Over-arching Category for Research Centre announcements; mostly serving as a Parent for more specialised categories

Indigenizing University Mathematics 2: Indigenous Perspectives on Maths and Applications

“Indigenizing University Mathematics 2: Indigenous Perspectives on Maths and Applications” will run online this year with some face-to-face components, hosted by First Nations University 28 November – 1 December 2022 Canadian dates.  This will be 29 November – 1 December in Australia, mostly in the mornings, with some possible face to face components in Newcastle.  The workshop will build upon IUM1. For more information and registration see the events section.

Note that there was a change of dates.

The Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) International Visitor Program: applications open

The IVP2022 Round 2 applications are now open. Researchers in the mathematical sciences from international and Australian universities who wish to do research at SMRI either individually or as part of a group of collaborators are warmly invited to apply.

This round is for visits taking place between July 2023–June 2024 for general applicants, and March 2023–June 2024 for Australian citizens/permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Applications will close on 9 August 2022 (11.59pm AEST).

Applications with the information requested in the terms and conditions can be made through the webform found on the IVP webpage https://mathematical-research-institute.sydney.edu.au/international-visitor-program/.

Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, researchers employed in developing countries and/or researchers belonging to other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged.

ICM2022 Down Under @SMRI, 6–8 July 2022

Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) Sydney, 6–8 July 2022, register here: https://mathematical-research-institute.sydney.edu.au/news/icm2022-down-under/.

The official International Congress of Mathematics 2022 will now take place as a virtual event. Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) will attempt to create some of the usual spirit of the ICM.

The local event will feature talks by the Australia based invited speakers, presentations on the work of the Fields medallists, and interactive streaming of plenary and special session talks selected by the participants of ICM2022 Down Under.

Live talks will be given by Regina Burachik (University of South Australia, Section 16 – Control Theory and Optimisation) and George Willis (University of Newcastle, Section 2 – Algebra).

The ICM Down Under will conclude with a twilight talk by SMRI Director Geordie Williamson on Friday evening (8 July 20:00 AEST). The talk will be recorded and broadcasted by the London Mathematical Society (virtual ICM public lecture, 8 July 12:00 BST).

For further information and registration, please visit: https://mathematical-research-institute.sydney.edu.au/news/icm2022-down-under/

Call for PhD Student Research Symposia – Expressions of Interest (EOI)

MATRIX and AMSI invite PhD students in the mathematical sciences around Australia to design and run their own research symposia. Students will be supported through:

  • assessment and guidance from the MATRIX Scientific Committee
  • promotion via the MATRIX website, email subscriber list and twitter
  • video conferencing advice and guidance (if required)
  • access to the online collaboration platform Sococo
  • access to MATRIX facilities in Creswick for two selected symposia to meet in-person
  • collaboration awards through competitive application to our MATRIX-AMSI PhD Student Research Collaboration scheme

Further detailshttps://www.matrix-inst.org.au/phd-research-symposia-eoi-guidelines/

Testimonialshttps://www.matrix-inst.org.au/phd-research-online-symposia-testimonials/

Closing date for EOIs: Friday, 15 October 2021

National Science Week with MATRIX – Maths Documentaries

MATRIX is excited to host free online screenings of the following documentaries that celebrate the wonders of the mathematical sciences during National Science Week. We’d be extremely grateful if you could help us promote these events.  We would love for you, your teams and those in your networks to join us too. 

  • Maths Circles Around The World – 16 August 2021, 16.30 AEST 
  • Secrets of The Surface – The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani – 16 August 2021, 19.30 AEST 
  • Colors of Math – 17 August 2021, 19.30 AEST 
  • The Discrete Charm of Geometry – 18 August 2021, 19.30 AEST 

See the MATRIX webpage, the pdf flyer or the National Science Week website for more.

SMRI International Visitor Program (NZ only)

The SMRI International Visitor Program is now open again, for visitors travelling from
New Zealand only. This program funds researchers in the mathematical sciences to travel
to Australia for research collaborations at Australian universities. If you have
existing or potential collaborators working in New Zealand, please encourage them to
make use of this opportunity.

Please direct any potential applicants to the SMRI website for the full terms and conditions,
and instructions on how to apply. Any further questions about the scheme can be
addressed to this email address.

At least initially, applications for this NZ-only IVP will be on a rolling basis as with
our Domestic Visitor Program. For Aus or NZ citizens or Aus permanent residents, the
application deadline is 2-6 months before the start of the proposed visit; for other NZ
residents, 4-6 months before the start of the proposed visit.

Terms and conditions for the IVP will be updated when travel to Australia from other
source countries becomes possible.

Anthony Henderson

Executive Director, SMRI

Call for Proposals MATRIX-SMRI Research Symposium

MATRIX (Creswick) and the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) invite proposals for a joint Research Symposium to be held in a hybrid format (in-person/on-line) in 2021.

The joint MATRIX-SMRI Research Symposium will be centered around one distinguished international researcher who will Chair the Symposium, or one key publication for which one of the international authors will be designated Chair. 

The hybrid research symposium will normally run for at least two weeks with face-to-face and online components. The Chair will deliver at least two online lectures coordinated by SMRI in the lead-up to a  central face-to-face intensive research event for up to 20 participants at the MATRIX facilities in Creswick. 

Local participants may also present seminars during the online lead-up. Those who are not able to travel to MATRIX due to COVID-19 travel restrictions can participate online during this event. During or after the face-to-face event at MATRIX, the Chair will take part in an online discussion session, facilitated by SMRI. 

How to apply

Proposals should come with a team of organisers including at least two organisers planning to attend in person at MATRIX. Organisers should aim for gender balance. The application should contain: 

  • Title of the suggested research symposium
  • Research Program organisers including up to 10 publications relevant to the proposal of each of the organisers
  • Dates of the event – please refer to scheduled MATRIX Research Programs to identify available gaps in the calendar
  • Description of the topic and focus of event, recent results, references (4-6 pages)
  • The proposed provisional program of the research symposium, taking into account the different time zones
  • List of up to 20 suggested participants at MATRIX and up to 10 online participants during the MATRIX face-to-face component of  the symposium
  • Event budget

Proposal guidelines: https://www.matrix-inst.org.au/matrix-smri-research-symposium-guidelines/

Please prepare a PDF proposal in the format outlined in the guidelines and attach/submit here

Applications close on Friday, 7 May 2021.

SMRI Seminar 8th April 2021

The Symmetry in Newcastle Seminar is not back just yet, but that does not mean you have to miss out on your monthly fix of Australian group theory seminars! Our friends at Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) are hosting a seminar this Thursday and if you like combinatorial and geometric group theory, this might be just the event for you because the speakers for the day are Adam Piggott, Australian National University, and Murray Elder, University of Technology Sydney. The times, titles and abstracts of the talks, along with important links are as follows.

When: 8 April 2021, 15:00-17:00 AEST (05:00 – 07:00 UTC)

Where: Quad Oriental Room S204 (University of Sydney staff, students and affiliates only) and via Zoom (registration link below)

Talk 1: 15:00 AEST (05:00 UTC)

‘Stubborn conjectures concerning rewriting systems, geodesic normal forms and geodetic graphs’ 
Adam Piggott (ANU)

Abstract: A program of research, started in the 1980s, seeks to classify the groups that can be presented by various classes of length-reducing rewriting systems. We discuss the resolution of one part of the program (joint work with Andy Eisenberg (Temple University), and recent related work with Murray Elder (UTS).

Talk 2: 16:00 AEST (06:00 UTC)
‘Which groups have polynomial geodesic growth?’ 
Murray Elder (UTS)

Abstract: The growth function of a finitely generated group is a powerful and well-studied invariant. Gromov’s celebrated theorem states that a group has a polynomial growth function if and only if the group is {\em virtually nilpotent}. Of interest is a variant called the {\em geodesic growth function} which counts the number of minimal-length words in a group with respect to some finite generating set. I will explain progress made towards an analogue of Gromov’s theorem in this case. I will start by defining all of the terms used in this abstract (finitely generated group; growth function; virtual property of a group; nilpotent) and then give some details of the recent progress made.

The talk is based on the papers arxiv.org/abs/1009.5051arxiv.org/abs/1908.07294 and arxiv.org/abs/2007.06834 by myself, Alex Bishop, Martin Brisdon, José Burillo and Zoran Šunić.

To Register: 
https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrdeyrqTkoGNIG0BAyuvcTjuBxA7MPDTvC

SMRI Domestic Visitor Program 2021 – applications open

Another round of the SMRI Domestic Visitor Program is now open for applications. This
is for researchers in the mathematical sciences from other Australian universities who
wish to do research at SMRI either individually or as part of a group of collaborators;
funding is available for successful applicants who are not from Sydney.

The deadline for applications is 2-6 months before a potential visit.
Applications should be sent by email to smri.exec@sydney.edu.au with the information
requested in the terms and conditions, see the SMRI website: https://mathematical-research-institute.sydney.edu.au

Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, and from researchers belonging to
other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged.
Please direct questions about the conditions to the Institute’s Executive Director Anthony Henderson at the above email address.

SMRI Domestic Visitor Program 2021

Another round of the SMRI Domestic Visitor Program is now open for applications. This
is for researchers in the mathematical sciences from other Australian universities who
wish to do research at SMRI either individually or as part of a group of collaborators;
funding is available for successful applicants who are not from Sydney.

The deadline for applications is 2–6 months before a potential visit.
Applications should be sent by email to smri.exec@sydney.edu.au with the information
requested in the terms and conditions, see the SMRI website:

https://mathematical-research-institute.sydney.edu.au

Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, and from researchers belonging to
other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged.
Please direct questions about the conditions to the Institute’s Executive Director Anthony Henderson
at smri.exec@sydney.edu.au .