PiWORKS seminar - Dr. Huczynska (University of St Andrews)

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The Piscopia Initiative is hosting a monthly seminar series featuring women and non-binary mathematics researchers from UK universities.

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Our PiWORKS speaker for September is Dr Sophie Huczynska, who is a senior lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews.

Title: Combinatorics in Information Security

Abstract: Various situations in information security, involving the safe and private transmission of data, may be expressed as problems in combinatorics. Some classical combinatorial structures such as designs, difference sets and difference families, and generalisations of these in various groups and fields, can be applied to solve these problems. Furthermore, the needs of information security can lead to the development of new mathematical objects, designed to possess the necessary properties for applications. In this talk, I will explore the interplay between combinatorics and problems in information security, with particular reference to recent results by myself and my collaborators on external difference families and AMD codes.

Sign up now to receive the Zoom details! The target audience for the talks are 3rd/4th year undergraduate and MSc students, but PhD students or academic staff are very welcome to attend.

The aim of our monthly PiWORKS (Piscopia Initiative – Women and Other Researchers Keynote Series) seminar is threefold; we want to

1. Showcase the work of women and non-binary mathematics researchers.

2. Provide a taste of different areas of mathematics research to undergraduate and MSc students.

3. Build an UK-wide community of women and non-binary researchers and mathematics students.

The Piscopia Initiative ( is a student-led outreach scheme that aims to encourage women and non-binary students to pursue a PhD. Join our mailing list to stay updated on all our events:

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The Piscopia Initiative is an outreach scheme to encourage female and non-binary participation in postgraduate research programmes in the mathematical sciences. Through awareness schemes, information events and application support and mentoring, we aim to empower capable women and non-binary people in the early stages of their mathematical careers to believe in academia as a viable option and bring their aspirations to fruition. For more information see or find us on twitter @_Piscopia

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