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About the Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics (ESI)
The Erwin Schrödinger International Institute
for Mathematical Physics (ESI) was established in January 1993 in the
very building where Erwin Schrödinger spent his last years at the
Pasteurgasse in Vienna's 9th district. In the summer of 1996 it moved
to its new home at Boltzmanngasse 9.
The ESI was founded and is organized on the following principles: The
creation of an international institute of the highest scientific
quality encouraging a cross fertilization of mathematics and physics
through creative interactions of leading scientists from both
disciplines, a thematically structured programme centered around
leading experts, a lean organizational structure with no permanent
From its founding and until May 31 2011 the ESI was run by the Association "Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics" that received its basic funding from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.
On June 1, 2011 ESI was turned into a Research Centre (Forschungsplattform) at the University of Vienna. The new Research Centre bears the same name and there is no change in the location. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research has guaranteed to fund the Centre through the University with a slightly reduced budget until 2014 with a possible extension to 2015.
ESI is programme- and invitation-oriented and welcomes applications
for research programmes: see the Guidelines for submission and organization of
programmes at ESI. With the exception of the ESI Research in Teams programme, individual visiting positions are not open for application.
The ESI is led by a Kollegium (Scientific Governing Board) with Joachim
Schwermer as Director (see People).
The scientific policy and selection of research programmes of the
Institute is based upon the recommendations of its International
Advisory Board, comprising up to eight foreign scientists. The
current composition of the board is as follows: