The Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) is a research institute in Bonn, formed by the four mathematical institutes of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Mathematical Institute, Institute for Applied Mathematics, Institute for Numerical Simulation, Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics), the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (MPI), and the Institute for Social and Economic Sciences The Hausdorff Center was established in 2006 as one of the seventeen national Clusters of Excellence that were part of the German governments Excellence Initiative.
The centre is named after the mathematician Felix Hausdorff (born 8 November 1868; died 26 January 1942). The three main structural goals of the HCM are the efficient support of young academics, the broadening of the local basis in Bonn, and the establishment of an international hub for German mathematics. Together, these three tasks will contribute substantially to a sustainable improvement of mathematics in Bonn and Germany. The Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics (HIM) is a major institutional component of the HCM.
It was founded specifically as an international hub for long-term international exchange with focused research and training. It is the only institute in Germany which organizes international long-term programs devoted to topics in mathematics, mathematical economics, and interdisciplinary mathematical approaches. Every year, the HIM organizes two Trimester Programs and one Junior Trimester Program, each lasting four months. The programs bring together leading experts and young talents from all over the world. The promotion of young researchers is particularly emphasized by the Junior Trimester Programs, a unique concept worldwide.
The Hausdorff Center provides a scientifically stimulating and structurally attractive environment for young scientists. The scientific stimulus comes from our local research areas as well as from the activities of the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics. As for the structural attractiveness, the following measures have been implemented: Twelve Bonn Junior Fellow positions for excellent young scientists have been created. These W2 professor positions are limited to five years and allow the candidates to develop their own research agenda after a few postdoctoral years. New postdocs are best trained by working on ambitious but well-defined research projects.
Our fifteen Hausdorff Postdoc positions are advertised worldwide and are awarded to the best international candidates. Moreover, some of the positions are awarded to local research projects, where topic and candidate are proposed by the research areas. Some of these local research projects are deployed to explore interdisciplinary collaborations between the research areas and other research groups in Bonn. Promising PhD students develop best into excellent scientists when supervised by active researchers in a stimulating environment. The guiding principle of our graduate teaching is to instill a solid and broad knowledge which leads to the frontier of mathematical research in the Research Areas. The Bonn International Graduate School of Mathematics (BIGS) offers thirty Hausdorff Scholarships to attract talented PhD students from all over the world.