Jürg Kramer, professor of mathematics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), is the new chair of the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS).

Kramer took up his post on 13 November 2020 in accordance with the rotating chairmanship, and succeeds John M. Sullivan of Technische Universität Berlin (TU). The general assembly of MATH+ members unanimously elected Christof Schütte of Freie Universität Berlin (FU) as the new MATH+ chair, and approved his new board members. Among them the new BMS chair. During the first meeting of the MATH+ Board the new composition of the BMS Committee was agreed upon. The new BMS deputy chairs are Holger Reich, professor of mathematics at the FU, as the new BMS deputy chair to represent Freie Universität Berlin. He will carry out his duties alongside John M. Sullivan, the BMS deputy chair from Technische Universität Berlin (TU). The rotational change of the BMS chairmanship occurs every two years between the three participating universities in sync with the election of the new MATH+ chair.

Kramer studied mathematics in Basel, where he also completed his PhD. After holding positions at the University of Bonn, Harvard University, the University of Wuppertal and ETH Zurich, he took up his current position at HU in 1994. His research interests include Arakelov geometry, theory of automorphic forms, especially modular forms and mathematical education.

Everyone at the BMS would like to extend sincere thanks to John M. Sulivan for his hard work and outstanding commitment as the BMS Chair over the past two and a half years, and we would like to give his successor, Jürg Kramer, a very warm welcome!