New Mathematical Sciences Institute Director appointed at ANU

Professor Thierry Coulhon from the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Paris has been appointed as the new Director of MSI.

Professor Thierry Coulhon from the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Paris has accepted an offer to be the new Director of the Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI) at the Australian National University.

Professor Coulhon has had a distinguished research career with outstanding contributions to many areas of mathematical analysis including the study of heat kernels, heat semigroups, and analysis on manifolds and graphs. Amongst his wide group of collaborators are many current and former members of MSI.

Professor Coulhon has been a regular contributor to Australian mathematical science for nearly twenty years and has a long standing involvement with ANU, starting with a three month visit in 1994.

He brings a wealth of high level administrative experience to his new position having been President of the University of Cergy-Pontoise from 2004-2008, Deputy Chief of Staff of Valérie Pécresse, Minister for Higher Education and Research and Director of the program `Centres of Excellence' in the General Commission for Investment, under the Prime Minister of France since 2010.

The outgoing Director of the Mathematical Sciences Institute, Professor Alan Carey said: 'As a former collaborator of Thierry I am doubly pleased he will be taking over this tough job. His experience working at the top level of the administration of the French government will be very handy training for the complexities of ANU'.

He is expected to arrive in Canberra in August 2012.