A worldwide network in mathematics

The GlobalMathNetwork, a new cooperation from the University of Bonn's Cluster of Excellence Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM)  with four other world-renowned research institutes, aimes to make a research stay abroad easier for young scientists and thus facilitates international networking. As part of a two-day launch event, a public panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 22, with high-ranking politicians and scientists on the subject of "Internationalization in Science and Universities".

The GlobalMathNetwork is a collaboration between five of the world's top mathematical research institutes: the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics in Bonn, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (France), the Universities of Kyoto (Japan) and Beijing (China) and the Courant Institute of New York University (USA). The spokesperson of the HCM and co-initiator of the network, Prof. Dr. Karl-Theodor Sturm, explains: "As cooperation partners we all share the vision of networking internationally in research and training junior scientists."

The GlobalMathNetwork facilitates the exchange of doctoral students between the five collaborating institutions and encourages studies abroad. The director of the Bonn International Graduate School of Mathematics (BIGS), Prof. Dr. Barbara Niethammer, says: "Advancing our doctoral students is the central idea of the agreement. They can spend up to four months at any desired mathematical institute around the world, conduct their research and make contacts in academia." Accommodation and travel expenses are covered by the home universities, while host institutions provide a fully-fledged workplace and wave tuition if necessary.

International networking is important to advance research in mathematics. For this reason, in addition to the doctoral student exchange, and in the pursuit of shared educational goals, the signing parties will also organize joint scientific events in the future.

Opening ceremony

The GlobalMathNetwork opens with a two-day launch event on Tuesday, November 21, and Wednesday, November 22, in Bonn. In addition to a scientific program with lectures by representatives of all cooperation partners, a panel discussion on "Internationalization in Science and Universities" with high-ranking members from politics and science will take place on Wednesday, November 22 at 7 pm. Among other topics, discussions on how internationalization and regional ties are compatible with one another or how Germany can compete with elite universities, for example from the USA. The event is presented by well-known science journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda.

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