Philipp joins world young elite in maths

La Trobe University mathematics researcher, Dr Philipp Bader, has been accepted to attend this year's highly prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany.

Dr Bader is one of only four maths students and postdoctoral researchers from Australia, and 100 world-wide, chosen to attend the forum in August.
 
The event targets the world's most promising up and coming mathematicians.
 
For a week, young mathematicians, as well as computer scientists, will meet and interact with more than 20 laureates in their disciplines – winners of such top international awards as the Fields medal and the Abel, Turing and Nevanlinna prizes.
 
Challenges of Big Data

The laureates will mentor and exchange knowledge with young researchers through lectures, workshops and social events. There will also be a 'hot topic' discussion, which this year deals with the challenges of Big Data.
 
Dr Bader's special research interest is the geometric integration of differential equations. 'These equations are the centrepiece of most engineering and scientific research,' he said.
 
'The aim is to design new methods that provide accuracy using fewer steps, to achieve the important goal of more efficient, high-speed computation.'
 
Dr Bader's supervisor, Professor Reinout Quispel, said: 'Unlike other such events, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum is unique in that it encourages both highly scientific and more casual interaction among participants.
 
'This gives young mathematicians both a detailed and wider view of what a career in high-level maths might look like,' Professor Quispel said.

 Success two years in row
 
A chief investigator for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems, and winner of the prestigious Norwegian Lars Onsager Medal in 2013 for applied mathematics, Professor Quispel's work deals with the precise motion of planets and elementary particle acceleration.

He said Australia gets a lot of kudos as a sporting nation – but it's less well-know that the same applies to the prowess of young mathematicians.

The success rate of four young mathematicians from Australia among a 100 world-wide demonstrates that Australia can also punch well above its weight in maths –  about 12 times the world average.

'And we are particularly pleased that this is the second year in a row that a researcher from our department has been chosen to take part in the forum,' Professor Quispel said.

* The Forum is run by the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, with support from the German Klaus Tschira Stiftung. Named after German physicist and entrepreneur Klaus Tschira – co-founder of the software giant SAP who died earlier this year – the foundation promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science.

Media contact: Ernest Raetz, 0412 261 919.

Photo: George Spiteri

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