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Symplectic Techniques in Topology and Dynamics


The University of Cologne Forum "Symplectic Techniques in Topology and Dynamics" supports a network of pure and applied mathematicians, computer scientists and mathematical physicists at the universities of Cologne, Bochum, Dortmund and Münster.

Symplectic geometry is an area of mathematics rooted in the Hamiltonian formalism of classical mechanics. The aim of the Forum is to set up a basis for collaborative work in symplectic geometry and related fields beyond traditional boundaries of disciplines.

There is a strong focus on approaching fundamental questions in symplectic topology with new techniques coming from applied areas such as optimization theory or computer science. Conversely, we wish to explore exciting new applications of symplectic geometry, for instance to problems in celestial mechanics.

The Forum holds regular seminars with international Speakers at the participating universities, as well as longer workshops for promoting collaboration. The Forum also funds international conferences at the University of Cologne.

Joint seminar on sympletic and contact geometry

Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Geiges, Mathematical Institute

Principal investigators
At University of Cologne:

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Jünger, Computer Science Department
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Kunze, Applied Mathematics
  • Prof. Dr. George Marinescu, Mathematical Institute

At Ruhr-Universität Bochum:

  • Prof. Dr. Alberto Abbondandolo, Lehrstuhl IV - Analysis
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Heinzner, Arbeitsgruppe Transformationsgruppen
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Knieper, Lehrstuhl X - Analysis

At TU Dortmund:

  • Prof. Dr. Karl Friedrich Siburg, Fakultät für Mathematik Lehrstuhl LSIX

At WWU Münster:

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Albers, Mathematical Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Kai Zehmisch, Mathematical Institute

Junior members:

  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Barney Bramham, Ruhr-Universität Bochum 
  • Dr. Stéphanie Cupit-Foutou, Ruhr-Universität Bochum