Regular announcements of SMRI programmes

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

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 .

SMRI-MATRIX Symposium with Martin Hairer

You are invited to join us for a symposium that explores the mathematics of Fields Medallist and Breakthrough Prize winner Martin Hairer, Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College London.

Professor Hairer’s colloquium ‘Taming infinities’, will be held online on Wednesday 3 February at 20:00 (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time). 

Professor Hairer will delve into the conceptual and mathematical aspects of “renormalisation” techniques and how they have recently been used in probability theory to study equations, the meaning of which were hitherto unknown.

The program also includes talks by Australian mathematicians, mini-courses facilitated by Professor Hairer and discussion meetings. 

Whether you just want a broad introduction to Martin Hairer’s mathematical world, or you are keen to gain a deeper understanding of some of his techniques, this symposium is the right event for you!

Dates: 3-19 February 2021

Symposium Organisers: Beniamin Goldys (The University of Sydney), Ngan Le (Monash University) and Pierre Portal (The Australian National University)

Sponsors: Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) and MATRIX

Further information and registration (free): https://www.matrix-inst.org.au/events/symposium-with-martin-hairer/

The schedule will be updated over the coming weeks. The colloquium and other talks will be recorded and made available for registered participants.

Announcement of SMRI Domestic Visitor Program

05 Jun 2020

From the AustMS Secretary Deborah Jackson on behalf of Anthony Henderson, SMRI Executive Director, (smri.exec@sydney.edu.au).

Applications are now open for the new Domestic Visitor Program of the University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI). Complementing our flagship International Visitor Program, this scheme 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 based in Sydney.

This application round is for visits of at least 2 weeks within the period 24 August – 18 December 2020. Applications close on Sunday 5 July 2020 and should be sent by email to smri.exec@sydney.edu.au with the information requested in the terms and conditions on the SMRI website:https://sydney.edu.au/smri.

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.