The first time I heard about MFO was when I collaborated with the Exhibition Imaginary/BCN, in Barcelona; this exhibition started in MFO, after Herwig Hauser created a series of beautiful pictures of algebraic surfaces with interesting mathematical structures, with the goal to catch the attention of prospective PhD students; later, the pictures became part of a very nice exhibition, that has already travelled to many cities from around the world!
It was a big surprise when I saw that the director of the MFO, Professor Gerhard Huisken, together with Professor Simon Brendle (from Stanford University), organized one of the Oberwolfach Seminars on Singularity Analysis for Geometric Flows, a topic in which I am very interested (it is essentially the field of my PhD thesis). So I didn't doubt about it, and I showed my interest in attending the seminar.
Thank you MFO!
Singularity Analysis for Geometric Flows
What does that even mean? Well, let me try to explain it, without going into too much detail. Geometric Flows are differential equations that appear in a geometric setting, usually involving geometric concepts such as the curvature of a surface or a curve (or a geometric object of higher dimension). One example is the Curve Shortening Flow (a particular case of the Mean Curvature Flow), were the shape of a curve evolves with respect to a parameter (say time) depending on its curvature: in the regions where the curve has a high curvature, it evolves fast, moving in the normal direction to the curve, while in the flat regions it almost doesn't move. You can see an example in the following video: