Organisation of the Institute for Theoretical Studies

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The ETH Institute for Theoretical Studies (ETH-ITS) is an interdisciplinary center for theoretical sciences, and focuses on mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and related fields. It hosts visiting scholars (senior fellows) spending up to a year at the Institute and postdocs (junior fellows) selected by a nomination procedure. The Institute for Theoretical Studies occupies a special position within the structure of ETH Zurich: it is independent of the Department and is under the direct control of the Vice-President for Research.


Giovanni Felder

Institute for Theoretical Studies operations are managed by a director who will receive the assistance of an Scientific Advisory Committee. The first director of the new Institute for Theoretical Studies is Giovanni Felder, who is a professor of mathematics at ETH Zurich since 1996.

Institute's Coordinator

Ms. Christina Buchmann

The director gets support from Christina Buchmann, the Institute's coordinator. She is responsible for the administration of the Institute.

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Institute for Theoretical Studies has a Scientific Advisory Committee. It is composed of ETH internal and international researchers.

The current internal members are: 

Prof. Gianni Blatter, Department of Physics
Prof. Matthias Gaberdiel, Department of Physics
Prof. Rahul Pandharipande, Department of Mathematics
Prof. Tristan Rivière, Department of Mathematics
Prof. Ueli Maurer, Department of Computer Science
Prof. Angelika Steger, Department of Computer Science

The international members are:

Prof. Noga Alon, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Luis Alvarez-Gaume, CERN
Prof. Artur Ekert, University of Oxford
Prof. Shafi Goldwasser, MIT and Weizmann Institute
Prof. Martin Hairer, Warwick University
Prof. Gerhard Huisken, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach
Prof. Elon Lindenstrauss, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

The committee assists the director in the running of the institute and the selection of senior and junior fellows. Committee members serve for a twice renewable period of two years.

Board of Patrons

Martin Haefner, Walter Haefner Foundation
Dr. Max Rössler
Prof. Ralph Eichler

The board of patrons include the sponsors of the institute and former ETH president Ralph Eichler, on whose initiative the institute was founded.


Senior fellows are invited by the Vice-President for Research of ETH Zurich on the recommendation of the advisory committee. Junior fellows are selected by a nomination procedure.

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