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Maryna Viazovska Awarded 2017 Ramanujan Prize

Maryna Viazovska, who conducted her doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics from 2008-2012 under the guidance of Don Zagier, was awarded the Ramanujan Prize for 2017. Professor Viazovska is honored “for her stunning solution in dimension 8 of the celebrated sphere packing problem, and for her equally impressive joint work with Henry Cohn, Abhinav Kumar, Stephen D. Miller and Danylo Radchenko resolving the sphere packing problem in dimension 24, by building upon her fundamental ideas in dimension 8.” The prize also recognizes her outstanding PhD thesis of 2013 at the University of Bonn in which she resolved significant cases of the Gross-Zagier Conjecture and her work prior to her PhD with A. Bodarenko and D. Radchenko resolving a long-standing conjecture of Korevaar and Meyers on spherical designs, that appeared in the Annals of Mathematics in 2013. The prize notes that the modular forms techniques developed by Viazovska will have a significant future impact in discrete geometry, analytic number theory, and harmonic analysis. It was awarded on December 22 (Ramanujan's birthday), 2017 at the International Conference on Number Theory at SASTRA University in Kumbakonam, India, Ramanujan’s hometown.

Exhibition "Women of Mathematics throughout Europe" at MPIM opening on November 10th

The exhibition "Women of Mathematics throughout Europe" will be on public display at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics from November 10 to December 23, 2016. This touring exhibition, whose starting point is the 7th European Congress of Mathematics held in July 2016 in Berlin, features the portrays of thirteen female mathematicians, sharing their experience, thus serving as role models to encourage young women to enter mathematics, a field where women are still largely underrepresented. The exhibition will be launched with the:

Opening Event

Date/time: November 10th, 2016, 18:00h
Place: Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Vivatsgasse 7, Bonn

Call for nominations of directors of Max Planck institutes

The Max Planck Society and its institutes are seeking nominations for the position of


for various research fields including mathematics. The call can be found here. The deadline is December 30, 2016 but later nominations may also be considered.

Hirzebruch Collection launched

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics announces the launch of the Hirzebruch Collection, a media archive that collects documents, images, videos, and other resources related to the work and life of its founding director Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hirzebruch (1927-2012). His work largely influenced the development of modern mathematics and through his personal efforts and achievements he contributed in an essential way to the reconstruction of mathematics research in Germany after World War II. The collection will be an ongoing process. Contributions of original documents such as personal photographs or video recordings of talks are welcome. The Hirzebruch Collection is available at

“Wechselwirkung” - Brigitte Heintze stellt Zeichnungen auf mathematischen Notizblättern aus

Das Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik lädt zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung am 27.3.2013 um 18:00 Uhr im Atrium des Instituts ein. MPIM-Direktor Werner Ballmann spricht ein Grußwort, der Kunsthistoriker Dr. Peter Lodermeyer führt in die Ausstellung ein. Die Künstlerin wird anwesend sein. Die Veranstaltung wird vom Hausdorff Center for Mathematics unterstützt. 

Ausstellungsdauer: 28.3.-6.5.2013
Öffnungszeiten: Montag bis Freitag von 10:00 - 16:00 Uhr (ausser an Feiertagen)

Mathematische Arbeitstagung, May 22-28, 2013, second announcement

The "Eleventh Arbeitstagung of the Second Series" will take place from Wednesday, May 22, to Tuesday, May 28, 2013. It will be dedicated to the memory of Friedrich Hirzebruch who started the Arbeitstagung in 1957. For this reason more lectures than usual will be fixed in advance. The speakers include Michael Atiyah, Paul Baum, Dusa McDuff, Gerard van der Geer, Nigel Hitchin, Frances Kirwan, Maxim Kontsevich, Matthias Kreck, John Milnor, Mina Teicher, and Kenji Ueno. The talks will be published in a proceedings volume. The traditional boat trip on the Rhine will be on Sunday, May 26, the reception by the Rektor in the Festsaal of the University will be on Monday, May 27.

Mathematische Arbeitstagung, May 22-28, 2013, first announcement

The "Eleventh Arbeitstagung of the Second Series" will take place from Wednesday, May 22, to Tuesday, May 28, 2013. It will be dedicated to the memory of Friedrich Hirzebruch, in particular, more lectures then usual will be fixed in advance. Hirzebruch started the Arbeitstagung in 1957 and it has taken place regularly since then. Participation in the Arbeitstagung is open to the mathematical community. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Arbeitstagung 2013 is partially funded by the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics.

"Late Style". Film documentary about Yuri Manin premieres in Bonn

Agnes Handwerk and Harrie Willems have made a remarkable documentary about the life and work of Yuri Manin, Emeritus Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, who began his career as a student at Moscow State University in the year of Stalin's death 1953 and whose subsequent professional life reflects the history of mathematics and mathematicians trying to overcome the political constraints of that time.

The film will be shown for the first time in Bonn, prior to its publication by Springer in 2012. The directors of the film will be present and available for questions and discussion after the screening.

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 17:00 - 18:15h
Venue: Lecture Hall, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Vivatsgasse 7, 53111 Bonn

Ein Abend mit Oswald Egger im Grenzbereich zwischen Poesie und Mathematik

Am Dienstag, den 19. Juli 2011 um 19:00 Uhr ist der Lyriker Oswald Egger zu Gast am Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik. Der renommierte Dichter wagt sich gemeinsam mit dem Mathematiker Ralph Kaufmann und der Literaturwissenschaftlerin Andrea Albrecht in den Grenzbereich zwischen Kunst und exakter Wissenschaft vor.
In Kooperation mit dem Literaturhaus Bonn.

Öffentlicher Vortrag über „Politische Raumkurven“ von Norbert Schappacher am 15. Juni 2011

Prof. Norbert Schappacher von der Université de Strasbourg hält am Mittwoch, den 15.6.2011 einen öffentlichen Vortrag über: Politische Raumkurven. Zur hundertjährigen Geschichte einer mathematischen „Tatsache“. Der Vortrag in deutscher Sprache beginnt um 19:00 Uhr im Hörsaal des Max-Planck-Instituts für Mathematik, Vivatsgasse 7.

Videos of Graeme Segal's lectures on "Three roles of quantum field theory"

Graeme Segal is the speaker of the Felix Klein Lectures 2011 organized by the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics. Upon popular demand, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics is producing video recordings of each of his six lectures on "Three roles of quantum field theory".

We are offering the lectures in three different formats (flv, mp4 and webm), so there is a chance that you can watch the videos on your favorite operating system with your favorite browser. Since these are the first videos on our new website everything is still a bit experimental...

watch the videos

Willkommen auf der neuen Webseite

Das MPIM hat einen neuen Webauftritt bekommen, der abgesehen vom frischeren Design vor allem die Benutzerfreundlichkeit erhöht:

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