Portfolio: equal opportunity, career planning and sustainability
In her position as Vice-President, Anja Schlömerkemper will be responsible for the portfolio of ‘equal opportunity, career planning and sustainability’. Since April 2011, she has held the Chair of Mathematics in the Sciences at JMU.
As Vice President, Schlömerkemper is responsible for a cross-sectional area that deals with several topics, which are also included in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Prof. Schlömerkemper wants to build on the achievements already made in the area of promoting opportunities for women at JMU and to further enhance both gender equality and the equality of opportunities for all members of the University. One of her focuses will be on fostering the development of early career researchers who do not come from a family of academics. In addition, she will be committed to making social, economic and ecological sustainability a key focus of JMU.
Prof. Schlömerkemper studied physics at the University of Göttingen. In 2002, she gained a doctorate in mathematics from Leipzig University. She was a postdoc at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford and held positions at the Institute for Analysis, Dynamics and Modelling at the University of Stuttgart, at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig and at the Institute for Applied Mathematics at the University of Bonn. In 2009/2010, she served as visiting and stand-in professor at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
The research interests of Prof. Schlömerkemper are in mathematical analysis and, in particular, partial differential equations and the calculus of variations. Most of her work is motivated by applications in physics and materials science. In particular, she investigates mathematical methods that can be used to determine, for example, the effective behaviour of elastic or magnetic materials that is influenced by structures on the microscopic scale.