, Viveka Erlandsson, Charley Cummings, Ayalvadi Ganesh, Ayesha Hussain, Rachel Bennett and Fatemeh Mohammadi.

Contact information

For practical information please email

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Heilbronn Colloquium Rudnick

5th September 2019

University of Bristol

We are delighted to welcome Zeev Rudnick (Tel Aviv University), to the University of Bristol for a Heilbronn Colloquium.

Zeev is a Professor of Mathematics at Tel-Aviv University, where he holds the Cissie and Aaron Beare Chair in Number Theory. His main interests are in number theory, mathematical physics and quantum chaos, and his world-leading research in these fields has attracted numerous awards and prizes. For example, in 2001 he received the Erdos Prize of the Israel Mathematical Union and he was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014 and his current research is supported by an ERC Advanced Grant. 

Title: Quantum chaos, eigenvalue statistics and the Fibonacci sequence

One of the outstanding insights in the field of “Quantum Chaos” is a conjectural description of local statistics of the energy levels of simple quantum systems according to crude properties of the dynamics of classical limit, such as integrability, where one expects Poisson statistics, versus chaotic dynamics, where one expects Random Matrix Theory statistics. These insights were obtained by physicists in the last quarter of the 20-th century (much of it in Bristol!). However, mathematicians are far behind in understanding the scope and validity of this theory. The first part of the lecture will be dedicated to an introduction to these conjectures, which I believe deserve to be better known in the mathematics community. In the second part, I will describe more recent work on statistics of the minimal gap between the first N eigenvalues for one such simple integrable system, a rectangular billiard having irrational squared aspect ratio. When the aspect ratio is the “golden ratio”, the problem involves some curious and entertaining properties of the Fibonacci sequence.

The colloquium will take place in 1.15 in the Queens Building at 16.00 on Thursday 5th September. It will be followed by a wine reception in the Pugsley Foyer. To help us plan space and catering, please complete the short registration form if you are planning to come.


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Heilbronn Annual Conference 2019

12 – 13 September 2019

University of Bristol

The Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research welcomes a distinguished selection of speakers for the 2019 conference.

Melody Chan, Brown

Hugo Duminil – Copin, IHES

Emmanuel Kowalski, ETZ Zürich

Holly Krieger, Cambridge

Kannan Soundararajan, Stanford

Leslie Valiant, Harvard

Bianca Viray, University of Washington

Julia Wolf, Cambridge

Please register using the form here by Monday 2nd September 2019.

Funding has been secured to support a limited number of PhD and Early Career Researchers. Please apply using the relevant section of the registration form. We also welcome applications for caring costs.*

*Applies to expenses incurred exceptionally as a result of attending the conference.

Please see here for the programme.

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Women in Maths Research – Outreach Event

Join us on Wednesday 11 September 2019 for the School of Mathematics’ first Women in Maths Research event.

This event is open to all year 12 and 13 students of Mathematics but we would particularly like to encourage female students who might be considering studying Mathematics or a STEM subject at University.

There will be plenary talks, a Q&A session, and a choice of workshops given by female research mathematicians at various career stages and on a range of topics. Topics include: Spectral Geometry, Soft Active Matter, Number Theory, Medical Statistics, Graph Theory, Fractals, Mathematics of Gerrymandering and Mathematical Physics.

This event is free to attend, but we request that you register in advance. Accompanying teachers are welcome to attend, and can register a group of students by e-mailing us here. Please register as soon as possible and no later than September 5th, 2019.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. This event is financially supported by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) as well as the University of Bristol Mathematics Department.

For the full schedule please visit the main website here.



September 11, 2019


Priory Road Complex

12 Priory Rd

University of Bristol



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Interactions between Geometry, Dynamics and Group Theory

LMS South West and South Wales regional meeting and workshop

15th – 17th January 2020, University of Bristol, UK

The aim of the meeting and workshop is to bring together researchers working in the closely related fields of geometry, dynamics, and group theory.

The Regional Meeting of the London Mathematical Society is planned for the afternoon of Wednesday, 15th of January 2020 and will be followed by a reception and dinner. During the reception there will also be a poster session for research students and post-docs to present their research. The workshop is planned for the 16th and 17th of January.

Regional meeting speakers

Invited speakers for the workshop

*to be confirmed



For further information and to register to attend, please visit the official website.

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Set Theory in the UK (STUK) 2

Set Theory in the United Kingdom is a joint research group in set theory funded by the London Mathematical Society (Scheme 3) with members at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, East Anglia, Leeds, Oxford, Warwick and University College London.

STUK 2 will take place on Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 11.00-18.00 at the University of Bristol. It is organized by Dan Nielsen, Philipp Schlicht and Philip Welch.

Location: 4th floor seminar room, School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, Howard house, Queen’s avenue, Bristol BS8 1SD.

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15 – 17 May 2019 University of Bristol

We are pleased to announce we will be hosting two Distinguished Lecture Series in 2019, the second of which will be given by Jordan Ellenberg.

The talks will be over three days:

15th May, Colloquium in SM1, Maths Building, 16.00 followed by wine reception in Maths Common Room

16th May SM2, Maths Building 16.00

17th May, SM2, Maths Building 16:00

Please register for the colloquium here

Registration not required for the talks of the 16th and 17th May.

Colloquium Title and Abstract:

Title: Caps, sets, lines, ranks, polynomials, and (the absence of) arithmetic progressions Abstract:  Here is an innocent-looking problem. Suppose you wish to construct a subset of the numbers from 1 to 1,000,000 — or, more generally, from 1 to some large number N — with the property that no three of the numbers ever form an arithmetic progression. How big can your subset be? It’s not clear that this problem is hard and it’s not clear that it’s important.  In fact it is both! I’ll talk about the long history of this problem and its variants, including the “cap set” problem, which is related to the card game Set: how many cards can be on the table if there is no legal play? This problem sounds different but is in many ways the same. I’ll talk about a sudden burst of progress on the cap set problem that took place in 2016, and explain what it all has to do with polynomials over finite fields, spinning needles (they’re also over finite fields), notions of rank for NxNxN “matrices”, and the data science of embedding points in space.

Support for travel for UK based PhD students may be available, please contact with any requests by 15th April.

We are pleased to announce that we are able to consider applications for funding to support care costs*

This event is organised in collaboration with the Heilbronn Institute of Mathematical Research.

*Applies to expenses incurred exceptionally as a result of attending the lecture series. Please contact for further information.

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Distinguished Lecture Series – Geordie Williamson

1 – 3 April 2019 University of Bristol

We are pleased to announce we will be hosting two Distinguished Lecture Series in 2019, the first of which will be given by Geordie Williamson.

The talks will be held over three days:

Monday 1st April 16:00 (Colloquium) 1.15 Queens building followed by a wine reception in Pugsley foyer

Tuesday 2nd April, 16:00, SM2, Maths Building

Wednesday 3rd  April, 16:00, SM2, Maths Building

Please register for the colloquium here.

Registration not required for the talks of the 2nd and 3rd April.

Colloquium Title and Abstract:

Title: Semi-simplicity in representation theory
Abstract: Representation theory is the study of linear symmetry. Since the first papers on the representation theory of finite groups by Frobenius at the end of the 19th century, the theory has grown to form a fundamental tool of modern pure mathematics, with applications ranging from the standard model in particle physics to the Langlands program in number theory. Some of the most important theorems in representation theory assert some form of semi-simplicity. Examples include Maschke’s theorem on representations of finite groups over the complex numbers (proved in 1897), Weyl’s theorem on representations of compact Lie groups (proved in 1930), and the Kazhdan-Lusztig conjecture (proved by Beilinson-Bernstein and Brylinski-Kashiwara in 1980). The lectures will provide an introduction to these ideas, with an emphasis on our attempts to uncover further layers of hidden semi-simplicity.

Support for travel for UK based PhD students may be available, please contact with any requests by 18th March.

We are pleased to announce that we are able to consider applications for funding to support care costs*

This event is organised in collaboration with the Heilbronn Institute of Mathematical Research.

*Applies to expenses incurred exceptionally as a result of attending the lecture series. Please contact for further information.

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