UK Nonlinear News , May 1997.

Master Class 1997-1998 on Spatial-Temporal Patterns

Mathematical Research Institute

By Prof J.J. Duistermaat (director MRI) and Dr. J. Stienstra (coordinator MC)

The Mathematical Research Institute (MRI) in The Netherlands has been set up jointly by the mathematics departments of the universities of Groningen, Nijmegen, Twente and Utrecht. Its aim is to promote research, organise graduate courses and seminars, and stimulate international contacts and exchange. The MRI is one of the main mathematical institutes in The Netherlands.

Master Class (MC)

Every year the MRI organises several parallel MC topics. These are 1-year programmes of lectures, seminars and a test problem for bright undergraduate students and beginning graduate students of any nationality. The MC student follows one of these programmes. The language for all MC activities is English.

Students who have successfully completed a Master Class programme can apply for admission to the Graduate Studies Programme (GSP) of the MRI. Studies in the GSP can take 4 years and aim at a doctoral thesis, based on original mathematical research. Admission to the GSP is subject to a severe selection procedure.

Spatio-Temporal Patterns

In the academic year 1997-1997 the MRI is offering a MC in Spatio-Temporal Patterns. The programme will run from September 1st 1997 until June 30th 1998 and consists of two blocks of courses, each block lasting approximately thirteen weeks. Participants are expected to be actively involved in seminars, workshops, and discussions. Time will also be reserved for preparing for the examinations and for work on the test problem. The programme includes:

The following courses will be offered:

Mini-courses and one-day seminars will be offered on the following topics:

In the mini-courses and seminars there will be many contributions by specialists in the natural sciences and mathematicians from outside the MRI. The precise elaboration of the mini-courses partly depends on the actual audience (e.g., the proportion of time devoted to motivation, modelling and interpretation relative to the proportion devoted to (sketches of) proofs). Therefore it is important that prospective participants provide us with the relevant information.

Examination and certificate

Each participant will take examinations on the courses and present a written account of their work on the test problem. When the examinations and the test problem are successfully passed a certificate will be awarded.

Expenses and fellowships

The fee for admission to the MC, including tuition fees, is Dfl. 5,000. Since the MC activities take place in different cities the participants should expect travelling expenses of upto Dfl. 1,500. Moreover, there will be expenses for visa and for travelling to and from the Netherlands. The costs of living (including housing and insurance) are estimated at Dfl. 1,200 per month.

A very limited number of fellowships for participation in the MC are available. Foreign students are therefore requested to apply for scholarships or funding from their home country. The MRI also encourages participation by way of student exchange programmes. Students are requested to check if their home university is involved in exchange programmes with one of the MRI universities (Groningen, Nijmegen, Twente, Utrecht). The MRI offers a few full fellowships, intended for students with no possibility of funding in their home country and a few partial fellowships, intended for students with limited funding. In some cases the admission fee will be waived.


The MC activities will be spread over the four participating universities. The MRI will help candidates find suitable housing accommodation near one of the participating universities. Usually one day per week the student will travel to another university. Travelling can take up to two and a half hours each way.


Admission is open to students in their final year of undergraduate studies in Mathematical Sciences, or who have started their graduate studies. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply one should complete (a copy of) the application form and send it, together with the following documents, to Jean Arthur:

N.B.: incomplete applications will not be considered; there are no special application forms for fellowships or housing.

If you require further information or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact:

Ms. Jean Arthur (secretary MRI)
University of Utrecht, Mathematical Research Institute
P.O. Box 80.010
3508 TA Utrecht
The Netherlands
(tel: 31-30-2531472, fax: 31-30-2518394, e-mail:

Information on WWW

The latest information about the Master Class 1997-1998 can be found on World Wide Web at the following address:

Deadlines for application

Applicants seeking admission to the MC in September 1997 are requested to contact the secretariat as soon as possible. Deadline for applications: March 1st, 1997. Candidates will hear at the beginning of May 1997, whether or not their application has been successful. For students not requiring an MRI-fellowship (or a visa to enter The Netherlands) the deadline for application is June 1st, 1997.

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