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Mathematical Research Institute

University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute

Transforming maths in Australia with research and public outreach
Our Sydney Mathematical Research Institute is the first of its kind in Australia, drawing leading mathematical scientists from all over the world to do research with Australian collaborators, and engaging with the public.

Based on prestigious overseas models, our Sydney Mathematical Research Institute is transforming mathematics as a discipline in Australia and enabling our country to reap the long-term benefits of that transformation.

The Institute invites applications from mathematical researchers from all over the world to visit, placing Australia in general, and the University of Sydney in particular, at the heart of international mathematics. The visiting mathematicians will enrich the local research environment and enable conference organisers to host more international speakers.

Successful applicants selected by the Scientific Advisory Committee will travel to Sydney for a residency in the Institute, which will offer international mathematicians the chance to focus on research without the usual demands of teaching and administration.

The University of Sydney is already a leader in mathematics research, being the only Australian university to have received a rating of 5 out of 5 for research in Mathematical Sciences in all three of the federal government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rounds. The Institute’s visitor program will greatly expand the existing visitor program of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, bringing more long-term visitors and attracting more of the most important international researchers.

It is through undertaking collaborative mathematical sciences research that real creativity occurs – this is at the heart of the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute.

Generous donor support

The establishment of the Institute was made possible by the generous support of our donors:

  • Simon Marais Foundation
  • Hooper Shaw Foundation
  • Dr Philipp Hofflin and Associate Professor Rebekah Jenkin.

Pairing research with public outreach

Maths is becoming more and more important in all aspects of society, so it is exciting for the public to get an insight into the incredible beauty of mathematics.

In addition to supporting a broad range of mathematical research, the Institute will host conferences, workshops and talks for both academic and general audiences. The Institute's public outreach programs are crucial to our work.

International visitor program

Submit your online application for the January 2019 round of the International Visitor Program.

Terms and conditions

Deadline for application: 11.59pm (Sydney time), Monday 28 January 2019

For visits within the period: October 2019 – June 2020

(NB: The next application deadline will be in late July 2019 for visits in the period April-December 2020)

Applications for visits not meeting the following conditions may be accepted in special circumstances with prior arrangement. Please direct questions about the conditions to the Institute’s Executive Director, Professor Anthony Henderson,

  1. Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree at the time of application. Applicants must be employed, or know that they will be employed at the time of the proposed visit, by a university, institute, laboratory or other similar organisation located outside Australia, in a role which includes research in the mathematical sciences. The applicant’s employer will be expected to approve the proposed visit. Note that International Visitor Program funding does not include any salary. 
  2. Applicants should have an established program of research in the mathematical sciences (ANZSRC Division 01) and the potential to collaborate with Australia-based researchers in these areas. 
  3. Applicants should propose a research visit to Australia, within the period specified for the application round, of at least 1 month’s duration, of which at least 2 weeks are to be spent at the University of Sydney. Please note that International Visitor Program funding can provide living allowance for at most 4 months, so any visit longer than this will require additional funding from other sources.
  4. Applicants must identify, at each Australian university or research institute at which they propose to spend at least 2 weeks in total (including the University of Sydney), an academic staff member there who has agreed to be the host of that part of the visit. Hosts will be contacted to confirm their support for the visit. The location at which the applicant proposes to spend the most time will be deemed the primary location of the visit. Some funding is reserved for visits whose primary location is the University of Sydney. If the visit includes at least 2 weeks spent at the mathematical research institute MATRIX, an Australian organiser of the MATRIX research program to which the applicant has been invited should be designated as the host of that part of the visit. 
  5. Applicants must ask two academic referees who are familiar with the applicant's research, and who are not among the hosts of the proposed visit, to send a 1-2 page letter of support for the proposed visit to the Institute’s Executive Director at the above email address before the deadline for applications. 
  6. Applicants proposing to spend more than 3 months at the University of Sydney should give the title and brief description of a lecture course they propose to give on a topic relating to their research. This course should be of at least 10 hours and should be accessible to PhD students in the same research area. Please note that it may not be feasible to run every proposed course.

Successful applications will be selected by the Scientific Advisory Committee of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute, as named on the webpage, supplemented by researchers with different expertise as required. A sub-committee drawn from the School of Mathematics and Statistics will assist in ranking those applications whose primary location is the University of Sydney. The selection criteria are:

  • Applicant's research track record, assessed relative to opportunity (taking into account time since PhD and any research career interruptions).
  • Benefits of the proposed visit for Australian research in the mathematical sciences.
  • Considerations of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, from researchers employed in developing countries, and from researchers belonging to other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged.

Successful applicants may receive funding of up to A$4500 per month, for up to 4 months, to assist with accommodation and other local expenses during their visit. In addition, they may obtain reimbursement of one return economy airfare or equivalent amount, and one visa application fee if appropriate. They will be assisted by Institute staff in their Australian visa application, if required, and in locating suitable accommodation for their stay in Sydney. Note that funding and reimbursement will depend on a signed agreement with the University of Sydney, identity verification, and the presentation of receipts for airfare and visa application fee.

By submitting an application you consent that the uploaded files, and other information in the application form, may be shared with Scientific Advisory Committee members and associated administrative staff as well as with the nominated host(s) and academic referees, if necessary. This information will not be used for any purpose other than the ranking and selection of applicants and the compiling of anonymised reports on the selection process. A list of successful applicants, with the dates and other details of their visits once confirmed, will be posted on the Institute’s webpage.

Please note that the application form requires the upload of two separate PDF files:

  • an up-to-date CV including a publication list and details of any research career interruptions
  • a 1–2 page outline of a proposed research visit to Australia meeting the above conditions, with some details of projects and collaborators at the various locations.

If you have your CV and publication list in separate files, please combine them into one PDF before upload. In case of repeat applications, the most recent will be used.

Antoine Ayache, University of Lille
Research interests: Stochastic fields of a fractal nature, sample path behaviour, statistical inference, wavelets, random series, local times
Host: Andriy Olenko, La Trobe University
Dates: 17 July – 30 August 2019

Dror Bar-Natan, University of Toronto
Research interests: Quantum algebra, knot theory
Host: Zsuzsanna Dancso, University of Sydney
Dates (tentative): 1 September – 31 October 2019

Barbara Brandolini, University of Naples
Research interests: Weak solutions, anisotropic equations, Poincaré-Wirtinger inequality, Wiener spaces
Host: Florica Cîrstea, University of Sydney
Dates: 15 July – 15 September 2019

Sergey Dolgov, University of Bath
Research interests: Numerical linear algebra, high-dimensional approximations, uncertainty quantification
Host: Tiangang Cui, Monash University
Dates: 17 June – 28 July 2019

Vladimir Dragović, University of Texas, Dallas
Research interests: Integrable dynamical systems, algebraic curves, quantum Yang-Baxter equation, Painlevé equations, billiards
Hosts: Milena Radnović, University of Sydney, and Vera Roshchina, University of New South Wales
Dates: 26 May – 26 June 2019

Jitesh Gajjar, University of Manchester
Research interests: Fluid dynamics, asymptotics
Host: Sharon Stephen, University of Sydney
Dates: TBC

Alexandru Hening, Tufts University
Research interests: Stochastic processes, mathematical ecology, mathematical biology, mathematical finance, Markov processes, asymptotic properties of stochastic processes
Hosts: Ben Goldys, University of Sydney, and Fima Klebaner, Monash University
Dates: TBC

Henning Krause, Bielefeld University
Research interests: Representation theory, homological algebra, derived categories
Hosts: Kevin Coulembier and Oded Yacobi, University of Sydney
Dates: 26 June – 25 July 2019

Matthias Lesch, University of Bonn
Research interests: Elliptic operators, heat equation methods, spectral zeta functions, spectral flow, unbounded Kasparov modules
Hosts: Adam Rennie, University of Wollongong, Alan Carey, Australian National University/University of Wollongong, and Jacqui Ramagge, University of Sydney
Dates: 1 May – 31 July 2019

Joseph Maher, CUNY College, Staten Island
Research interests: Geometric topology, random walks
Host: Stephan Tillmann, University of Sydney
Dates: 8 July – 25 August 2019

Ian Melbourne, University of Warwick
Research interests: Lévy processes, deterministic dynamical systems, anomalous diffusion
Host: Georg Gottwald, University of Sydney
Dates: 18 February – 18 April 2020

Frank Nijhoff, University of Leeds
Research interests: Discrete systems, variational calculus, quantum mechanics, partial differential equations, difference equations
Hosts: Nalini Joshi, University of Sydney, and Reinout Quispel, La Trobe University
Dates: TBC

Syarifah Nordin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Research interests: Task scheduling, parallel processor system, mixed integer linear programming, optimization
Host: Louis Caccetta, Curtin University
Dates: TBC

Adam Parusiński, University of Nice
Research interests: Singularities, stratifications, real algebraic geometry
Host: Laurentiu Paunescu, University of Sydney
Dates: 1 July – 31 August 2019

Diego Pazó, University of Cantabria
Research interests: Synchronization phenomena, coupled oscillators, space-time chaos
Host: Georg Gottwald, University of Sydney
Dates: 13 July – 31 August 2019

Franz Pedit, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Research interests: Differential geometry, integrable systems, harmonic maps
Host: Emma Carberry, University of Sydney
Dates: 3 June – 2 August 2019

Eric Ragoucy, Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux
Research interests: Bethe ansatz, W-algebras, out-of-equilibrium statistical physics
Hosts: Alexander Molev, University of Sydney, Jorgen Rasmussen, University of Queensland, Michael Wheeler, University of Melbourne, and Peter Jarvis, University of Tasmania
Dates (tentative): 25 August – 9 November 2019

Alexey Slunyaev, Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Research interests: Nonlinear waves, evolution equations, water waves, solitons, rogue waves
Hosts: Yury Stepanyants, University of Southern Queensland, and Amin Chabchoub, University of Sydney
Dates (tentative): 1 August – 30 September 2019

Claude Viallet, Sorbonne University
Research interests: Discrete integrable systems, algebraic structures in mathematical physics
Host: Nalini Joshi, University of Sydney
Dates (tentative): 20 July – 24 August 2019

Professor Geordie Williamson, Director of the Mathematical Research Institute


Our team


Professor Geordie Williamson
Phone: +61 2 9351 5806

Executive Director

Professor Anthony Henderson
Phone: +61 2 9351 4141

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for 2019 consists of:

  • Chair: Professor Jacqui Ramagge (University of Sydney)
  • Professor Helen Byrne (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Jan de Gier (University of Melbourne and MATRIX)
  • Dr Philipp Hofflin
  • Professor Duncan Ivison (University of Sydney)
  • Professor Cheryl Praeger (University of Western Australia)
  • Professor Geoff Prince (Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute)
  • Professor Terence Tao (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Professor Geordie Williamson (University of Sydney)
  • Professor Iain Young (University of Sydney)

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee for 2019 consists of: