The ceremony will begin with a lecture by Bernd Sturmfels about tropical mathematics. In tropical arithmetic, the sum of two numbers is their minimum and the product of two numbers is their usual sum. Many results familiar from high school algebra and geometry, including the formula for solving quadratic equations and the fact that two lines meet in one point continue to hold in the tropics. In this lecture we learn how to draw tropical curves and why biologists might care about this.
After the lecture we will present the awards.