# Fields medalist Prof. Wendelin Werner visits the University of Münster

On Thursday, 14 November, Prof. Wendelin Werner from ETH Zürich will give insight into his current research. The scientist was awarded the Fields Medal in 2006, which is known as the Nobel Prize in mathematics. The Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster and the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Münster invite all interested persons to the public lecture entitled “From Brownian loops to fields”. The talk is part of the series “John von Neumann Lecture”. Time and place: 4:30 pm, lecture hall M5, Einsteinstraße 64, Münster.

**Information about Prof. Wendelin Werner**

It was not always clear that the French citizen, born in Cologne in 1968, would embark on a scientific career: as a teenager, Wendelin Werner had a part in the film “La passante du Sans-Souci”, Romy Schneider's last film, because the crew was searching for a young violinist. But mathematics fascinated him more than the film business. He studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), did his doctorate at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and, after a postdoctoral stay at the University of Cambridge and other research assignments, he was offered a professorship at the Université Paris-Sud. He has been professor at ETH Zürich since 2013. Wendelin Werner has been awarded many prizes for his groundbreaking research. The highlight was the Fields Medal, which he received in 2006 at the age of 37 and which is considered the Nobel Prize in Mathematics.

Wendelin Werner's focus is on probability theory. He has succeeded in developing methods that combine probability theory and the theory of conformal mappings, allowing mathematicians to investigate universal properties of random processes. His research is often bridges the disciplines of mathematics and physics. For example, he found a completely new geometric approach to understanding phase transitions in two-dimensional physical systems.

**John von Neumann Lecture**

The John von Neumann Lecture is held once a semester by renowned scientists. The series, initiated in 2011, honors the memory of the mathematician John von Neumann, who researched the various interactions between different mathematical research disciplines and other sciences.