This award will support the participation of graduate students and postdocs in the "2011 Riviere-Fabes Symposium" that will be held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities from April 15-17, 2011.
This annual conference, of which the 2011 meeting will be the fourteenth in the series, celebrates the mathematical legacy of Nestor M. Riviere and Eugene B. Fabes by focusing on recent developments in analysis, especially in the field of partial differential equations. The 2011 program will feature two principle speakers (Hitoshi Ishii and Michael Taylor), each of whom will give a two-hour lecture, and a number of one-hour talks delivered primarily by young mathematicians (Xiaochun Li, Yvan Martel, Robert McCann, Susanna Terracini). The program allows ample time for informal discussion among the participants.
The 14th Rivière-Fabes Symposium on Analysis and PDE was held April 15-17, 2011, at the School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota. As the name tells, this Symposium honors two late professors, Nestor Rivière and Eugene (Gene) Fabes. Minnesota was fortunate to hire these brilliant mathematicians and close friends almost simultaneously, Nestor in 1966, and Gene in 1967. After cancer claimed Nestor's life in 1978 at a young age of 38, the annual Rivière Lectures were established in his memory. In 1997, Gene died of a heart attack soon after his 60th birthday. Since 1998, Rivière Lectures turned into the Rivière-Fabes Symposia, which take place each April. Traditionally, the program features 2 speakers who give two lectures each, and another 4 one hour speakers, usually in earlier stages of their careers. This Symposium has international status, and the selection of speakers is world-wide. For example, the list of the previous speakers includes 4 recipients of Fields Medals, which are considered as equivalent to Nobel Prizes for mathematicians: Jean Bourgain, Charles Fefferman, Terence Tao, and Cédric Villani. As in the previous years, the programs started on Friday afternoon, and finished before Sunday noon. This allows to minimize possible conflicts with teaching activities. Separate time was allocated between the lectures for informal discussions, interchanging of ideas, and establishing new scientific contacts. Out of about 60 participants, the majority came from outside of University of Minnesota. In particular, NSF Grant helped to provide travel support for more that 20 junior researchers. For this Symposium, the two hour speakers were Hitoshi Ishii (Waseda University, Japan) and Michael Taylor (University of North Carolina). The one hour speakers: Xiaochun Li (University of Illinois), Yvan Martel (University of Versailles), Robert McCann (University of Toronto), Susanna Terracini (University of Milano). The Organizing Committee consisted of Markus Keel, Nicolai Krylov, Marta Lewicka, Peter Polá?ik, Fernando Reitich, Mikhail Safonov (chair), Daniel Spirn, and Vladimir Šverák. For more detailed information, see the website www.math.umn.edu/conferences/riv_fabes_11/