Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975
    Abitur (A-levels) (skipped 6th year)

  • 1975 – 1977
    Studied mathematics and physics at Heinrich Heine University, Germany, culminating in the Vordiplom (intermediate examination)

  • 1977 – 1979
    Studied mathematics and physics at the University of Essen, Germany, culminating in the Diplom degree in mathematics with a minor in physics

  • 1979 – 1980
    Doctoral studies, Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Essen

  • 1980 – 1981
    Research associate at the University of Essen

  • 1981 – 1990
    Research associate and assistant professor at the Comprehensive University of Duisburg, Germany (with leaves of absence for German Research Foundation (DFG) fellowship and DFG position, see below)

  • 1982 – 1983
    Visiting researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, on a research fellowship from the DFG

  • 1987 – 1989
    Research associate in the DFG Priority Programme: Representation theory, at the University of Essen

  • 1988
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in mathematics at the Comprehensive University of Duisburg

  • 1990
    Acting Chair at the Comprehensive University of Duisburg

  • 1990 – 1993
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the DFG at the Institute for Experimental Mathematics at the University of Essen (participated in the research training group Theoretical and Experimental Methods of Pure Mathematics)

  • 1993 – 2002
    Professor of Algebra at the University of Magdeburg, Germany

  • 1994 – 1996
    Vice dean of the Faculty of Mathematics (in charge of the dean's official duties at times due to serious illness)

  • 1995 – 1996
    Head of the Institute for Algebra and Geometry

  • 2000 – 2002
    Head of the Institute for Algebra and Geometry

  • Since 2002
    Professor of Algebra and Number Theory at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

  • 2005 – 2010

  • 2012 – 2015
    Director of the Institute of Algebra, Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics

  • 2013 – 2015
    Dean of Studies for the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Selected publications

  • Bessenrodt, C., Le Bruyn, L.: Stable rationality of certain PGLn-quotients. In: Invent. math. 104, 1991. S. 179-199.

  • Andrews, G.E., Bessenrodt, C., Olsson, J.B.: Partition identities and labels for some modular characters. In: Transactions Amer. Math. Soc. 344, 1994. S. 597-615.

  • Bessenrodt, C., Olsson, J.B.: The 2-blocks of the covering groups of the symmetric groups. In: Advances in Math. 129, 1997. S. 261-300.

  • Bessenrodt, C.: On hooks of Young diagrams. In: Annals of Comb. 2, 1998. S. 103-110.

  • Bessenrodt, C., Kleshchev, A.: On Kronecker products of complex representations of the symmetric and alternating groups. In: Pacific J. Math. 190, 1999. S. 201-223.

  • Balog, A. et al.: Prime power degree representations of the symmetric and alternating groups. In: J. London Math. Soc. 64, 2001. S. 344-356.

  • Bessenrodt, C., Olsson, J., Stanley, R.: Properties of some character tables related to the symmetric groups. In: J. Alg. Comb. 21, 2005. S. 163-177.

  • Bessenrodt, C., Olsson, J.: On Cartan matrices and lower defect groups in covering groups of symmetric groups. In: Transactions Amer. Math. Soc. 358, 2006. S. 3623-3635.

  • Bessenrodt, C.: The 2-block splitting in symmetric groups. In: Algebra and Number Theory 1, 2007. S. 223-238.

  • Bessenrodt, C., Holm, T.: Weighted locally gentle quivers and Cartan matrices. In: J. Pure Appl. Algebra 212, 2008. S. 204-221.

  • Bessenrodt, C., Zhang, J.: Block separations and inclusions. In: Advances Math. 218, 2008. S. 485-495.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Selected collaborative projects:

  • Collaboration with Prof. Olsson (KU Copenhagen, Denmark) on the topic "Representation theory of symmetric groups and associated combinatorics"

  • Collaboration with Prof. van Willigenburg (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Humboldt research fellowship) on the topic "Theory of symmetric functions"

  • Coordinator of a German-Chinese collaborative group working on the topic "Representation theory of finite groups" (funded by the Sino-German Centre for Research Promotion, Beijing, China)

  • Participation in the German-Japanese cooperative programme "Representations of finite and algebraic groups" (German Research Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

  • Participation in the German-Hungarian scientific exchange with Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Mathematical Institute in Budapest (German Academic Exchange Service, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

  • Participation in the EU network Algebraic Combinatorics

Selected stays abroad at international mathematical centres as a visiting researcher:

  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, USA;

    Member in the programmes "Combinatorial Representation Theory", 2008, and "Combinatorics", 1997

  • Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, England; member in the programmes

    "Symmetric Functions and Macdonald Polynomials", 2001,

    and "Modular Representation Theory and Subgroup Structure of Algebraic Groups and Related Finite Groups", 1997

  • Mathematical Research Institute in Oberwolfach, Germany; "Research in Pairs" project with Prof. Morris and Prof. Olsson, 1994

  • Mathematical Research Centre of the University of Warwick, England; member of the programme "Algebra", 1991

  • Institute Mittag-Leffler, Djursholm, Sweden; member of the programmes "Combinatorics", 1992, and "Commutative Algebra", 1981

Numerous other research trips to universities abroad, including:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana, USA

  • University of Chicago, USA

  • University of Antwerp, Netherlands

  • University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA

  • Brandeis University, USA

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

  • KU – University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Mathematical Institute, Oxford, UK

  • Osaka University, Japan

  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

  • Peking University, China

  • UBC Vancouver

Further Projects:

  • Was also the organiser, co-organiser, scientific advisor and reviewer for numerous national and international symposiums

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the editorial board of Turkish Journal of Mathematics, since 2015

  • Member of the European Mathematical Society (EMS)/EWM scientific committee Women and Mathematics, since 2008

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate committee and the grants committee for research training groups, 2007 – 2010

  • Member of the advisory board of the Conference of Departments of Mathematics (KMathF), 2005 – 2011

  • Member of the editorial board of Algebra Colloquium, since 2003

  • Member of the Union of German Mathematicians (DMV), Equal Opportunity and Diversity representative, contact person in Hannover

  • Member of European Women in Mathematics (EWM), coordinator in Germany at times and Deputy Convenor

  • Member of the science and research advisory board for the State of Saxony-Anhalt, 1995 – 1998

Further activities:

  • Member of numerous committees at the University of Magdeburg and University of Hanover

  • Member of the programme committees of international conferences

  • Referee for national and international research funding organisations and scientific journals

  • Member of various prize juries

  • Member of the selection committee for the German National Academic Foundation


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