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Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellows

(above, left to right: Svitlana MayborodaIrene Fonseca, Claudia Sagastizabal, Donatella Marini, Lesley Ward,)

As of 2019, a generous £250,000 donation from the Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust has allowed the establishment of the Kirk Distinguished Visting Fellowships scheme. This fellowship provides funding for one senior mathematician per programme in the style of the existing Rothschild Distinguished Visiting Fellowships. These field-leading figures are chosen from under-represented groups within higher mathematical research. As a consequence they will primarily be senior women mathematicians. It is the Institute's hope that this prestigious fellowship will help create and promote influential new role models within the field, and address the historical gender imbalance that persists within the science.

> INTERVIEW: click here to read Dr Ewan Kirk's thoughts on on research, philanthropy and the the foundation of the Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowships scheme
> INTERVIEW: click here to read Professor Claudia Sagastizabal on renewable energy, the "science of betterment" and punting in circles
> INTERVIEW: click here to read Professor Donatella Marini on virtual element methods, talented women and collaborative working
> PODCAST #7: click here to listen to Professor Irene Fonseca discuss the power of academic interactions, the obligations placed upon high-achieving females, and a love of painting
> PODCAST #9: click here to listen to Professor Svitlana Mayboroda discuss the draw of harmonic analysis and a love of mathematics for its own sake   
> PODCAST #18: click here to listen to Associate Professor Lesley Ward discuss complex analysis, the value of peer support and "the ability to develop agency"


>> To see footage of each Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellow's accompanying lecture, please click their name in the table below. <<

Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellows

Gordana Todorov Northeastern

Cluster algebras and representation theory

Ingrid Daubechies Duke

Mathematics of deep learning

Claire Voisin Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu

K-theory, algebraic cycles and motivic homotopy theory

Cheryl Praeger University of Western Australia

Groups, representations and applications: new perspectives

Irene Fonseca Carnegie Mellon University

The mathematical design of new materials

Donatella Marini Università degli Studi di Pavia Geometry, compatibility and structure preservation in computational differential equations
Svitlana Mayboroda University of Minnesota Approximation, sampling and compression in data science
Claudia Sagastizabal Universidade Estadual de Campinas

The mathematics of energy systems

Lesley Ward University of South Australia Complex analysis: techniques, applications and computations
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons