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News and visitors

We welcome Dr George Datseris who has won a Royal Society Newton Internation Fellowship hosted at the University of Exeter for the next two years. We also welcome Andreas Morr who will be visiting from PIK (Postdam) from January to April 2023.

Workshop: Tipping and Related Phenomena 14th November 2022

This 1-day workshop will run in-person on Monday 14th November.

Details, programme and how to register are on:

Tipping and Related Phenomena workshop


Mathematical Modelling meets Medical Mycology: 11th November 2022

You may be interested in a joint meeting between Exeter’s EPSRC Hub for Quantitative Modelling for Healthcare (HQMH) and the Centre for Medical Mycology (CMM). The purpose of this meeting between the CMM and HQMH is to highlight ongoing research in both domains with a view to identifying potential synergies and collaborations between groups.

More details and registration are on:


Visitors to Exeter – Autumn 2022

We welcome Kerstin Lux (TU Munich) and George Datseris (MPI Hamburg) who are researchers visiting Exeter and the Centre for Systems, Dynamics and Control for several weeks this autumn.

Antipodeal Dynamics Workshop, 12th/13th Oct 2022

There will be a further collaborative Virtual Workshop on Dynamical Systems on Wednesday 12th October 2020, 8-10pm (UK), Thursday 13th October, 8-10am (NZ).

  • 8:00-8:20 Yuri Bakhtin (NYU) “Rare transitions in noisy heteroclinic networks”
  • 8:20-8:40 George Datseris (Hamburg/Exeter) “Methods and software for estimating basins of attraction of arbitrary dynamical systems”
  • 8:40-9:00 Lauren Smith (Auckland) “Swarmalators with second order phase coupling: Syncing, swarming and clustering”
  • 9:00-10:00 Virtual reality poster session

All welcome! Please register your interest using this form:


We welcome posters: these will be hosted in a virtual reality poster room using Mozilla Hubs. You can contact one of the organizers if you have any questions.

Peter Ashwin (Exeter)

Claire Postlethwaite (Auckland)


Yuri Bakhtin “Rare transitions in noisy heteroclinic networks”. We study white noise perturbations of planar dynamical systems with heteroclinic networks in the limit of vanishing noise. We show that the probabilities of transitions between various cells that the network tessellates the plane into decay as powers of the noise magnitude, and we describe the underlying mechanism. A metastability picture emerges, with a hierarchy of time scales and clusters of accessibility, similar to the classical Freidlin-Wentzell picture but with shorter transition times. We discuss applications of our results to homogenization problems and to the invariant distribution asymptotics. At the core of our results are local limit theorems for exit distributions obtained via methods of Malliavin calculus. Joint work with Hong-Bin Chen and Zsolt Pajor-Gyulai.

George Datseris “Methods and software for estimating basins of attraction of arbitrary dynamical systems”

Lauren Smith “Swarmalators with second order phase coupling: Syncing, swarming and clustering”. Coupled oscillators have been widely studied, with applications including brain and heart dynamics. Synchronisation is common to coupled oscillator networks, such that oscillators align temporally. Swarming behaviours have also been widely studied, such that independent agents aggregate spatially. For example, the flocking of birds or the schooling of fish. Here we consider a generalisation of the swarmalator model (O’Keeffe et al., Nat. Comm., 2017) in which particles termed “swarmalators” have both swarming spatial dynamics and oscillatory phase dynamics. A real-life example of swarmalators is sperm cells, whose oscillating tails create hydrodynamic forces that can lead to clustering. The swarmalator model has two-way coupling between the spatial and phase dynamics. The generalisation proposed here is to include the second harmonic in the phase coupling function. This yields many new phenomena, including anti-phase clustering, anti-phase segregation, and states with two large anti-phase clusters plus a small group of swarmalators that vacillate between them. Through mean-field reductions, critical sets of bifurcation parameters are analytically identified which agree with bifurcations observed in the full system.

One-Day Ergodic Theory Meeting University of Exeter, 15 June 2022

The next one day ergodic theory meeting (funded by the LMS scheme 3 grant between Birmingham University, Bristol University, Exeter University, Loughborough University, Manchester University, Queen Mary, St. Andrews University, and Warwick University ) will be at Exeter on Wednesday the 15th June, organised by Demi Allen and Mark Holland.


Schedule and further details of the meeting are at https://sites.google.com/view/demi-allen-mathematics/one-day-ergodic-theory-meeting-exeter-15-june-2022.

Homogeneous Dynamics and Related Topics Exeter

We are holding an online conference, “Homogeneous Dynamics and Related Topics Exeter.”  The conference aims to present a range of current research in homogeneous dynamics and related areas and to connect speakers and participants to discuss these topics.

If you have some interest in dynamics, number theory, or geometry, please feel free to attend a talk or two.

Speakers include:

  • Vitaly Bergelson (Ohio State)
  • Florin Boca (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Alexander Gorodnik (University of Zürich)
  • Dmitry Kleinbock (Brandeis)
  • Min Lee (Bristol)
  • Seonhee Lim (Seoul National University)
  • Jens Marklof (Bristol)
  • Andreas Strömbergsson (Uppsala)
  • Barak Weiss (Tel-Aviv)
  • Shucheng Yu (Uppsala)

Key Information

Date/Time:  16 May 2022 (Monday) — 19 May 2022 (Thursday), 1 PM — 4:30 PM BST (British Summer Time)

Platform:  Zoom (link will be sent to registered participants in due course)

Organizers: Nathan Hughes and Jimmy Tseng

Registration:  Free but required.  The registration form is linked on the conference website.

Conference website:  https://sites.google.com/view/hdrtexeter

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