IMS September Meeting 2020

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Irish Mathematical Society

The 33rd annual meeting of the Irish Mathematical Society will be hosted online by Dublin City University, taking place on Wednesday 13th - Friday 15th January 2021.

The meeting will consist of a mixture of 30 min and 50 min talks on a wide variety of mathematical topics. There will be three sessions of four talks each, taking place on the afternoons of Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th January, and on the morning of Friday 15th January. A number of the talks are linked by the theme of epidemiological and environmental modelling.

In the absence of an opportunity to hold a poster session to highlight the work of research students, this year’s meeting will feature a competition for PhD and research MSc students. We invite students to submit a short video-recorded presentation on their research. See below for details. We would like to ask colleagues to encourage their own students, and students in their department, to submit an entry to the competition. The recordings will be made available to all conference participants.

For any queries, please email the organisers at We look forward to meeting you online in January.

Brien Nolan
Niamh O’Sullivan


To register for the 2020 Irish Mathematical September Meeting, please follow this link to the registration form.

The meeting will be held on Zoom. Relevant links will be sent to registered participants in advance of the meeting.


Wednesday, 13th January

 Zoom link for Wednesday session, please click here.


Opening Comments



Robert Heffernan 


Cayley's theorem revisited: embeddings of small finite groups [Link to slides]


Rossen Ivanov

TU Dublin

Mathematical models for internal ocean waves interacting with currents [Link to slides]






James Gleeson


Differential-equations modelling and Covid-19 

[Link to slides]


Arundhathi Krishnan

University of Waterloo/UCC

Markovianity and the Thompson Monoid F+

[Link to slides]

Thursday, 14th January

Zoom link for Thursday session, please click here.


Paul Razafimandimby


On the strong solutions to the 2D stochastic Ericksen-Leslie system: A Ginzburg-Landau approximation approach 

[Link to slides]


Áine Byrne


Elimination versus mitigation: what’s the optimal strategy for controlling COVID-19? [Link to slides]






Niamh Cahill


A Bayesian statistical model for reconstructing and analysing former sea levels [Link to slides]


Deirdre Hollingsworth


Trade offs in COVID-19 interventions

Friday, 15th January

Zoom link for Friday session, please click here.


Merrilyn Goos


Meeting the challenge of teaching mathematics 'out of field': The Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching [Link to slides]


Angela Carnevale


Growth in nilpotent Lie rings [Link to slides]






Clifford Gilmore


Dynamics of Weighted Composition Operators on Fock Spaces 

[Link to slides]


Martin Mathieu


Characterising Jordan homomorphisms [Link to slides]




Closing remarks; award for best student contribution 





Research Student Presentations

We are pleased to share with you the entries received for our research student competition. A panel of judges will select a winner and runner-up from among these, with the results to be announced at the end of the last session of the meeting on Friday (c. 12.30pm). Please click on the hyperlinked titles to view the presentations. Our thanks to all entrants.


Giuseppe Cotardo (UCD)

Tensor Decomposition in Coding Theory

Guillermo Coboszara (IT Tralee/MTU)

Conformal Space

Jason Curran (University of Limerick)

Diffuse Optical Tomography (follow link and play in drive folder)

Fearghus Downes (IT Sligo)

Mathematical Modelling of the Bovine Reproductive Cycle

Hamalys Akyamba TU Dublin
Hassan Alkhayuon University College Cork
Sultan Alzahrani NUI Galway
Stefan Bechtluft-Sachs Maynooth University
Ramya Bhat Dublin City University
Jacquie Birkett Maynooth University
Christopher Boyd University College Dublin

Malcolm Brady

Dublin City University
Olivia Bree St Patrick's Drumcondra - retired
Sinéad Breen Dublin City University
Jeremiah Buckley King's College London
Mark Burke University of Limerick
Miguel David Bustamante University College Dublin
John Butler TU Dublin
Angela Carnevale NUI Galway
Tom Carroll University College Cork
Enda Carroll University College Dublin
Leo Creedon Institute of Technology Sligo
Giuseppe Cotardo University College Dublin
Anthony Cronin University College Dublin
Julie Crowley Cork Institute of Technology
Jason Curran University of Limerick
Edward Donlon TU Dublin
Fearghus Downes Institute of Technology Sligo
Tim Downing Dublin City University
Ivo Düntsch Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, Chine, and Brock University, St Catharines, Canada
Ronan Flatley Mary Immaculate College Limerick
Timothy Foley Open University
Romina Gaburro University of Limerick
Eugene Gath University of Limerick
Clifford Gilmore University College Cork
James Gleeson University of Limerick
David Goulding Cork Institute of Technology
Jim Grannell University College Cork
Bernard Hanzon University College Cork
Cian Hayes Maynooth University
David Henry University College Cork
Russell Higgs University College Dublin
Philipp Hoevel University College Cork
Deirdre Hollingsworth University of Oxford
Daniel Horrigan Dublin City University
Fionnán Howard Dublin City University
Thomas Huettemann Queen's University Belfast
Rory Humphries University College Cork
Ted Hurley NUI Galway
Tandeep Kaur Dublin City University
Andrew Keane University College Cork
Cónall Kelly University College Cork
Derek Kitson Mary Immaculate College Limerick
Claus Koestler University College Cork
Natalia Kopteva University of Limerick
Bernd Kreussler Mary Immaculate College Limerick
Arundhathi Krishnan University of Waterloo
Gordon Lessells formerly University of Limerick
Rupert Levene University College Dublin
Peter Lynch University College Dublin
Tony Lyons Waterford Institute of Technology
Dana Mackey TU Dublin
Michael Mackey University College Dublin
Niall Madden NUI Galway
David Malone Maynooth University
Myrto Manolaki University College Dublin
Konstantinos Maronikolakis University College Dublin
Martin Mathieu Queen's University Belfast
Marion McAfee Institute of Technology Sligo
J.P. McCarthy MTU, Bishopstown
Aisling McCluskey NUI Galway
Malgorzata McEvoy Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, PAS, Olsztyn, Poland
Eilish McLoughlin Dublin City University
Cillian McLoughlin Maynooth University
Maria Meehan University College Dublin
Pauline Mellon University College Dublin
John Miller Trinity College Dublin
Clifford Nolan University of Limerick
Anthony G. O'Farrell Maynooth University
Elizabeth Oldham Trinity College Dublin
Maurice O'Reilly Dublin City University
Cathal Ormond Trinity College Dublin
Shane O'Rourke Munster Technological University (formerly CIT)
Ann O'Shea Maynooth University
Ciarán O'Sullivan TU Dublin
Koushik Paul NUI Galway
Götz Pfeiffer NUI Galway
Kirsten Pfeiffer NUI Galway
Satya Prakash Dublin City University
Rachel Quinlan NUI Galway
David Reynolds Dublin City University
Michael Rosbotham Queen's University Belfast
Tobias Rossmann NUI Galway
Victoria Sánchez Muñoz NUI Galway
Ashley Sheil Maynooth University
Stefan Sint Trinity College Dublin
Helena Smigoc University College Dublin
Nina Snigireva University College Dublin
Anthony Staines Dublin City University
Maria Teider University College Cork
Michael Tuite NUI Galway
Paul van Kampen Dublin City University
Sebastian Wieczorek University College Cork
Stephen Wills University College Cork


The Irish Mathematical Society is seeking new members. If you work/study in mathematics/applied mathematics/mathematics education or any cognate discipline as a staff member/student/Phd student/Post doctoral researcher and are not already a member, then the Irish Mathematical Society eagerly encourages you to apply for membership. 

The Irish Mathematical Society was founded in 1976, runs an annual conference and publishes a twice yearly Bulletin. For more information on the society, past conferences and the Bulletin please see

Membership is easy to apply for - just mail our Treasurer, Dr Cónall Kelly, at Membership is €30 for ordinary membership, €15 for student membership, see

Next approval of new membership applications will take place at our upcoming committee meeting in December, so apply soon to make that deadline.

The Irish Mathematical Society looks forward to hearing from you.