“Groups and Geometry” (GRG) group leader Prof. Anna Wienhard has been invited to present at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM). The congress takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 1-9, 2018.
Anna Wienhard, who studied theology and mathematics in Germany, Switzerland and the USA, has been HITS group leader as well as professor at Heidelberg University since 2015. For her research achievements, Wienhard has received the ERC’s ‘Consolidator Grant’ and is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. With her research group, Anna Wienhard investigates symmetries and so-called deformation spaces in geometric structures. At the upcoming ICM, Wienhard will present her work as speaker in the category “Geometry”.
The ICM is hosted by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) once every four years. The conference is the largest international gathering in mathematics, and invites a select group of mathematicians to report on the most important development in the last four years. Invited lectures at the ICM are among the most prestigious recognitions of research accomplishment in mathematics. During the opening ceremony of the congress the Fields Medals, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Gauss Prize, and the Chern Medal are awarded.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.