ICMAT Newsletter #12 - 2024

January at ICMAT

Here is our 12th ICMAT monthly newsletter, which includes the latest news and forthcoming activities related to the Institute and its members.
Interview with Ian Agol (University of California Berkeley, USA)
"I proved Gordon's Conjecture using techniques from 40 years ago"

Ian Agol. Image: ICMAT

Ian Agol is professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California Berkeley (USA), where he holds a Simons Chair. A few months ago, he visited the ICMAT to attend various activities organized by ICMAT's Agol Laboratory, a research group at the interface of the fields of algebra, geometry, and topology.

On the occasion of Agol's visit, we conducted an interview in which he told us why he decided to pursue research in mathematics, the nature of his research area, topology, and also explained his resolution in 2022 of a long-standing open problem: Gordon's Conjecture. Additionally, he talked about his twin brother, Eric Agol, a renowned physicist. All of his responses are in the following video, hosted on the ICMAT's mathematical culture channel. 

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Javier Peñafiel (ICMAT) describes his thesis in three minutes

Frame from Javier Peñafiel's video for the 'Yo investigo. Yo soy CSIC' contest

Understanding the movement of fluids is one of the main challenges in current mathematical research. One of the greatest difficulties is the occurrence of turbulence. Javier Peñafiel Tomás, predoctoral researcher at ICMAT-CSIC, works on studying this phenomenon. To do so, in his PhD, he proposes situations that highlight its properties.

In a recent video created for the 5th edition of the 'Yo investigo. Yo soy CSIC' contest, organized by the CSIC Postgraduate Department, Peñafiel Tomás explains, in an informative manner and in less than three minutes, one of these situations that allows understanding turbulence: gluing fluids.

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Miami becomes the epicenter of Latin American mathematics

Latin American Mathematics Research Prizes Ceremony. Image: Start Communication

Research in Latin America faces a daily array of obstacles that hinder its development. In addition to minimal financial support and a lack of resources, there are cultural and linguistic barriers that perpetuate the underrepresentation of Latin American researchers in various spheres of the international scientific community, as highlighted in this article from the Nature magazine.

With the aim of helping combat these challenges within the field of mathematics and shining a spotlight on research produced in Latin American and Caribbean countries, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences of the Americas (IMSA), through its collaborative consortium, IMSA’s Collaborative Group (IMSA-CG), to which ICMAT belongs, launched Mathematical Waves Miami (MWM), that took place from 22 to 24 January, at the University of Miami (USA).

Within the MWM programme, the granting of the Latin American Mathematics Research Prize stood out, marking its inaugural presentation. This prize aspires to become a symbol of prestige and achievement within the mathematical community. At the awards ceremony, held on 24 January at the University of Miami, nine prizes were awarded: The Established Mathematician IMSA Prize to Alberto Verjovsky (National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM), the Young Mathematician IMSA Prize to Raquel Perales (Center for Research in Mathematics, Guanajuato, Mexico) and Miguel Walsh (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), and José Antonio Seade Kuri (National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM) received the Latin American Mathematical Leadership Prize. Additionally, IMSA recognized Márcia Cristina Anderson Braz Federson (Institute of Mathematical and Computer Sciences of the University of São Paulo, Brazil), Carolina Benedetti (University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia), and Daniel Barrera Salazar (University of Santiago de Chile) as IMSA fellows. In addition to these awards, Jeffrey Ben Fuqua, an essential part in the founding of IMSA, was also honored as an Honorary Ambassador of IMSA, and the IMSA Service Award was presented to Guillermo Prado, dean of the University of Miami.

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New members at ICMAT

In January 2024, the following people have joined the Institute:

New postdoctoral researchers:
  • Manuel Garzón
  • María Eugenia Ulzurrun
New management personnel:
  • Sara Sepulcre
Currently visiting ICMAT
  • Antonio Viruel Arbaizar (Universidad de Málaga), until 07/02/2024
  • 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
  • Roi  Naveiro Flores (CUNEF University), until 30/06/2024
  • Óscar Domínguez (CUNEF University), until 31/07/2024
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:
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

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
Grants for Juan de la Cierva Contracts 2023. Grants, under the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2021-2023, aimed at promoting the incorporation of young individuals holding a doctoral degree, with the purpose of completing their postdoctoral research training in Spanish R&D centres. 
Deadline: 17 - 31 January for researchers; 17 January - 7 February for centres

III Programme for the Promotion of Scientific Communication BBVA Foundation. This programme, launched by BBVA Foundation and CSIC, recognizes and encourages the work of journalists and researchers committed to effectively and attractively conveying scientific advances to the public in a rigorous manner. Moreover, it enhances the training of university graduates from any discipline in this crucial field for the development of scientific culture in society.
Deadline: 15 February 

Grants for the training of university faculty members. The grants included in the State Program to Develop, Attract, and Retain Talent are intended for the training of new generations of professionals, enabling them to acquire the necessary skills for research and innovation in academic and business environments. To fulfill this objective, priority is given to investing in human resources, both at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels, promoting professional advancement through the stable incorporation of research, technology, and technical personnel into the university, scientific, and business sectors, and facilitating the mobility of research personnel in both the public and private sectors.
Deadline: 15 February

Public-Private Collaboration Projects 2023. The objective of the call for grants for public-private collaboration projects is to support experimental development projects in cooperation between companies and research organizations. The aim is to promote the development of new technologies, the business application of innovative ideas and techniques, and contribute to the creation of new products and services.
Deadline: 20 February

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 April
ICMAT in the media

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