Mirna Džamonja

This page is a summary of my professional activities, and has links to many other pages. Set theory is fun, see the picture below. The more serious stuff follows.

[If you are not in the mood for maths: some of my numerous opinions on nonmathematical matters are here although these days I write more of this kind of stuff on my facebook account.]

A mathematical opinion, coming from a woman mathematician who started her career by doing a lot of mathematical competitions is that I boycott and oppose entirely any "girls mathematical olympiad" type events, for example the "European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad" . Mathematics is an activity in which all human beings have an equal chance, we do not need to separate ourselves by gender, race or anything else but our mathematical ability. Girls, don't take to this patronising, if you want to compete, compete with everybody, and win.

What is a miRNA? Who is Maths Amat? ]

I used to have links to my daughter Ada's website which I kept, but now she is in the middle of a project to write her own, so watch this space! Here is a book I have something to do with.

Prof. Mirna Džamonja
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom
Phone: +44-1603-592981
Fax: +44-1603-593345
email: m.dzamonja at uea.ac.uk


Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA , 1993.
M.Sc., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA , 1990.
B.Sc., Mathematics, University of Sarajevo , Yugoslavia (Bosnia & Herzegovina), 1988.

Research and Professional Interests:

Set theory and its connections with other fields of mathematics, specifically  model theory, topology, measure theory, analysis and combinatorics.
Within set theory, I  have mostly worked on forcing, large cardinals, pcf theory and infinite combinatorics, but  other
subjects interest me as well. For those readers who are considering studying set theory, a short  introduction to
the subject can be found here.

I also do philosophy of mathematics, where I am interested in foundational issues. I am an Associate Member of IHPST Institut d histoire et philosophie des sciences et des techniques at the Univerity Paris 1 (Paris-Sorbonne).


A list of my papers can be found here.

Large Grants:

I spent five years being an Advanced Fellow of ESPRC (2002-2007). This was their grant number GR/A10727/01, for the pdf file of the final report see here. The final overall assessment of the success of the grant by EPSRC was "outstanding". In 2009-2011 I have been the PI on an EPSRC grant on interactions between model theory, set theory and Banach space theory. Starting October 2010 I am the PI on an EPSRC grant on the possibility of combining forcing axioms and reflection principles at the successor of a singular cardinal. In the past, I have held other large grants from EPSRC and the Leverhulme Trust. NEW! I am very happy to announce that I'll be a Leverhulme Research Fellow from May 2014 to May 2015.

With Joan Bagaria and Jouko Väänänen I was a co-PI on a large ESF grant `INFTY' ,which ran for five years from March 2009. Here is its website.

Some conferences I have helped organise:

Crossing Worlds: Mathematical logic, philosophy, art An interdisciplinary meeting in honor of Juliette Kennedy. held at the University of Helsinki, May 2016 see for details.

London Mathematical Society Invited Lectures 2014, held at UEA and given by Jouko Väänänen , see further details .

A four month long programme HIF on set theory (08/2015-12/2015) at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge. Co-organised with Joan Bagaria and Benedikt Loewe .

The 4th European Set Theory Meeting, 14-18 July 2013, Barcelona , coorganised with Joan Bagaria and Jouko Väänänen .

A one day meeting 'A snapshot of logic-some recent results mathematical logic' was held on June 16, 2010 in the new UEA London centre in London. Coorganised with David Evans and sponsored by UEA .

A conference in honour of Ken Kunen , April 3-5, 2009, Madison, WI, USA Kunen Fest! . Sponsored by the UW-Madison Maths Department and National Science Foundation .

An LMS sponsored meeting on September 25th, 2003 in honour of David H. Fremlin.

With Charles Morgan and more recently, Philip Welch, I have organised a series of meetings on set theory and its connections with other fields of mathematics, more about it can be found here.

Another set of somewhat different meetings are Cameleon Meetings, run jointly by Thomas Forster, John Truss and me.

The last meeting of STN was held on November 19, 2008 in Bristol, and that of Cameleon meeting on November 29, 2008 in Leeds.

We thank BLC , The St Luke's Institute and LMS for the past and present support.

People I have coauthored maths papers with:

Uri Abraham , Arthur Apter , Taras Banakh , Tomek Bartoszynski , Robert Bonnet , Piotr Borodulin-Nadzieja , James Cummings , Gregor K. Dolinar, Sy-David Friedman , Lorenz Halbeisen , Michael Hrusak , István Juhász , Peter Komjáth , Kenneth Kunen , Jean Larson , Menachem Magidor , Bill Mitchell , Justin Moore , Charles Morgan , Eva Murtinova , Grzegorz Plebanek , Anatolij Plichko, Saharon Shelah , Katherine Thompson , Jouko Väänänen .

My Ph.D./D.Phil. students:

Sharifa Al-Mahrooqi (2013), Zanyar Ameen (2015), Gregor Dolinar (University of Ljubljana, 2013), Tanmay Inamdar (current), Gregory McKay (2015), Francesco Parente (current), Francesco Piccoli (2015), Grace Piper (2003), Alex Primavesi (2011), Omar Selim (2012), Firoz Shaikh (2007), and Katherine Thompson (2003).

Logic Group at UEA:

In addition to the people mentioned above, the logic group at UEA includes: David Aspero and Jonathan Kirby . Our logic group is very active: we have a weekly seminar and a list of distinguished visitors.


University of East Anglia uses Blackboard. UEA students can find any teaching related material I have through the UEA web site by accessing the Portal.

I have been teaching a course on Set Theory at UEA, for levels 3 and 4. The pdf files of the syllabuses (MTH-3E18, MTH-ME18) are available at the UEA MTH Syllabuses page . This course is sometimes followed by an advanced Descriptive Set Theory course, for example in 2007/2008.

I gave an Intensive Set in Set Theory at the London Taught Courses Centre on May 15 and 16, 2008. More information here . This course has grown and since 2009/10 it runs as an internet based MAGIC course. I am writing a book "Fast Track to Forcing" based on the course.

On the non set-theory front, I have been teaching and coordinating the Analysis course for the second year students at UEA, I love that course! Another one is History of Logic, which ran as part of our History of Mathematics module. Since recently, I have been teachingthe whole History of Mathematics module.

Professional Activites:

I am one of the founding mebers and was President (2012-2015) of the European Set Theory Society, where I am still on the Board of Trustees. Please join us if you a set theorist! The web page is here .

I was the Chair of the Logic In Europe Committee of the Association of Symbolic Logic 2008-2014 and I am non-voting advisor for the ASL Logic in Africa Committee.

Editor of Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society , 2013-present
Member of the Editorial Board for Bollettino dell'Unione Matematica Italiana, 2013-present
Member of the Editorial Board for Mathematical Logic Qaurterly , 2012-present
Member of the Editorial Board of the Sarajevo Journal of Mathematics (formerly Radovi Matematički).
Member of the Editorial Board of the Colloquium Mathematicum , 2008-
Secretary to the BLC , January 2001-December 2007.
Member of the EPSRC College.
Member of the ESF Pool of Referees.
Reviews Editor for the The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 2003-2009.

Outreach activities:

As part of the Royal Society's MP-Scientist Pairing Scheme in 2007 I was paired with Dr Ian Gibson . We collaborated to better understand the role of Mathematics in the Parliament and the way Mathematics is funded. I spent a wonderful week shadowing Dr Gibson in the Parliament and at the end of it we wrote a little article and submitted it to the Royl Society Newsletter. You can see the article here , along with a nice picture of Ian and me in front of the Big Ben.

In March 2009, Ian and I co-organised an event in the Parliament, read all about it here .


Any person mentioned on this page has in one way or another helped me to become a better mathematician, by working with me, teaching me, or letting me share ideas with them. In particular, I am grateful to the late professor Naza Tanović-Miller and professor Harry Miller at the University of Sarajevo and professors Kenneth Kunen (my Ph.D. advisor) and Mary-Ellen Rudin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Saharon Shelah at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem , for teaching me and supporting me.

I gratefully acknowledge the past and present support of the Academic Study Group, British Council , Energoinvest , EPSRC , European Science Foundation , Lady Davis Foundation, Leverhulme Trust , LMS , National Science Foundation , NATO , The Royal Society and USA-Israel Binational Foundation . I am especially grateful to EPSRC for providing me with an Advanced Research Fellowship for the five years 2002-2007.