Speaker: Agnese Barbensi
Affiliation: University of Queensland


The last few decades have seen important advances in understanding the consequences of topological constraints in many biological systems. A famous example is the case of knotted proteins, where the presence of entanglement is thought to influence their folding behaviour and mechanisms.  More recently, topological data analysis has been providing an effective computational window, aimed at characterising a variety of natural phenomena in terms of their topological features. In this talk, we present techniques and results in computational and applied topology, interpreted broadly, with a focus on applications to biopolymers. 

About Maths Colloquium

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.


Physics Annexe (06)
Room: 407 (and via Zoom: