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TOP Grant NWO for Prof. Dr. Aad van der Vaart and Dr. Robin de Jong - published on (10-12-2014)

TOP Grants NWO are awarded to 16 scientists in astronomy, computer science and mathematics, or a combination of these disciplines (multidisciplinary) by NOW Exact Sciences. The scientists received a total amount of 6 million euros. The TOP Grants programme aims to strengthen or renew challenging and innovative lines of research. In the projects funded, new lines of research are pursued or new partnerships are entered into. The projects take place within different scientific areas. The TOP Grants are divided in 2 compartments, Compartment 1 for senior scientists with an excellent track record and outstanding scientific research in the last decade, within wich Prof. Dr. Aad van der Vaart received a TOP Grant for his research ‘Causal Discovery from High-Dimensional Data in the Large-Sample Limit’ a co-research in cooperation with Radboud University. Compartment 2 intends to stimulate young researchers who are at the beginning of their career. Herein Dr. Robin de Jong received a TOP Grant for his research ‘Refined tautological relations on muduli spaces of curves’.

Research Prof.Dr. Arjen Doelman selected within Mathematics of Planet Earth program NWO - published on (10-12-2014)

The research project ‘Adaptive Semi-Strong Ecosystem Dynamics’ of Prof.Dr. Arjen Doelman is selected for funding as one of the 7 research projects within the program Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) of NWO. Following the international initiative Mathematics of Planet Earth, which was launched under the flag of UNESCO, NWO-Physical Sciences developed another research program with the same name in the Netherlands. This program aims to stimulate mathematical research that contributes to a better understanding of essential dynamics and uncertainty of earth systems.These several researches show the meaning of mathematics for the challenges we are facing regarding climate change, sustainability, natural disasters, ecology, biodiversity and epidemiology.

Björn de Rijk wins SIAM Posterprize - published on (12-11-2014)

During the last SIAM / Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures / conference, PhD student Björn de Rijk, supervised by Prof.Dr. Arjen Doelman and Prof. Dr. Jens Rademacher, received the ‘Posterprijs’. This award is given to the student with the best Poster Presentation. SIAM aims to connect researchers working on a varied range of problems in dynamical systems. Furthermore people with the same kind of interests, often with different type of backgrounds are brought together.

Congratulations Björn!

Mathematics Leiden University awarded for ‘Top Rated Programmes’ in the Keuzegids Universiteiten 2015! - published on (29-10-2014)

The Keuzegids Universiteiten 2015 (Guide for Study Choice Universities) has awarded Leiden University with five ‘Top Rated Programmes’: Mathematics, Biomedical Sciences, Greek and Latin Language and Culture, Liberal Arts & Sciences: Global Challenges and Philosophy. All the above programmes were praised for their academic content, and their faculty members have been applauded for their expertise, teaching, and mentoring. The Keuzegids Universiteiten is an independent Dutch ranking system and has rated programmes according to various sets of criteria on a scale from 1 to 100. Every programme achieving a total score of at least 76 points in the rankings are labeled as a ‘Top Rated Programme’ by the Keuzegids. Leiden University has achieved the following scores: • Mathematics (76 points) • Biomedical Sciences (78 points) • Greek and Latin Language and Culture (84 points) • Liberal Arts & Sciences: Global Challenges (92 points) • Philosophy (76 points)

In a similar selection guide by Elsevier it shows on yearly basis, that our fellow mathematicians put Mathematics at Leiden University on top of the list!

For the ranking please see link

Francisco Aranda Ordaz Award (Latin-American Prize) for Julián Facundo Martínez - published on (22-10-2014)

During the CLAPEM (The Latin American Congress of Probability and Mathematical Statistics by its initials in Spanish), held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia in September 22-26, 2014, Julián Facundo Martínez received the Francisco Aranda Ordaz Award for his PhD Research in Probability, with the thesis: “Dynamical Gibbs-non-Gibbs transitions and Brownian percolatian” under supervisión of Prof. Frank den Hollander and Roberto Fernández at the Mathematical Institute.

Every two/three years, the LARC-SLAPEM (Latin-American Society on Probability and Mathematical Statistics by its initials in Spanish) organizes a prize to honor the memory of Francisco Aranda-Ordaz, a distinguished young Mexican statistician who died tragically in 1991. The Francisco Aranda-Ordaz Award is awarded for one thesis in Probability and one thesis in Statistics written by students from Latin America, regardless of the country of the university offering the degree, or by students from other nationalities who received the degree from a Latin American university. The winners are invited to present their works at the CLAPEM meeting.

Roeland Merks wins IgNobel 24/7 battle - published on (13-10-2014)

The Ig Nobel prize is awarded annually to ten studies that first "let you laugh and then let you think about it." Scientists from around the world look forward every year to win the prize.

What does poo tell us about the cooperation within intestinal flora? That is what prof. dr. Roeland Merks explained on 20 September in the ‘Stadsgehoorzaal’ in Leiden, during the Dutch Ig Nobel Night 24/7 battle, which celebrates unusual and controversial research. In the Ig Nobel 24/7 battle, six scientists (including Ionica Smeets) faced off against each other. In the presence of an amused audience, they raced through their research in a mere 24 seconds, before giving a seven-word summary. The winning 7 words of Merks were: 'Constipation makes intestinal social, diarrhea gives anarchy.'