Graduate Research Opportunities for Women at Bonn 2023

Date: March 30-31, 2023

Venue: MPIM (Vivatsgasse 7, please contact us for accessibility requirements)

The GROW@Bonn 2023 conference is aimed at women, non-binary and gender diverse undergraduate students who may be interested in learning about opportunities of graduate degree in the mathematical sciences.

The conference is open to bachelors and masters students from universities in Germany and neighbouring EU countries, including international students. Reasonable cost of travel will be refunded and accommodation will be provided by the conference to the selected participants who wish to travel to Bonn for GROW. Priorities will be given to those who have not attended any GROW conference before. The conference will be in English. People are welcome to ask questions in German. We will have plenty of German speaking mentors/volunteers/organizers.


The conference will feature

  • lectures
  • panel discussions about graduate research in the mathematical sciences
  • networking opportunities
  • advice on preparing applications for graduate school (masters and PhD)


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Plenary speaker



Karen Vogtmann has made notable contributions to the areas of topology and algebra. She is known especially for introducing new topological and geometric models for the study of infinite discrete groups. Her work has influences in several mathematical disciplines, including algebraic K-theory, homotopy theory, and tropical algebraic geometry, as well as to various subjects including the study of phylogenetic trees and perturbative quantum field theory. Karen Vogtmann is currently professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick and Goldwin Smith Professor of Mathematics Emeritus at Cornell University. She was awarded the Polya prize, a Humboldt Research Prize, a Royal Society Wolfson Research award, an honorary degree from the University of Copenhagen. In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2021. Before moving to Warwick, she served as the Vice President of the American Mathematical Society.

Speakers and panelists


(North Carolina)




(Synopsys GmbH)




All events will take place at MPIM (Vivatsgasse 7).

Thursday, March 30

9:30 – 10:30 Registration
10:30 – 12:00 Panel discussion: What is research in mathematics like?
(with Junxian Li, Peter Scholze, Vera Traub, Mauro Varesco)
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:50 Research talk: Vera Traub
15:00 – 16:00 Plenary talk: Karen Vogtmann
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee
16:30 – 18:00 Panel discussion: Nuts and bolts of applying to masters/PhD programs
(with Valentin Blomer, Dominique Mattei, Arunima Ray, Florian Richter, Justin Sawon)
19:00 – ... Conference dinner

Friday, March 31

9:40 – 10:30 Research talk: Florian Richter
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee
11:00 – 12:00 PhD student talks
Iulia Cristian, Laura Wakelin, Mingjia Zhang
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch with mentors in Hofgarten Mensa and tour of the institute
14:10 – 15:00 Research talk: Bernd Sturmfels
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee
15:30 – 17:00 Panel discussion: What to do with a PhD in mathematics?
(with Theo Raedschelders, Martin Rumpf, Anna Silvanus, Bernd Sturmfels)
17:00 – 17:30 Goodbye