News Archive

Information on previous Meetings and Activities can be found on the respective pages. Previous news items on other subjects can be found here:

  • Professor Helmut Lenzing passed away on 13 October 2022. He was a colleague in Bielefeld from 1969 until 1972 when he left for Paderborn. He was a regular member of the Bielefeld representation theory seminar, and his friendship and advice will be missed.
  • Professor Bernd Fischer passed away on 13 August 2020. He joined the Faculty of Mathematics at Bielefeld as one of the first professors in 1970, and he is known for many important contributions to the classification of the finite simple groups.
  • A Humboldt Professorship has been awarded to William Crawley-Boevey (Leeds) and in October 2016 he will move to Bielefeld University. An official ceremony took place on 03 May 2016 in Berlin and a short movie was released.
  • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has selected William Crawley-Boevey (Leeds) for an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at Bielefeld University. For details please see the official announcement and the university's news article.
  • The Faculty of Mathematics awarded an honorary degree (doctor honoris causa) to Robert V. Moody (Victoria, Canada) and to Idun Reiten (Trondheim, Norway). The ceremony took place on Monday, 19 October 2015; see the detailed programme (pdf, in German).
  • Professor Paul Balmer (UCLA) received a Humboldt Research Award and spent a year in Bielefeld (from July 2015 to June 2016)
  • "Sichtbare Mathematik" was a small exhibition of paintings of Irene Schramm-Biermann (in the BIREP seminar room, 5 December 2014 to 12 March 2015). She was one of the first female mathematics students in Bielefeld.
  • James Alexander Green passed away on 7 April 2014. Karin Erdmann writes: "Sandy Green has been a great teacher, colleague, and friend, we owe him so much. He has made a huge impact on representation theory. Highlights include the characters of general linear groups over finite fields, the 'Green correspondence', the Green functions. His monograph on polynomial representations of GLn (where he introduces Schur algebras) has become very influential, and the basis of a lot of recent research. He was strongly involved in the development of the classical Hall algebra theory. Many will have seen his theorem on Hall algebras, which describes for a quiver the positive part of the corresponding quantum group."
  • Idun Reiten was appointed Kommandør av Den Kongelige Norske St. Olavs Orden. This is a knightly order from the king, and in some sense the highest (non-military) honour that a citizen can receive in Norway. The celebration was on 10 March 2014.
  • The following book appeared: D. J. Benson, S. B. Iyengar, H. Krause, Representations of finite groups: Local cohomology and support, Oberwolfach Seminars 43, Birkhäuser Verlag, 2012, 111 pp.
  • Prof. Andrei Zelevinsky has visited Bielefeld 24 April - 9 May 2010.
  • Claus Michael Ringel is now retired professor and Henning Krause became his successor.