Eager to learn more: Math Olympians at the TU Ilmenau

For two days, over 30 mathematics-loving pupils from grades 9 to 12 from all over Thuringia are guests at the TU Ilmenau. From classical number theory to current research topics, they learn a lot about mathematics – and thus deepen their mathematical knowledge.

Martin Kesting
From classical number theory to current research topics: In exchange with students and scientists such as Prof. Thomas Hotz, participants in the math seminar at TU Ilmenau from February 5 to 6 learn a lot about mathematics.

They have known for a long time that math is fun: more than 30 of Thuringia's best math students are taking part in a two-day math seminar. They were selected by the State Committee for Mathematical Olympiads on the basis of their outstanding performance at Mathematical Olympiads, which, thanks to the support of the Thuringian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (TMBJS), is covering the costs of accommodation and meals. As in previous years, the young people will have the opportunity to attend lectures by scientists and students from the Institute of Mathematics at Ilmenau University of Technology and learn both old and new things about mathematics. The program will be complemented by two teachers from the region who will offer advanced training for future Mathematical Olympiads.

"Mathematics is needed everywhere - in business as well as in industry," says Prof. Thomas Hotz from the Institute of Mathematics at TU Ilmenau: "But its beauty is also fascinating beyond applications." Nevertheless, only a few pupils decide to study mathematics or another STEM subject. He is therefore particularly pleased that so many young people came to TU Ilmenau for the two days. Martin Kesting, mathematics teacher at the Goetheschule in Ilmenau and organizer of this mathematics seminar on behalf of the TMBJS, agrees: The participants had a lot of fun – and of course also meeting like-minded people during the evening together in the youth hostel:

We are happy to be able to intensify this joy of mathematics in cooperation with the TU Ilmenau and to whet their appetite for more!

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Prof. Thomas Hotz

Head of Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics