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New collaboration with outstanding Indian research institutes

Centre for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces (QGM) receives a grant from DNRF for a Danish-Indian collaboration

2013.09.12 | Christine Dilling

The Danish National Research Foundation launched in the Fall of 2012 a new Danish-Indian Collaboration Programme to enhance collaboration, mobility and the circulation of knowledge with Indian research partners.

Three DNRF Centres of Excellence succeeded in receiving a grant in this application round. QGM was granted DKK 4 mill.  

QGM is from summer 2013 until summer 2015 collaborating with Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) and TATA Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). The collaboration program includes exchanges of PhD students, postdocs with visiting positions as well as joint events.

Kick off
In March 2014 approx. 15 QGM researchers will attend the Indian-Danish ‘conference on moduli and applications' at Kerala School of Mathematics (KSOM) Monday 24 March to Friday 28 March 2014. The Danish delegation takes this opportunity to also visit CMI and Tata Inst. for a longer period (3 weeks).

Exchange: The hiring process is ongoing
Two 1 year postdoc positions at QGM, Aarhus University are available in pure mathematics from Fall 2013. The successful candidates will spend half the time at one of the two outstanding Indian research institutes: Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) or TATA Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). The positions have a possibility for a 1-year extension. For more information please see http://qgm.au.dk/vacancies/

The research and the added value
The work carried out by the Indian school and the main research line at the Center for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces are both very compatible and supplementary: the Indian school is mainly interested in the algebraic geometry of the moduli spaces, whereas at QGM the same moduli spaces are used in the construction of topological quantum field theory and the study of the properties of the associated quantum representations.

Though the initial goals differed, in the last few years there has been a remarkable confluence in ideas and technical tools used within the two groups of researchers regarding particular moduli problems. Moreover, the recent convergence in topics holds the strong promise that out of this interaction, entirely new results will emerge.

Scientific Steering Committee
The collaboration is led under the supervision and guidance of a Scientific Steering Committee consisting of:

  • Prof. Vikraman Balaji (CMI)
  • Prof. Nitin Nitsure (TIFR) and
  • Prof. Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen (QGM)


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