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Leiden to host international mathematics conference in 2019




Leiden, September 2016




Leiden to host international mathematics conference in 2019

More than 600 European mathematicians will be visiting the city


In the summer of 2019 a group of 600 mathematicians from all over Europe will spend five days in Leiden attending the Equadiff 2019 conference. This distinctive conference, brought to Leiden by symposium ambassador Arjen Doelman, will take place in the Hooglandse Church and the Kamerlingh Onnes Building at Leiden University.

The Equadiff  conferences are international meetings focusing on the mathematical and numerical aspects of both fundamental and applied differential equations. The conferences bring together world experts from this specific field of mathematics to debate issues relating to strictly fundamental mathematical analysis as well as real-world applications.


Opportunity for Leiden

When the board of Equadriff proposed organising its 20th symposium in the Netherlands, Professor Arjen Doelman, Professor of Applied Analysis at the Faculty of Science and conference ambassador for Leiden city, grasped the opportuity with both hands. An enthusiastic reaction from three colleagues in the Leiden analysis group clinched the deal. Such a large conference involves an enormous amount of organisation; the logistics will therefore be in the hands of the Events Office at Leiden University.


One of the conference locations will be the Hooglandse Church. This historic venue is a stone’s throw away from the Burcht, the oldest and most central site in Leiden and a fascinating place for international visitors. The second location, the Kamerlingh Onnes Building, is also known as ’the coldest place on earth’, a reputation it earned through the research carried out there by physicist Kamerlingh Onnes on very low temperatures. The building has a wide range of facilities including two historic lecture halls and a restaurant, making it an ideal venue for symposia, conferences and other meetings.