# Mathematics

# Prof. Dr. N.P. Landsman (chairman

Klaas Landsman (1963) studied theoretical physics and mathematics at the University of Amsterdam and obtained his PhD degree cum laude in 1989 at the same university, based on his thesis "Concepts in Thermal Field Theory". From 1989-1997 he worked at the University of Cambridge, interrupted by a research stay at Hamburg during the academic year 1993-1994. He has been full professor of mathematical physics since 2001, initially at the University of Amsterdam, switching to the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2004. He is the author of 70 scientific papers, a research monograph entitled "Mathematical Topics Between Classical and Quantum Mechanics", 33 popular articles, and a novel (in Dutch) called "Requiem voor Newton".

Landsman received various awards and scholarships for his research, including a Research Assistantship from Cambridge and an Advanced Research Fellowship from the SERC in the UK, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in Germany, a Research Fellowship from the KNAW in the Netherlands, a Pioneer Grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), and more recently also a TOP-GO Grant from NWO. He was the Principal Applicant of the national mathematics cluster GQT (Geometry and Quantum Theory), coauthor of the Masterplan Toekomst Wiskunde, and a member of the Mathematics Sounding Board (Resonansgroep Wiskunde) of the ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (OCW).

At the Radboud University Nijmegen he organized the national mathematics tournament for senior highschool pupils (vwo 4-6)from 2006-2011. He is also President of the jury of the national Van Melsen Prize for the best Dutch science essay written in 5th or 6th grade high school. For this and his numerous other outreach activities, contributing to a 500% increase in enrolment in the mathematics degree program at Nijmegen between 2006 and 2010, he was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Radboud University in 2011.

Landsman received various awards and scholarships for his research, including a Research Assistantship from Cambridge and an Advanced Research Fellowship from the SERC in the UK, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in Germany, a Research Fellowship from the KNAW in the Netherlands, a Pioneer Grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), and more recently also a TOP-GO Grant from NWO. He was the Principal Applicant of the national mathematics cluster GQT (Geometry and Quantum Theory), coauthor of the Masterplan Toekomst Wiskunde, and a member of the Mathematics Sounding Board (Resonansgroep Wiskunde) of the ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (OCW).

At the Radboud University Nijmegen he organized the national mathematics tournament for senior highschool pupils (vwo 4-6)from 2006-2011. He is also President of the jury of the national Van Melsen Prize for the best Dutch science essay written in 5th or 6th grade high school. For this and his numerous other outreach activities, contributing to a 500% increase in enrolment in the mathematics degree program at Nijmegen between 2006 and 2010, he was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Radboud University in 2011.

# Dr. A.V. Gnedin

Sasha Gnedin is a mathematician from the Utrecht University with expertise in probability theory and combinatorics. He expects that the contest will help to identify the most creative young people, to encourage them in the study of mathematics and to indicate the talent of those who may become leaders in the mathematical sciences of the next generation.

# Frans Keune

# Pieter van der Hoeven

Pieter van der Hoeven studied Computer Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He obtained two teaching qualifications and became a secondary school teacher in Mathematics and Informatics. He has been an assistant professor in Science Teacher Education since 2008, initially at the Delft University of Technology, switching to Utrecht University in 2010.