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Departmental News and Events

February 2017: New Blog Post: Report of the Large-Scale Structures in Random Graphs Workshop

Peter AllenJulia Böttcher and Jozef Skokan are in the discrete mathematics group of the Department of Mathematics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. They organised a workshop on “Large-scale structures in random graphs” in December 2016 which was hosted at Alan Turing Institute and generously jointly funded by the Heilbronn Institute and the Alan Turing Institute. Their write up of the event is produced on our research blog.ATI Group - Featured

Janaury 2017: Taking Time Out

MSc Coffee and cakes 2017Having made it through January, we treated our MSc stduents to some well-earned downtime with coffee and cakes.  As the great Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős said, “Mathematicians are machines for turning coffee into theorems” so we know that a little bit of what you fancy does you good!  Thanks to all our students for joining us.




December 2016: Miklós Schweitzer Memorial Competition in Mathematics

Between 24 October and 2 November 2016, one of our PhD students, Nóra Frankl, took part in the Miklós Schweitzer Memorial Competition in Mathematics. This is an annual Hungarian competition for university students up to 1st year of PhD. 10 questions are posed throughout 10 days and the competioton is open book.

We are pleased to learn that Nóra received 3rd Prize, shared with two other recipients.  All prize-winners are listed here.

December 2016: 5 minutes with Milan Vojnovic

Vojnovic profile Professor Milan Vojnovic is a Chair in Data Science in the Department of Statistics, London School and Economics & Political Science.  With the publication of Contest Theory, we took the opportunity to interview the author to find out more about his book and how it relates to his career.

Read the full interview here.



December 2016:  Haya Freedman Prize for Best Dissertations

2015_6 HayaFreedmanPrizeWinnersCongratulations to Jessica Ryan and Rafael Veiel, joint winners of the Haya Freedman Prize for Best Dissertations 2015/16 on the MSc Applicable Mathematics programme. To find out more about the Prize please click here.




December 2016: PhD Christmas competition: origami decorations

JoseFor the last few years, the Department has run a Christmas competition for our PhD students.  For 2016, we asked them to craft Christmas-themed origami creations.  Our winning entrants were Nόra Frankl and Jose Pasos who teamed up to make this fantastic Christmassy version of a wobbling wall of nine cubes - thank you to both of them for this amazing feat of paper craft!  They were awarded an Amazon voucher and a copy of "The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus" by Hannah Fry and Thomas Oléron Evans.

Here is a video of the wobbling wall in action: http://media.rawvoice.com/lse_maths/richmedia.lse.ac.uk/maths/20170105_christmasCompetition.mp4

December 2016: Winter Graduation Day

Graduation 2016LSE 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 and our LinkedIn MSc and MPhil/PhD group.


December 2016: Departmental Christmas party

As we come to the end of Michaelmas Term 2016, all staff and PhD students joined together at our Christmas party to celebrate another busy and exciting year.  We've seen lots of exciting changes and welcomed a number of new members to the team so this was a perfect opportunity for everyone to catch up, relax and begin their countdown to Christmas and the New Year.  Have a fantastic break, everyone!

December 2016: Student Christmas Party

Christmas Party 2016Our end of term Christmas party was so much fun - a great chance for our UG and PG students to catch up and celebrate their Michaelmas term achievements.  Thank you to everyone who joined us and a special shout out to DJ Vino V for his mix!

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

The Discrete Mathematics team hosted a workshop on open problems to contribute to a better understanding of the general area of large-scale structures in random graphs.  The majority of the workshop was private but two Public Lectures were 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, 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.

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.