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Departmental News and Events

December 2016: @LSE Maths Public Lectures at The Alan Turing Institute next week

The Discrete Mathematics team are hosting a workshop on open problems which will contribute to a better understanding of the general area of large-scale structures in random graphs.  The majority of the workshop will be private but two Public Lectures will be open to all on 13 December 2016:

10:30 - 11:30 Robert Morris (IMPA) - The sharp threshold for making squares

11:40 - 12:40 Stefanie Gerke (RHUL) - Matchings in random bipartite graphs

For further information and to register for a place, please visit our mini-site.


December 2016: New Visiting Professor appointment: Dr Tim Roughgarden

Roughgarden Profile pictureWe are delighted to announce that Dr Tim Roughgarden (Stanford) joins the Department of Mathematics as a Visiting Professor.  Tim is an Associate professor in the Computer Science and (by courtesy) the Management Science and Engineering Departments at Stanford University. He is a leading researcher in discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science and game theory.

Tim's research interests include the many connections between computer science and economics, as well as the design, analysis, and applications of algorithms. For his research, he has been awarded the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the Kalai Prize in Computer Science and Game Theory, the Shapley Lecturership of the Game Theory Society, the Social Choice and Welfare Prize, INFORM’s Optimization Prize for Young Researchers, the Mathematical Programming Society’s Tucker Prize, and the EATCS-SIGACT Gödel Prize.

November 2016: 5 minutes with Hal Kierstead

Hal_profileHal Kierstead is a Professor at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in Arizona State University.  He visited our Department in September to work with Jan van den Heuvel  and Daniel Quiroz.  He also spoke at our Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation about the history and applications of generalised colouring numbers, a notion which arose from an idea of Chen and Schelp for using well-chosen vertex orderings to find good bounds on colourings of graphs.  Whilst he was with us, Jan took the opportunity to discover more about Hal’s reserach, career route and interests. Read the full interview here.

November 2016: Congratulations to Dr Ahmad Abu-Khazneh!

Well done, Dr Ahmad Abu-Khazneh, and welcome to the department of Mathematics' alumni family!  We're so happy for you to have been awarded your PhD in Mathematics.  Congratulations, also, to your supervisor, Prof. Bernhard von Stengel.

For details of Ahmad's thesis and to view the ever-growing list of PhD alumni of the department, please view our PhD "Roll of Honour".

October 2016: LSE BSc Mathematics & Economics graduate Ashish Patel wins the Team London volunteering award

Ashish PatelOn 31 October Ashish Patel, BSc in Mathematics and Economics 2016, won the the Under 25’s category for Mentoring and Coaching in the Team London volunteering awards at City Hall for his work with IntoUniversity.  We're extremely proud - congratulations Ashish!  Read all about the work Ashish undertook and his award here



October 2016: Mathematics Careers Evening

On 27th October, all mathematics final year undergraduates and postgraduates we invited to attend our annual Mathematics Careers Evening.  This provided the perfect opportunity for students to discover just what they can do with their Mathematics degree.  The event gave students the opportunity to speak with recent graduates and learn more about what it’s like working in IB, banking, asset management, energy, consultancy and government by meeting those working for organisations including EY, Shell, BNP Paribas, Fidelity, Jefferies, Blackrock, Cambridge Associates, National Grid, HSBC, HM Treasury, Teach First, Santander and IBM.  Possibilities for further academic progress were also highlighted by our current PhD students.  The event was truly motivational and we all left feeling inspired.  We’re extremely proud of everything our alumni have achieved and we’re so happy that they are still able to find the time to stay in touch with the Department.  We're also grateful to our colleagues in LSE Careers who organised the event.


October 2016: British Society for the History of Mathematics Undergraduate Essay Prize awarded to LSE Department of Mathematics student

Michael SealThe British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) Undergraduate Essay Prize is awarded annually for an essay by an undergraduate student on any topic in the history of mathematics. One of this year’s two prizes has been awarded to Michael Seal (London School of Economics, Department of Mathematics, BSc Mathematics with Economics) for his essay entitled “Was there a Revolution in Analysis in the Early 19th Century?”  Michael was a student on MA318: History of Mathematics in Finance and Economics, taught by Professors June Barrow-Green, Norman Biggs and Robin Wilson.  Read more about the award, MA318 and Michael here.

October 2016: new Public Lecture announced

Speaker: Professor June Barrow-Green
The response of Cambridge mathematicians to the First World War
Date: Thursday 9 March 2017

Professor June Barrow-Green is Professor of History of Mathematics at the Open University.  She is also Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the London School of Economics.

In this lecture, Professor Barrow-Green will consider how Cambridge mathematicians responded to the First World War in a variety of ways.  There were those who volunteered their mathematical skills for work at establishments such as the Royal Aircraft Factory, the National Physical Laboratory, or the Anti-Aircraft Experimental Section of the Ministry of Munitions, those who followed a military path, and those who, for reasons of conscience, refused to take an active part in the War. Professor Barrow-Green will discuss the war-time activities of Cambridge mathematicians and examine the impact of the War on their careers as well as on mathematics itself.

The event will be chaired by Professor Martin Anthony (@MartinHGAnthony), Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department of Mathematics at LSE.

October 2016: LSE graduate shortlisted for volunteering award

APatelLSE BSc Mathematics and Economics graduate Ashish Patel (pictured) has been shortlisted for a Team London volunteering award for his work with IntoUniversity during his time at the School.

Ashish commented: "Being shortlisted for the Team London Awards feels amazing. I feel delighted that my dedication and commitment to improving students' abilities, over the past two years, has made a real and positive impact on the lovely students. It was my pleasure to teach them.

"I feel privileged for having the opportunity to volunteer at IntoUniversity, a wonderful charity. I want to say massive thank you to the staff members at IntoUniversity for believing and enhancing my ability to teach. Regardless of the outcome, I very much look forward to continuing my passion for brightening students' future prospects".

The awards ceremony takes place at City Hall on Monday 31 October.

October 2016: two new courses launched for 2017/18 entry

We are very pleased to annouce the launch of the following two courses, reflecting some of the ways in which our Department is developing:

Please follow the links to find out more.

October 2016: Women in Mathematics Seminars

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to launch an academic, professional and personal development seminar series presented by leading female mathematicians to offer support, encouragement and advice to staff and students interested in a career in mathematics.

JBGLaunch Seminar
Date: Wednesday 26th October
Speaker: Professor June Barrow-Green  (LSE, Open University)

To launch the series, Visiting Professor June  Barrow-Green spoke about her journey from art gallery assistant to professor via investment banking, and about her research which includes the origins of chaos theory and the mathematics of the First World War.


October 2016:  Boat Trip

On Monday 3rd October, the MSc Applicable Mathematics, MSc Financial Mathematics, and PhD students and staff got together for a boat trip on the River Thames.  It was a glorious evening and we were able to enjoy spotting some of London's many well-known landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Chelsea Bridge, Canary Wharf, and the Thames Barrier.  What a great start to the new term!


October 2016: New degree programme for 2017 entry!

teachingWe are very pleased to announce our new undergraduate degree programme: BSc Financial Mathematics and Statistics.  The programme is now open for 2017 entry and will provide graduates with a very strong mathematical and statistical background, combined with knowledge of economics and finance, and training in coding and computation in addition to the other, broader, elements of an LSE education.  Click here for more information.

September 2016: Macmillan Coffee Morning

macmillan_thumbnailThe Department took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan.  Lots of staff got their bake on, with sweet treats including moccha bourbon cake, lemon and blueberry loaf and toffee, ginger and fudge cupcakes, and savoury delights such as lemon and courgette tarts.  It was a great opportunity to shares elevenses and raise money for a fantastic cause.

September 2016: Philanthropic Scholarship support enables students to realise their potential

210 students received support provided though over 100 named philanthropic scholarships during the last academic year (2015-16).  In 2014-15, gifts from alumni and friends of the School provided more than £2.7 million in fees and living costs, helping LSE to meet its commitment to widen participation in university education – university places should not be restricted by circumstances beyond our control.  The School has pledged to broaden the student population and dramatically widen participation in university education.

Dane Jones

The Department was especially pleased to see one of our BSc in Mathematics and Economics students interviewed in the latest edition of LSE Advancement’s Impact magazine, written for supporters of the LSE.  Dane Jones was awarded the James Jeal Scholarship, providing him with the safety net he needed to “dedicate (his) focus to (his) academic performance” and he has already seen an improvement in his results.  He also found the award gave him “a psychological boost of confidence, knowing that somebody has placed their faith in (him)”.  Dane wants to make his donor proud and, all the while, he’s making his Department proud too!

September 2016: "hello" to all our new BSc, MSc and PhD students!

Welcome to the London School of Economics and Political Science, and to the Department of Mathematics!  You are joining a School where "excellence is nurtured and where we strive to provide students with an extraordinary and rewarding learning experience that fosters creativity and unleashes potential" (Julia Black, Inerim Director).  This world-leading Department seeks to meet individual students' needs, wherever viable; its hallmarks are friendliness and a supportive environment for all our members.  We very much hope you enjoy your time at LSE and take all the opportunities that the School offers. One excellent, easy way to keep up-to-date with what the Department and School are up to is to follow @LSEMaths on Twitter, and don’t forget to tweet us about what you’re up to (all you have to do is include @LSEMaths in your tweet).

Enjoy your time here, being part of LSE.

September 2016: 5 minutes with Marc Renault

Marc RenaultMarc Renault is currently a CNRS postdoc at the Institut de Recherche en Informatique Fondamentale (IRIF; formerly LIAFA), Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7.  He visited our Department during the summer to speak at our Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation about “The Bijective Ratio of Online Algorithms“. Whilst he was in London, Tom Lidbetter took the opportunity to discover more about Marc’s interests, both in his research and beyond. Read the full interview here.

September 2016: the new academic year brings new members to the department

As the new academic year approaches, we are exceptionally pleased to welcome academics Paul Duetting and Johannes Ruf to the Department.  Paul has previously worked with the department but we now welcome his return as an Assistant Professor of Game Theory, having spent time researching at ETH Zürich.  We are also very happy to have Johannes join us from University College London as an Assistant Professor of Financial Mathematics.

In addition, our Professional Services Team has grown in number, gaining a new Departmental Administrator, Enfale Farooq.  Welcome, all of you!

September 2016: our Head of Department is listed as one of London’s most influential people of 2016

MAOn Wednesday 7 September, the Evening Standard announced The Progress 1000, a list of London's most influential people of 2016 as judged by a panel of editors, critics and experts. This is the tenth annual edition of the list, which “celebrates ‘progress makers’– people who are helping shape the city for the future”.

In noting that Mathematics “underpins many of our industries here, from finance and technology to engineering and architecture,” the newspaper included a special category on Mathematics, and listed fourteen mathematicians within The Progress 1000, alongside those in other categories: legacy makers, equality champions, business brains, literati, screen stars and a whole remit of other contributors to London’s global opportunities. 

Among those mathematicians is LSE’s Professor Martin Anthony, who is cited for being head of “LSE’s world-leading mathematics department”. Martin, whose research concerns the mathematical underpinning of machine learning and the theory of Boolean functions, has been at LSE since 1990.

Commenting on his inclusion in the list, Martin said: “I am pleasantly surprised by this, and delighted that the work of the Department has received this recognition. Mathematics has long been acclaimed as fundamental to the physical sciences, and its role in social and economic sciences has become increasingly prominent in recent years. The work we do (both in education and research) in our department is informed by our location within LSE: the areas in which we work connect with --- and provide theoretical underpinning for --- the understanding of many aspects of social and economic life. For example, discrete mathematics and the theory of algorithms provide the mathematical basis for the analysis of networks, algorithmic mining of large data sets and efficient computation; mathematical game theory provides the mathematical foundations of strategy and much of modern economics; financial mathematics concerns mathematical modelling of financial markets in order to understand them better; and operational research is an essential tool for any quantitative approach in management. Our Department has been making efforts recently to highlight its work to a wider audience, and our mention in the Evening Standard is very welcome.”

August 2016: Combinatorics Colloquia 2016 report published

GroupThe write up from our Combinatorics Colloquia 2016 is available to read online - just follow this link.  It provides a summary of all our speakers' presentations and some great photos which really capture the sense of the event.  Thanks to everyone who made our 10th anniversary so special!

August 2016: Congratulations to Dr Steffen Issleib!

Well done, Steffen and welcome to the department of Mathematics' alumni family!  We're so happy for you to have been awarded your PhD in Mathematics.  Congratulations, also, to your supervisor, Prof. Graham Brightwell.

For details of Steffen's thesis and to view the ever-growing list of PhD alumni of the department, please view our PhD "Roll of Honour".

July 2016: Summer Graduation Day

LSE graduation is always one of the best times of the year and 2016 has been no exception.  We had a wonderful time celebrating with our graduates and sharing their special day with their friends and families.  We're extremely proud of all our students and wish them well in their future careers. Please do stay in touch with us via the LSE Alumni community!


July 2016: Cyril Offord Prize 2015/16

Congratulations to Sicen Liu, a student on our BSc Mathematics and Economics programme, who has been awarded the annual Cyril Offord Prize for Outstanding Performance in Mathematics.  To find out more about Professor Cyril Offord, the first Professor of Mathematics at the LSE, please read his obituary. Details of the Prize can be read here.


July 2016: Joseph Abraham Prize 2015/6

Congratulations to Miguel Angel Garrido Garcia the first winner of the Joseph Abraham Prize for Outstanding Achievement on the MSc Financial Mathematics programme. To find out more about the Prize please click here

Miguel Garrido Garcia - Joseph Abraham Prize


June 2016: Peter Cameron – Report of the London Combinatorics Colloquia 2016

Peter CameronPeter Cameron is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London. He is also a half-time Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews. Peter writes a popular blog about things he “feel(s) strongly enough about” and he recently posted an entry about his observations at the 2016 London Combinatorics Colloquia, hosted by the Departments of Mathematics at Queen Mary, University of London and the London School of Economics and Political Science. With his kind permisson, we have reproduced this entry on our own blog, Maths@LSE.  Read the article here.

May 2016: MSc students' end of term party

As our MSc students reached the end of their time here at LSE, we hosted a party for them to say thank you for all their hard work and support over the past year and to wish them well in their futures.  Peter Allen, one of our MSc programme directors, took centre stage to congratulate students on a fantastic year.  We love to hear what our graduates are up to and hope they will stay in touch with us via the international LSE alumni community.

MSC party

May 2016: Research Impact Workshop

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All research staff gathered together for our first Research Impact Workshop.  It was a great opportunity for us to share thoughts and ideas about making our future more 'impactful' and we are very grateful to Dr. Rachel Middlemass, the School’s Research Impact Manager, for workshop 2her guidance and valuable suggestions.  It was also a wonderful chance for us to hear from Dr. Luitgard Veraart regarding her Houblon-Norman/George Fellowship from the Bank of England. A very productive afternoon!  We look forward to our next workshop in the new academic year.


May 2016:Philippe van Basshuysen – Towards a fairer distribution of refugeesphilippe-van-bashuysen

With the current refugee crisis showing no sign of abating, a fair and efficient method for distributing people to different countries is urgently needed. In this new post (which was originally published on the Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method blog), Philippe van Basshuysen looks at matching systems. 

May 2016: 2016 Colloquia in Combinatorics

2016 sees the tenth year of the Colloquia in Combinatorics and we were excited to celebrate this milestone by making this Colloquia our biggest and best yet. And that's just what we did on 11-12 May, hosting two consecutive one-day events at QMUL and LSE.  Read more about the event here.


May 2016: new blog article from LSE alumna, Tanya Flower featuring insider career tips

Tanya FlowersTanya Flower graduated in July 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Maths and Economics from LSE.  She now works as an Assistant Economist in the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  In this new blog article, Tanya talks about how she wisely used her time at University to undertake placements which helped her stand out from the crowd and gives advice to those considering careers in amths and statistics.  Tanya also gives us important insight inot her current role at ONS.  Read the full article here. Thank you Tanya, and well done!

May 2016: And the winners are...

Summer Term is a time for celebration and we're very pleased to announce the following winners in 2016:

Katirtzoglou, Eleni

LSESU Teaching Excellence Award Winner in Innovative Teaching: Dr Eleni Katirtzoglou (Mathematics).  Students from all over the LSE nominate their teachers for the LSESU Awards, and Eleni is to be congratulated on this significant achievement.


Julia BottcherLSE Teaching Promotion Award: Dr Julia Böttcher, on promotion to Associate Professor, was also awarded a Major Review teaching prize for her outstanding teaching. Congratulations to Julia.



  • LSE Class Teacher Awards: Barnaby Roberts, Michael Yiasemides, Elisabeth Grieger, Phil Johnson, Tom Lidbetter. Well done to them all.
  • DepartmentalPrizes for New Class Teachers (those in their first two years of teaching for us): Aaron Lin, Amal Merhi and Michael Yiasemides.Thank you to you all.

 Photos of all our prize winners can be viewed here.

May 2016: New Research Award

Veraart, LuitgardDr Luitgard Veraart, Mathematics, has been awarded a Bank of England George Fellowship to develop a rigorous methodology to assess systemic risk when information about the underlying financial network is only partially available. This will enable regulators such as the Bank of England to account for higher-order financial contagion effects in macroprudential stress tests even if the full network is not observable.  Congratulations Luitgard!


April 2016: New blog post: Norman Biggs - Calculus on Clay?

Norman BiggsNorman Biggs is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at LSE.  Follow him on Twitter: @norman_biggs.  In this new blog article, Norman comments on the recent discory of a Babylonian clay tablet thought to contain material that resembles ‘calculus’.  He thinks the tablet describes a universal method of measuring a cumulative effect


April 2016: Improvements in the sequential change-point detection schemes for finance

Gapeev_PavelThe implementation of detection procedures by Dr Pavel Gapeev, Department of Mathematics, by certain analytic research groups in the financial industry led to improvements in the existing methods for trading and hedging in financial markets.

Read Pavel's impact case study here.



April 2016: Paul Dütting – Designing auctions for re-allocating spectrum rights

Paul Duetting profilePaul Dütting is a Senior Researcher at ETH Zürich; during the the academic year 2014-2015, he was an LSE Fellow in the Department of Mathematics. In this new blog article, Paul considers the Federal Communications Commission Incentive Auctions and the Algorithmic Game Theory processes behind them.


March 2016: Public Lecture: The Diffusion of Innovations: why does it take so long for new ideas to take hold?

Young, PeytonDate: Monday 7 March 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor H. Peyton Young
Professor Martin Anthony

Peyton Young is Centennial Professor of Mathematics at the London School of Economics. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC. He is noted for his research on the evolution of social norms and institutions, the diffusion of innovations, and the measurement of systemic risks in the financial system. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a former President of the Game Theory Society.

In this lecture, Peyon considered how new ideas, technologies, and ways of doing things are the key to economic growth and development. Yet it often takes many years after the introduction of an innovation before it comes into widespread use. Delays result from many issues; we examined these in the context of several well-documented cases.  The event was chaired by Martin Anthony (@MartinHGAnthony), Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department of Mathematics at LSE.

The video of the lecture can be viewed via our YouTube channel here with accompanying slides available here.

March 2016: Alumni Reception: celebrating 20 Years of the Department

cakeOn 1 March 2016 we hosted a special evening reception for alumni, staff (both past and present) and current MSc and PhD students in honour of a momentous occasion: the Department of Mathematics' 20th anniversary.

This was a great chance to reconnect and build networks, catching up with familiar faces and meeting new LSE faculty and students.  We loved celebrating with our friends!  A full write-up on the event (and more photos) can be here.

February 2016: Congratulations to Mathieu and Marta!

More happy news for the Department and our fabulous MPhil/PhD students.  Mathieu Dubois is now Dr Dubois, having been awarded his PhD in Mathematics.  Furthermore, Marta Casetti has received her Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Mathematics.  For details of their thesis titles, supervisors, and the ever-growing list of PhD alumni of the department, please view our PhD "Roll of Honour". Congratulations to both Mathieu and Marta - do stay in touch!

February 2016: 5 minutes with Maura Paterson

Maura Paterson2Maura Paterson (Birkbeck, University of London) visited our Department to present her seminar on “Applications of Disjoint Difference Families”.  She also kindly took time out with Julia Böttcher (LSE) to answer a few questions on her research interests and how she takes a break from mathematics. Read the full interview here.


February 2016: Student visit to Bletchley Park

On Saturday 6 February, a group of our MSc Applicable Mathematics students visited Bletchley Park, the iconic heritage site of World War 2 codebreaking.  The most famous of the cipher systems to be broken at Bletchley Park was the Enigma, subject of the 2014 award-winning film, "The Imitation Game".

January 2016: A tribute to Anatole Beck (1930-2014)

Anatole Beck1A little over a year since his passing, Adam Ostaszewki, Professor of Mathematics at LSE, remembers Anatole Beck, our friend and colleague, with input from Steve Alpern and Kenneth Binmore.  He was a Leonardo-like mathematician with awesome insight and inquiry and is much missed by the Depatment.



February 2016: Congratulations to Chlump!

Chlump Chatkupt has been awarded his PhD in Mathematics.  For details of his thesis title, supervisors, and the list of PhD alumni of the department, please view our PhD "Roll of Honour". Congratulations Dr Chatkupt!

January 2016: Ewan Davies – Counting the number of ways a gas can fill a room

EwanEwan Davies is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Mathematics. His research is on graph theory, the study of connected systems of abstract ‘things’ which we call graphs. In his latest blog post, he develops a new method for understanding mathematical models in these graphs, using particles of a gas or atoms in a molecule as examples.



January 2016: Joint Mathematics and Philosophy Reading Group on Game Theory

We are pleased to announce the launch of an interdisciplinary reading group on game theory which is jointly organised by LSE's Mathematics and Philosophy Departments.

Primary focus of the group is on foundational and philosophical issues in game theory, but applications will also play a role. We particularly aim to promote interdisciplinary research projects among graduate students from any disciplines.

The reading group is launched this term but we hope it will endure beyond this academic year, and become an established group for exchange of ideas, discussion and research in game theory. We believe this will promote and strengthen the position Game Theory occupies at LSE and highlight its status as an important interdisciplinary science at our school.

Depending on time constraints and participants’ interests, in Lent Term 2016 we will focus on the following topics:

  • Epistemic Game Theory
  • Bounded rationality in games
  • Evolutionary Game Theory
  • Algorithmic Game Theory
  • Games of Incomplete Information.

The group will meet every second week starting Tuesday January 19, 16.00-17.30 in LAK2.06, Lakatos Building, LSE.  For more information, please contact seminar@maths.lse.ac.uk.

January 2016: Public Lecture: Non-Western Mathematics

Wilson, RobinDate: Monday 18 January 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Robin Wilson
Professor Jan van den Heuvel

Robin Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics, LSE.  In this lecture, he explored the mathematics of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and the Mayans.  The event was chaired by Jan van den Heuvel (@JanvadeHe), Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, LSE.

Past News and Events

For information on past news and events in the Department, please click here for our news archive. Please note that some links may now be out of date as this page is simply a historical record and is not updated.