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The GEAR Network is funded by a $5M grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Research Networks in Mathematical Sciences (RNMS) program.  The acronym GEAR stands for GEometric structures And Representation varieties and reflects the mathematical focus of the network (described here).  The GEAR Network brings together researchers from over 90 nodes at mathematics centers throughout the world (see map). Its goal is to promote research interactions between network members, to facilitate cross-pollination of ideas between different research communities, and to train students and researchers to cross traditional mathematical boundaries. 

On October 21, 2017, a memorial service in Professor Maryam Mirzakhani’s honor will be hosted by the Stanford University Mathematics Department and Mathematics Research Center. The event will be live streamed. For more information go to

GEAR Advisory Board member receives
2016 Shaw Prize in Mathematics

Nigel HitchinNigel Hitchin, Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford University, UK, and a member of the GEAR Network Advisory Board, is the 2016 Shaw Laureate in Mathematical Sciences. Announced on May 31, 2016, the prize was awarded to Professor Hitchin "for his far reaching contributions to geometry, representation theory and theoretical physics. The fundamental and elegant concepts and techniques that he has introduced have had wide impact and are of lasting importance."

We join the rest of the mathematics community in congratulating Professor Hitchin on his pioneering work and dazzling mathematical creations.

GEAR member receives 2016 Breakthrough Prize

Ian AgolIan Agol, a GEAR Network member at the UC Berkeley node, is one of the $3M Breakthrough Prize winners for 2016. Announced on November 9, 2015 the prize was awarded to Professor Agol for "spectacular contributions to low dimensional topology and geometric group theory, including work on the solutions of the tameness, virtual Haken and virtual fibering conjectures." For a lucid explanation of Ian Agol’s work on the virtual Haken conjecture, see the lecture by Nathan Dunfield from the 2012 GEAR Retreat.

We join the rest of the mathematics community in congratulating Professor Agol on his spectacular achievements.

GEAR member receives 2014 Fields Medal

Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani, a GEAR member at the Stanford hub of GEAR, is one of the 2014 Fields Medal winners.  Announced on August 13, 2014 at the ICM in Seoul, South Korea, the Fields medal was awarded to Professor Mirzakhani for her ground breaking work on geometric and dynamical aspects of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces.

We join the rest of the mathematics community in congratulating
Professor Mirzakhani on her inspirational achievements.


Any future papers or reports on work done with the aid of support from
the GEAR Network should please include the following acknowledgement:

 "The author(s) acknowledge(s) support from U.S. National Science Foundation grants DMS 1107452, 1107263, 1107367 "RNMS: GEometric structures And Representation varieties" (the GEAR Network)."


For those planning events being funded through GEAR, you can easily put the logo on your event poster and/or website by downloading this high resolution version of the GEAR logo (right click on the image to download).

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