Point Configurations: Deformations and Rigidity

LMS Research School at the University College London, 20-24 July 2020

Organisers: Codina Cotar (UCL, London) and Mircea Petrache (PUC, Santiago)

The aim of the research summer school is to present several different modern perspectives on the rigidity and deformability of optimum point configurations. Three main points of view are presented in the lecture courses: the point of view of material science and elasticity; the point of view of approximation theory; and the point of view of the methods of Viazovska, based on linear programming bounds.

Lecturers and Plenary Speakers

There will be three main lecture courses (of six hours each), accompanied by tutorial classes (of four hours each), on the following topics:

  • Crystallization in classical particle systems by Gero Friesecke, from Technical University of Munich (tutorial classes: TBA)
  • Discrete Energy on Rectifiable Sets by Douglas Hardin and Edward Saff, from Vanderbilt University (tutorial classes by Alex Vlasiuk from Florida State University)
  • Modular forms, universal optimality and Fourier interpolation by Danylo Radchenko, from ETH Zurich (tutorial classes by Steven Charlton, from MPIM Bonn)

Additionally, there will be three plenary talks by:

There will also be an opportunity for the participants to present posters or give short talks on their own research.

Further information will be added closer to the workshop.


Research students and early career researchers are invited to apply for a place on the Research School at reduced registration rates here. This includes a further form to be filled by a referee, which is also found here.

Other participants can register directly here.

Applications from research students and early career researchers will be reviewed starting from March 31st 2020 and on a rolling basis until all places are filled, with a processing time of at most two weeks; information about individual applications will not be available before April 14th 2020.

Registration fee includes:

  • Five nights on-campus accommodation* (single room in central London, breakfast and dinner included)
  • All lunches and coffee breaks
  • Monday evening welcome reception
* for research students and early career researchers only - other participants will have to contribute to their subsistence costs (accommodation, breakfasts and dinners)

Registration Fees

  • Research students*: £150
  • Early career researchers**: £250
  • Other participants: £250 + subsistence costs (accommodation, breakfasts and dinners)
  • Research students from UCL and other London universities (who do not require on-campus accommodation, breakfasts and dinners): £75
* defined as MSc students and PhD students (including also PhD students who have submitted their thesis, but who have not yet been officially awarded the PhD ).** defined as within five years of completing their PhD (excluding career breaks).

Fees for research students and early career researchers who apply for reduced rates, should not be paid until a place at the Research School is offered, and will be due by June 20th 2020.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid (towards travel costs and/or registration fees): Research students who have successfully secured a place on the Research School following the instructions above, and who would otherwise be unable to attend, can apply for financial aid. Application Forms for Financial Aid will be available after March 31st 2020. Details on the information that will be required appear here.

(We anticipate that we will be able to reimburse the full registration fees for around 25-30 research students.)

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Local Information


The workshop will take place at:

Lecture Theatre room G12

1-19 Torrington Place

London WC1E 7HB

United Kingdom

The main (security-manned) entrance is on the eastern side of the building. Directions to the building.

Photo: Hedley &Betaud, J. Protozool. 9(1), p.83, 1962