In 2014, the IMS established the Distinguished Lecture Series "Virginia Mathematics Lectures." The inaugural speaker was Professor Alex Lubotzky from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Each semester thereafter brought us another speaker in the series, including Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt), Ian Agol (UC Berkeley), and – most recently – Benedict H. Gross (Harvard).

These lecture series were enthusiastically met by the audience which included undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and guests from other departments and institutions. Given the success of the lectures, the IMS will continue to organize two such series every year.

These lecture series were enthusiastically met by the audience which included undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and guests from other departments and institutions. Given the success of the lectures, the IMS will continue to organize two such series every year.

- Lecture 1: The rank of elliptic curves
- Lecture 2: The arithmetic of hyperelliptic curves
- Lecture 3: Heegner points on modular curves

- Lecture 1: L-functions and Number Theory
- Lecture 2: The Trace Formula and Automorphic Forms
- Lecture 3: Beyond Endoscopy and Functoriality

- Lecture 1: An overview of 3-Manifold Topology
- Lecture 2: What is Geometric Group Theory?
- Lecture 3: Geometric Group Theory and the Virtual Haken Conjecture

- Lecture 1: Knots and Groups
- Lecture 2: Lecture 2: Von Neumann Algebra and Physics
- Lecture 3: Do all Subfactors arise in Conformal Field Theory?

- Lecture 1: Expander Graphs and Geometric/Topological Expanders
- Lecture 2: From Ramanujan Graphs to Ramanujan Complexes
- Lecture 3: Coboundary Expanders and Property Testing