Click here for a list of all past and future "What is ...?" seminar talks (including video recordings).
Where & When?
The "What is ...?" seminars are held every Friday. The location for the "What is ...?" seminars rotates between the BMS Loft at Urania, FU, TU, and HU.
The BMS has bi-weekly BMS Friday seminars at the BMS Loft at Urania. The "What is ...?" seminars are usually held before the BMS Friday seminar to complement the topic of the talk.
When the "What is ...?" seminar is held at the Freie Universität, it will take place in Arnimallee 6, SR 031.
When the "What is ...?" seminar is held at the Technische Universität, it will take place in the BMS seminar room in MA 212. Every "What is ...?" seminar at TUB will be followed by a Movie Night. (The movie will be selected by the seminar committee, but suggestions are welcome.)
When the "What is ...?" seminar is held at the Humboldt Universität, it will take place in RUD 25 1.023.
What is a "What is ...?" Seminar?
| A 30 minute talk that answers a concise mathematical question in a manner accessible to students and mathematicians not familiar with the field.
- Audience: Students of any subject studying in Berlin.
- Speakers: Anybody (BA, MA, Diplom, PhD, BMS Phase I/II, Postdoc) from the three universities in Berlin can speak at the "What is ...?" seminars.
- Motivation: Get to know the many different parts of mathematics in a relaxed and open environment. We offer you the opportunity to meet other graduate students from various fields while enhancing your general knowledge of mathematics. Our speakers are welcome to experiment in their talks and enjoy the friendly feedback from the audience.
The "What is ...?" seminar is for students by students. The organizing committee consists of PhD students (and a few postdocs for advice and guidance). The universities and professors do not control any aspect of our organization. We are very thankful for the support provided by the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) (e.g., video equipment, seminar rooms, cookie & tea budget).
The members of the Organizing Committee of the "What is ...?" Seminar Series are
The committee members contribute to the seminar on a voluntary basis. They are responsible for scheduling the speakers, videotaping the talks, and arranging for the food and beverages served at the seminars.
If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact one of the current members. Please note that you do not have to be a BMS student to volunteer for the organizing committee.
Former members of the Organizing Committee include:
- Ugur Dogan (HU) (since 2013)
- Giovanni de Gaetano (HU) (since 2013)
- Barbara Jung (HU) (since 2011)
- Mimi Tsuruga (TU) (since 2009)
- Konstantin Poelke (FU) (since 2012)
- Peter Krautzberger (Founder, 2008-2010)
- Frederik von Heymann (Founder, 2008-2010)
- Felix Breuer (Founder, 2008-2010)
- Nathan Ilten (2009-2010)
- Laura Hinsch (2009-2010)
- Lars Petersen (2009-2010)
- Hartwig Mayer (2010-2011)
- Aaron Greicius (2010-2011)
- Margarita Rutgayzer (2010-2011)
- Emily King (2012-2013)
- Anna von Pippich (2008-2013)
- Anilatmaja Aryasomayajula (2012-2013)
If you are not a student at the FU, TU, HU, or the BMS, you can still register on our free Spline-Mailinglist Was_ist_eigentlich___ to get updates about the seminar!
If you are interested in giving a talk or just want to give us some feedback, contact MimiTsuruga.
If you have an FU account you can even leave a comment at the bottom of the page!