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Marriages, Couples, and the Making of Mathematical Careers (29–30 April 2021)

The papers in this workshop aim to explore the role of marriage and other domestic partnerships in the lived practice and constructed memory of mathematics. Though mathematicians are often imagined as the quintessential solitary researchers, many have managed the daily routines of a mathematical career through partnership with a spouse who was intimately involved in their working life or the posthumous construction of their legacy. Whilst marriage is certainly not the unique social form such collaboration can take, we propose that it offers an especially clear window on the unstable boundaries dividing labour into the intellectual and the domestic, the masculinized and the feminized, the credited and the unacknowledged.

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David Dunning (University of Oxford)
Brigitte Stenhouse (The Open University)

ComPlane: the next generation (17–18 June 2021)

The meeting is for researchers (particularly early-career researchers) in complex dynamics, function spaces, operator theory, geometric function theory, potential theory and related topics.

We welcome participants of all career stages to attend. The deadline to apply to give a talk or present a poster is 20 May 2021, and priority will be given to PhD students and recent PhD graduates. Further details and registration information can be found at the conference homepage. There is no registration fee.

Vasiliki Evdoridou (The Open University)
Clifford Gilmore (University of Manchester)
Myrto Manolaki (University College Dublin)

Fifty years of mathematics and statistics at the Open University (14 September 2021)

Celebrating research and teaching in mathematics and statistics over the last fifty years. More information to follow!

Mathematics in Times of Crisis: 32nd Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (18–20 November 2021)

Crisis, instability and times of uncertainty have undoubtedly influenced the development of the sciences, and mathematics is no exception. Throughout history, mathematicians found themselves facing wide-ranging challenges, both internal and external to mathematics, to which they had to respond in new and creative ways. Inspired by contemporary global events, this conference is interested in the ways that times of crisis shaped the development of mathematics. Such times of uncertainty might be frustrating and confounding for mathematicians, but from a historical perspective, they can be viewed as an engine of mathematical creativity.

The Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics is an annual international conference aimed at PhD and postdoctoral students (young scholars) in the history and philosophy of mathematics and neighboring fields. It provides an opportunity for young researchers to present and discuss their research in a safe, informal environment, and serves as a place for them to share experience and advice, as well as to establish new contacts. Participants are welcome from around the world.

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Brigitte Stenhouse (The Open University)
Richard Lawrence (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)
Tuya Sa (Loughborough University)
Tobias Schütz (Universität Mainz)
Rosie Lev-Halutz (Tel-Aviv University)

Regular conferences

The School hosts two regular conferences, namely the Open Statistical Physics Meeting and the Winter Combinatorics Meeting.

The Open Statistical Physics Meeting is an annual one-day meeting in statistical physics, which usually takes place in March or April (postponed in 2021).

The Winter Combinatorics Meeting is a one-day meeting in combinatorics held approximately biennially.