ERC Advanced Grant for HITS group leader

22. April 2021

Mathematician Anna Wienhard has been awarded a prestigious grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for outstanding scientists, an ERC Advanced Grant. She is group leader of the “Groups and Geometry” group at HITS and professor at the Mathematical Institute of Heidelberg University. For her project on symmetries in mathematics, Anna Wienhard will receive approx. two million euros. The project will run over a period of five years, the host institution is Heidelberg University.

Prof. Dr Anna Wienhard | Photo: © HITS / Gülay Keskin

The ERC is funding Anna Wienhard’s research for the second time. In 2014 she received an ERC Consolidator Grant for her work on symmetries and deformation spaces of geometric structures. The present project “PosLieRep – Positivity in Lie Groups and Representation Varieties” builds on the previous one and focuses on Lie groups, which play a central role in many fields of mathematics and are an important tool in theoretical physics. “This is a great success and a clearly visible sign of our close collaboration with Heidelberg University,“ says HITS Managing Director Gesa Schönberger. At present, a total of four ERC grantees are working at HITS.

Since 2012, Anna Wienhard has been professor at the Mathematical Institute of Heidelberg University. She heads the working group on differential geometry and also the geometry and dynamics research station. Furthermore, she is co-spokesperson of the STRUCTURES Cluster of Excellence and a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing. Since 2015, she has also been leader of the “Groups and Geometry” group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). Since October 2020, she has been Scientific Chairperson of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation that organizes the annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), a networking conference where 200 outstanding young researchers in mathematics and computer science interact with the recipients of the most renowned prizes in the fields.

For more information see the Heidelberg University press release: https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/en/newsroom/erc-advanced-grants-for-two-heidelberg-scientists

About HITS

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.

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