Press releases

Press releases 2016

New transregional collaborative research centre (21 November 2016)

schreyerThe DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has announced the funding of a new transregional collaborative reseach centre "Symbolic Tools in Mathematics and their Application". The partners in the project - the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Saarland University and the RWTH Aachen - will study new directions in computer algebra. The research groups from our University are led by Frank-Olaf Schreyer, who is also the regional spokesman for the project, Roland Speicher, Gabriele Weitze-Schmithüsen and Moritz Weber. The centre has been allocated 7,5 million euros for the first four of a total of twelve years; Saarland University's share is around 2,4 million euros. More information

Accompanying conference to the national IT summit (16/17 November 2016)


The tenth national IT summit of the German federal government took place in Saarbrücken on the 16th and 17th of November. Die official accompanying conference "Digital Learning for All!" - organised by Prof. Silke Ladel und Prof. Julia Knopf - was a great success: around 3000 visitors came to the campus to experience the potential of digital media in lifelong learning. Welcoming addresses were given by the President of the university, the Saarland's Prime Minster Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the State Secretary from the Federal Ministry for Education and Reserch Cornelia Quennet-Thielen and the Saarland's Minister for Education Ulrich Commerçon. Over 60 exhibitors, participants in the podium discussions, numerous speakers and workshop organisers helped ensure the success of the meeting. More information (in German)

New programme: Bachelor in Mathematics und Computer Science (1 October 2016)


A new programme "Bachelor in Mathematics and Computer Science" starts at Saarland University in winter semester 2016/17. It is aimed at students with interest in both subjects who prefer not to choose between them (yet). The programme is run jointly by the departments of mathematics and computer science. While integrated courses are popular internationally, a programme of this kind is not offered anywhere else in Germany. The bachelor curriculm consists of the basic material in both subjects and includes all the traditional themes; merely the specialisations in mathematics and computer science have been slightly reduced. After acquiring the bachelor degree students can continue with the course to master level or move without restriction to mathematics or computer science. The courses in the first four semesters are given in German, and afterwards mostly in English. An integrated master is also available, with lectures exclusively in English. More Information

Professor Hans Schupp made an honorary member of the Gesellschaft der Didaktik der Mathematik (10 September 2016)

schupp GDM

On 10. September 2016 Professor Hans Schupp was made an honorary member of the GDM by its chairman, Prof. Dr. Rudolf vom Hofe (Bielefeld), in recognition of his services to the didactics of mathematics. He is only the seventh person in the 40-year history of the GDM to receive this award. The ceremony took place during the 33rd autumn meeting of the GDM working group on geometry, of which Hans Schupp was a long-term formative member - in addition to his equally active memberships of the working groups on stochastics and teaching of mathematics and computer science.

Professor Thomas Schuster stays in Saarbrücken (9 August 2016)

nschusterThomas Schuster, Professor for Applied Mathematics, has declined the offer of a professorship at the University of Siegen and accepted a counter-offer from Saarland University. Link to Professor Schuster's homepage

Graduation ceremony (22 April 2016)


This year's graduation ceremony will take place on April 22 at 4:30 pm in HS I. A welcoming address from the dean of our faculty, Prof. Frank-Olaf Schreyer, will be followed by the presentation of the degree certificates by Prof. Martin Fuchs, chairman of the Examination Board. The accompanying programme consists of music and drinks after the ceremony.

Professor Joachim Weickert receives the prestigious Jean Kuntzmann Prize (12 April 2016)

weickertJoachim Weickert, professor of mathematics and computer science, has received the Jean Kuntzmann Prize 2016. Kuntzmann, a French mathematician who died in 1992, was not only a pioneer in the field of informatics, but also made the University of Grenoble Alpes and the city of Grenoble into prestigious locations for applied mathematics and information technology. The local research institutes Persyval-Lab and Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann have been awarding the yearly Jean Kuntzmann prize to outstanding international, interdisciplinary research mathematicians and computer scientists since 2014. Weickert is regarded as one of the world's leading experts in mathematical image analysis. More information (in German)

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