Network for Combinatorial Research in Germany
funded by DFG priority programme SPP 2458 "Combinatorial Synergies"
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Combinatorial Coworkspace 2024
Haus Bergkranz, a guest house of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt in Kleinwalsertal, Austria
5th Graduate Student Meeting in Applied Algebra and Combinatorics
Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry from Physics
MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
The review panel has met for two days on February 5--6 via zoom. On February 9, all proposal PIs have been informed by the program committee about the panel's funding recommendations. Starting in April, the program will fund 26 projects with 35 PIs and 30 PhD and PostDoc positions.
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a 10 million Euro Synergy Grant to the project “UNIVERSE+: Positive Geometry in Particle Physics and Cosmology”.
We have received 54 proposals by 61 PIs, requesting funds for 71 PhD and PostDoc positions.
Mercator Fellows are a central building block within the SPP. The aim is to bring additional expertise into the network and to increase its visibility by involving researchers from abroad. Mercator Fellows are offered (multiple) extended research stays (usually about 3 months in total) at one or desirably several research institutions working on collaborative projects. The SPP 2458 supports Mercator Fellows that can contribute to the work and the success of the SPP. The funds are centrally administered and anybody eligible for DFG funding (i.e., based in Germany and holding PhD) is invited to submit proposals, regardless of funded projects within the SPP.
To apply for Mercator Fellow funding, please send a short application containing:
- the name of the Mercator Fellow, a description of the project/s and the involved research groups and additional relevant information (e.g., dates of stay, places).
- a description of the Mercator Fellow's contribution to the general SPP (e.g., possible involvement in SPP activities, connections to other projects in the SPP).
- anticipated travel and accommodation costs.
The SPP 2458 supports program related conferences and thematic workshops. The funds are centrally administered and anybody eligible for DFG funding (i.e. based in Germany and holding PhD) is invited to submit proposals, regardless of funded projects within the SPP.
To apply for event funding, please send a short application containing
a description of the event, including dates, speakers, etc.
a budget, including a list of items that should be funded by the SPP.
Funding decisions are regularly made by the program committee. Any event funded by the SPP should acknowledge this funding by mentioning the SPP in scientific outcomes of the meetings and placing the SPP and DFG logos on the homepage.
The central instrument for attracting talented young mathematicians to combinatorics and its synergies and to facilitate network-building across academic generations is the Summer of Combinatorics (SoC) initiative within the priority program. Inspired by the well-established Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in the US and the German Research Internships in Science and Engineering (DAAD-RISE), SoCs will guide advanced undergraduates to hands-on research in combinatorics and its applications.
A SoC gives an introduction to a particular area of combinatorics followed by work on research projects. Research is done in-person in teams for a period of 4-8 weeks at the hosting instituion or at a separate location. The introduction to the topic is in the form of lectures or reading courses and can also be done online with accompanying virtual meetings. Throughout, supervision and support is provided by professors, postdocs, and PhD students of the SPP. Research projects can come from the whole spectrum of the priority program and are encouraged to incorporate innovative aspects (including the generation and analysis of research data).
SoCs are aimed at Master-level students as well as promising Bachelor students. Members of the priority program can apply for the yearly SoCs. The planning and execution of an SoC is supported by members of program committee, who have considerable experience in the organization of workshops, summer schools, and in incorporating undergraduates in research projects. Postdocs and PhD students of the SPP are encouraged to participate in SoCs as team mentors. This strengthens ties within the SPP as well as provides contacts to prospective generations of researchers. The selection of participants will take into consideration academic as well as diversity and social aspects.
REUs in the US are very successful (see, for example, the University of Minnesota REU program) and participation is competitive. Our goal is to establish SoCs as a best practice undergraduate-research program within combinatorics and beyond.
We plan to support 1-4 SoCs per year with a total of 20 participants. Participants will receive accommodation and travel support as well as per diem through stipends. A sufficiently high per diem should enable students to participate without financial losses (by, for example, not being able to take summer jobs).