ICMAT Newsletter #13 - 2024

February at ICMAT

Here is our 13th ICMAT monthly newsletter, which includes the latest news and forthcoming activities related to the Institute and its members.
Eloísa del Pino, president of CSIC, visits CFTMAT
From left to right: Isabel Martínez, José María Martell, José Luis Fernández Barbón, Eloísa del Pino, Javier Aramayona, Clara I. García-Suelto Huerta, and Carlos Roberto Pena. Image: Vinca Page/CSIC Protocolo

On Monday, 19 February, CSIC president, Eloísa del Pino, visited the Centre for Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (CFTMAT), which houses the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT) and the Institute of Theoretical Physics (IFT). Also José María Martell, CSIC vice-president of Scientific and Technical Research (VICYT) and former director of ICMAT, and Isabel Martínez, chief of Staff to the President, were part of this visit.

They met with the management teams of both institutes and the Centre. On one hand, with Javier Aramayona and Ana Bravo, director and vice-director of ICMAT, respectively. On the other hand, with José Luis Fernández Barbón, director of IFT and CFTMAT, and Carlos Roberto Pena, vice-director of IFT, as well as with Clara Isabel García-Suelto Huerta, manager of the Centre. Del Pino and Martell also conversed with the rest of the staff of the two institutes: researchers, technicians, management, and administration. Both shared the work they are carrying out to make CSIC a prominent actor in the international scientific scene.

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Claire Voisin (CNRS), member of the External Scientific Advisory Committee of ICMAT, awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Prize

Claire Voisin. Image: BBVA Foundation

The BBVA Foundation announced on 14 February the names of the recipients of its XVI Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences. In this edition, the award went to Claire Voisin, from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, France), and Yakov Eliashberg, from Stanford University (USA). The jury highlighted both outstanding contributions of both researchers to the areas of algebraic and symplectic geometry, respectively, and the connection between them. Eliashberg has made fundamental contibutions to symplectic geometry and topology. Voisin, on the other hand, is one of the leading international specialists in algebraic geometry. Her work has also recently been recognised with the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics 2024. 

Both Voisin and Eliashberg have a close relationship with ICMAT. Since 2020, Voisin has been a member of its External Scientific Advisory Committee and has a strong connection with the group led by Oscar García-Prada, CSIC profesor de investigación at ICMAT. Eliashberg is in contact with the group led by Francisco Presas, CSIC investigador científico at ICMAT.

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Ángel Castro and David Pérez García, researchers at ICMAT, invited speakers at the European Congress of Mathematics 2024
Ángel Castro (left) and David Pérez García. Image: Íñigo de Amescua/ICMAT and UCM

The European Congress of Mathematics (ECM), organized by the European Mathematical Society (EMS), has been bringing together the European mathematical community every four years since 1992 in a different city on the continent. The 9th edition, which is taking place this year, will be held in Seville.

From 15 -19 July,  conferences and talks, panel discussions, symposia, and thematic and parallel sessions will take place, among other activities. Ángel Castro, CSIC científico titular in ICMAT, and David Pérez García, professor at the Complutense University of Madrid and member of ICMAT, will be two of the invited speakers on this occasion. In addition, the EMS Prizes will be awarded, recognizing the outstanding contributions of European mathematicians or those who work on the continent, under the age of 35. The Felix Klein Prize and the Otto Neugebauer Prize will also be awarded.

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ICMAT celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with a workshop for students

Yamilet Quintana during her workshop. Image: ICMAT

ICMAT, through its Equality Commission, once again joined hundreds of activities scheduled for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, commemorated on 11 February. On Tuesday, 13 February, Yamilet Quintana, postdoctoral researcher at ICMAT and assistant professor at Carlos III University of Madrid, conducted the workshop "Calculating the area and perimeter of flat figures with homogeneous smart groups." Thirty 1st Bachillerato students participated in the activity.

During the workshop, students reinforced their knowledge of calculating the area and perimeter of flat figures by constructing mosaics with tangram puzzle pieces.

New members at ICMAT
In February 2024, the following people have joined the Institute:

New predoctoral researchers:
  • Antonio Álvarez
New management personnel:
  • Marta Comas
Currently visiting ICMAT
  • Gonzalo García de Polavieja Embid (Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon), until 31/03/2024
  • Alberto Jiménez Serrano (Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio), until 30/04/2024
  • Nuria Campillo (CIB-CSIC), until 30/06/2024
  • Pablo Cembellín Mazas (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), until 30/06/2024
  • David Muñoz Lahoz (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), until 30/06/2024
  • Roi  Naveiro Flores (CUNEF University), until 30/06/2024
  • Óscar Domínguez (CUNEF University), until 31/07/2024
  • Zamurat Ayobami Adegboye (Institute of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, IMSP-UAC, Dangbo, Benin), until 27/08/2024
  • Víctor Manuel Jiménez Morales (UNED), until 31/08/2024 
You have more information about the people who are visiting ICMAT here.
Next ICMAT activities
The first semester of 2024, ICMAT is organising the following key activities:

07/03/2024. Mathematics at the Residencia: Cuando el arte contemporáneo mira a las matemáticas, Raúl Ibáñez (UPV/EHU)
15/03/2024. Distinguished lecture: Geometry of Brownian surfaces, I & II, Jean-François Le Gall (Université Paris-Saclay)
01/04-15/06/2024. Research term: Lattice Structures in Analysis and Applications
  • Advanced mini-courses addressed to PhD students and interested researchers
"Extrapolation in function spaces (dates to be determined)", María Jesús Carro (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
"Abstract order theory (dates to be determined)", Eugene Bilokopytov (University of Alberta)
"Tensor products of vector lattices (dates to be determined)", Vladimir Troitsky (University of Alberta)
  • Focus weeks with a special emphasis on discussing open problems in the intersection of different areas:
           6-10/05/2024. Phase retrieval in function spaces
           13-17/05/2024. Vector lattices and ordered structures
           27-31/05/2024. Interactions with descriptive set theory
  • 20-24/05/2024. Workshop on Banach spaces and Banach lattices
  • Seminar Lattice structures in Analysis and Applications
15-17/04/2024. 4º ESO+Empresa
15/04/2024. Joint Mathematics Colloquium (ICMAT-UAM-UC3M-UCM): The Higher Infinite and its role in Mathematics, Joan Bagaria (Universitat de Barcelona & ICREA)
17-21/06/2024. Summer School on h-principle

Furthermore, ICMAT hosts weekly thematic seminars where researchers from each area share their latest results. You can find the complete programme of activities
Open Calls
Certificate R3 2024. Law 14/2011, of 1 June, on Science, Technology, and Innovation states that research personnel may obtain an R3 certificate as an established researcher, which will be recognized in selection processes for stable new entry personnel. The purpose of this action is to assess the careers of national and foreign researchers within a postdoctoral itinerary for access to the Spanish Science, Technology, and Innovation System.
Deadline: 13/03/2024

Prismas and Problems FBBVA Programme. The Prismas and Problems Programme of the BBVA Foundation aims to capture and generate the best knowledge to build innovative approaches for addressing issues of social and environmental relevance. This interdisciplinary call is also open to potential participation from experts working in public agencies or other organizations, contributing to the analysis and addressing of the challenges outlined in this call.
Deadline: 30/04/2024
ICMAT in the media

Here there is a list of some articles related to the Institute, published in February 2024 in the media.

'Café y Teoremas', ICMAT section in El País newspaper:
 Besides, ICMAT members have appeared in the following media: 
Keep in touch
Have we forgotten anything? Do you want to add any news, visit or upcoming activity? Please, do not hesitate to write us at communication@icmat.es and we will include the information in the next newsletter.
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