The Mathematics of Knots with Jessica Purcell

Jessica Purcell

Professor Jessica Purcell works on the interplay of hyperbolic geometry and 3-dimensional manifolds. In this SMRI interview, she describes the open questions she's investigating and how her interest in mathematical knots began.

The video also features her University of Sydney collaborator Professor Stephan Tillmann.

Helen Byrne

Professor Helen Byrne awarded 2021 Australian Laureate Fellowship

SMRI congratulates Professor Helen Byrne, a member of our Scientific Advisory Committee, on being awarded a 2021 Australian Laureate Fellowship through the ARC Laureate Fellowship Scheme.


Number Theory Down Under 9 Workshop, September 2021

Number Theory Down Under 9, a major number theoretic event in Australia, took place online through the University of Sydney over 27–30 September 2021.
This was the ninth conference Number Theory Down Under, a major annual number theoretic event in Australia. Watch the recordings online.

Representation theory's hidden motives

Representation Theory Workshop (Münster & Sydney), September 2021

Representation theory's hidden motives conference was held online through SMRI and at the University of Münster in September 2021. The goal is to foster new synergies in topics such as foundational aspects of the theory of motives, Tate motives on varieties of representation-theoretic origin, motivic aspects of the Langlands program, and motives of classifying spaces. Watch the seminar recordings online.

Professor Geordie Williamson

SMRI Director Geordie Williamson joins editorial board of Inventiones mathematicae

SMRI congratulates Director Professor Geordie Williamson on joining the editorial board of Inventiones Mathematicae.
Professor Williamson is the first mathematician working in Australia to be an editor of Inventiones, one of the highest ranking mathematical journals listed across numerous ranking systems

2021 Computational & Algorithmic Topology Sydney Workshop

The CATS 2021 workshop at the University of Sydney 19 – 23 July 2021 (online) explores computational and algorithmic topology and related areas. Watch the recordings online. Live talks will take place in 2022 (TBA)

Women in Mathematics day

International Women in Mathematics Day at the University of Sydney

The University of Sydney’s School of Mathematics & Statistics hosted an in-person and online event to celebrate Women in Mathematics Day on 12 May 2021, sponsored by SMRI and the University of Sydney.
The event began with a video screening of ‘Secrets of the Surface’, featuring Fields Medallist Maryam Mirzakhani.

MATRIX-SMRI proposal

Call for Proposals: MATRIX-SMRI Research Symposium 2021

MATRIX and the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute invited proposals for a joint Research Symposium held in a hybrid format (in-person/on-line) in 2021.
The joint MATRIX-SMRI Research Symposium will be centred 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.

Bronwyn Hajek

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek, applied mathematician at the University of South Australia, describes how she is motivated by the quest to solve tricky, obscure, unsolved partial differential equations.
In this interview, Bronwyn discusses her upcoming SMRI project with University of Sydney collaborators Dr Robby Marangell and Professor Martin Wechselberger. The researchers will apply Lie symmetry methods to model biological shocks.

Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger

Australian Academy of Science 2021 honorifics for mathematical scientists

The Australian Academy of Science has awarded 24 scientists with prestigious honorific awards in 2021.
Professor Cheryl Praeger AC, a member of our Advisory Board, was recognised with the inaugural Ruby Payne-Scott Medal and Lecture. Professor Mathai Varghese (Uni of Adelaide) was awarded the Hannan Medal for his outstanding research in mathematics. Dr Kevin Coulembier (USyd) and Dr Vera Roshchina (UNSW) were awarded the Christopher Heyde Medal.

Dr Emily Cliff. Dr Marcy Robertson, Dr Zsuzsanna Dancso

Applications for the 2021 Domestic Visitor Program now open

Applications for the Domestic Visitor Program for 2021 are now open on a rolling basis. Download the Terms & Conditions for 2021 applications. The deadline for applications is 2–6 months before the start of the proposed visit. For current information on upcoming visitors, see the visitor list.

Symposium with Martin Hairer, February 2021

Over 3–19 February 2021, we explored the mathematics of Fields Medallist and Breakthrough Prize winner Martin Hairer, Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College London, in the SMRI-MATRIX Online Symposium with Martin Hairer. The symposium featured talks by Professor Hairer on his work in stochastic analysis, as well as talks by Australian mathematicians across the country.