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Dr Olalla Castro Alvaredo awarded an Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowship

The City Department of Mathematics academic will benefit from a Fellowship specifically designed to assist female scientists at critical stages in their careers.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Dr Olalla Castro Alvaredo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, has been awarded an Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowship by the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The Perimeter Institute is a Canadian private research institute, focussing on cutting edge research in Theoretical Physics, including areas such as cosmology and quantum information.

Emmy Noether was a pioneering female German mathematician who made very important contributions to pure mathematics and theoretical physics.

Extended research visits

In the field of theoretical physics, she proved what is known today as the Noether Theorem, linking conservation laws to symmetries, and which has become a fundamental tool in theoretical physics research.

Several academic awards are made in her honour, notably the Emmy Noether Programme in Germany, and more recently, the Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowship, awarded by the Perimeter Institute.

The Fellowships provide opportunities to pursue research at the institute by funding extended research visits aimed to spark new collaborations and ideas across disciplines and to boost support for women scientists at a crucial stage of their careers.

Dr Castro Alvaredo says she is 'delighted and fortunate' to have been awarded the Fellowship, which will fund two three-week visits to Canada in the fall of 2017 and 2018.

Conservation law

In physics, a Conservation law, or a law of conservation, refers to one of several principles which state that certain physical properties (i.e., measurable quantities) do not change in the course of time within an isolated physical system. In classical physics, laws of this type govern energy, momentum, angular momentum, mass, and electric charge. In particle physics, other conservation laws apply to properties of subatomic particles that are invariant during interactions. An important function of conservation laws is that they make it possible to predict the macroscopic behaviour of a system without having to consider the microscopic details of the course of a physical process or chemical reaction.

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