Juan Criado del Rey (KU Leuven) will speak in the geometry seminar on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 11am in the Salle de Profs. Juan’s title is *Minimal energy configurations on compact manifolds *and his abstract is below.

*Distributing points on spheres and other manifolds is a very classical problem. Its modern formulation in terms of energy-minimizing configurations is due to the discoverer of the electron J. J. Thomson who in 1904 posed the question: “In which position (within some set such as a ball or a sphere) would N electrons lie in order to minimize their electrostatic potential?” In this talk I will present some results about minimal energy points on compact manifolds and I will introduce a couple of connections to problems in Numerical Analysis.*