IMA-LMS David Crighton Award Lectures

The Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
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Ken Brown and Caroline Series


The David Crighton Award Lectures will be given by Professor Ken Brown CBE FRSE (University of Glasgow) and Professor Caroline Series FRS, who won the 2019 and 2021 awards respectively.

Award and talks

Professor Ken Brown CBE FRSE and Professor Caroline Series FRS will each be presented with the David Crighton Medal, which is awarded biennially for services both to mathematics and to the mathematical community, on Thursday 10 May 2022 at the Royal Society.  The talks, given by Professors Brown and Series, will be followed by a buffet reception.


Mathematical science PhDs – past, present and future, by Professor Ken Brown CBE FRSE

“I’ll review changes in UK mathematical science PhDs through the time of my career and beyond, using my personal experiences as a student and supervisor and my interactions with EPSRC to inform the discussion.  There will be some mathematics, present in part for its own sake but also to inform our thinking about policy issues.  My aim will be to keep the interest of both mathematicians and non-mathematicians.”

Hyperbolic geometry in data science, by Professor Caroline Series FRS

“Hyperbolic space is very big: the area of a circle or sphere expands exponentially with its radius.  Thus it contains plenty of room for expanding tree-like structures.  Indeed, hyperbolic space can be coarsely likened to a tree.  For this reason, hyperbolic space lends itself to organising and representing data with hierarchical structure, ranging from biological classification, cell development, communication or social networks, to linguistic relationships.

Features of hyperbolic space can also be used to model other observed behaviours of real world complex networks.  Recent years have seen an explosion of both techniques and applications.  This talk will attempt to give an historical overview of some of the main ideas.”

Further Information

Admission to the lecture and reception is by ticket only.  For tickets, please contact Gemma Reeves at the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, or email by 29 April 2022.  Tickets are free of charge and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please confirm whether you would like to attend the lecture and reception, or the lecture only.