Representing the interests of Doctoral Researchers

Published Mar 14, 2024

Barbara Betti (left) - Anton Ullrich - Leonie Kayser (right)

Leonie Kayser, Barbara Betti and Anton Ullrich were elected as new PhD representatives of our institute. With the aim to promote a lively and inspiring exchange between all PhD students, they are your partners concerning PhD life at the MPI. "As representatives, we want to improve the experience of PhD students and create occasions to connect them more", so Barbara. Leonie, Barbara and Anton are open to all your questions and suggestions regarding communication, organization of events, or any other ideas.

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Leonie Kayser works in the Numerical Nonlinear Algebra group. She is interested in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry with a view towards computation and applications. She also represents our institute in the Max Planck Society’s PhD network. Visit her personal homepage.

Barbara Betti is a member of the Nonlinear Algebra group. Her research focuses on theoretical aspects of Khovanskii bases and their applications to solve polynomial systems. She is also interested in the study of singularities of positive characteristic rings through the Frobenius map. Visit her personal homepage.

Anton Ullrich is a PhD student in Felix Otto’s group on Pattern Formation, Energy Landscapes and Scaling Laws. He is fascinated by a broad spectrum of mathematical topics, and especially their connections and applications. Recently, he is particularly interested in parabolic differential equations, calculus of variations and their applications.

Leonie Kayser represents our institute in the Max Planck Society’s PhD network which is a platform for exchange among the about 5000 PhD candidates working at 86 Max Planck Institutes of the Max Planck Society across all three sections Biology & Medicine (BMS), Chemistry, Physics & Technology (CPT), and Humanities & Social Sciences (HS). The PhDnet was founded in 2003 at its first meeting in Heidelberg to improve interdisciplinary cooperation, optimize doctoral education and scientific exchange, and strengthen academic solidarity.