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Rund ist besser als eckig: das isoperimetrische Problem

Virtuelle Ausgabe der öffentlichen Reihe "Brücken in der Mathematik" am 27. September

Prof. Dr. Anna Siffert zeigt anschaulich und allgemeinverständlich, was es mit dem isoperimetrischen Problem auf sich hat, das bereits in der Antike als "Problem der Dido" bekannt war. Sie stellt Anwendungen in der Ökologie sowie Physik vor und erläutert, welche Rolle das Thema in der modernen mathematischen Forschung spielt. Zum Livestream des Online-Vortrags am Montag, 27. September 2021, 19:30 Uhr, sind alle Interessierten herzlich eingeladen.

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Ready for the next step

Completed dissertations in summer semester 2021

Congratulations to all doctoral students of Mathematics Münster who completed their dissertation in the past months. All the best for your future: Yannic Bröcker, Tobias Leibner, Ramona Sasse, Hauke Hendrik Seidel, Divya Sharma, Markus Zeggel (né Schmetkamp)!

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New Münster Research Fellow: Nadia Larsen

We welcome Prof. Nadia Larsen (University of Oslo) as a Münster Research Fellow. She is a highly renowned expert in operator algebras, in particular in semigroup C*-algebras and their equilibrium states. During her stay in Münster from 2 September to 24 November 2021, she will collaborate with several researchers at Mathematics Münster.

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Mathematics in Epidemiology

Keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Angela Stevens at DMV-ÖMG Annual Conference 2021

The joint Annual Conference of the German Mathematical Society DMV and the Austrian Mathematical Society ÖMG will take place from 27 September to 1 October 2021 in a virtual format. One of the keynote lectures will be given by Prof. Dr. Angela Stevens from Mathematics Münster on Wednesday, 29 September, 9 am. She will talk about the important tools that mathematics has developed since more than 100 years for the understanding of epidemics. Phenomena like epidemic waves will be discussed as well as actual data.

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Representation theory's hidden motives

Conference at Münster and Sydney, 27 September - 1 October 2021

In recent years, motivic techniques have been applied in several branches of representation theory, for example in geometric and modular representation theory. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers in these areas in order to foster new synergies in topics such as foundational aspects of the theory of motives, Tate motives on varieties of representation-theoretic origin, motivic aspects of the Langlands program, and motives of classifying spaces.

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Bridging the gaps between theoretical and applied mathematics

Peter Schneider: Local p-adic analysis

Bridging the gaps between mathematical disciplines is a main goal of our Cluster. Prof. Dr. Peter Schneider, investigator at Mathematics Münster, is contributing to this strategic aim. At the conference "Branching from number theory: p-adics in the sciences" (30 August - 03 September 2021) of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, he will give a mini-course on "Local p-adic analysis".

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Funding for "Centre of Mathematics Münster" has been approved

Construction work will start in 2022

The members of the "Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz" (Joint Science Conference) have been convinced by the innovative concept for the research building "Centre of Mathematics Münster". After the "Wissenschaftsrat" (Science Council) recommended funding in April, it is now assured. The federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia will support the project with around 31 million euros. Construction work will begin in spring 2022. [de]

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pyMOR School

4 - 8 October 2021

This school is targeted at anyone interested to apply model order reduction in their work using pyMOR. The school will consist of both introductory lectures to model order reduction and pyMOR as well as programming sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own problems to work on. Basic knowledge of Python and packages from the SciPy stack (NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib) is assumed.

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Launch of journal "Model Theory"

Editors-in-chiefs are Martin Hils (Mathematics Münster) and Rahim Moosa (Waterloo)

Recently, the new journal "Model Theory" was launched and is now welcoming submissions. It is published by the nonprofit Mathematical Sciences Publishers (MSP). The editors-in-chief are Prof. Dr. Martin Hils from Mathematics Münster and Prof. Rahim Moosa (University of Waterloo).

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Noncommutative geometry meets topological recursion

16 - 20 August 2021

This workshop intends to be a first meeting point for specialists and young researchers active in noncommutative geometry, free probability, and topological recursion. We plan to run the workshop in hybrid form with a considerable number of participants present in Münster and video transmission to the outside world.

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Young Mathematicians in C*-Algebras

2 - 13 August 2021

YMC*A is an annual conference organised for and by master/PhD students and postdocs in operator algebras and related areas, with the goal of fostering scientific and social interaction between young researchers. YMC*A 2021 will take place in Münster in a hybrid format with online participation over Zoom and a limited number of participants present in Münster.

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Workshop Curvature and Global Shape

1 - 7 August 2021

The purpose of the meeting is to study relationships between local and global invariants in Riemannian Geometry. Our intention is to bring together experts in the field as well as young mathematicians. The programme of the Workshop is structured so that beyond the lectures there will be many opportunities for intensive discussions.

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Making optimal use of research data

WWU Münster is a partner of the "Mathematical Research Data Initiative" (MaRDI). MaRDI aims to enable the sustainable utilisation of mathematical research data. The consortium includes 25 partners (universities and research institutes, science infrastructure institutions, clusters of excellence as well as the German Mathematical Society DMV, and the European Mathematical Society EMS). It is coordinated by the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) in Berlin. MaRDI will be funded as a consortium over a period of 5 years as of October 2021.

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Quanta Magazine reports on Infinity Proof

Proof by Prof. Dr. Ralf Schindler and Dr. David Asperó (UEA) unites two rival axioms

In May David Asperó and Ralf Schindler published their proof on a question from the 1990s about the relationship of two prominent axioms of set theory which both decide how many real numbers there are. Now Natalie Wolchover reports for the Quanta Magazine on the proof, its relevance and history.

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Workshop Cuntz semigroups

12 - 16 July 2021

The Cuntz semigroup is a geometric refinement of K-theory that was introduced by Cuntz in the 1970s in his pioneering work on the structure of simple C*-algebras. This powerful invariant has seen many applications in the structure and classification theory of C*-algebras. Recently, it has also become clear that Cuntz semigroups are interesting objects of study in their own right. This workshop will bring together researchers that are interested in the different aspects of Cuntz semigroups in areas such as C*-algebras, dynamical systems, and model theory.

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New Young Research Fellow: Eduard Vilalta

Eduard Vilalta joins our Cluster as a Young Research Fellow from 11 to 25 July 2021. He is a doctoral student at the UAB Barcelona and is working on establishing connections between structural properties of C*-algebras and their categories of Hilbert modules (Cuntz semigroups). During his visit in Münster, he is collaborating with Dr. Eusebio Gardella and Dr. Hannes Thiel (TU Dresden).

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Prof. Dr. Xin Li: Interactions between C*-algebras, topological dynamics and group theory

Colloquium Wilhelm Killing on 8 July 2021

Prof. Dr. Xin Li (University of Glasgow) will give a talk entitled "Interactions between C*-algebras, topological dynamics and group theory" at the Colloquium Wilhelm Killing on 8 July 2021. The talk takes place at 4:30 pm via Zoom. The virtual tea time starts at 4:15 pm. The event is part of the conference "Groups meet C*-algebras".

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New Münster Research Fellow: Kilian Raschel

Dr. Kilian Raschel (CNRS, Université de Tours and Université d'Orléans) joins our Cluster as a Münster Research Fellow from 7 to 31 July 2021. He works on the connections between combinatorics and probability, a principal topic being random walks in cones seen from a combinatorial and a probabilistic point of view.

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New Young Research Fellow: Martin Holler

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Martin Holler (University of Graz) will join our Cluster as Young Research Fellow from 9 July to 9 August 2021. His field of research is the mathematics of inverse problems and data science. "I am looking forward to the excellent research environment in Münster and to a productive time", says Martin Holler.

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New Young Research Fellow: Tristan Ozuch

Dr. Tristan Ozuch (MIT) visits our Cluster as Young Research Fellow from 1 July to 8 August 2021. His research is focused on geometric analysis and particularly on Einstein manifolds and Ricci flows. "I look forward to interacting with the local world experts in my field and to visit Germany and Münster for the first time," says Tristan Ozuch.

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New Postdoc Programme

Mathematics Münster supports young researchers

Postdocs are a vital part of the Mathematics Münster research community. "In order to support the young scientists in their development and to strengthen their independence, we have now established a postdoc programme," says Prof. Dr. Tim de Laat, speaker of the Early Career Committee of the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster. The core of the programme is the Postdoc Mentoring.

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Langer Abend der Studienberatung

24. Juni 2021, 17 bis 20:30 Uhr

Beim "Langen Abend der Studienberatung" bietet der Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik digitale Informationen und Einblicke für Studieninteressierte. Prof. Dr. Matthias Löwe gibt mit seinem Vortrag "Ich habe ein Geheimnis - Zero Knowledge Proofs" einen kleinen Vorgeschmack auf Mathematik-Vorlesungen. Die Fachstudienberatung steht per Zoom für Fragen zu den Studiengängen zur Verfügung.

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New Münster Research Fellow: Prof. Dr. Ambrus Pál

Ambrus Pál (Imperial College London) joins Mathematics Münster as a Münster Research Fellow. He is an international leading expert in the theory of p-adic cohomologies and function field arithmetic.

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Prof. Dr. Arnulf Jentzen: Overcoming the curse of dimensionality

Felix Klein Prize lecture on 25 June 2021

Last year, the Felix Klein Prize was awarded to Prof. Dr. Arnulf Jentzen. The prize lectures have been postponed and will now take place during the virtual 8th European Congress of Mathematics. On Friday, 25 June, 2:50 pm, Arnulf Jentzen will give his talk "Overcoming the curse of dimensionality: from nonlinear Monte Carlo to deep learning". Everybody who is interested can attend the talk via Zoom.

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Interactions between expanders, groups and operator algebras

Workshop via Zoom, 7 - 10 June 2021

In the last few decades it became apparent that notions of expansion lie at the intersection of numerous topics of research. Passing through ergodic theory, representation theory spectral analysis, this topic draws techniques from fields ranging from geometry to group theory and operator algebras. Such a diverse range of tools and applications is an endless source of inspiration and lively research that continues to this day. This workshop aims to bring together experts in the field to report on recent progresses and outline a plan for future research.

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Three international Postdocs report about their research and their start in Münster

Despite the Corona pandemic, the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster is attracting a high number of scientists from all over the world. Dr. Bakul Sathaye from India, Dr. Tingxiang Zou from China and Dr. Christopher Kauffman from the USA are three of 29 international postdocs currently undertaking their research at Mathematics Münster. In guest articles and interviews, the three postdocs share their passion for mathematics and provide insight into their careers and and feelings throughout the pandemic in Münster.

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International Women in Maths Day

Virtual events throughout May

The "International Women in Maths Day" on 12 May is a great opportunity to celebrate women in mathematics and make their achievements more visible. At Mathematics Münster, we are celebrating digitally with several virtual events throughout the month of May: scientific talks, social events, workshops and more. Everybody who is interested is invited to a free streaming of the inspiring documentary "Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem".

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Video for the "International Women in Maths Day"

Interviews with Mathematics Münster's PhD researchers

Antje Dabeler, Azul Fatalini, Martina Fruttidoro und Julia Schleuß are PhD researchers at our Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster. For today's “International Women in Maths Day”, we asked the four mathematicians in the video: "What has been the most important maths moment for you so far?".

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Top ratings for mathematics in the CHE university ranking

Many subjects at the University of Münster have done very well in the current university ranking of the "Centre for Higher Education Development" (CHE) - including mathematics. When it comes to e.g. "General study situation", "Support at the beginning of studies" and "Research funds per scientist", Münster University's mathematics was ranked in the top groups. [de]

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Ready for the next step

Completed dissertations in winter semester 2020/21

Congratulations to all PhD students of Mathematics Münster who completed their dissertation in the past months. All the best for your future: Julia Brunken, Nils Arne Dreier, Ina Humpert, Matthias Kemper, Timo Siebenand and Michael Wenske!

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Einblicke in die Berufs- und Studienwelt von Mathematikerinnen

Das war der Girls' Day 2021: Am 22. April nahmen 17 Schülerinnen aus ganz Deutschland am digitalen Angebot des Exzellenzclusters Mathematik Münster und des Fachbereichs Mathematik und Informatik teil. Die Mischung aus Informationen aus erster Hand und Mitmach-Aktionen kam gut an.

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Quanta Magazine reports on Giles Gardam's findings

Postdoc Dr. Giles Gardam, postdoc at Mathematics Münster, has recently disproved an 80 year old algebra conjecture. Now Erica Klarreich, a renowned science journalist, has reported on his counterexample and its great significance for the research area.

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Video recording online available

Virtual edition of public series “Brücken in der Mathematik”

Around 160 participants watched the livestream with Prof. Dr. Benedikt Wirth talking about mathematics and medical imaging. If you have missed the livestream or would like to listen to the lecture again, you will find the video recording (in German) on our websites.

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International Day of Mathematics

14 March 2021

"Mathematics for a Better World" - this is the theme of this year's International Day of Mathematics. A good example is medical progress: mathematics makes important contributions, for example for medical imaging. Get some insights into this research topic of Mathematics Münster - and join the global online celebration!

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PhD student Marco Mauritz in video series "What's Next?"

The video series “What’s Next? Junior Researchers at Münster University” takes a closer look at nine PhD students and postdocs at the University of Münster. One of them is Marco Mauritz, PhD student at Mathematics Münster. He presents his research topic and explains why mathematics is important for medical imaging and the development of cancer treatments. [de]

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New Professor of Theoretical Mathematics: Hans-Joachim Hein

We welcome Prof. Hans-Joachim Hein to the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster. In October he moved from Fordham University, New York, to the University of Münster in order to take up a professorship in Theoretical Mathematics. He carries out research in the field of differential geometry and partial differential equations.

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Blick in den Körper: Über das Inverse und medizinische Bildgebung

Virtuelle Ausgabe der öffentlichen Reihe "Brücken in der Mathematik" am 24. März

Moderne Technik erlaubt den Blick in den Körper, ohne ihn zu öffnen. Es wird sozusagen berechnet, wie der Mensch von innen aussieht. Um die entsprechenden Technologien zu entwickeln, bedurfte es einiger fundamentaler mathematischer Erkenntnisse. Einen Einblick gibt Prof. Dr. Benedikt Wirth in seinem Online-Vortrag "Blick in den Körper: Über das Inverse und medizinische Bildgebung" am Mittwoch, 24. März 2021, 19:30 Uhr, im Livestream. Alle Interessierten sind herzlich eingeladen.

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Giles Gardam disproves Kaplansky's unit conjecture

The Kaplansky conjectures are three long-standing open problems on the group rings of torsion-free groups. Last week, Dr. Giles Gardam, postdoc in Mathematics Münster's topology group, announced that he succeeded to disprove the strongest of these three conjectures, namely the unit conjecture. In this interview, he tells us what fascinates him about the conjecture, how he came to his findings, and how the research community reacted. 

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Patience and perseverance

A portrait of Gustav Holzegel, mathematician and Humboldt professor

To be world chess champion – that was the plan when he was just eight years old. Although Gustav Holzegel did not achieve his aim, he can still be satisfied. The mathematician is a recognised expert in the field of General Relativity and has undertaken research at leading international institutes. Since November he has been a professor at the University of Münster supported by a recently awarded a Humboldt professorship, the most valuable research award in Germany.

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Virtual Winterschool on Analysis and Applied Mathematics

22-26 February 2021

The scope of the Winterschool is to offer an overview of modern themes in Applied Mathematics, ranging from modeling issues in physics and materials science to their mathematical analysis by means of advanced techniques in the theory of PDEs and the Calculus of Variations. Speakers are Andrea Braides (Rome), Lucia Scardia (Edinburgh) and Ulisse Stefanelli (Vienna).

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PhD students and postdocs share their experiences

MMGS interview series

Do you already know the project “PhD to PhD” and “Postdoc to PhD”? In this interview series initiated by the Mathematics Münster Graduate School (MMGS), young researchers share their experiences and talk about their topics and academic background. The most recent contributions are from Kevin Poljsak (PhD) and Dr. Sahana H. Balasubramanya (postdoc).

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Girls go Mathematics!

Digital Girls' Day on 22 April 2021

The Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster and the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science invite female high school students to gain insights into university and the work of mathematicians. [de]

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Focus Programmes 2021

In 2021, there will be two Focus Programmes at Mathematics Münster. We will host a number of visiting researchers, lecture series and conferences.

  • "Operator algebras and topological dynamics: amenability and beyond"
  • "Geometry and PDEs: from theory to applications"

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New Professorship in Applied Mathematics: André Schlichting

We welcome Prof. Dr. André Schlichting to the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science and to the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster. He took up a professorship in Applied Mathematics in November. His research topics include partial differential equations and numerical as well as stochastic analysis. The research questions he works on touch on thermodynamics, diffusion processes, chemical reactions, machine learning and variational methods.

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WWU Research Prize for Prof. Dr. Eugen Hellmann

Eulogy at the digital New Year's Reception

Congratulations, Eugen Hellmann! He has been awarded the WWU Research Prize 2020 for his outstanding achievements. The mathematician, investigator at Mathematics Münter, is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of arithmetic geometry. The eulogy and can be seen in the recording of the digital New Year's reception [de] on YouTube, as can find a video [de] with insights into Eugen Hellmann's research.

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"Bridging the _Gap_" Oberseminar Analysis

This seminar will further intensify the exchange between the research fields of Pure and Applied Analysis. It will take place on Wednesdays, 11:00 am, via Zoom. Professors, postdocs, PhD students andmaster's students are welcome. The next talk will be held on 3 February 2021. Please contact the organizer Dr. Sebastian Throm if you are interested to join and give a talk.

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New Topical Program on Cell Dynamics and Mathematical Modelling

Prof. Dr. Angela Stevens und Prof. Dr. Erez Raz aim to strengthen exchange

Prof. Dr. Erez Raz, a cell biologist, and Prof. Dr. Angela Stevens, a mathematician, aim to further strengthen and deepen the exchange between experimental biology and mathematics in their new project "Cell Dynamics and Mathematical Modelling". It is one of eleven "Topical Programs" that have recently been funded by the University of Münster.

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Research topics of our new members

Postdocs and PhD students introduce themselves

Since it was not possible to meet each other in our "Common Room", especially in autumn and winter, some of the postdocs and PhD students who started in October and November are now introducing themselves on a digital "blackboard" by posting a short insight into their research.

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New Young Research Fellow: Gabriele Benomio (Princeton)

Dr. Gabriele Benomio joins Mathematics Münster as a Young Research Fellow. He is a Research Scholar (postdoc) at the Princeton Gravity Initiative. In Münster, he is part of Prof. Dr. Gustav Holzegel’s group for four months until 15 February 2021. Welcome!

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A beautiful Pre-Christmas period - with science and maths

If you have fun solving questions with a scientific background during Advent, you should click on the WWU Online Advent Calendar [de]. There is also a maths question included! For children, teenagers and school classes there are several online math advent calendars, which offer a new tricky puzzle every day.

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DFG provides funding for new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) “inSight”

A cooperation between medicine, natural sciences, mathematics and computer science

In the research project “inSight – Multiscale imaging of organ-specific inflammation” that receives approximately ten million euros in funding, scientists focus on the question of how the body regulates inflammation in different organs and, to this end, develop a specific imaging methodology. Prof. Dr. Benedikt Wirth, investigator of Mathematics Münster, is involved as principal investigator.

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Exceptional award strengthens Mathematics Münster

Mathematician Gustav Holzegel awarded a prestigious Humboldt professorship

Prof. Gustav Holzegel, one of the world’s leading experts on the General Theory of Relativity, is appointed to a prestigious Humboldt professorship. The renowned research prize includes funding of 3.5 million euros for five years. At the beginning of November the scientist moved from Imperial College London to our Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

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Maths until midnight

First virtual "Mathenacht" on 13 November

Last Friday the virtual "Mathenacht" of our Cluster of Excellence and the "Hausdorff Center for Mathematics" (University of Bonn) took place for the first time. Many participants followed the workshops and lectures via Zoom. [de]

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Opening colloquium

CRC Geometry: Deformations and Rigidity

The CRC opening colloquium will take place on Thursday, 5 November 2020, at 4:15 pm via Zoom. There will be two talks: "The Langlands Program" by Prof. Dr. Urs Hartl and "Deformation spaces of Galois representations - and their interplay with representation theory" by Prof. Dr. Eugen Hellmann.

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New MATHRIX Professor: Aleksandra Kwiatkowska

We welcome Aleksandra Kwiatkowska to the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster. She commenced her appointment as a MATHRIX Juniorprofessorin on 1st of October 2020. She works on the structure and dynamics of separable completely metrizable topological groups.

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O-Minimality and the André-Oort Conjecture

"Bridging the Gap" seminar in winter semester 2020/21

Prof. Dr. Urs Hartl and Prof. Dr. Martin Hils organize the "Bridging the Gap" seminar "O-Minimality and the André-Oort Conjecture" which connects Model Theory and Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry. It will be held on Tuesdays, 2-4 pm. PhD students and master's students may enroll. The seminar will start in the first week of November. HIS-LSF

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A night full of mathematics

13 November 2020 - from 3 pm to midnight

Scientists of our Cluster of Excellence and the "Hausdorff Center for Mathematics" of the University of Bonn will show in workshops and lectures (in German) the fascination of mathematics.

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Supporting a good start at Mathematics Münster

31 new PhD students and postdocs from more than 15 countries are currently starting at Mathematics Münster. Welcome! To ensure a good start despite the current pandemic situation, we are offering a new Buddy Programme and various information events.

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First virtual edition of “Brücken in der Mathematik”

Video recording online available

In September, we organized the first virtual edition of the public lecture series "Brücken in der Mathematik". Around 200 participants watched the livestream with Prof. Dr. Martin Hils and Prof. Dr. Matthias Löwe talking about paradoxical phenomena in mathematics. If you have missed the livestream or would like to listen to the lecture again, you will find the video recording (in German) on our website.

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Virtual edition of “Brücken in der Mathematik”

Online lecture on paradoxical phenomena in mathematics on 29 September

The world - especially the world of mathematics - is full of mysteries. Particularly interesting and exciting are those that yield unexpected results that run counter to our intuition. Such thought experiments are the subject of the lecture "Paradoxe Phänomene in der Mathematik" which will be held online on 29 September 2020, 7:30 pm, in German. The Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster invites everyone who is interested.

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MATHRIX Professorship: an important step in an academic career

Assistant professor Dr. Mira Schedensack held the MATHRIX Professorship until 2019 and, looking back, she says, “The MATHRIX Professorship enabled me, for the first time, to carry out research really independently.”

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First retreat of our graduate school MMGS

The first retreat of our graduate school MMGS recently took place in Duisburg. The event contributes to networking among MMGS members - especially during the Covid 19 pandemic. The retreat focused on the participants' personal future planning.

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New perspectives on K- and L-theory

21 - 25 September 2020: online lecture series

Hermitian K-theory is the study of unimodular forms through the eyes of K-theory. In work of B. Calmès, E. Dotto, Y. Harpaz, F. Hebestreit, M. Land, K. Moi, D. Nardin, T. Nikolaus and W. Steimle, it was recently shown that there is a fibre sequence relating ordinary algebraic K-theory, hermitian K-theory (aka Grothendieck-Witt theory) and L-theory in a very general context. The online lectures of Markus Land (Copenhagen) and Yonatan Harpaz (Paris 13) will focus on these results.

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Open calls for two professorships

We invite applications for a MATHRIX Assistant Professorship in Applied Mathematics (W1) and a Associate Professorship in Theoretical Mathematics (W2). Deadline is 30 September 2020. The next application round for PhDs and Postdocs will start in October.

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One more year Münster Research Fellow: Prof. Dr. Stephan Luckhaus

We are pleased that Prof. Dr. Stephan Luckhaus will enrich our Cluster for another year as a Münster Research Fellow. The well-known mathematician, whose research combines various mathematical fields, will contribute to the 2021 focus program "Geometry and PDEs: from theory to applications".

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Ready for the next step

Completed dissertations in summer semester

Congratulations to all PhD students of Mathematics Münster who completed their dissertation this semester. All the best for your future!

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Vivid insight: videos of investigators' talks

In the "Research" section of our website we provide a lot of information about the mathematical research areas of our cluster. You will also find links to recent videos of talks given by our investigators. This new offer should give you a vivid insight into the researchers’ work.

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MM now on YouTube

Mathematics Münster now has its own YouTube channel! The episodes from our inspiring interview series "Behind the Science" can now be found there. More videos will follow. Subscribe to the channel and spread the word!

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Support for early career researchers

"Mohnkuchen" interview with Dr. Imke Franzmeier

During the PhD and postdoctoral period, the professors are responsible for the scientific content. Dr. Imke Franzmeier takes care of many other aspects that are important for the early career researchers. In the current issue of the university newspaper wissenIleben, she talks about the early career support at our Cluster of Excellence. [de]

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New master’s programme M.Sc. Mathematics Münster

Starting in winter semester 2020/21, the new Master of Science Mathematics Münster replaces the previous master’s programme in mathematics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. It will be taught completely in English, offers a lot of flexibility and a broad variety of courses. Application deadline is 20 August.

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Gianluigi Rozza (SISSA): Reduced order methods in computational fluid dynamics

Colloquium Wilhelm Killing on 10 June 2020 via ZOOM

Prof. Dr. Gianluigi Rozza will give a talk entitled "State of the art and perspectives for reduced order methods in computational fluid dynamics" on Wednesday, 10 June 2020, via Zoom. The talk starts at 4:30 pm. The virtual tea time starts at 4:15 pm. Zoom-ID: 94121190906

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Clusters of Excellence: plans and perspectives

Interview with the Cluster spokepersons in the University of Münster's Yearbook

In the recently published Yearbook of the University of Münster, our spokespersons, Prof. Christopher Deninger and Prof. Mario Ohlberger, and Prof. Nils Jansen, spokesperson for the Cluster "Religion and Politics" since the beginning of 2019, talk
about the plans and perspectives which the two Clusters have.

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Great success: DFG funds new CRC "Geometry: Deformations and Rigidity"

The German Research Foundation (DFG) will be providing 6.5 million euros to fund a new Collaborative Research Centre at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. The large-scale project, “Geometry: Deformations and Rigidity”, aims to develop geometry both as a subject in its own right and as a tool for other mathematical fields. The Centre has been funded for four years and will open on 1 July.

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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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++ cancelled ++ Mathematics is Everywhere!

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.

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New Professor of Theoretical Mathematics: Hans-Joachim Hein

We welcome Prof. Hans-Joachim Hein to the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster. In October he moved from Fordham University, New York, to the University of Münster in order to take up a professorship in Theoretical Mathematics. He carries out research in the field of differential geometry and partial differential equations.

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International Women's Day

Today's International Women's Day is a good opportunity to draw attention to some interesting and inspiring links: