Mathematical Conferences in 2005
Upon the request of Nenad Bach, I am submitting a short
report about several international mathematical
conferences organized this year, where I had the privilege to
participate. Of course, there were many more math
conferences in general, I will mention just a few of them.
1. Functional Analysis IX
(if you are interested, see the photos)
about 70 participants
This is international congress organized biannually in
Croatia, in the city of Dubrovnik, in June, for a week
or so. Its strong international reputation is clear from the
names of participants. I will try to introduce some of them, enclosing the
titles of their talks (which, very probably will not tell you anything):
David Vogan (M.I.T., USA): Branching laws for
representations of real reductive groups.
This is one of the best specialist of today in the
field of Representation theory of groups, truly a
great privilege to have such a star
on the conference. He has very fruitful collaboration
with Croatian mathematicians, and it is indeed a great
thing for young scientists to have
opportunity to listen to him, and discuss with him.
Prof. Vogan even organized once a walk to the hill of
Srdj above the City, with amazing view
to Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands. The fortress
on the top of Srdj still has visible traces of
Greater-Serbian aggression. And Professor Vogan had a
math seminar there, without blackboard or paper.
Corrine Blonde (Univ. Denis Diderot - Paris 7,
France): Tadi'c's philosophy and propagation of
types. The title of her talk is indeed amazing. Namely, Marko
Tadic is outstanding Croatian mathematician working at
the Mathematics Department of
the University of Zagreb. I really did not expect that
a mathematician from Paris will come to Dubrovnik to
deliver a talk about Tadic's philosophy.
By the way, the lecture was mathematics, not
philosophy (a famous
French mathematician Henry Lebesgue said around 1920
that "if you are working in mathematics then there is
no need to do philosophy - philosophers also share
Guy Henniart (Universite Paris-Sud and CNRS, France):
Representations of GL(2), old and new.
Also one of outstanding, internationally known
mathematicians at the conference (for the first time
in Croatia).Known for his work related to the famous Langlands
Gilles Pisier (Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, France &
Texas A&M Univ., USA).
A very well known French mathematician. Member of the
editorial board of Bulletin des Sciences
founded in 1870, one of the most prestigious in France
(two Croatian mathematicians recently published a
rather long paper there,
dr. Vesna Zupanovic and the author of these lines,
both working in Zagreb)
Dragan Milicic (University of Utah, USA) Is "hard
duality" really hard?
Outstanding Croatian mathematician working in the USA,
studied mathematics in Zagreb, where he also defended
his PhD and started his
academic career. Member of the Editorial board of the
Electronic Research Announcements in Representation
Theory (published by the American Math. Society),
and also member of the Croatian math. journal Glasnik
I want to add a few words about
Harry I. Miller (University of Sarajevo), who lives in
Sarajevo for more than 30 years continuously,
including the years of the Greater-Serbian aggression.
Extremely interesting person, born in Chicago, where
he obtained his PhD in Math, started his academic
scientific career, and after having fallen in love
with dr. Naza Tanjevic (died a few years ago), continued
his life and scientific work in Sarajevo. Their
daughter is also a mathematician.
I remember Harry when he had a lecture (in English) at
the Math. seminar in Zagreb in 1996, when I was a
student. There was a huge audience, among them a
mathematician Shostak (then guest of prof. Mardesic in
Zagreb for one year). Shostak asked a question after
the talk, which Harry was not able to understand.
Shostak repeated his question twice, but in vain.
There was a moment of very unpleasant silence, when
somebody in the audience remarked -
"This was a true Soviet - American dialog". There was
a burst of laughter which completely changed the
(Department of Mathematics, University of Zagreb,
Zagreb) Construction of generalized Steinberg
representations for reductive p-adic groups.
This is one of the best young Croatian mathematicians
today, a student of professor Tadic. Professor Muic is
a frequent guest with his lectures in
Paris, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, etc.
Professor Tadic is one of the youngest members of the
Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
During the conference we had nice excursion with a
boat to the Elafit islands near the City. It was a
great day, I will not forget how professor Murali Rao
(USA, Gainsville, but born in India) enjoyed the
excursion, beautiful plants, with his daughter.
Professor Rao is a member of the organizing committee
of the conference besides Damir Bakic, Davor Butkovic, Hrvoje Kraljevic,
Goran Peskir, Hrvoje Sikic and Marko Tadic.
Unfortunately, the meal on the boat was bad, we all
had problems with stomach during the next day at the
conference (Harry said - I had TRCKALICA the whole
The conference this time was held in the building of
the University of Dubrovnik, indeed very nice, with
interesting entering hall where you can sit
by a small sailing-boat.
2. Almost simultaneously, another international math
conference on Mathematical Chemistry was organized in
the Hotel Lero where we also stayed. The hotel staff was excellent,
and the meals were indeed very good. Here I do not
intend to describe the City itself,
it is unforgettable experience for me any time I come
to visit it, see
3. The main international congressional event in
Dubrovnik this year was probably the conference on
Industrial Electronics, held under the auspicies of IEEE, and local organizer
was Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
from Zagreb (I also work in this institution). It had more than
300 participants and about 60 of them from Croatia, if I remember well.
For more information see
During my stay in Dubrovnik I learned that the City is
much older than people think. Its history goes back to
Ancient Times, to at least 6th to 5th centuries BC.
The current literature operates that the City was
founded in 7th century AD. I learned this from dr.
Antun Nicetic, professor at the University of
Dubrovnik, who recently published an important monograph
Antun Nicetic: Nove spoznaje o postanku Dubrovnika, o
njegovu brodarstvu i plovidbi Svetoga Pavla,
Sveuciliste u Dubrovniku, Dubrovnik, 2005., ISBN
This fact has to enter all tourist and school books,
since it is based on solid data, gathered during more
than 30 years of research.
I you are interested in Croatian mathematicians
working abroad, please, see
Croatian Mathematical Diaspora
4. In May there was another very successful
conference, organized by
The Department of Mathematics, University of Zagreb:
the Conference on Wavelets and Frames.
This was the second conference on recent topics in the
theory of wavelets, frames and other reproducing
function systems, which is a part of the ongoing research project
between Croatian and US researchers (the first
conference was held at Washington University in
St.Louis in March of 2004).
The conference was held in Terme Tuhelj (near Zagreb),
in the Mihanovic palace. Indeed a nice and lovely
place. We had several outstanding guests:
Professor Guido Weiss and Mladen Victor Wickerhauser
(born in Zagreb) from Washignton University in St.
Louis. Professor Wickerhauser speaks Croatian
very good, and it was a pleasant surprise for me when
he told me that he used my TeX fonts for Croatian
Glagolitic to play with his very
5. In Croatia we had another conference,
Fourth Conference on Applied Mathematics and
Scientific Computing, organized by the Department of
Mathematics of the University of Zagreb, see
6. I also want to mention the ISAAC math. conference
in Catania, Sicilia, Italy. I came there upon the
personal invitation of Professor Francesco Nicolosi,
local organizer of the conference. ISAAC is for
International Society of Analysis, its Applications,
and Computation. There were four mathematicians from
Zagreb (with their lectures and presentations), out of about
At the opening ceremony there was also Rector of the
University of Catania, city mayor, and others. Most of
them addressed to participants in Italian, not in
It was a great surprise for me when Professor Nicolosi
invited me to be the chairman of a morning session of
the conference. It was my third visit to Catania,
three years ago I had a series of six lectures for his
students of doctoral study at Dipartimento di
Matematica. Professor Nicolosi is also the director of
Two mathematicians asked me to convey my greetings to
professor Josip Pecaric: professor Burenkov, working
in Cardiff, GB (of the Russian origin), and professor
Siato from Japan, who is member of editorial board of
MIA (a Cro. math. scientific journal - Mathematical
Inequalities and Applications), where prof. Pecaric is
editor in chief.
In Catania I met an Armenian professor of mathematics
from Yerevan. It was a pleasant surprise for him when I
told him that the first history of Armenian people in
Europe was written by a Croat:
Josip Marinovic (1741 - 1801), was a Jesuit born in
Perast - Kotor (in Boka kotorska, annexed to
Montenegro in 1945), professor of theology in Venice.
His friendship with an Armenian banker Serpos resulted
in his interest for the history of Armenians. His
assiduous research resulted in the book "Compendio
storico...della nazione armena", published in Venice
in 1783. The book had a great success. Though it was
signed by Serpos, its true author was Marinovic. It
represents the first history of Armenians published in
Europe. It is interesting that the book had been
extended and republished by Ivan Dominik Stratico,
bishop on the Croatian island of Hvar. This book
incited European interest for Armenian people and
their culture. In particular, upon the initiative of
the Vatican, supported by Austria and Russia, in 1830
the Turkish sultan admitted very old Armenian
Christian Church and allowed Armenian Archbishopric to
be founded in Constantinople. See [Gregory Peroche],
The white flag of Dubrovnik contains a figure of Sv.
Vlaho (St. Blais, St. Blasius, Armenian martyr from
3/4 centuries), patron of the City.
This by far is not all what is related to math
conferences where Croatian mathematicians participated
this year. Of course, there are numerous conferences in other
fields - in natural, technical and social sciences.
Also, there are many more details to be said about
aforementioned conferences, but I hope this will
Many greetings to all readers of CROWN from Zagreb,