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Durham University

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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


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Events for 12 November 2020

Yulia Timofeeva: Computational modelling of neurotransmitter release

11:00am, Zoom

Increases in concentration of free calcium ions (Ca2+) in presynaptic terminals of neuronal cells trigger vesicular release of neurotransmitters. Changes in Ca2+ concentration are primarily due to Ca2+ influx through voltage-gated calcium channels located at the plasma membrane and activated during an action potential or spontaneously. In this talk I will demonstrate how experimentally constrained computational modelling of underlying biological processes can complement laboratory studies (using electrophysiology and imaging techniques) and provide insights into the mechanisms of synaptic transmission.

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Lucy Moser-Jauslin: Smooth rational affine varieties with infinitely many real forms

1:00pm, Zoom.

In this talk, I will discuss a recent result concerning real forms of affine varieties. Given a real variety X, a real form of X is a real variety Y such that the complexifications of X and Y are isomorphic as complex varieties. I will show how to construct smooth rational affine algebraic varieties of dimension 4 or higher which admit infinitely many non-isomorphic real forms. This is joint work with A. Dubouloz and G. Freudenburg.

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Mathew Bullimore: New algebraic structures in quantum field theory


In recent years, remarkable algebraic structures have been discovered in the quest to perform exact non-perturbative computations in supersymmetric quantum field theory, with deep connections to geometry and representation theory. I will try to explain how some these algebraic structures arise in simple examples, including Landau levels on a sphere, monopoles creating and destroying vortices, and interfaces colliding with boundaries.

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Dr Carolyn Fornoff - Mexican Pearls and the Promise of Nature

4:00pm, Zoom, Dr Carolyn Fornoff (University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign)

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Dr Elizabeth Powell: Salvation as ‘loving regard’

5:00pm, Online

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