Since 1986 the Mathematics section at ICTP has played an important role in fostering mathematics research and education in developing countries. Research is carried out in various fields of Mathematics by the permanent staff, postdocs, and graduate students, as well as by scientific visitors from all over the world. 

Typically, the section organizes from 5 to 10 focused activities a year involving an average of 100 participants. These activities are the core of the section's activities and are crucial for disseminating current mathematics knowledge of the highest level as widely as possible.

In addition the Mathematics section, like all the other sections at ICTP, participates in the Diploma program. Since 2011 Diploma students can apply to stay on to work on a PhD in Mathematics in a joint program with SISSA.

The Mathematics section also offers opportunities for postdocs and research fellows; click here for latest announcements.

Once a month, the section organises The Basic Notions Seminar Series to broaden the understanding of some mathematical concepts.


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» Quenched decay of correlations for slowly mixing systems

» Gromov’s conjecture on non-free isometric immersions

» BASIC NOTIONS SEMINAR - Gravitational waves as predicted by Einstein: signals from black holes collisions in the distant universe

» Carleson measure Problem for Hardy spaces on tube domains over symmetric cones

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» TMU-ICTP School and Conference on Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory | (smr 3200)

» Workshop on Global Differential Geometry | (smr 3205)

» International School on Extrinsic Curvature Flows | (smr 3209)

» Summer School on Geometry of Moduli Spaces of Curves | (smr 3215)

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Research and Visiting Opportunities

Every year the Mathematics Group offers research opportunities for outstanding mathematicians from developing countries, for short and long-term visits, as well as postdoctoral fellowships, through the Mathematics Research Fellowships programme. A call for postdoctoral fellowships with a starting date of September 2018 is now open. The application deadline is 7 January 7 2018. Other research and education opportunities in mathematics are available through the ICTP's Postgraduate Diploma Programme as well as its Associateship Scheme.

Research Topics

Differential Geometry
Claudio Arezzo studies the geometry of complex algebraic varieties using techniques from analysis and differential geometry.
Algebraic Geometry
Lothar Goettsche is interested in moduli spaces in algebraic geometry and interactions with theoretical physics.
Dynamical Systems
Stefano Luzzatto studies dynamical systems and is particularly concerned with the geometric and statistical properties of chaotic systems as well as the use of rigorous use of numerical techniques to study them.
Number Theory
Fernando Rodriguez Villegas has research interests in representation theory, combinatorics and symmetric functions as well as computational algebra and number theory.