LMS Research School: Bridging PDE and Geometric Flows

Cardiff University
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Prof. Alessandra Pluda (University of Pisa), Dr. Ben Lambert University of Leeds) and Prof. Mohammad N. Ivaki (TU Vienna).

About the Research School (Poster)

The field of geometric flows is a highly active research area located in the intersection of partial differential equations (PDE), differential geometry and convex geometry. The most prominent prototype equations are the mean curvature flow and the Ricci flow, the latter being the main key to the so far only solution of a Millennium problem listed by the Clay institute, the so-called Poincaré conjecture, which was solved by Perelman building upon ideas of Hamilton.

These geometric equations are fully nonlinear systems and the PDE theory required to rigorously understand their details is in the most cases much deeper than what is taught in undergraduate PDE courses. They comprise results from regularity theory for fully nonlinear (elliptic and parabolic) PDE, advanced results from functional analysis and operators on manifolds.

Contrary to what is usually covered in research schools on geometric flows, this school is supposed to focus on the PDE aspects of geometric flows, which is often considered as technical and therefore neglected. Our PDE expert lecturer Dr. Ben Lambert aims to make this material as accessible as possible and the theory will be accompanied by their application to the curvature flow equations, delivered by Prof. Alessandra Pluda. Additional guest lectures with further applications to geometry will be held by Prof. Mohammad N. Ivaki.

This research school is well-suited for research students roughly at PhD level and for early career researchers working in one or both of the fields of PDE and Differential Geometry. In particular, anyone working with PDE is encouraged to apply, even if their work is not related to geometric flows.



To be announced - further details will be available soon on the main event webpage here.

Fees and financial support

The following registration fees apply.

  • Research students: £150. There will be no charge for subsistence costs.
  • Early career researchers (within 5 years since PhD): £250. There will be no charge for subsistence costs.
  • Other participants: £250 plus the full subsistence costs (£450), £700 in total.
  • All participants are expected to pay their own travel costs. Upon participant selection, there will be an option to apply for financial aid towards the registration fee and/or travel costs.
  • Fees are not payable until a place on the course is offered but will be due by 21/06/2024.

How to apply

The selection criteria upon which participants will be selected are

  • Mathematical ability;
  • Fit of the applicant's research interests to the subjects of the research school;
  • Some experience with the topic, at least at undergraduate level (for example completion of an introductory PDE course).

In order to apply, please provide the following documents no later than the application deadline: April 7th, 2024 to scheuer@math.uni-frankfurt.de.

  • Fill in the application form;
  • Cover letter: Please explain the reasons for your interest in the summer school and its relation to your work;
  • An up to date CV, including academic qualifications.
  • Evidence of academic quality, for example a transcript of records;
  • One letter of recommendation from a referee, for example your supervisor, one of your lecturers, etc. This letter should be sent to scheuer@math.uni-frankfurt.de by the application deadline.

Important: In the application form you have the chance to indicate whether you would like to apply for financial support. After the selection of participants and in case you are selected, you will be asked to provide details demonstrating your need for financial support.

For international applicants, please find out about your visa requirements to enter the UK and make sure that you apply for your visa as early as possible, if applicable. Upon request, we can provide supporting statements.

The organisers

Prachi Sahjwani                  GU-Logo
Prachi Sahjwani                  Julian Scheuer
SahjwaniP@cardiff.ac.uk scheuer@math.uni-frankfurt.de



London Mathematical Society and Heilbronn Institute of Mathematical Research

About LMS Research Schools
The London Mathematical Society Research Schools provide training for research students in all contemporary areas of mathematics. Students and post-docs can meet a number of leading experts in the topic as well as other young researchers working in related areas.

The LMS Research Schools take place in the UK and support participation of research students from both the UK and abroad. The lecturers are expected to be international leaders in their field.  The LMS Research Schools are often partially funded by the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research.