The EMS/EWM Survey Lectures 2016  

Sunday, July 17, 2016 starting at 9:00

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 16:30 to 19:00

at Technische Universität Berlin

Titles and Abstracts

Wednesday July 20th, 16,30: Public Lecture by Alessandra Celletti  (University of Roma Tor Vergata)

Chaotic routes that shaped the universe: a history of some outstanding women scientists.


That planets and satellites orbit, in the 2-body approximation, on regular elliptic trajectories is known since the work of Johannes Kepler. But in the following centuries mathematicians realized that the 3-body problem leads to completely different solutions, possibly chaotic. This was a dramatic change of perspective due to Henri Poincaré, who introduced chaos in science.

That chaos could influence also human life was well described in a play written by Sofia Kovalevskaya. But nobody could imagine that a small group of women, hired by chance at Harvard observatory at the turn of the XX century, could strongly contribute to our present understanding of the universe.

July 17th  9,00-15,30:  EMS/EWM Survey Lectures 2016

Fanny Kassel (CNRS and Université de Lille) 

TBA on Homogeneous Spaces, Lie Groups, Geometry and Dynamics

Hannah Markwig (Universität des Saarlandes)

Tropical geometry

Abstract: Tropical geometry is a degeneration technique allowing a combinatorial (or, convex geometry) approach to algebraic geometry, and, in particular, enumerative geometry. In enumerative geometry, we count geometric objects (mostly curves) satisfying certain conditions. Such counting problems have been studied by the Ancient Greek already and remain an active area of research. Using tropical geometry, many enumerative problems can be boiled down to combinatorial problems involving graphs. We present recent developments involving tropical curve counts.

Carola Bibiane Schönlieb (University of Cambridge)

TBA on Image segmentation, PDE, Numerical Analysis

Britta Späth (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern)

TBA on Representation Theory

Sarah Zerbes (University College London) 

TBA on Number Theory