Our mathematics spectrum is a lunch seminar in which the post-docs and research associates of the Mathematics Research Unit of Université du Luxembourg present the topic on which they are working. The talks will not go into technical details, but will be accessible for PhD students and researchers of all the mathematical disciplines that we have in the Mathematics Research Unit.

Because of the nature of Mathematics as a whole, which branches into many different disciplines (in our Research Unit, we have Algebra and Number Theory; Geometry and the Mathematical Theory of Quantisation; Harmonic and Geometric Analysis; Probability Theory and its Applications, Mathematical Finance; Mathematical Modelling), providing this accessibility is a very difficult, but at the same time very worthwhile, task.

In order to get a sound understanding of just one of these disciplines, it takes years of dedicated studies, after which one is still a beginner in the other disciplines. However, between these disciplines there are many links, which may be either seen as awaiting to be constructed, or as hidden and awaiting their discovery. Major breakthroughs in Mathematics have often been achieved by constructing theoretical tools which combine techniques from two different disciplines, or by adapting techniques from one discipline where they are well known to another discipline where one would not have guessed that there is an analogy.

Hence, making their topics or research understandable for the whole audience is not going to be easy for our speakers, but this is the aim of the seminar, and we expect it to be very useful for the progress of our Research Unit.

Your benefits as a member of the audience (professors, post-docs, research associates and PhD students) contain:

  • Efficient use of your lunch break - save the time of queuing in the canteen.
  • Enlargement of your knowledge horizon.
  • Opportunity to get to know the members of the other research teams.

The benefits of the speakers contain:

  • Learn to present their topic to people who are not experts on their domain, by identifying the essential aspects and reducing them to simple statements. The talks should be perceived as simple and “down to earth”.
  • Make their questions of research known to many mathematicians and possibly find unexpected collaborators with a background complementary to theirs.

The benefits for the Mathematics Research Unit contain:

  • Strengthening the cohesion of the Unit.
  • Fostering within the large scope of Mathematics inter-disciplinary research networks based in the Unit.

As of today, Dr. Maurizia Rossi runs the lunch seminar.

Our Mathematics spectrum was initiated and run for the first session by Dr. Alexander Rahm.