(above, left to right: Svitlana MayborodaIrene FonsecaClaudia SagastizabalDonatella MariniLesley 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: Dr Ewan Kirk‘s thoughts on on research, philanthropy and the the foundation of the Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowships scheme
  • INTERVIEW: Professor Claudia Sagastizabal on renewable energy, the “science of betterment” and punting in circles
  • INTERVIEW: Professor Donatella Marini on virtual element methods, talented women and collaborative working
  • LIVING PROOF PODCAST #7: Professor Irene Fonseca discusses the power of academic interactions, the obligations placed upon high-achieving females, and a love of painting
  • LIVING PROOF PODCAST #9: Professor Svitlana Mayboroda discusses the draw of harmonic analysis and a love of mathematics for its own sake
  • LIVING PROOF PODCAST #18: Associate Professor Lesley Ward discusses complex analysis, the value of peer support and “the ability to develop agency”

Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellows


Gordana Todorov Northeastern Cluster algebras and representation theory
Rebecca Willett Chicago 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

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