Jürgen Richter-Gebert receives Communicator Award 2021

Jürgen Richter-Gebert receives the Communicator Award 2021 of the German Research Council (DFG). Bild: Astrid Eckert/TUM

  • Date: 22.04.2021, 12:49

We are pleased to announce that Jürgen Richter-Gebert, Professor for Geometry and Visualisation at the Technische Universität München and founding PI of our DGD Research Center has been awarded the "Communicator Award - Science Award of the Donors’ Association" for excellence in the communication of science by the German Research Council for 2021. 

Jürgen Richter-Gebert strives to make otherwise abstract concepts of mathematics visible, audible and tangible  for people of all ages. Through interactive exhibitions, innovative visualisation software, apps and artistic digital applications, created with a great amount of energy and fantasy, he seeks to make mathematics accessible and understandable to all ages and levels of ability. 

For Richter-Gebert, mathematics are a beautiful part of our everyday life and can be experienced in many different ways. In "ix-quadrat", the hands-on mathematics exhibition at the TU München which he founded and runs since 2002, children, students, teachers and interested members of the general public have a chance to literally "get to grips" with geometry and mathematical principles. He is co-author of the visualisation software Cinderella, runs the internet site Mathe Vital and is intensively involved in the open source exhibition Imaginary, as well as plannig and contributing several exhibits for the mathematical section of the Deutsches Museum in Munich. A number of interactive artistic and musical apps based on mathematical principles, such as the symemetry drawing app IOrnament, the math-music app Musica are enjoyed by people all over the world. 

Jürgen Richter-Gebert was a founder member of the DGD, co-speaker of the first funding period and principal investigator of the first and second funding periods, focussing on methods of visualisation for geometry and dynamics, as well as the communication of the group's work to a general public. We congratulate him heartily on this highly deserved award in recognition of his work. 

Press release of the DFG
Press release of the TUM
Podcast Interview of the Bayerischer Rundfunk
News article of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Interview of the DMV (German Mathematical Society)
Interview of Wissenschaft im Dialog
Film portrait of the DFG on YouTube