New Frontiers in Mathematics

Monday, 15 January 2018, 10:00 to 17:00.
Venue: Imperial College Student Union, Beit Hall, Beit Quad, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BB (South Kensington Campus)
Free admission
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Portrait of Abraham de Moivre, French mathematician, in 1736 (C: Public Domain)

An Imperial College London and CNRS International Symposium to mark the inauguration of a joint research unit ‘Abraham de Moivre’ in the field of Mathematics.


The symposium ‘New Frontiers in Mathematics’ marks the inauguration of the international joint Mathematics Laboratory ‘Abraham de Moivre’ between Imperial College London and CNRS. Laboratory Abraham de Moivre will be a ‘Unite Mixte Internationale (UMI)’, the highest level of commitment of CNRS into an international partnership.

By the creation of this joint laboratory CNRS and Imperial College London will establish a long-term partnership which aims to serve as a hub for collaborations between the French and UK mathematics communities. This collaboration was started a few years ago by the establishment of the joint ICL-CNRS Fellowships in Mathematics, jointly funded by the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College and the Mathematics Institute INSMI of CNRS and supporting extended stays of French Academics at Imperial College. This program will be strengthened in many ways by the creation of the UMI Abraham de Moivre. In particular, it will open new opportunities to Academics from Imperial College to make extended stays in French labs and will facilitate the organization of joint networks, workshops and conferences. The scientific span of the UMI Abraham de Moivre concerns all domains of mathematics and of their interactions with other fields, such as physics, computer science, biology, economics and social sciences.

The UMI Abraham de Moivre is located within the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London, which is one of the most prominent Mathematics Department in the UK. Imperial College is among the top Five Universities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the UK and ranks within the top universities in all worldwide rankings. The name of the UMI is a tribute to French Mathematician Abraham de Moivre who was instrumental in the development of geometry and probability theory. De Moivre established himself in London following the revoking of the Edict of Nantes and became a member of the Royal Society and part of the English scientific establishment which at that time included Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley among others.


Morning session.
Chair: Dr. Ana Caraiani, Imperial College

  • 10:00-10:30: Welcome and perspectives of the International Joint Unit "Abraham de Moivre".
    Prof. Pascal Auscher, Scientific Director of INSMI-CNRS.
    Prof. James Stirling, Provost of Imperial College London
  • 10:30-11:20: Bridging scales
    Prof. Martin Hairer, FRS, Fields Medallist, Imperial College
  • 11:20-11:50: Coffee break
  • 11:50 12:40: Singular points of analytic curves
    Prof. Etienne Ghys, French Academy of Sciences, CNRS and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
  • 12:40-14:00: Lunch

Afternoon session.
Chair, Prof. Xue-Mei Li, Imperial College

  • 14:00-14:50: Homogeneous flows and diophantine geometry
    Prof. Emmanuel Breuillard, University of Cambridge
  • 14:50 - 15:20: Coffee Break
  • 15:20-16:10: Prof. Cédric Villani, Fields medallist, Member of the French Parliament
  • 16:10-17:00: Refreshments

Published on 28/02/2018

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