Pisa, 8th of January 2019. 2018 Fields medalist Alessio Figalli will be returning to Pisa. From Monday 14th until Thursday 17th January, some of the most important mathematicians of international repute, chosen among both his collaborators and the scholars who played a decisive role in the development of his career, will take part in a conference organized in his honour. Alessio Figalli, who turns 35 next April, was first an undergraduate then a graduate student at the Scuola Normale from 2002 to 2007.  For the last 2 years he has been a professor of mathematics at the Zurich Polytechnic, after a very rapid rise in his career in France and in the USA. It is the first time that Alessio Figalli is being celebrated in the city where he studied, under the supervision of professor Luigi Ambrosio at the Scuola Normale, and at the University of Pisa.

In particular, on Monday morning, in the Sala Azzurra and in Aula Bianchi of the Palazzo della Carovana, after the institutional greetings, informative seminars will be held by Guido De Philippis (SISSA of Trieste) and Aldo Pratelli (University of Pisa) on two fundamental results obtained by Alessio Figalli.

Video support will also be shown. In the afternoon, in the Aula Magna Pontecorvo at the Polo Fibonacci it will be the turn of Robert McCann (University of Toronto) and Francesco Maggi (University of Texas, Austin).

In the following days, in the Aula Magna Pontecorvo, there will be other talks by Guido De Philippis and Aldo Pratelli as well as by Camillo De Lellis (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), José Antonio Carrillo (Imperial College, London), Ludovic Rifford ( Université Nice Sophia Antipolis); Albert Fathi (Georgia Tech), Nicola Gigli (SISSA of Trieste) Juan Luiz Vazquez (Universidad AutonÓma Madrid), Antonio Corbo (University of Cassino) and Giovanni Alberti (University of Pisa).

The meeting is organized by the Ennio De Giorgi Mathematics Research Centre of the Scuola Normale, the Mathematics Department of the University of Pisa and the Unione Matematica Italiana, with the sponsorship of UniCredit.

Last August Alessio Figalli received the Fields Medal, considered to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the field of Mathematics, for his studies in Mathematical Analysis, in particular in the field of optimal transport, the study of Euler equations of incompressible fluids, geometric and functional inequalities, transport problems and free boundary problems. Figalli, author of more than 140 research papers published in major international journals, has already received many awards during his career, including the Premio Feltrinelli Giovani of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (2017), the O’Donnell Award in Science conferred by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (2016) and the Stampacchia Gold Medal (2015).

Alessio Figalli will return to the city where he began his career as a mathematician, still deeply connected to the people and to the environment he found at the Scuola Normale and at the University of Pisa.