Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

MIGSAA Annual Student Colloquium 2017

Sep 22, 2017

15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA


Lukas Eigentler (MIGSAA)

William Trenberth (MIGSAA)


MIGSAA Annual Student Colloquium 2017 on Friday 22nd September from 13.30 pm in ICMS

You are warmly invited to join the 2017 student led Colloquium with talks by three distinguished guests from the Universities of Oxford, Imperial College and Basel.


Melanie Rupflin (University of Oxford)
Title: Geometric Flows and Minimal Surfaces
Abstract: The classical Plateau problems has been one of the most influential problems in the development of modern analysis. Posed initially by Lagrange, it asks whether a closed curve in Euclidean space always spans a surface with minimal possible area, a question that was answered positively by Douglas and Rado around 1930.  In this talk I want to consider some aspects of the classical Plateau Problem and its generalisations and discuss furthermore how one can "flow" to such minimal surfaces by following a suitably defined gradient flow of the Dirichlet energy, i.e. of the integral of gradient squared.

Sara Merino-Aceituno (Imperial College London)
Title: Deriving Continuum Equations from Particle Models using Kinetic Theory: Applications to Biology
Abstract: From the interactions between many particles, individuals or agents, large-scale structures may arise that are at much larger scale than the individuals' sizes. Linking the particle dynamics with these macroscopic structures is key in many fields of Physics, Biology and Sociology. Kinetic theory provides the mathematical framework to build the rigorous bridge between the microscopic and macroscopic descriptions.

Enno Lenzmann (Universität Basel)
Title: Nonlocality, Criticality, and Complete Integrability
Abstract: This talk is an introduction to the recent analysis of nonlocal problems in PDE and geometry. As a guiding example, we will discuss the half-wave maps equation. This is a newly found nonlocal evolution equation with various intriguing properties including Möbius symmetries, infinitely many conservation laws, minimal surfaces, and solitons. In my talk, I will try to highlight some central aspects of the analysis of this evolution equation. The material is based on joint work with Patrick Gérard (Paris-Sud) and Armin Schikorra (Pittsburgh).



If you wish to attend please complete the application form.


Venue and Talks
The workshop will be held at 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.   All lectures will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  The Lecture Theatre is equipped with a data projector, computer, visualiser (the new generation of overhead projectors) and blackboards.  It is best to bring your presentation on a memory stick to use in our ICMS computer.  Alternatively, it is possible for you to use your own laptop with our dataprojector, but please be aware that you may have to alter your laptop resolutions/settings.  

Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here. 


Preliminary Programme

13.30: Registration and Coffee in the Chapterhouse

14.00: Melanie Rupflin, Newhaven Lecture Theatre

15.00: Sara Merino-Aceituno, Newhaven Lecture Theatre

16.00: Coffee Break, Chapterhouse

16.30: Enno Lenzmann, Newhaven Lecture Theatre

17.30: Wine Reception & Poster Session, Chapterhouse


Name Institution
Aduamoah, Mildred MIGSAA
Andreia, Chapouto MIGSAA
Baker, Katherine University of edinburgh
Braden, Harry University of Edinburgh
Byrne, Thomas University of Edinburgh
Cheek, David MIGSAA
Dimoudis, Spyridon Heriot-Watt University
dos Reis, Goncalo University of Edinburgh
Duncan, Dugald Heriot-Watt University
Eigentler, Lukas MIGSAA
Espin, Timothy MIGSAA
Estrada, Gissell MIGSAA
Forlano, Justin MIGSAA
Hurst, Timothy MIGSAA
Kerimkulov, Bekzhan MIGSAA
Knops, R J HW
Lacey, Andrew Heriot-Watt University
Lazaridou, Christina MIGSAA
Lisai, Stefania Maxwell Institute Graduate School
Olde Daalhuis, Adri Edinburgh University
Plochocka, Aleksandra Heriot-Watt University (MIGSAA)
Salkeld, William University of Edinburgh
Savva, Miles MIGSAA
Stocek, Jakub MIGSAA
Tang, Michael Maxwell Institute Graduate School for Analysis and its Applications
Tolomeo, Leonardo MIGSAA
Torkington, David MIGSAA
Ververis, Antonios MIGSAA
Vlaar, Tiffany University of Edinburgh/Heriot Watt University
Wheeler, Reuben University of Edinburgh
White, Andy Heriot Watt University
wright, jim University of Edinburgh
Zhang, Xiling University of Edinburgh
Zhang, Ying The University of Edinburgh