Congratulations to BMS with 100 years

Our group would like to congratulate the Belgian Mathematical Society (BMS) with 100 years anniversary since the BMS was founded on 14 March 1921. Surprisingly or not, this date coincides with the Pi-day (3.14) in Mathematics. Read more

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Some highlights from the BMS Newsletter:

Congratulations to Leo Storme for being awarded a very prestigious Francqui chair at VUB 2021!

Come to Professor Storme inaugural lecture “FINITE GEOMETRY: PURE MATHEMATICS CLOSE TO PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS” on ZOOM on Monday, 19 April, 2021 – 18:00

Also, you find the information about our new junior seminar in the BMS newsletter, as well as an announcement of open positions at our Analysis & PDE Centre.

Happy Pi-day everyone!


We would like to recommend the Colloquia, Seminars and Lectures by METHUSALEM PROJECT PURE MATHEMATICS from KU Leuven.


The Methusalem colloquia are intended for a broad audience of graduate and PhD students, postdocs and professors. The series will include colloquia from guests as well as the first colloquium-style talk of the Methusalem Lecture Series. See more


The Junior Seminar in Pure Mathematics is an interdisciplinary seminar run by PhD students and postdocs at KU Leuven. The seminar is currently running online and hosts a 1-hour talk each session. See more


The Methusalem Lecture Series are mini-courses directed towards a broad audience of graduate students, PhD students, postdoctoral researches and professors. Each mini-course will start with a colloquium-style talk intended to be both accessible and attractive to mathematicians from diverse areas and will continue with a series of 3 to 5 lectures spanning 2 hours each. See more


Congratulations to Prof Sadybekov and Dr Suragan for winning Kazakhstan State Prize

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kazakhstan, signed a decree on awarding the State Prize in the field of science and technology named after al-Farabi to Prof Sadybekov and Dr Suragan for the series of works on “On the theory of nonlocal differential operators”.

This is the biggest scientific award in Kazakhstan, so congratulations!

We know both of them well, for example, from the cooperation on the just published (open access) book:

Ruzhansky M., Sadybekov M., Suragan D., Spectral geometry of partial differential operators, Monographs and Research Notes in Mathematics, Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, 2020. 378pp. link, free download (open access book), poster

Spectral geometry of partial differential operators
Hardy inequalities on homogeneous groups

Many of us remember Durvudkhan’s visit to our Analysis & PDE group at UGent.

You can read more here on his achievements

Also, our PhD student Aishabibi Dukenbayeva is supervised jointly with Makhmud Sadybekov.

Webinar by Accessibility Best Practices for Moving Mathematics Online

Description: For many years there has been a push for moving teaching and research content online in a form that goes beyond just linking print versions of documents. The COVID pandemic has only accelerated this trend, forcing all faculty to focus on how to deliver courses online. However, hastily moving material online bears the risk that important accessibility considerations are neglected, threatening fair and inclusive education for all. This is especially true for mathematics and other STEM fields where complex structures such as equations and diagrams play an integral role. In this webinar we will advocate that in addition to moving content online quickly, instructors can use best practices developed for authors to ensure accessibility of math content from the start, thus avoiding additional and duplicate work.

Our presentation shall give an overview of different requirements on presentation and content for students and readers with special needs and how assistive technology support can be provided. We shall particularly concentrate on what this means for math content and how it is made accessible on the web. We argue that the web is the ideal platform for hosting and curating modern content regardless of their original sources like LaTeX, Word, or plain text. And we will demonstrate how accessibility can be practically a free byproduct of conversion from traditionally authored content. In conclusion we discuss ways of authoring, preparing, and teaching accessible web documents containing mathematics, highlighting some of the best practices.

Presented by Prof. Volker Sorge, University of Birmingham, UK & MathJax Consortium

Time:   July 13, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This information is presented here

Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

Filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, she was both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored by mathematics’ highest prize, the Fields Medal. Read more

Trailer of the documentary here.

Also, Zala Films is supporting the May 12th initiative of the International Mathematical Union’s Committee for Women in Mathematics, which each year brings together virtual or local events celebrating women in mathematics. Due to COVID-19 (and by special agreement with Zala Films), individuals and organizations between April 1 and May 19, 2020, may access our film about the life and work of the Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani. (You can make a request for screening authorization here.

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12 May: Celebration of Women in Mathematics

12 May is the International Women in Mathematics day! We celebrate all women who are contributing to mathematics at our group and around the world. We are privileged to have these collaborations.

#European Women in Mathematics
#Association of Women in Mathematics
#African Women in Mathematics
#Chile Women in Mathematics
#Indian Women and Mathematics

Maryam Mirzakhani

The idea of celebrating women in mathematics on Maryam Mirzakhani’s birthday, May 12, was proposed by the Women’s Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society at the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics (WM)^2 in 2018. After being approved by hundreds of attendees at the meeting, the “May 12 Initiative,” often referred to simply as “May 12,” rose to a global and inclusive call to action, uniting several national and continental women-in-mathematics organizations worldwide. The fact that the original idea sparked an overwhelming response, resulting in more than one hundred events being organized in its inaugural year, showcases that the initiative fulfills a strong need. Read more

We recommend the article about 5 Great Books about Women in Mathematics!

Brief History of Mathematics

This ten part history of mathematics from Newton to the present day, reveals the personalities behind the calculations: the passions and rivalries of mathematicians struggling to get their ideas heard. Professor Marcus du Sautoy shows how these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world and proves that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.

1 Newton and Leibniz

The story of two late 17th century mathematicians who worked on the same problem at the same time – the calculus – in which the great hero of British science, Newton, reveals himself to be a little less gentlemanly than his German rival, Leibniz. The calculus is one of the greatest achievements of mankind: an astronaut and an investment analyst pay homage to its enormous power. Listen here

2 Leonard Euler

how the mathematics that Leonard Euler invented two hundred years ago has transformed the internet. Euler’s solution to an 18th-century conundrum paved the way for the search engines most of us use every day. Listen here

3 Joseph Fourier

The mathematics of Joseph Fourier. It’s thanks to his mathematical insight that you can hear Marcus on the radio and that Brian Eno can create sounds that have never been heard before. Listen here

4 Evariste Galois

How the mathematics of the French revolutionary, Evariste Galois, has proved invaluable to particle physicists working today.The mathematics that Galois began, over two hundred years ago, now absolutely describes the fundamental particles that make up our universe. Listen here

5 Carl Friedrich Gauss

It was the German scientist and mathematician, Carl Friedrich Gauss, who said mathematics was the Queen of Science. One of his many mathematical breakthroughs, the Gaussian or normal distribution, is the lifeblood of statistics. It underpins modern medicine and is a valuable tool in the fight against prejudice. Listen here

6 The Mathematicians Who Helped Einstein

The pioneering nineteenth century mathematicians who helped Albert Einstien with his maths: Jonas Bolyai, Nicolas Lobachevski and Bernhard Riemann. Without the mathematics to describe curved space and multiple dimensions, the theory of relativity doesn’t really work. Listen here

7 Georg Cantor

Georg Cantor, the mathematician who showed us how to carry on counting when the numbers run out. An insight into the nature of infinity that Roger Penrose believes helps to explain why the human brain will always be cleverer than artificial intelligence. Listen here

8 Henri Poincare

Henri Poincare, the man who proved there are certain problems that mathematics will never be able to answer: a mathematical insight that gave rise to chaos theory. Listen here

9 Hardy and Ramanujan

G.H.Hardy, the mathematician who insisted he had never done anything useful. And yet his work on the “diabolical malice” inherent in prime numbers inspired the millions of codes that now help to keep the internet safe. Listen here

10 Nicolas Bourbaki

The mathematician that never was, Nicolas Bourbaki. A group of French mathematicians, working between the two world wars and writing under the pseudonym Nicolas Bourbaki transformed their discipline and paved the way for several mathematical breakthroughs in the 21st century. Listen here

Info from BBC Radio 4

Classical Fourier Analysis by Terence Tao (online lecture)

Terence Tao will be teaching online course Classical Fourier Analysis at UCLA from 30 March 2020. 

Course covers the following topics:

  • Restriction theory and Strichartz estimates
  • Decoupling estimates and applications
  • Paraproducts; time frequency analysis; Carleson’s theorem

Lecture notes will be made available on this blog.

  • The first class is Monday Mar 30.
  • Note for non-UCLA participants: You will be permitted to attend the Zoom lectures and to post comments on the blog (one can use this post in particular for general questions about the course). 

 Course info

  • Instructor: Terence Tao,, MS 6183.  [Note for non-UCLA participants: I will not have time to respond to individual email inquiries about the class. Please use the blog for such inquiries.]
  • Lecture: MWF 2-2:50pm PT, held online at .  Note that access to this Zoom meeting room may be restricted outside of lecture times, or used for other purposes (such as other online seminars).  Also, while I am not recording these classes, bear in mind that I cannot prevent the video for these rooms from theoretically being recorded by third parties.
  • Discussion section: N/A
  • Office Hours: Th 2-3:50pm PT, online at In addition, students are encouraged to use the blog comment feature, as well as start discussions in the forum. [Note for non-UCLA participants: you have read-only access to the forum.  You can use the comment thread at this blog post as a substitute.]
  • Textbook: There is no required text; instead, lecture notes will made available on Terence Tao’s blog.  We will not directly follow these texts, but Demeter’s “Fourier Restriction, Decoupling, and Applications” and Muscalu-Schlag’s “Classical and multilinear harmonic analysis” (both volumes) will be relevant resources.  For Carleson’s theorem, this paper of Demeter (focusing on the slightly simpler Walsh model analogue of the theorem) can also be consulted.
  • Prerequisites: A high grade in Math 247A (such as the previous quarter’s class) is required for enrollment. [Note for non-UCLA participants: Math 247A covered the following topics: A_p weights and maximal and vector maximal functions, Calderon-Zygmund convolution kernels, Sobolev embedding, the Mikhlin multiplier theorem, the square function, Littlewood-Paley theory, fractional product and chain rules, and oscillatory integrals.]

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The Abel Prize Laureates 2020!

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2020 to Hillel Furstenberg from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Gregory Margulis from Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA “for pioneering the use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory and combinatorics.”

A biography of Hillel Furstenberg is here

A biography of Gregory Margulis is here

You can watch the interview with Hillel Furstenberg and Gregory Margulis

Info from The Abel Prize Laureates 2020 International Page