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Constructive Functions 2025

in conjunction with the

37th  Shanks Lecture

Celebrating Ed Saff’s 80th birthday

May 19-22, 2025

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

The conference will focus on several aspects of constructive function theory, including orthogonal polynomials, potential theory, discrete and continuous energy problems, special functions, polynomial inequalities, as well as various problems relating to optimization and efficiency. The aim is to stimulate collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Early-career researchers (including students) as well as women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to attend.

doron-lubinskyThe conference will be held in conjunction with the 37th Annual Shanks Lecture, to be given by Professor Doron Lubinsky (Georgia Institute of Technology). The Lecture will be on Tuesday, May 20.  The prestigious Shanks Lecture Series is organized annually by the Department of Mathematics of Vanderbilt University, honoring Baylis and Olivia Shanks. The late Professor Baylis Shanks was chairman of the Department from 1955 through 1969. Previous Shanks Lecturers can be seen here.

TEd Saff piche conference will also provide an opportunity to celebrate Professor Ed Saff‘s recent 80th birthday. The conference will honor his many outstanding contributions to mathematics, his unselfish devotion to the promotion of approximation in the mathematical community, and his unceasing commitment to the education of the younger generation of mathematicians.


This meeting will feature several plenary speakers who will give lectures on several topics of special interest.

We encourage you to give a contributed talk in any of the topics of this conference or related ones. The anticipated duration of a contributed talk is 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and transition to the next speaker. In order to give a contributed talk, please submit an abstract by March 14, 2025.

We also encourage the participants of the conference, particularly our more senior colleagues, to consider organizing a minisymposium on a subject of current interest. To organize a minisymposium, please submit a proposal by November 15, 2025.

For more information about the conference, please explore the links above.