23. February 2022

Mathematician Ana Caraiani appointed to the University of Bonn Mathematician Ana Caraiani appointed to the University of Bonn

First female Hausdorff Chair at the HCM Cluster of Excellence

Reinforcement for the University of Bonn: The internationally highly recognized mathematician Ana Caraiani has accepted the call to a Hausdorff Chair. These are professorships for outstanding scientists at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) Cluster of Excellence. The 37-year-old Romanian is the first woman to hold this position and will take it up this September. Ana Caraiani not only brings excellent mathematics with her to Bonn, but also her enthusiasm for promoting early career scientists.

Prof. Dr. Ana Caraiani is the first female Hausdorff Chair at the HCM Cluster of Excellence.
Prof. Dr. Ana Caraiani is the first female Hausdorff Chair at the HCM Cluster of Excellence. © HCM Uni Bonn
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Ana Caraiani works at the interface between the so-called Langlands program and arithmetic geometry. In recent years, she has co-authored many of her papers with Peter Scholze who is very happy about his new colleague in Bonn: "With Ana Caraiani, a world-leading scientist in arithmetic geometry comes to Bonn. We have already worked together a lot in the past. I'm very much looking forward to continuing this work, and especially to organizing seminars and other events together," Scholze says.

Exceptional environment at Bonn

The excellent reputation of Bonn mathematics attracted Ana Caraiani, as she emphasizes:"Bonn is one of the best places in the world to do arithmetic geometry and I am particularly excited by the chance to be colleagues with Peter Scholze, who has already had such a great impact on pure mathematics. In addition, I think the students in Bonn are extremely strong and I look forward to interacting with them. My three current PhD students have all been Master’s students in Bonn and I think they all look forward to coming back to this exceptional environment."

The fact that mathematician Jessica Fintzen, who is currently still working in the USA, has also accepted a call to the University of Bonn is the icing on the cake for Ana Caraiani. "I was really excited that Jessica Fintzen was recruited to come to Bonn around the same time as me, this played an important part in my decision."

Enthusiastic about fostering the next generation

Together, the two colleagues will organize a conference on network building for early career researchers in their field of expertise („Community-building in the Langlands Program“). In this conference, junior researchers, in particular those from groups that are underrepresented in mathematics, and those who have been particularly affected by the pandemic, are encouraged to apply. The meeting will take place prior to the trimester program "The Arithmetic of the Langlands Program", which will be held at the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics (HIM) in the summer of 2023. Ana Caraiani is also involved in the organization here.

With her appointment to a Hausdorff Chair, she complements the circle of excellent mathematicians around Massimiliano Gubinelli, Stefan Müller, Sven Rady, Peter Scholze, and Christoph Thiele. The fact that she is the first female Hausdorff Chair does not impress her too much:"To some extent, I feel that it doesn’t matter so much who is the first, but rather what matters is to create the right environment and opportunities so that there can be many more to come.“

About the person:

Ana Caraiani has already got close ties to Bonn: In 2016 she became a Bonn Junior Fellow. In 2017, she moved to Imperial College London as a Royal Society Research Fellow and Lecturer and has been associated with us as a Bonn Research Fellow ever since. Since 2021, Ana Caraiani has been a full professor at Imperial College London. In 2018, she was one of the winners of the Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical Society. In 2020, she was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and was awarded the 2020 EMS Prize.

Stefan Hartmann
Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) Cluster of Excellence
Public Relations and Events
Email: stefan.hartmann@hcm.uni-bonn.de
Phone: +49 228 73 3138

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