ANR-22-CE92-0013, DFG PE 3245/3-1 and BA 1477/15-1
The French-German joint project “Effective Approximation and Dynamics of Many-Body Quantum Systems” aims at various important open questions in mathematical physics and partial differential equations (PDE). More specifically, we address the mathematical relations between the PDE describing a many-body quantum system at a microscopic level and effective approximations to this description at a macroscopic level.
The three major foci are:
This project is a joint cooperation of researchers in Braunschweig (Germany), Bremen (Germany), Metz (France), and Rennes (France).
The project Effective Approximation and Dynamics of Many-Body Quantum Systems is cofunded by
Gender equality is an important issue which we specifically address in the project. A phenomenon observed in academia is that the fraction of female scientists is getting progressively smaller the higher the level of qualification under consideration is. This decrease is observed when comparing the fraction of female undergraduate students to the fraction of female predoctoral students, but is even more visible when comparing the predoctoral students group to the group of postdoctoral research fellows. Consequently, in the group of young postdocs from which the next generation of university faculty is recruited, the fraction of female scientists is still very low and is not going to yield the long desired gender balance for professors and faculty—especially, not in the fields of mathematics, natural and engineering sciences.
To improve on this situation we not only welcome female applications to hire, but specifically search for female applicants.
The female scientists hired by the network will receive support specifically taylored for their needs. In Germany at TU Braunschweig, the group of young female postdoctoral researchers has been the target of several measures to improve on the unbalanced situation described above, see the Equal Opportunity Office Website
We consider these measures to constitute best-practise examples, and we plan to initiate a transfer to the other participants of the project, so that our research project not only helps the young female scientists it hires during the funding period but makes a sustaining contribution at the host institutions of the project to foster the gender balance, in general.