Volker Mehrmann

President of the European Mathematical Society from 2019 to 2022
Portraet Mehrmann

Volker Mehrmann received his Diploma in mathematics in 1979, his Dr. Math in 1982, and his habilitation in 1987 from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. He spent research years at Kent State University in 1979-1980, at the University of Wisconsin in 1984-1985, and at IBM Research Center in Heidelberg in 1988--1989.

After spending the years 1990-1992 as a visiting full professor at the RWTH Aachen, he was a full professor at TU Chemnitz from 1993 to 2000. Since then he is a full professor for Mathematics at TU Berlin.

Volker Mehrmann is a member of acatech (the German academy of engineering), academia europaea and the European Academy of Scienes, he was president of GAMM the (International association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics) and chair of MATHEON, the Research Center "Mathematics for key technologies" and the Einstein Center ECMath in Berlin.

He is SIAM and AMS Fellow, has held an ERC Advanced Grant and also was member of the ERC Mathematics Panel. He is editor of several journals in numerical analysis and editor-in-chief of Linear Algebra and its Applications. His research interests are in the areas of numerical mathematics/scientific computing, applied and numerical linear algebra, control theory, the theory and numerical solution of differential-algebraic equations, and in energy based mathematical modeling.

The Society 2019-2022
The period was heavily dominated by the pandemic and the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia. Most meetings of committees had to be held via video-conference and the ECM in Portoroz had to be held as a hybrid meeting. The circumstances (including the necessity to redo the internet presentation after a hacker attack) slowed down the activities and the progress in the society substantially. Despite all this, the transformation of the publishing house into the EMS Press based in Berlin was completed and the journals are now published under the subscribe-to-open model. It was decided to create the EMS young academy which started its operation in 2023. The new topical activity groups were introduced and also started in 2023.

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