Rotational Change of BMS Chair as of 1 July 2014

Jürg Kramer, Professor for Mathematics at HU Berlin, is the new chair of the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS). He took up his new post on 1 July in accordance with the rotating chairmanship and succeeds Professor John M. Sullivan of the TU Berlin. The assembly of BMS professors unanimously elected Kramer as the new chair and paid tribute to his predecessor. John Sullivan shall remain deputy chair of the BMS alongside Konrad Polthier of the FU Berlin.

The BMS chairmanship rotates every two years between the three participating universities. The first chair of the BMS was professor Günter M. Ziegler, followed by Jürg Kramer, Konrad Polthier, and John Sullivan.

Jürg Kramer completed his PhD in Basel and habilitation at the ETH Zürich. Since 1994, he has held a professorship of mathematics at the HU Berlin and, since 2006, he has been a member of the BMS Board. From 2007 to 2010 he was chair of the BMS for the first time.

The BMS is a joint graduate school of the mathematics departments of FU Berlin, HU Berlin and TU Berlin. It is funded under the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and has enjoyed eight successful years so far. The BMS actively pursues the goals of internationality and gender equality: about 50 percent of its 209 doctoral students come from abroad. The BMS is one of the few graduate schools funded by the Excellence Initiative that accepts students directly after the bachelor degree and prepares them for a doctoral dissertation through a structured fast-track program. The BMS’s diverse program of specialized courses is augmented with mentoring, soft-skill seminars, summer schools, travel to conferences abroad, and special support for students who are parents.

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John Sullivan and Jürg Kramer
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