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Women in Science

The Max Planck Society promotes the talent, creativity and passion of all its employees. Their diversity is the basis for the cutting-edge research carried out at the institutes. An important pillar for this is the work of our female scientists.
We dedicate this column to them, presenting outstanding life stories, achievements and honors of our women in science.

With polytopes to an excellent dissertation (26.05.2023)

Marie-Charlotte Brandenburg successfully completed her doctorate on the “Tropical Positivity and Semialgebraic Sets from Polytopes”. She will remain at the MPI as a postdoc in the Math Machine Learning Group. Heartfelt congratulations!

Learn more about Marie's research and career >>>

Angkana Rüland appointed to Hausdorff Chair (13.02.2023)

We are thrilled to share the news that our former Research group leader Angkana Rüland will take up a prestigious Hausdorff Chair professorship at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) in Bonn.

Read more in the HCM press release >>>

Future proof — Raffaella Mulas on the way to Amsterdam (01.02.2023)

The next step in her scientific career will take our group leader Raffaella Mulas to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she has been appointed Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics. Congratulations and all the best for the future!

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Samantha Fairchild honored with Walter Benjamin Fellowship (16.01.2023)

Great news at the start of the new year comes from our postdoc Samantha Fairchild. She was awarded a two-year Walter Benjamin Fellowship of DFG (German Research Foundation) for her research on the “Analysis of discrete sets arising from geometry” - a perfect opportunity to run her own research program at our institute.

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Ladyzhenskaya lecture returns with a talk by Mimi Dai (29.09.2022 | Last update 28.10.2022)

On October 12th Mimi Dai of the University of Illinois discussed Ladyzhenskaya’s favorite topic: the mathematical theory of incompressible fluids. Prof. Dai delved into the history and pioneering work on the Navier-Stokes equation, as well as presented recent results on the regularity and large-time behavior of solutions.

Have a look at the recording of the lecture >>>

Interview with Lisa Sauermann (19.09.2022)

Our group leader Raffaella Mulas had the chance to talk to MIT professor Lisa Sauermann about her work in combinatorics and her passion for mathematics.

Read the interview for European Women in Mathematics (EWM) >>>

Martina Hofmanová awarded Minkowski Medal (28.07.2022)

Warmest congratulations to our former scientist Martina Hofmanová. She has been awarded the Minkowski Medal by the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV). This award goes to young scientists who have gained international recognition through outstanding scientific work. Martina Hofmanová is a professor of mathematics at the University of Bielefeld and conducts research in the field of stochastic partial differential equations.

Jing An & Georgiana Chatzigeorgiou interviewed for International Day for Women in Mathematics (12.05.2022)

May 12 is the International Day of Women in Mathematics in honor of brilliant mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani. For this 4th edition, Jing An & Georgiana Chatzigeorgiou from Felix Otto's group offer some career insights as female mathematicians.

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Storing and sharing research data with MathRepo (07.04.2022)

MathRepo offers mathematicians a central infrastructure to store and publicly share supplementary material for their paper publications. In Computeralgebra Rundbrief, Claudia Fevola and Christiane Görgen published an article on the recent developments of the repository and its role within the research data initiative MaRDI.

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Marzieh Eidi has successfully completed her doctorate on the shape of data (14.01.2022)

Congratulations to Marzieh Eidi on the successful defense of her PhD thesis "Topological and Geometric Methods with a View Towards Data Analysis."
Best wishes for your future career Marzieh!

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Can optical art relieve or cure certain mental illnesses? (29.11.2021)

This question aroused the curiosity of artist Youri Messen-Jaschin after noticing peculiar effects on some people appreciating his art. He initiated a book project combining optical art and scientific research to which our group leader Noémie Combe contributed a mathematical point of view on optical illusions.

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Manneken Pis-thagoras (04.10.2021)

For the first time in his life, on September 24th, 2021, the famous Manneken Pis was dressed as a mathematician. Inspired by the "father of geometry" Pythagoras, a team of researchers with participation of our postdoc Mima Stanojkovski has created this special suit for Brussel's best-known icon.

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Perfectly linked — Minerva Fast Track Fellowship for the study of networks (01.09.2021)

Dr. Raffaella Mulas was awarded a Minerva Fast Track position by the Max Planck Society to establish her first own research group at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig. The young and promising mathematician is honored for her excellent research on networks, focusing on the spectral theory of graphs and hypergraphs.

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Mathematical highlights of this year's International Women's Day (08.03.2021)

We would like to celebrate the International Women's Day by featuring a variety of mathematical news and events dedicated to this occasion. There is a special column on female pioneers in science by the MPG, featuring an interview with Noémie Combe. You can also attend a panel discussion on gender balance in mathematics by the EWM.

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Future proof - Career step towards Portugal for Eliana Duarte (05.03.2021)

A big step in her scientific career awaits our former postdoc Eliana Maria Duarte Gelvez. In Portugal, she was able to acquire one of five highly coveted fellowships in the field of mathematics and computer science. This now gives her the opportunity to continue her research in the field of algebraic geometry at a host institution of her choice - the Centro de Matemática of the Universidade do Porto.

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Congrats on Successful Dissertation Defense (12.02.2021)

Congratulations to Mahsa Sayyary Namin on the successful defense of her PhD thesis “Real Algebraic Geometry of the Sextic Curves” which took place online at the University of Leipzig. We are very proud and wish her all the best and much success in her new position as a postdoc at the Mathematical Institute at Goethe Universität Frankfurt.

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Let's celebrate Women and Girls in Science (11.02.2021)

Today on February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science – a perfect day to celebrate the achievements of all ladies working in science related fields. And it is a perfect day for us to announce our institutional membership in the European Women in Mathematics (EWM). We are very proud to be part of this association promoting the role of women in mathematics and invite you to join a variety of events happening today.

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Congrats to our "Woman of Science" Raffaella Mulas (09.11.2020)

Raffaella Mulas, who successfully finished her PhD studies at our institute recently, has been honored in her home of Sardinia with a special award. In 2020 she was declared “Donna di Scienza giovani”. Raffaella dedicates this award to her PhD supervisor Prof. Jürgen Jost and to her Master's thesis supervisor Prof. Ngoc Mai Tran who are “the best guides and sources of inspiration I could wish for during my studies.”

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Future Proof – ERC Starting Grants for Martina Hofmanová and Julian Fischer (07.09.2020)

We would to like to congratulate our former scientists Martina Hofmanová and Julian Fischer who rank among Europe's best young researchers. For their excellent work they have each been awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

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María Ángeles García-Ferrero awarded with the José Luis Rubio de Francia prize (09.07.2020)

Our former postdoc María Ángeles García-Ferrero was just honored by the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME) with the José Luis Rubio de Francia prize 2019. Having been selected from the eight nominated young researchers, she is only the second woman to ever receive this prestigious recognition. The jury selected María for her theory of global approximation for the heat equation and its application to the study of hot spots and isothermal surfaces, because "to prove something genuinely new and in such generality about an object as simple and classical as the heat equation is an achievement worthy of the Rubio de Francia prize". The honor is accompanied with a start-up grant of 35,000 € over the next three years.

Congratulations on first successful virtual PhD defenses (22.06.2020)

Congratulations to Raffaella Mulas and Pau Vilimelis Aceituno on the successful defense of their PhD theses which took place under special circumstances as online sessions at the University of Leipzig. We are very proud and wish them all the best for their future careers.

Read more about their scientific work and life >>>

Dr. Noémie Combe on the fast track to structural unification (14.04.2020)

The mathematician Dr. Noémie Combe was awarded a Minerva Fast Track position by the Max Planck Society. The young scientist is honored for her promising research at the intersection of algebraic geometry and topology and is given the opportunity to set up her first research group at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig. The young researcher also gave an interesting exposé on her research in a video portrait.

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Future proof — Angkana Rüland (18.03.2020)

After more than two years of excellent research at the institute, Angkana Rüland is leaving us to become a professor of applied mathematics at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. We would like to congratulate Angkana on her position and wish her all the best in Heidelberg. Learn more about Angkana and her research at the institute in our new Future proof column.

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Through the eyes of a woman (23.10.19)

The exhibition “Women of Mathematics throughout Europe” offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through the eyes of female mathematicians.

  • From October 28 to 30 at the MPI / Inselstrasse 22 / Leipzig
  • From November 4 at the University of Leipzig / Augusteum / Augustusplatz 10
  • Exhibition opening on October 29, 17:45 at the MPI

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