Journée Georges de Rham 2020 - EVENT POSTPONED TO THIS FALL!

Wednesday, 8 April, 2020

COVID-19 Sanitary Measures:

In view of the evolution of the health situation in Switzerland and the measures announced by the federal and cantonal authorities, the University of Geneva is obliged to cancel or postpone any event planned until further notice.


Upon decision of the organizers, this conference will therefore be postponed to the fall 2020 (exact date to be confirmed).

Thank you for your kind understanding.


SwissMAP Administration Team




The University of Geneva and the EPF Lausanne invite you to the Journée Georges de Rham 2020 which will take place at the University of Geneva, Uni Bastions building, in the B106 auditorium (Olivier Reverdin).

The Journée Georges de Rham has been introduced in 1991 by the Troisième cycle romand de mathématiques. It convenes mathematicians not only of the CUSO universities, but also from the whole of Switzerland and from abroad and stimulates interaction between professors, postdocs and PhD students. Every year, the organisers invite two speakers of international reputation who present their vision of contemporary mathematics and of future developments. A particular aim is to offer doctoral students a modern high class perspective of mathematical sciences and to establish contacts on an international level and with other research groups.

This year, the invited speakers are James Maynard (University of Oxford) and Alessio Figalli (ETH Zurich).


Registration (mandatory):

If you wish to take part in the conference, please complete the registration form.

Registration Deadline: 31st March 2020


Conference subjects:

Alessio Figalli (ETH Zurich): Regularity of interfaces in phase transitions via obstacle problems

The so-called Stefan problem describes the temperature distribution in a homogeneous medium undergoing a phase change, for example ice melting to water. An important goal is to describe the structure of the interface separating the two phases. In its stationary version, the Stefan problem can be reduced to the classical obstacle problem, which consists in finding the equilibrium position of an elastic membrane whose boundary is held fixed and which is constrained to lie above a given obstacle. The aim of this talk is to give a general overview of the classical theory of the obstacle problem, and then discuss recent developments on the structure of interfaces, both in the static and the parabolic settings.


James Maynard (University of Oxford): Approximating reals numbers by fractions

How well can you approximate real numbers by fractions with denominators coming from a given set? Although this old question has applications in many areas, in general this question seems impossibly hard - we don’t even know whether e+pi is rational or not!

If you allow for a tiny number of bad exceptions, then a beautiful dichotomy occurs - either almost everything can be approximated or almost nothing! I’ll talk about this problem and recent joint work with Dimitris Koukoulopoulos which classifies when these options occur, answering an old question of Duffin and Schaeffer. This relies on a fun blend of different ideas, including ergodic theory, analytic number theory and graph theory.


Conference Schedule:

16:15-17:15: James Maynard, Approximating reals numbers by fractions

17:15-17:45: Coffee Break

17:45-18:45: Alessio Figalli, Regularity of interfaces in phase transitions via obstacle problems

18:45-19:30: Reception


Venue Information:

Arrival by train (Geneva main Station "Gare Cornavin")

Take either tram n°15 (direction: Palettes) or n°18 (direction: Lancy-Bachet-Gare)

Get out at the tram stop "Plainpalais"

The building "Uni Bastions" is at about 5 min. walk


Arrival by car

The parking "Plaine de Plainpalais" is available near the building "Uni Bastions".

The entrance is accessible from:

Boulevard Georges-Favon 46
1205, Genève




Event location: 

University of Geneva - Building Uni Bastions
Rue de Candolle 5 Auditorium B106 - Olivier Reverdin
1211 Genève 4 Geneva

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