Prof Anna Wienhard is a highly successful mathematician, sporting an abundant list of posts and achievements: She is Professor for Mathematics at Heidelberg University, group leader »Groups and Geometry« at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and recipient of an ERC »Consolidator Grant«. Adding to the list, she hast been invited to present at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 1-9, 2018. Invited lectures at the ICM are among the most prestigious recognitions of research accomplishment in mathematics.
Anna Wienhard studied theology and mathematics in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. With her research group at HITS, she investigates symmetries and so-called deformation spaces in geometric structures. At the upcoming ICM, Prof Wienhard will present her work as speaker in the category »Geometry«. In detail, she will discuss the importance of Riemann surfaces in many areas of mathematics and theoretical physics and will focus on the study of the closely linked classical and higher Teichmüller theories. Drawing on an interplay of different areas of mathematics - geometry, analysis, dynamics and algebraic geometry - higher Teichmüller theory has emerged as a new field in mathematics in recent years. The goal of Prof Wienhard’s speech is to invite the mathematics community to get to know and to get involved into higher Teichmüller theory by highlighting its many facets and possibilities.
The ICM, the largest and most prestigious international gathering in mathematics, is hosted by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) every four years. On the occasion of the conference, a select group of mathematicians is invited to report on the most important development in the last four years. During the opening ceremony of the congress this year, the Fields Medals, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Gauss Prize, and the Chern Medal are awarded.