Universität Bonn

Bonn Mathematical Society
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The Bonn Bonn Mathematical Society (Bonner Mathematische Gesellschaft, BMG) supports and promotes mathematics at the University of Bonn, for example by organizing events, awarding prizes for outstanding bachelor theses. or by supporting the mathematical institute library. Every year, the Bonn Mathematical Society organizes an entertaining event, usually on the evening before Corpus Christi.

Purpose of the BMG

The Bonn Mathematical Society (BMG) is a registered association based in Bonn, which has set itself the task of promoting mathematics in and around Bonn. Specifically, the BMG pursues the following goals:

  • Early career support: The BMG awards annual prizes for outstanding bachelor's theses in mathematics, both for graduates of a mathematics bachelor's degree and graduates of a mathematics education degree. In addition, the BMG supports Bonn Mathematics school activities in and around Bonn.
  • Outreach: The BMG organizes an entertaining evening event related to mathematics every year, for example a "Valsche Vorträge Vestival" in 2022 and a "Circus Mathematicus" in 2023.
  • Support for the library: A well-equipped and up-to-date mathematics library is essential for mathematical research and teaching. The BMG therefore sees it as its duty to support the mathematics library financially.

Events

Every year, the BMG organizes an entertaining mathematics-related event on the evening of Corpus Christi. In the past two years, a Valsche Vorträge Vestival (2022) and a Circus Mathematicus (2023) were organized.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Circus Mathematicus

In June 2023, BMG organized a Circus Mathematicus, an entertaining event with mathematical and acrobatic contributions by DorFuchs and Albrecht Beutelspacher, among others.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Valsche Vorträge Vestival

In June 2022, the BMG organized a Valsche Vorträge Vestival, at which the speakers deliberately misled the audience with entertaining false mathematical arguments.

Bachelor prizes

Once a year, the BMG awards a prize for outstanding Bachelor's theses in mathematics. Students who have completed their Bachelor's degree by September 30 of the respective year will be considered. Two to three prizes for graduates of a mathematics bachelor's degree (including one female) and one for a graduate of the Bachelor's degree in mathematics education are awarded. The prize consists of a certificate and a monetary prize.

Graduates can be nominated for the academic year 2022/23 until 31.12.2023. Anyone can nominate, in particular the supervisors of the respective theses, but self-nominations are also permitted. Nominations can be submitted to Dr. Regula Krapf, stating the supervisor, title and grade of the thesis. The jury consists of the BMG Executive Board.

The following students were awarded a bachelor's prize for outstanding achievements in the 2021/22 academic year:

  • Thesis title: Die LKH-Heuristik für praktische Tourenplanungsprobleme
  • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Jens Vygen
  • Thesis title: Zeta functions of curves with no rational points
  • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Daniel Huybrechts
  • Thesis title: Simplicial homotopy theory and the Kan-Quillen model structure
  • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schwede
  • Thesis title: Positivity of the Hodge bundle on the moduli space of curves
  • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Scholze
Preisträger*innen 2023
© Thoralf Räsch, BMG

Donate

In order to finance the activities of the BMG, in particular the awarding of bachelor prizes and the organization of events, we welcome financial support. The BMG pursues exclusively non-profit scientific and outreach purposes.

Bank details for donations:

  • IBAN: DE26 3701 0050 0062 3915 06
  • Bank: Postbank Köln
  • BIC: PBNKDEFF

Donation receipts will be sent (stating the full name and private address).

Contact

The BMG consists of a three-member executive board and is also represented by a secretary's office.

Executive Board

Avatar Kaenders

Prof. Dr. Rainer Kaenders

President of the BMG
Avatar Räsch

Dr. Thoralf Räsch

Treasurer of the BMG
Avatar Krapf

Dr. Regula Krapf

Secretary General of the BMG

Secretary

Avatar Strehl-Müller

Kerstin Strehl-Müller

Secretary
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