Some of the world's top mathematicians will attend a two-day mathematics workshop at The University of Western Australia on Tuesday 1 March and Wednesday 2 March.
The workshop marks the start of UWA's Year of Mathematics, a calendar of events that aims to increase accessibility of mathematics as a topic of interest, and heighten the awareness of the role that mathematics plays in our daily lives.
UWA's Winthrop Professor Cheryl Praeger, a member of the International Mathematical Union Executive Committee and one of the world's most highly cited mathematicians, said it was a wonderful opportunity for the State to host multi-award-winning mathematicians here at UWA sharing their knowledge.
"For example, we have last year's Kyoto prize winner, Dr László Lovász. The Kyoto Prize is an extremely prestigious international award, similar in intent to the Nobel Prize," Professor Praeger said.
The big names in the mathematics world will share their research expertise covering topics such as extremal graphs, entropy, mass transportation and random fractals. The program will include a forum "Mathematics: how a nation plans for the future - the Spanish, Indian and Chinese experience" as well as an exposition of the forthcoming year-long program "Mathematics of Planet Earth".
The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics is hosting the workshop, which will feature lectures from the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Executive Committee.
Tracey Beveridge (Engineering, Computing and Mathematics) (+61 8) 6488 2260
Professor Cheryl Praeger (School of Mathematics and Statistics) (+61 8) 6488 3344
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716