ESI – The Foundational Period: Personal Reminiscences

Wolfgang Reiter (U of Vienna)

Nov 09. 2023, 14:30 — 15:15

Around 1990 a window of opportunity opened for establishing a new research institute in Austria at the interface of mathematics and physics. A rare constellation of international support, local initiative, and a favourable constellation of actors at the scientific and political levels succeeded in founding the Erwin Schrödinger Institute for Mathematical Physics as a publicly funded, but independently organized society (a “Verein” according to Austrian law).

From the speaker’s personal perspective and experience this talk intends to paint a picture of the foundational period of the ESI and the constellation of personal, structural and scientific circumstances which contributed to the fact that the ESI rapidly became a successful and internationally acknowledged hot spot in mathematics and mathematical physics.

Further Information
ESI Boltzmann Lecture Hall
Associated Event:
ESI@30 (Symposium)
Adrian Constantin (U of Vienna)
Christoph Dellago (U of Vienna)
Michael Eichmair (U of Vienna)
Stefan Fredenhagen (U of Vienna)
Ilaria Perugia (U of Vienna)
Bernadett Weinzierl (U of Vienna)