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Making research easy to understand

Informing the public, in an easy-to-understand way, about developments and results in the area of research has long been an integral part of knowledge transfer at universities, including the University of Münster. The current issue of the university newspaper wissenIleben deals with faculties and multipliers who are themselves undertaking science communication - for example our Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster.

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Portraits of Mathematics Münster's professors

International Women in Maths Day

Meet Mathematics Münster's female professors! In short texts and interviews, you will learn more about their research, their careers and which aspects of being a mathematician they find particularly beautiful.

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Prof. Dr. Arnulf Jentzen is winner of the Felix Klein Prize

Every four years, the European Mathematical Society (EMS) awards ten EMS Prizes, the Felix Klein Prize and the Otto Neugebauer Prize. The Felix Klein Prize 2020 is awarded to Prof. Dr. Arnulf Jentzen. Congratulations!

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Invitation to online film event

International Women in Maths Day

We are participating in the worldwide celebrations in a digital way: Gain interesting insights into the work of our female professors, postdocs and PhD students of Mathematics Münster and take part in the online film event "Secrets of the Surface" about the life of Fields medalist Maryam Mirzakhani.

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New professor of theoretical mathematics: Anna Siffert

We welcome Prof Anna Siffert to the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster. She was appointed a professor of theoretical mathematics and commenced on 1 April 2020. Prof Siffert’s primary research interests lie in the field of global differential geometry and its interactions with topology, analysis and complex geometry.

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Digital teaching until 31 May

Faculty buildings and Cluster rooms still closed

The University of Münster has decided to divide the summer semester into two phases. The first phase starts today and will run until Whitsun, during which most teaching activities will take place in digital form. The University will re-evaluate the situation before the Whitsun holidays begin. The employees of the Faculty and the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster will continue teleworking from home. Please contact the staff by phone or e-mail.

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Evaluating and optimising catalytic filters

Collaborative research project "ML-MORE" launched

Scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster are coordinating the activities of the newly launched collaborative research project "ML-MORE". It aims to help industrial partners develop more efficient catalytic filters by using innovative methods from the fields of model reduction and machine learning.

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Cluster rooms and Faculty buildings closed

Due to the corona pandemic, the Faculty buildings including the cluster rooms will be closed (probably until 19 April). The Faculty and the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster will continue their work. Please contact the staff by phone or e-mail.

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First International Day of Mathematics

Happy Pi-Day! Today the International Day of Mathematics is celebrated for the first time. Discover exciting information and videos about the theme „Mathematics is Everywhere”!

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"International Women in Maths Day 2020”

International Women's Day on 8 March

Today's International Women's Day is a good opportunity to give insights into our plans for the "International Women in Maths Day 2020". Around May 12th, the date of birth of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and so far only female winner of the Fields Medal, a variety of activities will take place.

++ Update 18 March 2020: Due to the corona pandemic, the planned internal and public events unfortunately have to be postponed to next year. ++

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Events cancelled: Day of Mathematics and Girls' Day

No public events on 14 March and 26 March

In order to reduce the risk of infection by the Corona Virus, the Rectorate of the University of Münster is cancelling external, non-curricular events until the end of March.These events of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster are affected: school competition "Day of Mathematics" and public event "Mathematics is everywhere" on 14 March and the Girls' Day on 26 March.

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1st International Day of Mathematics: public events on 14 March 2020

We celebrate the 1st International Day of Mathematics with two events: In the morning there will be the competition "Tag der Mathematik" [de] for highschool students and teachers, in the afternoon we offer a public event in the City Centre of Münster: Using exciting examples, Prof. Dr. Michael Joachim, Prof. Dr. Arnulf Jentzen and Prof. Dr. Martin Huesmann will show in short lectures (in German!) how mathematics shapes our everyday lives. The event takes place at 16:30 to 18:30 in JO 101, Johannisstr. 4.

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++ cancelled ++ Girls' Day on 26 March 2020

Girls go Mathematics! The Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster and the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science invite girls to gain insights into university and the work of mathematicians - a short lecture and lunch in the "Mensa" included. Register now! [de]

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Prof. Dr. Roberto Longo (Rom): The information in a wave

Colloquium Wilhelm Killing on 16 January 2020

Prof. Dr. Roberto Longo (Rom) will give a talk entitled "The information in a wave" on 16 January 2020 in lecture hall M5. The talk starts at 4:30 pm. Tea will be served at 4 pm in the Common Room.

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A mathematical view of the universe

Second edition of the series "Brücken in der Mathematik" was very well attended

The public event on 7 January 2020 dealt with "Geometry, Analysis and Gravity". Prof. Dr. Gerhard Huisken (University of Tübingen) took more than 200 visitors on a journey through 2000 years of the history of science. [de]

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New Young Research Fellow: Tom Bachmann (MIT)

Tom Bachmann (MIT) joins Mathematics Münster as a Young Research Fellow and will spend the next two weeks doing research in Münster. He is a young, uprising researcher in motivic homotopy theory and K-theory. Welcome!


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WWU Dissertation Prize for Dr. Annika Bach

She was awarded for her thesis in the field of Calculus of Variations

The WWU University Management honoured the best doctors of the year 2019. The mathematician Annika Bach not only received the title "summa-cum-laude", but also a thesis prize which is endowed with 3,500 euros.

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Dr. José Luis Romero (Wien): Sampling and time-frequency analysis

Colloquium Wilhelm Killing on 12 December 2019

Dr. José Luis Romero (Wien) will give a talk entitled "Sampling and time-frequency analysis" on 12 December 2019 at 4:30 pm in lecture hall M5. Tea and coffee will be served in the Common Room from 4pm.

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Advent calendars with science questions

If you want to solve tricky questions with a scientific background during Advent, you should click on the WWU Online Advent Calendar [de]. There is also a mathematical question hidden behind one of the doors. For children, teenagers and school classes, the website "Maths in Advent" is recommended. Every day you can find new puzzles for different ages.

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An enthusiastic stochastic and writer

Portrait of Prof. Matthias Löwe in the university newspaper

MM-scientist Prof. Dr. Matthias Löwe is not only an enthusiastic stochastic, but also a writer. He writes poetry, short stories and crime thrillers with local colour. A portrait can be found in the current issue of the university newspaper "wissen I leben". [de]

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Department offers various insights for prospective students

"Hochschultag" in Münster on 7 November

On 7 November around 17,000 prospective students will take the opportunity to gather information at the "Hochschultag Münster". The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a wide range of input. In short lectures the visitors can get a first impression of the study programmes. [de]

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MMGS promotes networking and scientific excellence

New graduate school for PhD students in mathematics

The Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster and the mathematical institutes have inaugurated the "Mathematics Münster Graduate School" (MMGS).

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Prof. Dr. Bachir Bekka (Rennes): Dual spaces of algebraic groups

Colloquium Wilhelm Killing on 31 October 2019

Prof. Dr. Bachir Bekka (Université de Rennes) will give a talk entitled "Dual spaces of algebraic groups" on 31 October 2019 at 4:30 pm in lecture hall M5. Tea and coffee will be served in the Common Room from 4pm.

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Prof. Dr. Marc Levine (Duisburg-Essen): GWGW theory

Colloquium Wilhelm Killing on 24 October 2019

Prof. Dr. Marc Levine (University of Duisburg-Essen), member of our Scientific Advisory Board, will give a lecture entitled "GWGW theory" on 24 October 2019 at 4:30 pm in lecture hall M5. Tea and coffee will be served in the Common Room from 4pm.

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New postdocs of Mathematics Münster

The new postdocs of Mathematics Münster introduced themselves at the Wilhelm Killing Colloquium on 17 October. In short lectures they gave an insight into their field of research.

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New postdocs of Mathematics Münster: Scientific postdoc presentations

Colloquium Wilhelm Killing on 17 october 2019

Get an insight into the research of Mathematic Münster's new postdoctoral researchers. In short scientific presentations these postdocs will introduce their topics: Giles Gardam, Sahana Hassan Balasubramanya, Claudius Heyer, Benno Kuckuck, Omar Mohsen, Matteo Perugini, Jens Reinhold and Alexander Stottmeister.

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Register now: Conference "Advanced Solvers for modern Architectures 2019"

Registration is open until 27 October 2019

The conference will take place from 11 to 13 November 2019. The following speakers have confirmed their attendance: Erin Carson (Charles University), Wim Vanroose (University of Antwerp), Stefano Zampini (KAUST), Laura Grigori (INRIA), Eike Müller (University of Bath), Andreas Frommer (University of Wuppertal), Nicole Spillane (École Polytechnique) , Andrew T. Barker (LLNL).

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New Parent-child rooms

Cluster members can use the parents' office while the little ones play next door. In addition, experienced babysitters look after the children during conferences or colloquia.

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New Münster Research Fellow: Prof. Dr. Arnd Scheel

Arnd Scheel (University of Minnesota) joins the cluster as a Münster Research Fellow. He is internationally renowned for his discoveries of mathematical principles of self-organization, in particular the dynamics of patterns and waves in complex systems.

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Successful start with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lück

New talk series "Brücken in der Mathematik"

The first speaker of the new public series "Brücken in der Mathematik" was Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lück from the University of Bonn. His lecture was entitled "The Language, the Fascination and the Meaning of Mathematics". The topologist gave many entertaining examples.

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Apply this week for PhD and postdoctoral positions!

Start of the evaluation: 15 november 2019

We offer several PhD and postdoctoral positions in all fields of mathematics related to our Cluster. The evaluation for the current application round will start on 15 november 2019.

Shanghai ranking: top position for mathematics

In the recently published "Shanghai Ranking", a worldwide comparison of universities, mathematics of the University of Münster was ranked 51-75, one group higher than in the previous year. Münster's mathematics also scored very well in a national comparison: it now ranks among the top 3 in Germany.

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Mathematical lectures for laypersons

New lecture series "Brücken in der Mathematik" starts on 2 July 2019

The Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster starts a new lecture series that is explicitly addressed to mathematical laymen (in german language).

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The Cluster of Excellence "Mathematics Münster" celebrates its official launch

Opening colloquium at the University of Münster with top-ranking international researchers

Last week the new Cluster of Excellence “Mathematics Münster: Dynamics – Geometry – Structure” staged its opening event at the University of Münster with a three-day colloquium. From 20 to 22 June, fifteen distinguished international scholars from nine countries held specialist lectures, providing insights into their current research.

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Opening of the Common Room

Bright lounge furniture, warm light, large blackboards: this is what it looks like, the new Common Room of the Cluster of Excellence "Mathematics Münster". "The room should be a magnetic attraction for all cluster members," said cluster spokesman Prof. Dr. Christopher Deninger at the opening ceremony.

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Münster Research Fellow: Prof. Dr. Stephan Luckhaus (Leipzig)

Prof. Dr. Stephan Luckhaus (Leipzig) joins the cluster as a Münster Research Fellow. Luckhaus works on partial differential equations that model physical or bio-medical processes. His main interests are free boundary problems (in general), phase changes and many particle systems as well as geometric theory of nonlinear elasticity and plasticity and applied geometric measure theory.

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European Research Council award for Wilhelm Winter

"Advanced Grant": Münster mathematician receives funding of 1.6m euros

A great distinction for a mathematician from the University of Münster: the European Research Council (ERC) awards an Advanced Grant to Prof. Wilhelm Winter. The grant is one of the most important in Europe awarded for research purposes.

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One term – three different interpretations

How the three Clusters of Excellence understand and use "dynamics"

As different as the term “dynamic” is used and understood in science, so diverse are the research areas of the University of Münster, in which dynamic even plays a central role in the title. Prof. Christopher Deninger and Prof. Mario Ohlberger from the Cluster of Excellence „Mathematics Münster“, the lawyer Prof. Nils Jansen from the Cluster of Excellence „Religion and Politics“ and the biochemist Prof. Lydia Sorokin from Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence explain what they understand by the term in their research.

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New Münster Research Fellow: Prof. Dr. Matthias Aschenbrenner (UCLA)

For seven months Prof. Dr. Matthias Aschenbrenner (UCLA) joins the group of Prof. Dr. Dr. Katrin Tent as a Münster Research Fellow. Aschenbrenners work centers in and around model theory, but has branched into other fields of mathematics, often using results and methods originating in mathematical logic. His most spectacular achievements arising from a long-term collaboration with L. van den Dries and J. van der Hoeven, has culminated in the book Asymptotic Differential Algebra and Model Theory of Transseries.

Mathematics Münster achieves 2nd place in DFG third-party funding

Further confirmation for mathematics at WWU Münster: In absolute terms of DFG funding, the University of Münster ranks second among German universities in mathematics with 12.8 million euros. The Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, with 197.1 million euros, ranks 13th overall in Germany in terms of third-party funding. This is shown by the current funding atlas of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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Great success for mathematics: Cluster of Excellence approved

A decision has been reached in the first funding line, “Cluster of Excellence”, in the Excellence Strategy being pursued by the national and state governments in Germany. In the competition, the University of Münster was successful with two of the three Cluster applications it submitted. The following Clusters of Excellence will receive funding for a period of seven years, with effect from 1 January 2019: “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” and “Mathematics Münster. Dynamics – Geometry – Structure”.

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Pioneering work: mathematical fundamentals of light refraction

Münster mathematician’s research into wave propagation in complex materials

The PhD thesis of Dr. Barbara Verfürth from the Institute of Analysis and Numerics demonstrates pioneering mathematical work by making her the first person to calculate the connection between materials and their refraction. This fundamental work in the field of mathematics can help later in developing high-resolution microscopes – or in improving sound-absorbing walls, which are important for good acoustics in concert halls or recording studios.

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"Moments of true insight make all the apparently fruitless hours worthwhile"

Münster mathematicians Dr. Franziska Jahnke and Dr. Mira Schedensack talk about their work

Hours of contemplation, approaching a solution in small steps, and a healthy scepticism towards computer-generated results. In these guest articles, two mathematicians at the University of Münster, Dr. Franziska Jahnke und Dr. Mira Schedensack, explain what mathematical research means to them and what the aim of this research is. Both undertake research and teaching at the University of Münster within the framework of the MATHRIX junior professorships, which were established in 2017 to promote gender equality in mathematics.

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“No one can be this lucky”

Mathematician Prof. Raimar Wulkenhaar talks about solving a seemingly unsolvable equation

After ten years, Prof. Raimar Wulkenhaar from the University of Münster’s Mathematical Institute and his colleague Dr. Erik Panzer from the University of Oxford have solved a mathematical equation which was considered to be unsolvable. The equation is to be used to find answers to questions posed by elementary particle physics. In this interview with Christina Heimken, Wulkenhaar looks back on the challenges encountered in looking for the formula for a solution and he explains why the work is not yet finished.