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Mathematics unites: 39 nations at Jacobs University’s summer camp

Mathematics unites: 39 nations at Jacobs University’s summer camp


July 6, 2017

Until July 11, Jacobs University is one of the most important centers for young global mathematics talent. 104 highly gifted young people from throughout the world will engage with the important issues of their subject at the mathematics camp hosted by the international university. “Our event is absolutely unique”, says Dierk Schleicher, Professor of Mathematics at Jacobs University and one of the initiators and organizers of the event.

With participants from 39 nations, the ten-day maths camp is not only the most international of its kind - a special feature is that school leavers and new students are able to meet the luminaries of their subject. These include the English mathematician, John Conway, who holds an honorary doctorate from Jacobs University and lectures at the renowned Princeton University in the United States, Don Zagier, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn and Günter M. Ziegler, Professor of Mathematics at the Free University in Berlin.

A total of18 lecturers from throughout the world teach the participants and discuss issues with them, day and night. To be part of this event, participants had to apply by means of a global call for papers; only the most talented and committed were accepted. “These are the leading mathematicians of tomorrow”, says Schleicher.

The young mathematicians are in an environment of kindred spirits, inspiring each other. During the camp, lecturers and young mathematicians live in one of the colleges on the campus in Bremen-Nord. Joint activities such as trips to the island of Wangerooge or to the Bremen city center form part of the program, as does sport events.

Traditionally, promoting young mathematical talent is a priority at Jacobs University. It is hosting the English language “International Summer School for Students”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (Volkswagen Stiftung), for the fourth time now.


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Questions were answered by:
Dr. Dierk Schleicher | Professor of Mathematics
d.schleicher [at] | Tel.: +49 421 200-3213