BMS Phase II Student Martin Hanik received a MICCAI Student Travel Award for the paper "Nonlinear Regression on Manifolds for Shape Analysis using Intrinsic Bézier Splines" (co-authors: Christoph von Tycowicz, Hans-Christian Hege) that has been produced in the framework of the MATH+ research project EF2-3 (Spline Models for Shape Trajectory Analysis). The prize is awarded for the highest scored papers with a young researcher as the first author. The annual MICCAI is the leading international conference for computer assisted medicine.



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Every four years, during the European Congress of Mathematics, the European Mathematical Society awards 10 EMS Prizes, the Felix Klein Prize and the Otto Neugebauer Prize. All prize winners are usually announced at the Opening Ceremony at the beginning of the congress. Unfortunately, this year the tradition called for an alternative.

The 10 EMS Prizes are awarded “to young researchers not older than 35 years, of European nationality or working in Europe, in recognition of excellent contributions in mathematics.” The 10 EMS Prizes are funded by Foundation Compositio Mathematica and EMS Press.

Maryna Viazovska is a full professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Berlin Mathematical School and the Humboldt University of Berlin (Dirichlet Postdoc 2013-2016) and a Minerva Distinguished Visitor at Princeton University. Her research interests include number theory and optimal configurations on manifolds.

Karim Alexander Adiprasito was a member of BMS, first as a PhD student at TU Berlin (2010-2013) and then at FU Berlin. Currently, he is a Professor at the University of Copenhagen and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He works in the field of combinatorics, but combines methods from algebra, geometry and topology in innovative ways, solving problems in a wide range of areas.


BMS alumnus Mark James Curran was recognized for his scientific achievement by the 2019 State Conference of Rectors and Presidents of Berlin Universities (Landeskonferenz der Rektoren und Präsidenten der Berliner Hochschulen).

Mark was honoured with a Tiburtius recognition award for his doctoral dissertation entitled "The hysteretic limit of a reaction-diffusion system with a small parameter“. His PhD established the equivalence of a broad class of mathematical models for ensembles of biological organisms, and has many applied and theoretical implications for scientists working in the field. Mark completed his PhD under the supervision of Pavel Gurevich and graduated from FU Berlin in 2018 with summa cum laude. Mark is now an analyst and software engineer in an American company in Berlin. His award came with prize money in the sum of 500 euros.

The State Conference of Rectors and Presidents of Berlin Universities (LKRP) annually awards three Tiburtius Prizes and three awards of recognition to recent PhD graduates from Berlin's universities for their outstanding doctoral theses. The prize-giving ceremony was held at TU Berlin on 19 December 2019.

Many congratulations to Mark!

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The second Junior Meeting of the BMS and the Barcelona Graduate School of Mathematics (BGSMath) took place in Berlin from 26 to 28 June 2019. In total, 17 participants from Barcelona and 25 from Berlin joined the event.

The Junior Meetings were launched with a first meeting in Barcelona in October 2017 to create strong scientific exchange, strengthen research collaboration between the respective math communities, and enhance the multicultural environment of both graduate schools. The second Junior Meeting now aimed to intensify current collaborations and create new links between the two schools.

In their opening remarks, BMS Deputy Chair Prof. Dr. Jürg Kramer and BGSMath Director Prof. Dr. Marta Sanz-Solé restated their common goal of striving for excellence in their doctoral and postdoctoral training programs. They also emphasized the importance of networking and of creating diverse frameworks for lively exchange.

The three-day scientific program provided a wealth of interesting half-hour talks by 18 doctoral students and postdocs from the two schools. Mario Kummer (TU Berlin), Albert Mas-Blesa (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), and Thomas Krämer (HU Berlin) gave one-hour talks as plenary speakers.

The thematic focus was on three main areas:
- Algebra, Geometry, Topology
- Probability theory, Statistics, Analysis and PDEs
- Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science.

“With so many areas of mathematics represented, the participants were able to learn about what their colleagues outside of their own research areas are working on and to see connections between different fields”, summarized Tal Orenshtein and Andrew Newman from the organizing committee. “The coffee breaks, the Welcome Reception in the BMS Lounge, and the Conference Dinner made lively exchange and discussions about maths and beyond possible.”

The meeting was organized by a committee of postdocs from the two institutes: Joan Bosa and Marina Gonchenko (both from BGSMath), Jean-Philippe Labbé, Andrew Newman, and Tal Orenshtein (all from the BMS), and chaired by Prof. Kramer and Prof. Sanz-Solé.

In 2016, a memorandum of understanding was signed by both graduate schools in order to boost collaborative work between young researchers from both institutions. The schools declared their intention to cooperate together in initiatives aimed at promoting the mobility of and exchange between students and faculty members by way of events such as the Junior Meeting; joint summer schools; mutual visits by advanced students and postdocs of each institution; and other scientific activities.

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3D lab © Monika Stekowski On Thursday 23 May 2019, the BMS welcomed a delegation of 23 undergraduate students and one faculty member from two American universities situated in Atlanta, Georgia. This event aimed to give the visiting students and faculty a chance to connect with their counterparts in Germany, and gain first-hand exposure to prospective careers and research opportunities in the field of mathematics. BMS and MATH+ Managing Director, Nadja Wisniewski began by giving a presentation about the BMS and its PhD Program in the framework of the newly founded Cluster of Excellence MATH+ which can be regarded as a good representative of the mathematics landscape in Berlin in general. This was followed by a talk from BMS student Sophia Elia, who presented her own research project.

BMS lounge © Tanja FagelThe delegation then visited the TU Berlin's 3D LAB. Afterwards, the American students and faculty were given the chance to interact informally with BMS students, faculty and staff over lunch in the BMS Lounge.

This event was part of the STEM LAUNCH Study Tour of Germany organized by Cultural Vistas, a non-profit organization that facilitates connections between American and international students, academics and professionals. Through a two-week professional and cultural tour of Berlin and Munich, this study tour aims to encourage students from Georgia-based historically black colleges & universities to consider adding an international context to their educational and career paths.

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Gavril Farkas © privateProf. Dr. Gavril Farkas, a MATH+ Principal Investigator, member of the BMS Executive Committee and professor of algebraic geometry at the HU Berlin, has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant in the sum of 2.15 million euros.

Farkas is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of algebraic curves. He achieved a breakthrough in his research by using new methods inspired from topology to prove Green’s conjecture about equations of algebraic curves. Farkas' research proposal "Syzygies, moduli and topological invariants of groups" won him one of the prestigious ERC Advanced Grants, which are considered the most important European awards for outstanding researchers. This lucrative grant will assist the top researcher in his scientific endeavours, and will also create new jobs as he can employ postdocs, PhD students and other staff for his new research team. Farkas will use the funding to continue to investigate the idea of connecting the different fields of algebra and topology.

Farkas is a Hungarian mathematician born in Transylvania and got his PhD in 2000 at the University of Amsterdam under the supervision of Gerard van der Geer. After positions at the University of Michigan, Princeton University and the University of Texas, Farkas took up a full professorship at the HU Berlin in 2007. His other awards and grants include the DFG Project "Syzygien und Moduli", the Ad Astra Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Research Grants.

Congratulations Gavril!

The ERC is a public body that was established in 2007 for the purpose of funding scientific and technological research conducted within the EU. Applications for grants are assessed by qualified external experts and the aim is to recognise the best ideas, and to confer status and visibility to the best research in Europe. ERC Advanced Grants are given to support the implementation of particularly innovative research projects. Demand for these grants is extremely high and, of the 2052 research proposals submitted to the ERC in the current round, only 11% were selected for funding.

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Friederike Hellwig © privateBMS alumni members Friederike Hellwig and Dietmar Gallistl were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements by GAMM (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik / International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics).

GAMM was founded in 1922 by Ludwig Prandtl and Richard von Mises to promote scientific development in all areas of applied mathematics and mechanics. The association fosters international cooperation and currently comprises over 1500 members.

Friederike was awarded one of four Dr. Klaus Körper Prizes for excellent dissertations in applied mathematics and mechanics for her PhD thesis on "Adaptive Discontinuous Petrov-Galerkin Finite-Element-Methods". Currently, she is a researcher at the Humboldt University Berlin (HU) and is also involved with a MATHEON-associated German Research Foundation Priority Programme (DFG SPP 1748). Her award includes prize money in the sum of 250 euros.

Dietmar received one of two Richard von Mises Prizes for scientific achievement in the field of applied mathematics and mechanics for his outstanding work on the "discretization of elliptic problems of higher order". He is currently an assistant professor in the group Mathematics of Computational Science at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His award includes prize money in the sum of 1000 euros.

Both Dietmar and Friederike did their doctoral studies under the supervision of BMS faculty member Prof. Dr. Carsten Carstensen and graduated from the HU in 2014 and 2018, respectively.

Congratulations Friederike und Dietmar!

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NIkolas Perkowski © privateProf. Dr. Nicolas Perkowski, BMS alumnus, MATH+ project leader and graduate of the HU Berlin, was recently awarded the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/DFG).

Now a junior professor at the HU Berlin and DFG Heisenberg Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI MiS) in Leipzig, Nicolas was honored with this, the most important award for young scientists in Germany, in recognition of his scientific achievements in the field of probability theory. His research focuses on singular stochastic partial differential equations, applied stochastic analysis and robust financial mathematics.

Established in honor of the German physicist Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, this prize was deemed one of the top three major scientific awards in Germany by the major research institutions. It is given not only in recognition of excellent research, but also as an incentive to continue with the pursuit of an academic career. The prize is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung/BMBF) and is awarded by a selection committee appointed by the DFG and the BMBF.

As one of ten prize winners from various academic fields, Nicolas will be presented with his award at a special ceremony on 28 May 2019 in Berlin. This award comes with prize money in the sum of 20,000 euros.

Congratulations Nicolas!

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Hélène Esnault, BMS faculty member and professor for arithmetic geometry at the FU Berlin, has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Cantor Medal by the German Mathematical Association (DMV).

The DMV Presidium selected Esnault for her outstanding scientific achievements in mathematics. The members of the committee described her as one of the world's most prominent personalities in mathematics today, and commended her for her profoundly impressive results in algebraic geometry and their impact on other scientific areas.

Esnault was born in Paris and has dual French-German citizenship. She got her PhD in 1976 from the University of Paris VII and did her habilitation at the University of Bonn in 1985. After holding positions at Paris VII, MPI Bonn and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Esnault joined the FU Berlin in 2012 as its first Einstein Professor, where she is head of the algebra and number theory research group. Her awards and honors include the Paul Doisteau-Emile Blutet Prize (2001), the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize jointly with Eckart Viehweg (2003), two honorary doctorates, and full membership of four science academies. Esnault was also an invited speaker at the 2002 ICM in Beijing and the 2012 ECM in Krakow.

The Cantor Medal is the most important scientific prize awarded by the DMV and candidates must be associated with the German-speaking area. The medal will be presented to Esnault at an official ceremony during the DMV Annual Meeting in September 2019 and comes with prize money in the sum of 4000 euros.

Congratulations Hélène!

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Karim Adiprasito, BMS and FU Berlin alumnus, is one of five recipients of the 2019 New Horizons In Mathematics prizes. Karim was selected together with June Huh for their joint work with Eric Katz on the development of "combinatorial Hodge theory leading to the resolution of the log-concavity conjecture of Rota".

Karim did his PhD at the FU Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Günter M. Ziegler, and graduated with summa cum laude in May 2013. In 2014, this highly talented young academic received the Ernst Reuter Prize for his outstanding PhD dissertation, and in 2015 he was one of three young researchers to be honored with the European Prize in Combinatorics. After starting a postdoc position at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2014, Karim became an associate professor there in 2016. He now combines that with his most recent appointment as professor of mathematics at the University of Leipzig, which he took up on a half-yearly basis in 2017.

The New Horizons in Mathematics Prize is part of the annual Breakthrough Prize series established and funded by Anne Wojcicki, Yuri Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and others. Three New Horizons prizes were awarded to five mathematicians for their early career achievements in their respective fields. Adiprasito and Huh will be awarded their prize at the 2019 Breakthrough Prize ceremony on 4 November 2018 in California. The ceremony will be hosted by actor, producer and philanthropist Pierce Brosnan and broadcast live on National Geographic. 

The former BMS Dirichlet Postdoctoral Fellow, Maryna Viazovska, who solved the sphere packing problem in dimension 8, was a winner of the New Horizons In Mathematics prize in 2018.

This prize comes with a monetary award in the sum of US $100,000.

Congratulations Karim and June!

Written by S. E. Sutherland-Figini

Source: Breakthrough Prize