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The new date for this event is April the 7th 2022 from 19:00 to 21:00 uur. 

In April the Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts (KMAW) organizes the "Evening of the Abel prize", a yearly event with as goal to discuss aspects of the research of the latest Abel prize laureates. The event is meant for a general audience and it is a unique opportunity to hear about modern mathematics! This time the event has an extra special touch as both prize winners will be present and speak about their work in front of a wide audience.

On the website of the Academy we read:

"The Abel Prize is regarded as the 'Nobel Prize in Mathematics' and has been awarded annually since 2003. The 2021 Abel Prize has been awarded to Israeli computer scientist Avi Wigderson and Hungarian mathematician László Lovász."

They received the prize for their pioneering contributions to theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics. One of these contributions was the incorporation of theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics as central parts of modern mathematics.

Program of the event

  • Frank den Hollander, Professor of Probability Theory at the University of Leiden – Welcome
  • Harry Buhrman, Professor of Algorithms, Complexity Theory, and Quantum Computing at the University of Amsterdam – Introduction to the work of Avi Wigderson
  • Avi Wigderson, Professor of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton - Imitation Games (read the abstract here)
  • Lex Schrijver, Fellow at CWI and Emeritus-Professor of Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam  – Introduction to the work of László Lovász
  • László Lovász, Professor of Mathematics, Eötvös University, Budapest – What is a graph limit and what is it good for? 

There will be a live-streaming of the event and the registration is open to eveyone! For more information on the event and the link to the regisrtation you can have a look at the website of the KNAW.

Want to learn more?

The event organized by the Academy is intended for a general audience. On Friday 8 of April 2022, CWI organizes an event with lectures by the two Abel Prize laureates, together with three accompanying talks by researchers inspired by the achievements of Lovász and Wigderson. These lectures are directed to scientists and will be more focused on the technical aspects and the details of the work of Lovász and Wigderson.  

A live video stream will be offered. This event is freely accessible after registration. For more information you can have a look at the website of the CWI. The program can be found below. 

Preliminary program for the CWI Lectures on Friday 8 of April 2022:

13:00-13:10 Welcome
13:10-14:00 Avi Wigderson (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
14:00-14:30 Michael Walter (University of Amsterdam, Ruhr-University Bochum)
14:30-15:00 coffee and tea
15:00-15:50 László Lovász (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
15:50-16:20 Dion Gijswijt (Delft University of Technology)
16:20-16:50 Jeroen Zuiddam (University of Amsterdam)
16:50-16:55 closing

More information about the speakers and their talks can be found on this page.