MM Connect

Event series by and for PhDs and Postdocs

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 Wednesdays at 13:15 at the MM Conference Centre.

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Upcoming talks (Wednesdays at 13:15)


  • 21 April - MM Departure talk by Alexander Hock (Postdoc) and Impulse talk by MMGS representatives Maike & Dennis on "MMGS: What we should do next?"
  • 12 May - MM Common Ground with Prof. Anna Siffert
     meets "International Women in Maths Day" with Prof. Urs Hartl
  • 26 May - MM Special (Workshop on Female Leadership)
  • 9 June - tba
  • 23 June - tba

Talks to be (re)scheduled

  • Jens Reinhold - "MM Impulse on directed reading classes"
  • Prof. Thomas Nikolaus - "MM Common Ground"

Would you like to give a talk or do you have ideas or suggestions for additional events, speakers or trainings? ?
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Additional Events

  • 26 May - Workshop on Female leadership (Trainer: Imke Lode)
  • 11 June -  Workshop on "Mikropolitik" (Trainer: Doris Cornils)

Talks to be (re)scheduled

  • MM Impulse on 2-Min Pitches by Iva Ognjanovic (Graduate Centre)
  • Workshop-Special for Postdocs "Career perspectives and orientation"

  • Past MM Connect talks and additional events


    • 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).
    • MM  Connect Special
      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 ....
    • ...