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Silver medal for Leiden mathematics student Onno Berrevoets - published on (19-8-2015)

The Leiden mathematics student Onno Berrevoets won the silver medal during the last edition of the International Mathematics Competition in Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria. During this prestigious competition between mathematics students worldwide, he was able to measure himself to the world top. During two days, the participants were handed out five problems a day that they had to try to resolve. The Leiden team was supervised by Raymond van Bommel and Julian Lyczak.

Earlier this year, Onno also joined the Landelijke Interuniversitaire Mathematische Olympiade. The team, consisting of Onno and the Leiden mathematics students David Kok, Wessel van Woerden and Daan van Gent, became second of The Netherlands.

Ziyang Gao wins Stieltjes prize 2014 - published on (9-7-2015)

Former PhD student Ziyang Gao from Leiden University has won the Stieltjes Prize for his thesis “The mixed Ax-Lindemann theorem and its applications to the Zilber-Pink conjecture”.

Ziyang Gao obtained his PhD diploma in the ALGANT program on 24 September 2014 in Leiden, supervised by prof. dr. S.J. Edixhoven of Leiden University and prof. dr. E. Ullmo of IHÉS, Université Paris-Sud.

The Stieltjes Prize is an annual prize, handed out by WONDER on behalf of Foundation Compositio Methematica to the PhD students with the best PhD thesis. The prize consists of 2500 euro and the possibility to present his research during the annual WONDER meeting.

Along Ziyang Gao, Bram L. Gorissen also won the Stieltjes Prize.

Spinoza Prize for Leiden statistician Aad van der Vaart - published on (18-6-2015)

image Aad van der Vaart, professor of Statistics at Leiden University, has been awarded the NWO Spinoza Prize for his groundbreaking research in statistics. Van der Vaart conducts fundamental research on models that can help, for instance, to identify genes that play a role in cancer.

Four Spinoza laureates

NWO announced the Spinoza laureates during the Bessensap scientific event in The Hague on 12 June. The other three laureates are Prof. René Janssen, professor of molecular materials and nanosystems at Eindhoven University of Technology, Prof. Birgit Meyer, professor of religious studies at Utrecht University, and Prof. Cisca Wijmenga, professor of human genetics at the University of Groningen.

Laudation of Aad van der Vaart

Aad van der Vaart (1959) deserves this most prestigious scientific prize in the Netherlands because he is an international leading authority in the research field of mathematical statistics, says the NWO in its laudation. His books on estimation theories are highly influential works, while his applied statistics make an important contribution to areas such as medical imaging and statistical genetics. Fifteen years ago, he drew wide attention in the Netherlands to nonparametric Bayesian statistics, and it is partly thanks to his efforts that this branch of statistics has now developed into a key research field, continues the laudation.

About the Spinoza Prize

The NWO Spinoza Prize is the highest Dutch award in science. NWO awards the prize to Dutch researchers who rank among the absolute top of science. NWO awards the NWO Spinoza Prizes each year to researchers working in the Netherlands and who according to international standards belong to the absolute top of science. The Spinoza Laureates perform outstanding and ground-breaking research, which has a large impact. They inspire young researchers. They receive 2.5 million euro each for scientific research. (source: www.nwo.nl)

The NWO Spinoza Prizes will be presented at an award ceremony on Monday 14 September 2015 in the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague.

Death of Mathematics student Willem Obbens - published on (18-6-2015)

With dismay we took note of the sudden death of

Willem Obbens

Student and student assistant in Mathematics, Leiden University

Willem obtained a double bachelor degree in Mathematics and Computer Sciences at Leiden University. Since September, Willem was a Master student in Mathematics. He also worked as a student assistant at the Mathematical Institute. We know Willem as a cheerful, intelligent and involved student with his study and study association.

We are very sad to his untimely death, but grateful that Willem's talent and passion for mathematics could flourish with us.

Our sincere condolences go out to Willem's mother, brother, sisters, grandparents, family and friends.

The management and staff of the Mathematical Institute, Leiden University

Leiden, 6 May 2015

Richard Gill member of FQXi - published on (18-6-2015)

Prof. Dr. Richard Gill has recently joined as a member of the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi). FQXi is an international association of scientists who explore the foundations of physics and cosmology. Among others, Roger Penrose (University of Oxford), Gerard ‘t Hooft (Utrecht University), Anton Zeilinger (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Nicolas Gisin (University of Geneva) are currently members of FQXi.

Membership KHMW Jacqueline Meulman - published on (18-6-2015)

The ‘Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen’, Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, has nominated Prof. Dr. Jaqueline Meulman as a member. This society was established in 1752 and is therewith the oldest “scientific society” of The Netherlands. For more than 250 years it actively contributes to bridge the gap between science and society.