American University of Beirut

From PhD to PhD: A Conference Mapping the Network of Lebanese Mathematics

​​​June 1 – 3, 2021

(Beirut Time, GMT +3)

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I dislike frontiers, political or intellectual, and I find that ignoring them is an essential catalyst for creative thought. Ideas should flow without hindrance in their natural course.” Michael Atiyah

In the midst of social-political turmoil, financial meltdown, disease induced lockdown, and the resulting disruptions of our academic environments, it was perhaps natural for us mathematicians in Lebanon to dig into our network of graduates, and catalyze the coming together of this PhD-to-PhD gathering. Virtual gathering that is, exploiting the unprecedented level of digital connectedness which was ushered by global turmoil.

Concerned departments in local universities shared their lists of alumni helping us feature the wealth of research in pure and applied mathematics explored across Lebanese universities, and its ongoing amplification through collaborations with research labs outside.

The outcome is a meeting which brings together PhD students and Post-graduates, from a diversity of mathematically intensive disciplines (theoretical computer science included), with senior mentors overviewing active areas of research, two invited perspectives from/on post-graduate careers, and a keynote lecture coupling mathematics to a discussion of women careers in mathematics. A rather special occasion to meet, learn about each other’s work, and reinforce scientific links which are surely beneficial for budding mathematicians, and the future of mathematics in Lebanon.

Catalyzed and hosted by the Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences at AUB, the meeting came together in collaboration with the Lebanese Society for Mathematical Sciences and its network of mathematics, computer science and engineering departments across Universities in Lebanon. It was generously coordinated by Fida El Chami (Math, LU), in close collaboration with Mariam Al Akhdar (Math Ph.D. candidate, LU-AUB), Giuseppe Della Sala (Math, AUB), Toufic El Arwadi (Math, BAU/LSMS), Ayman Kachmar (Math, LU/CAMS, AUB).

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