Aim and description
An ancient theorem of Apollonius of Perga, circa 200BC, proves that for any three mutually tangent circles or lines there are
precisely two other circles or lines which are tangent to all three.
Thus given four mutually tangent circles, one of them internally tangent to the other three, there is a unique way to inscribe a circle into each of
the curvilinear triangles that appear between the circles; iterating this procedure indefinitely gives a construction called an Apollonian circle packing.
The aim of the European Women in Mathematics summer school is to provide a stimulating intellectual environment for female and male PhD students and postdocs from different countries and different mathematical disciplines to learn new mathematics (outside the scope of their own research) and to meet new colleagues. We hope that these contacts will help the forming and development of a network for PhD students and between PhD students and established mathematicians.
During the summer school, the featured lectures by Hee Oh and Elena Fuchs will take place in the mornings. In the afternoons, pairs of participants will give review lectures on background material relevant to the morning lectures, and then the participants will coalesce into small groups to work on problems. Three months in advance of the summer school the organizers will group the participants into pairs and assign a topic to each pair; each pair will then write an expository manuscript on that topic and prepare a chalkboard presentation to give at the summer school. A collection of all the expository manuscripts will be given to each participant upon arrival at the summer school. The atmosphere of the historic Institut Mittag-Leffler will facilitate the focused scientific program, and will also provide ample opportunities for casual discussions about subjects such as work/life balance and math careers.
The Institut Mittag-Leffler will provide accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and a conference dinner. There might be some limited funding for travel.
How to apply
The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. We expect to make the final decisions by mid-February. The application form can be found on the IML official website. (Scroll down to How to apply.)