The Mathematics Colloquium is directed at students and academics working in the fields of pure and applied mathematics, and statistics. 

We aim to present expository lectures that appeal to our wide audience.

Information for speakers

Information for speakers

Maths colloquia are usually held on Mondays, from 2pm to 3pm, in various locations at St Lucia.

Presentations are 50 minutes, plus five minutes for questions and discussion.

Available facilities include:

  • computer 
  • data projector
  • chalkboard or whiteboard

To avoid technical difficulties on the day, please contact us in advance of your presentation to discuss your requirements.


Dr Fred Roosta-Khorasani
+61 7 336 53259
Dr Ramiro Lafuente
+61 7 336 57506

Pos-quantum zero-knowledge proofs

1 March 2021 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Veronika Kuchta
University of Queensland

Combinatorial constructions in Representation Theory and Number Theory

15 February 2021 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Anna Puskas
University of Queensland

Introduction to Optimal Transportation

9 March 2020 2:00pm3:00pm
Jiakun Liu, University of Wollongong

Sharp polynomial bounds on mixing rates for dispersing billiards and Lorentz gases

2 March 2020 2:00pm3:00pm
Professor Ian Melbourne, University of Warwick

Atmospheric carbon and the statistical science of measuring, mapping, and uncertainty quantification

18 November 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Noel Cressie, Distinguished Professor, National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA), University of Wollongong

The wisdom of the crowd: ensemble learning and multi-modal imitation learning

14 October 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
Dr Nan Ye, School of Mathematics and Physics, TheUniversity of Queensland

Prediction of inertial particle focusing in curved microfluidic channels.

23 September 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Professor Yvonne Stokes, Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Reflections and Retractions

9 September 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Anne Thomas, The University of Sydney

Ricci Flow, Einstein Manifolds and Ricci Solitons: A Survey

22 August 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Xiaodong Cao (Cornell University)

The competitive exclusion principle in stochastic environments

12 August 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Alex Hening (Tufts University)

The extension problem and the Helgason conjecture

15 July 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Sundaram Thangavelu (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalor)

Curvature and Symmetry

10 June 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Wolfgang Ziller (University of Pennsylvania)

Special Colloquium celebrating Women in Mathematics

13 May 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Romina Arroyo, Sara Herke, Sabrina Streipert and Sheila Williams

Homogeneous Ricci flows

8 April 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Ramiro Lafuente (The University of Queensland)

Three Angles on Tropical Geometry

13 March 2019 10:00am11:00am
Dr Stephan Tillmann

Hamilton Cycles, Polytopes and Random Walks

18 February 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Ali Eshragh (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Homogeneous Einstein Metrics on Euclidean Spaces are Einstein Solvmanifolds

11 February 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Christoph Boehm (University of Muenster, Germany)

Computational methods for global dynamics

27 August 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Oliver Junge (Technical University Munich)

Mathematics of Swimming: Why do the Limbs of Krill Move like a Wave?

30 July 2018 2:00pm
Calvin Zhang (University of Arizona)

Using Stein’s Equation in Simulation

23 July 2018 2:00pm
Sheldon Ross (University of Southern California)

The dynamics of malaria infection: A modelling perspective

18 June 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Lauren Childs (Virginia Tech)

Optimization formulations of data analysis problems

13 June 2018 10:00am11:00am
Stephen Wright (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Hitchin Systems in Mathematics and Beyond

11 June 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Steven Rayan (University of Saskatchewan)

From homotopy theory to representation theory

30 April 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Yaping Yang (University of Canterbury)

Symmetry through Geometry

23 March 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Nalini Josh (University of Sydney)

Homotopy type theory

19 March 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Richard Garner (Macquarie University)

Representation, optimisation and generalisation in deep learning

25 January 2018 3:00pm4:00pm
Professor Peter Bartlett, UC Berkeley 

The fractional laplacian, extension problems and conformal geometry

20 November 2017 2:00am3:00pm
Mariel Sáez (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

From symmetries of crystals to lattices in Lie groups

13 November 2017 2:00pm
Wolfgang Globke (University of Adelaide)

Honours talks

23 October 2017 2:00pm

Risk and Sustainability: a Stochastic Stewardship Criterion

29 September 2017 2:00pm
Michel de Lara (École des Ponts ParisTech and Université Paris-Est)

A rate balance principle and its application to queueing models

24 July 2017 2:00pm
Presented by: Moshe Haviv, Hebrew University of Jerusalem