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About the IGA

A University Research Centre, the Institute for Geometry and its Applications (IGA) was founded on the 7th of November 1996, in recognition of the strong group of researchers in geometry and its applications at Adelaide, with its inaugural director being Professor Michael Eastwood (Adelaide).

The IGA staff are currently researching in a wide range of subjects in the area of geometry including differential, finite, complex, non-commutative and algebraic geometry together with geometric topics in mathematical physics including quantum theory, topological phases of matter, string theory; geometric analysis; index theory; K-theory; moduli spaces; category theory; information security and representation theory. The IGA has recently been recognized as being one of the University's Research Expertise and Strengths in the fundamental disciplines.

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Geometry lies at the core of modern mathematics with deep and wide implications in all other mathematical disciplines. In the last decade there has been an extraordinary confluence of ideas in mathematics and theoretical physics brought about by pioneering discoveries in geometry and analysis. Geometry pervades modern technology (medical imaging and information security being two well known examples).

The IGA provides collaborative opportunities to promote research in geometry, and we warmly invite you to join us in celebrating this new milestone in its history!

Varghese Mathai
Director, Institute for Geometry and its Applications


Speaker Schedule


Morning session

9:50am - Introduction from the director

10am - Hang Wang (East China Normal University) view recording

11am - Michael Eastwood (University of Adelaide) view recording

Afternoon session

2:30pm - Peter Bouwknegt (Australian National University) view recording

3:30pm - John McCarthy (Imperial College London) view recording

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Further Information

Date: November 5, 2021

Time: 9:45am - 4:30pm

Venue: Horace Lamb 422, University of Adelaide, North Terrace

Format: in-person and via Zoom

Symposium lunch: 12:30pm - 2:15pm at Parlamento on North Terrace

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to indicate whether you are joining in person or via Zoom. If you are interested in attending the symposium lunch, please indicate this in your email, together with any dietary requirements, no later than October 31, 2021.