Olena Vaneeva

Senior Researcher at the Department of Mathematical Physics, Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


Just do it!

What do you do?

I look for beautiful differential equations! This area of math is called - Symmetry Analysis. I enjoy solving problems, writing papers and presenting my results at conferences.

Why did you choose this field?

The first dreams of a scientific career appeared during writing a bachelor's thesis at my Alma mater. My supervisor gave me a task and no tips on how to solve it. Working in the library with literature I’ve found the right way how to solve it, and for the first time I’ve felt the taste of scientific inquiry and the incomparable joy of successful solving a difficult task. I remember coming to the next meeting with my supervisor and asking naively "Are there many unsolved problems in math?" and he said with a smile, "There are enough problems for all your life." This joy of scientific discovery is the main reason why I pursue my career.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I wish younger me would have known I can lead projects and become one of TOP 15 International Rising Talents within L'Oreal&UNESCO FWIS programme having two kids.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I just admire Math and Science.

Best advice for next generation?

Math - just do it!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Favourite quote: "Physical law should have mathematical beauty"
P. Dirac (Nobel laureate).
My inspirational role model is Emmy Noether, mathematician who changed the face of physics.

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