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An enthusiastic stochastic and writer

Portrait of Prof. Matthias Löwe in the university newspaper
Prof. Dr. Matthias LöweProf. Dr. Matthias Löwe
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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]

Event

Department offers various insights for prospective students

"Hochschultag" in Münster on 7 November
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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]

MMGS promotes networking and scientific excellence

New graduate school for PhD students in mathematics
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The Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster and the mathematical institutes have inaugurated the "Mathematics Münster Graduate School" (MMGS).

Lecture

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.

Lecture

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

Collquium 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.

New postdocs of Mathematics Münster

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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.

Lecture

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.

Conference

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

Registration is open until 27 October 2019
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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).

New Münster Research Fellow: Prof. Dr. Arnd Scheel

Arnd Scheel
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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.

Successful start with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lück

New talk series "Brücken in der Mathematik"
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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.

Apply this week for PhD and postdoctoral positions!

Start of the evaluation: 15 november 2019
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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.

Mathematical lectures for laypersons

New lecture series "Brücken in der Mathematik" starts on 2 July 2019
Prof. Dr. Martin Hils and Prof. Dr. Matthias LöweProf. Dr. Martin Hils and Prof. Dr. Matthias Löwe
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The Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster starts a new lecture series that is explicitly addressed to mathematical laymen (in german language).

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

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

Opening of the Common Room

Opening of the Common RoomOpening of the Common Room
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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.

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

Stephan Luckhaus
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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.

European Research Council award for Wilhelm Winter

"Advanced Grant": Münster mathematician receives funding of 1.6m euros
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm WinterProf. Dr. Wilhelm Winter
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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.

One term – three different interpretations

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

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

Matthias Aschenbrenner
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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).

Great success for mathematics: Cluster of Excellence approved

Great success
© Heiner Witte/MünsterView

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”.

Pioneering work: mathematical fundamentals of light refraction

Münster mathematician’s research into wave propagation in complex materials
Dr. Barbara VerfürthDr. Barbara Verfürth
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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.

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

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

“No one can be this lucky”

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