Three W's Seminar

Why, What, hoW?

Korea Institute for Advanced Study
Mondays, 5:10–6:10 pm, Room 1423/24

Motivation for the seminar

This seminar is inspired by Idiot's Guide seminar and the New Member Seminar that used to be held at KIAS. Research talks often focus on what and how, but don't address the question of why the speaker finds the topic interesting. By encouraging speakers to avoid technical details and think about why, we hope to create a friendly seminar where:

  • All members of KIAS and visitors feel welcome.
  • Members can learn about areas of mathematics from a down-to-earth perspective.
  • Speakers can share the topics they are interested in with a wide audience.
  • People from all research areas can socialize.

We invite anyone interested in giving a talk to contact one of the organizers.

Advice to speakers

This seminar is oriented not to be a usual research seminar. We request that speakers avoid technical details and make the topic accessible to broader audience. Speakers may find it helpful to keep in mind the three questions suggested by the title of the seminar:

  1. "Why is it interesting to study this topic?"
  2. "What are the main ideas in this topic?"
  3. "How does one study this topic?"

Speakers may present their own theorems but it is neither necessary nor recommended. As we encourage stupid questions and a lively discussion, speakers should expect less material than in a usual research seminar.

If you want to give a talk

Feel free to contact us at threeW.kias [at]

Upcoming seminars

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Based on the guideline of KIAS, the seminar is canceled and will not be held for a month (March 2–April 6).

Past seminars


Sreedhar Bhamidi, Jean-Emile Bourgine, Sanghyeon Lee, Makoto Miura, Matthieu Sarkis, Carlos Scarinci

Former organizers