MM Connect

Event series by and for doctoral researchers and Postdocs
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The event format "MM Connect" offers young scientists of the Cluster the opportunity to exchange ideas regularly. They can present themselves and their research project (MM Arrival), say goodbye when the next career step is due (MM Departure) and exchange tools, concepts and experiences (MM Impulse). With MM Common Ground experienced researchers can contribute to MM Connect by sharing their insights into life in academica and providing personal advice for early career researchers.

MM Connect will be held every two to three weeks on Fridays at 2 pm at the MM Conference Centre or via zoom.

Upcoming talks (mainly Fridays 14:00)


  • October - Welcome Session - Get to know our new members in their MM Arrival talks


Would you like to give a talk or do you have ideas or suggestions for additional events, speakers or trainings? Great! Send a mail to

Additional Events

  • Workshop on "Shaping the doctorate" for doctoral researchers (tba)

  • Workshop on "Competence development during and for an academic career" for Postdocs and advanced doctoral researchers (tba)
  • Past MM Connect talks and additional events


    • 24 June - MM Departure by Sebastian Kassing
    • 17 May - MM Impulse on "MaRDI - Mathematical Research Data Initiative" by Christiane Görgen and Tabea Bacher "Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften Leipzig" (organised by Christian Himpe)
    • 13 May - Ada Lovelace Seminar (part of the international Women in Math Day) with Azul Fatalini, Judith Lutz and Luisa Meinke
    • 04 May - Welcome Session - Get to know our new members in their MM Arrival talks, with Masoumeh Zarei, Hossein Lamei Ramandi, Luzie Kupffer, Konrad Bals, Isabel Lammers, Ravjot Singh Kohli, Marco Sthefano Amelio, Frederic Weber, Stefania Trentin
    • 20 April - MM Impulse by REACH "From science to start up" (SRZ 216/217)

    • For MMGS members:  informal PhD seminar during the term break in February and March 2022

    • 9 March - MM Impulse on "pimping your personal WWU page" by Tobias Leibner

    • 9 February - MM Arrival by Christian Himpe and Hung Hoang

    • 26 January - MM Special: Meet the new MMGS representatives / Shaping MM Connect - what are your ideas for MM Connect 2022?

    • 12 January - MM Arrival by Chun Yin Lam and Diego Martinez


    • 2 December 2021 16:30
      Postdoc Colloquium: meet some of the new postdocs and learn about their research (SRZ 216/17)
    • 8 December  - MM Arrival by Manuel KrannichJosé Miguel Balado Alves
    • 24 November - Prof. Tim de Laat on Early Career Opportunites at Mathematics Münster (SRZ 216/17)
    • 10 November -  Estefania Loayza-Romero, Matthias Wink, and Mario Schulz
    • 5 +12 November 2021 (online) MM Special
      Workshop on "Mikropolitik"
      (Trainer: Doris Cornils) via Gender-pooling
    • 3 November - MM Arrival by Prof. Anna Gusakova, David Meyer, Oskar Riedler  and Simone Ramello (online)
    • 20 October - Getting Started and Welcome Event part of the MM Buddy Programme (online)
    • 15. October 2021 9:00-15:00 (SRZ)  MM Special
      Workshop on "Mein Karriereweg - Wie man einen passenden Job findet"
      // "Career styles: finding one's own career path" for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers (auf Deutsch!)
    • 13 October - MM Arrival by Prof. Theresa Simon, Silke Meissner, and Judith Lutz (online)
    • 6 October - MM Arrival by Jan Kruschewski, Alexander Kutzim,  Johan Klemmensen (online)
    • 22 September - Prof. Manuel Friedrich on Applying for professorships (aka "Vorsingen") and his MM Departure talk
    • 21 July - MM Arrival by Lukas Renelt
    • 23 June - Prof. Gustav Holzegel on ERC Starting Grants, MM Arrival by Luisa Meinke, and MM Departure by Eusebio Gardella
    • 9 June - MM Arrival by Maximilian Langner, and informal Q&A session on post-doctoral job market with Aristotelis Panagiotopoulos
    • 26 May - MM SPECIAL: Workshop on Female leadership (Trainer: Imke Lode)
    • 12 May - MM Common Ground with Prof. Anna Siffert
       meets "International Women in Maths Day" with Prof. Urs Hartl
    • 21 April - MM Departure talk by Alexander Hock (Postdoc) and Impulse talk by MMGS representatives Maike & Dennis on "MMGS: What we should do next?"
    • 7 April - MM Arrival talks by Christopher Kauffman (Postdoc), Hendrik Ranocha (Postdoc)
    • 24 March - MM Arrival talks by Julian Kranz (PhD) and Sam Evington (Postdoc)
    • 10 March - MM Arrival talks by Federico Vigolo, Julia Semikina and Marko Sobak
    • 24 February - MM Workshop-Special: "Goals – finding and reflecting your own path" by Imke Franzmeier (13:00 - 16:30)c
    • 10 February - MM Arrival talks by Azul Fatalini (PhD student), Jonas Jalowy (Postdoc)  and Jonathan Fabiszisky (PhD student)
    • 27. January - MM Arrival by Olivier Graf (Postdoc) and Hendrik Kleikamp (PhD student) and Aristotelis Panagiotopoulos (Postdoc).


    • 13 January - MM Arrival by Jay Shah (Postdoc), Adrian Rickert (PhD student) and Francesco Mattesini (PhD student)
      + short into on Colloqium speaker by Prof'in Siffert.
    • 16. December - MM Arrival by Shintaro Nishikawa (Postdoc),  Agnes Mantione (PhD student) and Roberto Araujo (PhD student).
    • 9. December - MM Arrival by Rosario Mennuni (Postdoc) and Robert Kropholler (Postdoc)
      + short into on Colloqium speaker by Prof. Ohlberger.
    • 25. November -  "MM Impulse" on Construction of basic bone structure models by Jonas Potthoff (PhD student).
      18. Nov + 02. Dez 2020 (13:00 - 14:30 Uhr) Erfolgreich präsentieren (auch im Online-Setting) Zoom-Workshop von Dr. Elisa Franz
    • 11. November - MM Arrival by Victor Navarro Fernández (PhD student) and Bakul Sathaye (Postdoc).
    • MM  Connect Special
      21. October  at 4:30 pm MM Connect/Buddy programme Special:  "MM Welcome" meet and greet of new and "old" Cluster Members (via zoom)
    • MM Connect Special
      07. October : MM meets International Office - Information for international researchers and on opportunities/support for international researchers
    • 23. September - MM Arrival by Roberta Marziani and Tobias Friesel (organised by Sahana Balasubramanya)
    • 2. September - MM Arrival  by Marco Mauritz and Philip Möller (organised by Antje Dabeler)
    • MM Connect Special
      25. August - Workshop on Reflecting goals by Imke Franzmeier (MMGS Retreat)
    • 5. August - MM Common Ground on Some thoughts on doing mathematical research by Prof. Christopher Deninger and Mini-Workshop on staying focused by Imke Franzmeier.
    • 15. July - MM Common Ground on Internationalisation by Prof. Arthur Bartels and MM Impulse on the MM-Buddy programme (Giles, Claudius, Sahana)
    • 27. May - Jannes Bantje "MM Impulse on CodiMD" and Mini-Workshop on Career Planning by Imke Franzmeier
    • 26. Feb. - Ramona Sasse "MM Impulse" and Claudius Heyer "MM Arrival"
    • 12. Feb. - Johannes Branahl and Martin Brückerhoff  "MM Arrival" 
    • 29. Jan. - Julia Schleuß "MM Impulse"
    • 15. Jan. - Jeroen Winkel - "MM Arrival" and introduction of the MMGS speakers Dennis and Maike


    • 11. Dec. - Stefano Ariotta - "MM Impulse"
    • 27. Nov. - Divya Sharma and Sahana Balasubramanya - "MM Impulse"
    • 13. Nov. - Matteo Perugini and Julius Lohmann - "MM Arrival"
    • 16. Oct. - Jonas Mc Candless and Omar Mohsen - "MM Arrival"
    • 9. Oct. - Jannes Bantje - "MM Impulse"
    • 25. Sept. - Martina Fruttidoro and Chiara D'Onofrio - "MM Arrival"
    • 11. Sept. - Jens Reinhold - "MM Arrival"
    • 28. August - Georg Frenck - "MM Departure"
    • 17. Juli -  Filippo Calderoni -  "MM Departure"


Guiding questions and topics for your MM Connect talk

(These questions are only ideas/suggestions for your talk. You are welcome to find your own topics. A more exhaustive list of questions can be handed out in advance to (potential) speakers).


  • MM Arrival

    getting to know the newcomers

    • About me/Who am I?
    • What have I done prior to my new/current position (Masters, PhD): where and with whom have I studied/worked with?
    • What am I looking forward to with regard to the upcoming PhD/Postdoc period?
    • What am I good at and could teach others? Which knowledge/skills could I share with others?
    • ...


  • MM Departure

    Getting to know what others were doing at MM and what they are up to next.

    • What have I done during my PhD/Postdoc period here at Mathematics Münster?
    • What were my highlights during my PhD/Postdoc period?
    • What have I achieved in the last year? What were the challenges? What did I do well and with what did I have difficulties?
    • What’s next: Which city am I moving to and why? How did I get the new job (experiences in job hunting)? Which challenges am I expecting for the next steps?
    • ...


  • MM Impulse

    Conveying knowledge, tools and experience that can help to succeed in academia and structure or improve work routines.

    • Project management
    • Handling procrastination
    • Shaping your supervision
    • LaTeX or GitLab tricks
    • Networking


  • MM Common Ground

    Finding a common ground of advanced and young researchers beyond the borders of one’s own mathematical research field. Professors can share their insights into academic life regarding the way of thinking and working, challenges and motivation.

    • What would I have liked to know as a PhD student/ postdoc? I wish someone had told me that ...
    • My experience living and working in different countries ...
    • Which idea/concept motivates my research? What is the “core idea” or leading question of my field of research?
      How does my research relate to the terms: Dynamics – Geometry – Structure?
    • I feel stuck, when ... Usually I attempt to get unstuck by doing ...
    • The most beautiful aspect of my research is ....
    • ...