The Mathematics Department is proud to announce the formation of the Centre in Combinatorial Methods in Algebra, Number Theory and Applications (CANTA). While a traditional celebratory launch is postponed to post-Covid-19 times, the Centre will be virtually launched in the Summer Term through an international webinar and a web champagne party.
The Mathematics Department is proud to announce the formation of the Centre in Combinatorial Methods in Algebra, Number Theory and Applications (CANTA). Plans for the research centre were recently approved by the College and the EPMS. While the launch party is postponed to post-Covid-19 times, the Centre will be virtually launched in June 2020 through an international webinar.
The Centre, to be headed by Prof Brita Nucinkis, will bring together researchers from diverse groups within the departments of Mathematics, Information Security and Computer Science: Discrete Mathematics (Gerke and Moffat), Group Representation Theory (Wildon), Combinatorial and Geometric Group Theory (Barnea, Kar, Nucinkis), Number Theory (Dietmann, McKee, Widmer), Cryptography (Albrecht, Blackburn, Martin, Ng), Quantum Mechanics (Bolte) and Theoretical Computer Science (Gutin, Wahlström).
The main strategic aim of CANTA is to foster an environment of research excellence for its members by facilitating collaborations within the Centre and with other centres of excellence in the UK and world-wide, supporting grant applications and enhancing training for research students. The centre will promote Knowledge Exchange – members will actively engage with the public particularly with young people to encourage careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). CANTA will nurture inter-disciplinary research and host exploratory workshops that discuss the influence of its work on the wider research community, e.g. Group Theory in Virology or Stem Cell research. It will build on Kar’s recent BSA Media fellowship to communicate with the Press about its activities.