UK Nonlinear News, February 1998

Academic News

Giuseppe Gaeta leaves Loughborough (1 February 1998).

After three and a half years in Loughborough, G. Gaeta leaves his job there on 1 February 1998. After this date he will, at least for some time, be in Roma (Physics department), where he can be contacted at

``On this sad occasion I would like to express my thanks for the privilege of having been part of the UK Nonlinear Community and for the friendship shown to me by so many members of this community (and the hope the links forged in these years will stay alive in the future), together with the best wishes of success to all of you for the continuing of your, already so successful, work.''

Source: Giuseppe Gaeta (

Selected Topics in Classical and Quantum Integrability

Postgraduate lecture course (5 February 1998+, University of Leeds)

Professor Sklyanin is currently visiting the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds, supported by an EPSRC Visiting Fellowship Grant. Professor Sklyanin, the originator of many of the textbook concepts in the theory of integrable systems, has agreed to give a series of lectures on the topics of his expertise. These are open to all interested people, including post-graduates, courageous undergraduates, and staff. The (tentative) time of the lectures is Thursday afternoons, 3-5 pm with a teabreak of about 15 mins in the middle. The first lecture will be on February 5.

Selected Topics in Classical and Quantum Integrability

This course, of approximately 8-10 2-hour lectures, provides an introduction into the theory of classical (Hamiltonian) and quantum integrable systems presented from the Hamiltonian point of view. No background knowledge is required, though familiarity with the basics of Hamiltonian mechanics and quantum mechanics would be helpful.

The unifying theme of the course is a comparison of various methods used to solve classical and quantum integrable systems and their interrelations. We shall restrict our attention to systems with a finite number of degrees of freedom. Our main illustrative examples will be the periodic Toda chain, Heisenberg spin chains, the Calogero-Moser model, the Gaudin model, and rigid-body-motion models (spinning tops). A special emphasis will be given to the method of separation of variables, Bethe ansatz, and Baecklund transformations.

Source: V. Kuznetsov (

Update on East Midlands Mathematical Physics Seminars

The monthly East Midlands Mathematical Physics Seminars initiative continues. This is run by a Joint Research Group (supported by the London Mathematical Society under a scheme 3 grant) gathering mathematicians and physicists from Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. After the departure of G. Gaeta, the coordinator of the group will be Professor Veselov.

Updated information is available on the home page for the seminars, which also contains details of past activities.

Funds are available to support the attendance of Ph.D. students and young postdocs from outside the East Midlands region.

For information on the activity of the J.R.G., contact the coordinator, Sasha Veselov (, or alternatively Slava Belavkin ( or Vassili Kolokoltsov (

Source: Giuseppe Gaeta (


Stephen Cornell appointed to a postdoc at Cambridge

Stephen Cornell has been appointed to a 3-year EPSRC funded postdoctoral research assistantship in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. The title of the project is Scaling up from individual to population behaviour in stochastic, spatially-extended, systems. He comes from a postdoc in theoretical physics at Manchester University.

Source: Bryan T. Grenfell (

Andy Edwards appointed to a postdoc at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Andrew Edwards is working as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Hal Caswell in the Biology Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, USA. He is working in the field of marine ecosystem modelling, using and extending results from his Ph.D., which he recently obtained from the Department of Applied Mathematical Studies, University of Leeds, under the supervision of Professor John Brindley. He is presently at Woods Hole until April 1998.

Source: Andy Edwards (

Mark Groves appointed to a lectureship at Loughborough

Mark Groves, presently in Hanover on a Humboldt fellowship, and who was previously a temporary lecturer in Loughborough, has been appointed to a permanent lecturership in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Source: Giuseppe Gaeta (

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