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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 four 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

Applications for the July 2019 round are now open.

Terms and Conditions

Deadline for application: 11.59pm (Sydney time), Sunday 28 July 2019
For visits within the period: April – December 2020
(NB: The next application deadline will be in late January 2020 for visits in the period October 2020 – June 2021)

Applications must be submitted using the online form.

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, including any potential financial contribution, and their comments will be taken into account in assessing the benefit of the proposed visit. The location at which the applicant proposes to spend the most time will be deemed the primary location of the visit, and the comments of the primary host will be given particular weight. 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 nominate two academic referees who are familiar with the applicant's research, who are not among the hosts of the proposed visit, and who are willing to be contacted by the Executive Director for their confidential comments on the applicant’s research track record if required. Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee of SMRI are eligible to act as referees in accordance with the committee’s policy on conflicts of interest.
  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 the 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, and
  • 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. 

Sydney Mathematical Research Institute acknowledges the valuable contributions (financial and otherwise) to the International Visitor Program made by the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney and by the hosts and universities listed below.

Jan Obloj (University of Oxford)
Research interests: Probability theory and financial mathematics
5 August – 31 October 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Anna Aksamit)
1–15 November 2019 (Monash University, Host: Gregoire Loeper)
16 November – 20 December 2019 (University of Technology Sydney, Host: Eckhard Platen)

Daryl Cooper (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Research interests: Topology, geometric group theory, 3-manifolds, surface subgroups, hyperbolic geometry, projective structures, non-standard analysis
Dates: 1 September – 15 December 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Stephan Tillmann)

William Casselman (University of British Columbia)
Research interests: Automorphic forms, representation theory, algorithms for Lie algebras and Coxeter groups
Dates: 1–31 October 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Geordie Williamson)

Andrea Bertozzi (University of California, Los Angeles)
Research interests: Nonlinear PDE, fluid dynamics, social science models, swarming, image processing and data science
1–15 November 2019 (University of Adelaide, Host: Yvonne Stokes)
15–30 November 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Nalini Joshi)

Ilya Shkredov (Steklov Mathematical Institute)
Research interests: Additive combinatorics, number theory, combinatorial and ergodic number theory
Dates: 1 November – 1 December 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Alexander Fish)

Ivan Graham (University of Bath)
Research interests: Numerical analysis, partial differential equations, uncertainty quantification
15 November 2019 – 31 January 2020 (University of New South Wales, Host: Frances Kuo)
1–15 February 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Georg Gottwald)

Frédéric Campana (University of Lorraine)
Research interests: Complex geometry, bimeromorphic classification of compact Kahler and complex projective manifolds, arithmetic geometry and complex hyperbolicity, fundamental groups, twistor spaces, algebraicity of foliations, moduli
Dates: 16 November – 15 December 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Behrouz Taji)

Paolo Rossi (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Research interests: Moduli spaces of curves, classical and quantum integrable systems, Frobenius manifolds and mirror symmetry, geometric invariants from enumerative geometry, symplectic topological invariants
7 January – 2 February 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Nalini Joshi)
2–14 February 2020 (Flinders University, Host: Yang Shi)

Maksym Fedorchuk (Boston College)
Research interests: Moduli spaces of curves, stability of projective varieties, geometric invariant theory
Dates (tentative):
7–31 January 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Behrouz Taji)
1–29 February 2020 (Australian National University, Host: Anand Deopurkar)

Tom Bridgeland (University of Sheffield)
Research interests: Algebraic geometry, homological algebra, mirror symmetry
Dates: 15 January – 31 May 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Geordie Williamson)

Laurentiu Maxim (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Research interests: Perverse sheaves and applications to singularities, topology of hypersurface singularities, characteristic classes of singular spaces, Hodge theory and birational geometry
Dates (tentative): 15 January – 15 March 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Laurentiu Paunescu)

Joel Kamnitzer (University of Toronto)
Research interests: Geometric and combinatorial representation theory
Dates: 1 February 2020 - TBA (University of Sydney, Host: Oded Yacobi)

Peter Duck (University of Manchester)
Research interests: Theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, financial mathematics
Dates (tentative):
1–14 February 2020 (Macquarie University, Host: Sophie Calabretto)
15–29 February 2020 (University of Technology Sydney, Host: Kristoffer Glover)
1–15 March 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Sharon Stephen)

Zuhaila Ismail (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
Research interests: Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, physiological flows, boundary layer flow and convective heat transfer
2–16 February 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Mary Myerscough)
17 February – 14 June 2020 (Griffith University, Host: Peter Johnston)

Waltraud Lederle (UC Louvain)
Research interests: Geometric group theory, totally disconnected locally compact groups, groups (almost) acting on trees, rigidity theory
10 February – 24 March 2020 (University of Newcastle, Host: George Willis)
25 March – 10 April 2020 (University of Sydney, Hosts: Anne Thomas and Jacqui Ramagge)

Dave Smith (Yale-NUS College)
Research interests: Spectral theory of differential operators, well-posedness of initial boundary value problems for linear PDE, complex boundary conditions
Dates: 25 February – 5 June 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Robert Marangell)

Monique Jeanblanc (University of Evry)
Research interests: Enlargement of filtrations, portfolio optimization, default risk
1–29 March 2020, 6–12 April 2020, 27 April – 1 May 2020 (University of Sydney, Hosts: Marek Rutkowski and Anna Aksamit)
30 March – 5 April 2020 (Monash University, Hosts: Fima Klebaner and Gregoire Loeper)
 (University of Sydney, continued)
13–26 April 2020 (University of New South Wales, Host: Libo Li)

Darren Crowdy (Imperial College, London)
Research interests: Applied and computational complex analysis, special function theory, fluid and solid mechanics
23–29 March 2020 (University of Adelaide, Host: Yvonne Stokes)
30 March – 5 April 2020 (University of South Australia, Host: Lesley Ward)
6–19 April 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Nalini Joshi)
20 April – 4 May 2020 (Macquarie University, Host: Christopher Green)

Gregory Berkolaiko (Texas A&M University)
Research interests: Spectral theory of differential operators and graphs and networks
Dates (tentative): 1 May – 5 June 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Robert Marangell)

Sydney Mathematical Research Institute acknowledges the valuable contributions (financial and otherwise) to the International Visitor Program made by the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney and by the hosts and universities listed below.

Matthias Lesch (University of Bonn)
Research interests: Elliptic operators, heat equation methods, spectral zeta functions, spectral flow, unbounded Kasparov modules
1–17 May 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Jacqui Ramagge)
17 May – 31 July 2019 (University of Wollongong, Hosts: Adam Rennie and Alan Carey)

Vladimir Dragović (University of Texas, Dallas)
Research interests: Integrable dynamical systems, algebraic curves, quantum Yang-Baxter equation, Painlevé equations, billiards
26 May – 9 June 2019, 20–26 June 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Milena Radnović)
10–19 June 2019 (University of New South Wales, Host: Vera Roshchina)

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

Alexandru Hening (Tufts University)
Research interests: Stochastic processes, mathematical ecology, mathematical biology, mathematical finance, Markov processes, asymptotic properties of stochastic processes
15 June – 1 August 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Ben Goldys)
2–15 August 2019 (University of Queensland, Host: Ross McVinish)
16 August – 1 October 2019 (Monash University, Host: Fima Klebaner)

Sergey Dolgov (University of Bath)
Research interests: Numerical linear algebra, high-dimensional approximations, uncertainty quantification
17–30 June 2019 (University of Sydney)
1–28 July 2019 (Monash University, Host: Tiangang Cui)

Henning Krause (Bielefeld University)
Research interests: Representation theory, homological algebra, derived categories
26 June – 14 July 2019, 19–25 July 2019 (University of Sydney, Hosts: Kevin Coulembier and Oded Yacobi)
15–18 July 2019 (Australian National University, Host: Amnon Neeman)

Syarifah Nordin (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
Research interests: Task scheduling, parallel processor system, mixed integer linear programming, optimisation
1–13 July 2019 (University of Sydney)
14 July – 20 December (Curtin University, Host: Louis Caccetta)

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

Alexey Slunyaev (Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences)
Research interests: Nonlinear waves, evolution equations, water waves, solitons, rogue waves
9–21 July 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Amin Chabchoub)
22 July – 7 September 2019 (University of Southern Queensland, Host: Yury Stepanyants)

Joseph Maher (CUNY College, Staten Island)
Research interests: Geometric topology, random walks
8–14 July 2019 (University of Melbourne, Host: Hyam Rubinstein)
22–28 July 2019 (Monash University, Host: Jessica Purcell)
29 July – 25 August 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Stephan Tillmann)

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

Barbara Brandolini (University of Naples)
Research interests: Weak solutions, anisotropic equations, Poincaré-Wirtinger inequality, Wiener spaces
Dates: 15 July – 20 September 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Florica Cîrstea)

Antoine Ayache (University of Lille)
Research interests: Stochastic fields of a fractal nature, sample path behaviour, statistical inference, wavelets, random series, local times
17–31 July 2019 (University of Sydney)
1–30 August 2019 (La Trobe University, Host: Andriy Olenko)

Claude Viallet (Sorbonne University)
Research interests: Discrete integrable systems, algebraic structures in mathematical physics
21 July – 11 August 2019, 18–24 August 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Nalini Joshi)
12–17 August 2019 (Flinders University, Host: Yang Shi)

Eric Ragoucy (Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux)
Research interests: Bethe ansatz, W-algebras, out-of-equilibrium statistical physics
26 August – 6 September 2019, 4–8 November 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Alexander Molev)
9–27 September 2019 (University of Queensland, Host: Jorgen Rasmussen)
30 September – 18 October 2019 (University of Melbourne, Host: Michael Wheeler)
21 October – 1 November 2019 (University of Tasmania, Host: Peter Jarvis)

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

Jitesh Gajjar (University of Manchester)
Research interests: Fluid dynamics, asymptotics
22 September – 13 October 2019, 28 October – 3 November 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Sharon Stephen)
14–27 October 2019 (Monash University, Host: Philip Hall)

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

Frank Nijhoff (University of Leeds)
Research interests: Discrete systems, variational calculus, quantum mechanics, partial differential equations, difference equations
TBA (La Trobe University, Host: Reinout Quispel)
TBA (University of Sydney, Host: Nalini Joshi)

Professor Geordie Williamson, Director of the Mathematical Research Institute


Our team


Professor Geordie Williamson

Executive Director

Professor Anthony Henderson

Executive Officer

Kate Ippaviz

Senior Science Communicator

Stephen Morgan

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for 2019 consists of:

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee for 2019 consists of: