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Deltaplan for Dutch Mathematics handed over - published on (6-1-2016)

A week before Christmas, the Deltaplan for Dutch Mathematics was presented to Hans de Groene (director NWO) and Sjoerd Verduyn Lunel (chairman Platform Wiskunde Nederland). Prof. dr. Frank den Hollander was one of the leading researchers in mathematics taking part in the Commission Deltaplan Mathematics. Commission chairman Jacob Fokkema announced that the Deltaplan is a starting point for a solid impulse of Dutch Mathematics. It contains an integrated policy for research, education, teacher training and society and innovation. PWN and NWO are committed to realize the Deltaplan. In a later stage, the plan will be presented to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW).

Platform Wiskunde Nederland published its Vision document for Dutch Mathematics in 2014. The Deltaplan is a translation of the recommendations from the Vision document in concrete actions. It’s based on consults with rectors, deans, mathematicians, industrial partners and related parties. The result is a widely supported plan that is, just like the Vision document, written by policy makers of the Ministry of OCW and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, NWO, university presidents, deans and directors of mathematical institutes and mathematicians themselves.

PWN and NWO decided to collaborate and to for a Commission Implementation Deltaplan (CIΔ) under the supervision of prof. Frank van der Duijn Schouten. To stimulate the start of the realization of the Deltaplan, the chairman of the NWO division of Physical Sciences (NWO EW) prof. Arjen Doelman announced that NWO EW reserved around 2 million euro for the consolidation of mathematical clusters; one of the most important actions in the Deltaplan. Click here for a summary of the Deltaplan. (Source:

Stieltjes Prize: best Mathematical thesis prize for ALGANT PhD student Ziyang Gao - published on (9-12-2015)

Ziyang Gao received the Stieltjes Prize from Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board, for his thesis 'The mixed Ax-Lindemann theorem and its applications to the Zilber-Pink conjecture'. Since 1996, the Stieltjes Prize is annually awarded to the best mathematical thesis, defended on a Dutch university. The prize consists of an amount of 2,500 euro.

Ziyang Gao obtained his PhD diploma on 24 September 2014 in Leiden, supervised by prof. dr. S.J. Edixhoven of Leiden University and prof. dr. E. Ullmo of IHÉS of Université Paris-Sud after a joint doctorate program at Leiden University and Université Paris-Sud as part of the ALGANT Doctorate Program.

This year, 53 thesis were evaluated. By high exception, the comity decided to award two winners. Along Ziyang Gao, Bram Gorissen from Tilburg University also won the Stieltjes Prize.

The ceremony took place during the WONDER-seminar which took place in Tilburg this year.

Michel Zoeteman wins Young Talent Encouragement Prize - published on (3-12-2015)

Mathematics student in Leiden Michel Zoeteman received an Encouragement Prize of no less than 500 euro from the “Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW)” Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities on Monday 30 November 2015. In total, 51 young talents in beta studies received an encouragement prize from the KHMW, including 5 students from Leiden University. These students obtained the highest grades of their cohort, in their discipline. The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities hosts the independent judging and annual award presentation of the Young Talent Encouragement Prizes. The prizes are made possible by 20 different companies and institutions. Next year, there is another chance for students to win the Young Talent Encouragement Prizes.

Book publication Ronald Cramer: a world premiere - published on (5-11-2015)

Ronald Cramer, in cooperation with Ivan Damgard and Jesper Nielsen (Aarhus University) have recently published the first book ever written on “quantum-secure multi-party computation”. The authors have spent six years to finish this comprising book. The book consists of fundamentals of cryptography that were partly invented by the authors, covering 30 years of research in the area, and they are cast in an entirely novel technical framework. The book is interesting for mathematicians and computer scientists alike, and can be read by the range from master students to senior researchers for a complete, coherent vision of the field. More details about the publication can be read here. The book is available through University Press. Ronald Cramer works one day a week as professor at the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University.

Record number of students in mathematics this year - published on (7-10-2015)

The number of mathematics students in higher education is increasing spectacularly. This year, the influx of new students rises to more than 1000 on a national scale. This is a fivefold increase compared to the number of students that registered for an education in Mathematics in 2002. Platform Wiskunde Nederland (PWN) ascribes the large increase of new students to the increasing relevance of Mathematics in society and to the higher job opportunities in the field. Read more on href Of the 1000 new students nationally, a total of 86 first year students have enrolled for the bachelor Wiskunde (Mathematics) at Leiden University. Also for the Mathematical Institute, this is an absolute record!

Elsevier: Mathematics in Leiden best education according to researchers - published on (7-10-2015)

Research from weekly magazine Elsevier shows that both the Leiden bachelor Wiskunde as the master Mathematics are rated as the best educational programs of the Netherlands according to professors. The first place was achieved by up to 70% of the votes. Yearly, Elsevier investigates the optinion of more than 2000 professors and assistant professors on the Dutch education programs. Besides that, more than 200.000 bachelor- and masterstudents from universities and colleges participate in the research. The data of these conclusions are derived from the Nationale Studentenenquête (national dutch students survey).