Graduate student Renato Bettiol named to U.S. delegation at second annual Heidelberg Laureates Forum

Author: Stephanie Healey

Renato Bettiol
Renato Bettiol

Renato Bettiol, a Notre Dame graduate student in the Department of Mathematics, has been selected to represent the United States in the 20 person delegation of students and postdoctoral researchers that will attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The forum, focused on mathematics and computer science, will take place September 21-26 in Heidelberg, Germany. The U.S. delegation is sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Building on the successful model of the annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum will bring together approximately 200 students and early-career researchers from around the world with winners of the Abel Prize and Fields Medal in mathematics as well as the Turing Award and Nevanlinna Prize in computer science. Formal lectures will occur in the morning, and the remainder of the day will be set aside for students and researchers to meet informally with the Laureates, as well as with their peers from around the world.

Bettiol, a fifth-year graduate student, studies differential geometry, with emphasis in global analysis and Riemannian geometry. His current interests include manifolds with positive curvature, geometric variational problems, and low dimensional rank rigidity. Bettiol is advised by Karsten Grove.

“Since my early days as a mathematics student, I have been fascinated by the brilliant minds of previous generations that provided elegant solutions to some of the most challenging problems mankind ever faced,” Bettiol said. “Through the years, I gradually started appreciate, more and more, the depth and beauty of their contributions as I was being exposed to new and exciting ideas throughout my own mathematical formation.  I am looking forward to continuing my journey at Heidelberg Laureate Forum because it brings a new and very exciting opportunity to personally meet and learn from some of the same brilliant minds whose stories influenced me so much since those early days.”

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is the result of a joint initiative of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies and the Klaus Tschira Stiftung.