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HGS MathComp - Where Methods Meet Applications

The Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences (HGS MathComp) at Heidelberg University is one of the leading graduate schools in Germany focusing on the complex topic of Scientific Computing. Located in a vibrant research environment, the school offers a structured interdisciplinary education for PhD students. The program supports students in pursuing innovative PhD projects with a strong application-oriented focus, ranging from mathematics, computer science, bio/life-sciences, physics, and chemical engineering sciences to cultural heritage. A strong focus is put on the mathematical and computational foundations: the theoretical underpinnings and computational abstraction and conception.

HGS MathComp Principal Investigators are leading experts in their fields, working on projects that combine mathematical and computational methodology with topical research issues. Individual mentoring for PhD candidates and career development programs ensure that graduates are fully equipped to take up top positions in industry and academia.

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09:00 - 13:00
Theory & Methods
Expert Topics in Version Control with Git
Compact Courses
Speaker: Dr. Dominic Kempf, Research Software Engineer, Scientific Software Center (SSC)
Location: Mathematikon • Room 5/104, 5th Floor • Im Neuenheimer Feld 205, 69120 Heidelberg
Registration: Please register via this form
Organizer: Scientific Software Center (SSC)
ECTS: 0.5
This is a half day course.

The latest information and a registration link are available on the course website.

This compact course is part of the course program of the Scientific Software Center (SSC) at Heidelberg University.


Prior knowledge about version control with Git is required. This can e.g. be acquired by attending the SSC’s introductory course “Version Control with Git” and “Intermediate Topics in Version Control with Git”. This course is intended for researchers that develop their own research software. Participants are required to bring their own laptops to work on during the course. Network access (e.g. through Eduroam) is recommended.


Applying version control can be a game changer for a collaborative research software project. However, even in projects that already successfully use Git, there is often room for improvement of the employed Git workflows. This workshop explores some advanced topics that increase the participants’ repertoire of Git workflows: Bisection, Worktrees, Submodules, Large File Storage and Pre-commit Hooks. Additionally, we showcase invasive methods of modifying a Git repository via Rebase.

Learning Objectives:

After the course participants will

- Know about advanced Git features like submodules, large file storage
- Be able to bisect regression in a Git repository
- Understand the advantages of worktrees
- Be able to apply pre-commit hooks for their Git repositories
- Have used Rebase to change a repository’s Git history
03.06.2024 - 05.06.2024
09:00 - 10:45
Theory & Methods
Romberg Course: Asymptotic Stability of Coherent Structures in Dissipative Systems
Compact Courses
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Antonio Capella Kort • National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) • Romberg Visiting Professor
Location: Mathematikon • Seminar Room 10 & 11, 5th floor • Im Neuenheimer Feld 205, 69120 Heidelberg
Registration: Please register here
Organizer: HGS MathComp
This course is part of the HGS MathComp Romberg Visiting Professor Program.

Waves, patterns, and other structures play a crucial role in applied mathematics. The study of their dynamic stability under perturbations is an important issue in our understanding of these structures. This theory lies at the interface between dynamical systems and functional analysis. The aim of these lectures is to present a general overview of the methods in this theory, some of its key aspects and its application to the question of stability of waves in dissipative systems.

This course aims at PhD students with a basic background of (functional) analysis, theory of partial differential equations in Hilbert spaces and dynamical systems (analysis of ODE).

The room for Monday is Seminar Room 11, the room for Tuesday and Wednesday is Seminar Room 10.


- Motivation: coherent structures in PDE
- Stability theory for non-linear ODEs
- Asymptotic stability in dissipative systems
- Essential and point spectrum of a linear operator
- Semigroups and exponential stability
- Non-linear estimates and orbital stability
04.06.2024 - 05.06.2024
09:00 - 16:00
Key Competences
Thesis Defense Training
Compact Courses
This course is part of the course program of the Graduate Academy.

The latest information and a registration link are available on the course website (log in with Uni-ID).

HGS MathComp fellows can get a reimbursement of the course fees. Please submit your proof of payment and certificate of participation to

It’s far more than “just” a presentation: defending your thesis is the last (and one of the biggest) challenges in your academic qualification – and it doesn’t only require well-prepared content. This workshop addresses aspects of the defense related to communication and presentation. We will work on participants’ body language as well as on strategies for convincing argumentative and rhetorical positioning during the disputation. A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to simulated defenses and evaluations of the performances.