A Distinguished IGA Lecture Series by

Professor Frances Kirwan (University of Oxford)

Short Biography

Professor Kirwan is a leading expert on moduli spaces in algebraic geometry, geometric invariant theory (GIT), and the link between GIT and moment maps in symplectic geometry. Her work endeavours to understand the structure of geometric objects by investigation of their algebraic and topological properties.

From 1983-85 she held a Junior Fellowship at Harvard. From 1983-86 she held a Fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, before later becoming a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. She is an honorary fellow at Clare College, Cambridge. In 1996 she was appointed a University Professor of Mathematics. From 2004-06 she was President of the London Mathematical Society, the second-youngest president in the society's history. In 2005, she received a five-year EPSRC Senior Research Fellowship, to support her research on the moduli spaces of complex algebraic curves.


  • Lecture 1 (Monday 4 December, 9:45am - 10:30am)
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  • Lecture 2 (Monday 4 December, 10:45am - 11:30am)
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  • Lecture 3 (Tuesday 5 December, 9:45am - 10:30am)
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  • Lecture 4 (Tuesday 5 December, 10:45am - 10:30am)
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