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International Workshop on Operator Theory and its Applications

Monday 17th-Friday 21st August 2020

The International Workshop on Operator Theory and its Applications meets annually to bring together mathematicians and engineers who work in functional analysis and its application to related areas.

This meeting will feature plenary lectures by established experts, and workshop sessions for emerging areas of research. Early career researchers are welcome to participate. To discuss the scientific programme, please email Gordon Blower (

Plenary Speakers

Semiplenary Speakers

Special Sessions

The Programme will include Special Sessions on

  1. Operator spaces, quantized function theory and noncommutative Lp spaces
  2. Operator algebras
  3. Operator Algebras in Quantum Theory
  4. Noncommutative probability and random matrices
  5. Operator semigroups and functional calculus
  6. Spectral theory and differential equations
  7. Operators on analytic function spaces and related applications
  8. Complex geometry and operator theory
  9. Free algebraic geometry
  10. Emerging topics
  11. Early career researchers
  12. Quantum groups and algebraic quantum field theory
  13. Linear systems
  14. Multivariable operator theory


Pre-Registration for IWOTA 2020 is open here

Abstract Submission is now open.

Conference Fee payments will be accepted from March 2020 via the University webpage.


Participants may book on-campus accommodation via the University Visitor Room Booking website, priced from £35.00 for a single-room per night excluding breakfast.

Lancaster and the UK

Lancaster and the UK

Lancaster is well connected with the rest of the UK via road, rail and air. 

Lancaster University is set in 560 acres of beautiful parkland and lies approximately three miles south of the city centre. 

The International Workshop on Operator Theory and its Applications will principally be based in the George Fox Building (GFX on the campus map) and Barker House Farm at Lancaster University.


Contact and Travel

Please contact the IWOTA conference team with any questions you may have via

The campus of Lancaster University is easily accessible:


For Sat Nav use: LA1 4YL


Lancaster Railway Station has direct links with many UK cities - it is on the West Coast Main Line from London Euston to Glasgow, which goes through Birmingham.

On arrival, the bus services 4 and 4X operate every 30 minutes to the university. Other bus services depart from the bus station, which is close to the railway station.

Taxis are also available just outside the station.


The nearest airport is Manchester Airport. TransPennine Express runs a direct service from Manchester Airport to Lancaster train station.

London Heathrow is connected to Central London by Underground and direct buses. The rail link to Lancaster is from London Euston station.

Financial Support

For UK-based mathematicians with caring duties the LMS has a Caring Supplementary Grant scheme which allows participants to apply for help covering caring costs.‌‌


We are grateful for financial support from our sponsors.