We are delighted to announce that BMS Alumnus Sebastian Neumayer received the GIP Dissertation Prize 2022. The GIP (Gesellschaft für Inverse Probleme) awards the best PhD thesis in the field of “Inverse Problems” every two years. Congratulations!

Photos: left - S. Neumayer ©private  |  right - PhD Prize awardee Tram Nguyen, GIP Chair T. Hohage, S. Neumayer ©Eva Hetzel (GIP)

“When I received the email about the prize, I was first surprised but also very proud at the same time. This national prize honors my research at TU Kaiserslautern and TU Berlin. It gives me the feeling of having achieved something significant during my PhD. For the coming years, it’s an affirmation to continue my work and develop new approaches for solving inverse problems”, he said about his award.

Sebastian Neumayer received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematics from TU Kaiserslautern in 2016 and 2018 before transferring to Berlin for his PhD studies. In December 2020, he graduated from TU Berlin summa cum laude with his thesis on “Deformation and Transport of Image Data” and held a postdoc position in the research group “Applied Mathematics” at TU Berlin. In 2021, he started his postdoctoral research in the “Biomedical Imaging Group” at EPFL in Lausanne.

Sebastian Neumayer’s research interests include motion and deformation modeling, variational models and optimal control, optimal transport and Sinkhorn divergences, optimization on manifolds, machine learning, neural networks and normalizing flows, inverse problems in imaging, and convergence analysis of numerical schemes.

Read more (Sebastian Neumayer at EPFL)

We are delighted that the BMS-BGSMath Junior Meeting took place at the University of Barcelona this year from 05 to 07 September after it had been postponed due to the ongoing Corona pandemic. Around 80 participants attended this year’s meeting in Spain. Prof. John M. Sullivan of TU Berlin represented the BMS as one of its Deputy Chairs.


The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) and the Barcelona Graduate School of Mathematics (BGSMath) alternatively organize regular meetings as both schools share their ambitions to conduct excellent doctoral and postdoctoral training programs. They cooperate in developing initiatives to promote the mobility of and exchange between students and faculty members through events like the Junior Meeting, joint Summer Schools, mutual visits by advanced students and postdocs of each institution, and other scientific activities. The Junior Meeting also aims to intensify current collaborations and create new links between the two schools.


The scientific sessions were focused on different areas of Mathematics, trying to cover a wide range of topics and be of interest to all the participants. No previous background in a specific area was required to attend and understand the talks.



Photo: © John Maar (BMS)                                              Photo: © BGSMath


Following the usual rotating principle, the next BMS-BGSMath Junior Meeting will be held in Berlin in 2023.



BMS PhD student Sofía Garzón Mora described her impressions of the meeting:


“During the past 5-7th of September, the BMS-BGSMath Junior Meeting took place at the historical building of the University of Barcelona. Almost 50 participants from Berlin attended this short yet very fruitful workshop, where the Barcelona organizers and participants joyfully welcomed us.


The schedule was packed with plenary talks by invited senior speakers and junior researcher talks, distributed in parallel sessions by content throughout the day. This diversity in mathematical subjects was the perfect opportunity to attract those in the audience with an affinity towards some topics and invite more in-depth discussions and questions.


The coffee and lunch breaks were an important addition to the program, where we enjoyed local delicacies while continuing to get to know our colleagues. Last but not least, the evening allowed us to delight ourselves with Mediterranean food during the Conference Dinner and go for a relaxing swimming session at the Barceloneta beach, where we enjoyed the last days of summer under the scorching Spanish sun.


Adios Barcelona, we already look forward to participating in the next junior meeting.”