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  1. The Wissenschaftskolleg "Differential Equations: Analysis and Applications in Science and Engineering" (in the following: WK) is based at the Vienna University of Technology (TU) and at the University of Vienna (UNI). The purpose of the WK is to provide a doctoral program in the field of derivation, analysis, and numerical simulation of mathematical models involving differential equations.
  2. The scientists in charge (tragende Wissenschafter(innen)) of the WK are A. Kluwick (Institute for Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, TU); P.A. Markowich, N.J. Mauser (Institute for Mathematics, UNI); W. Schachermayer (Institute for Mathematical Methods in Economics, TU); C. Schmeiser, P. Szmolyan (Institute Analysis and Scientific Computing, TU).
  3. Membership
    a)
    Regular members: Regular members are the scientists in charge and the student members. The procedure for recruitment and acceptance of student members is the following:
    Free positions are advertised internationally.
    Applications for membership have to be sent to the speaker of the WK and have to include a curriculum vitae and proof of an Austrian diploma in mathematics (or engineering, physics) or the equivalent from a foreign country. Optionally, a list of publications, recommendation letters, and a statement of scientific interests can be included.
    Interviews: The executive board decides if candidates have to be interviewed.
    Acceptance: The general assembly decides about the acceptance of student members and, at the same time, about their assignment to a research area, according to the following principles:
    • Selection criteria are the expected scientific quality, the presentation abilities, the teamwork abilities, special knowledge in one of the research areas of the WK.
    • Student members should be equidistributed among the research areas.
    Loss of membership: Student membership is limited to 3 years at most. It can be lost earlier by a decision of the general assembly, if a student member does not fulfil the duties described in 4.(d), or by graduation.
    b)
    Associate members are scientists working in fields related to the WK or doctoral students participating in the WK-program without being employed by the WK. The executive board decides about gain and loss of associate membership.
  4. Rights and duties of WK members
    a)
    Rights of the scientists in charge: The scientists in charge are members of the general assembly. They are eligible for being speaker, deputy speaker, teaching coordinator, and member of the executive board. They are eligible to use the infrastructure of the WK and to receive travel reimbursements from the WK-budget.
    b)
    Duties of the scientists in charge: The scientists in charge have to participate in the weekly WK-Seminar and in the Student-Seminar. They have to teach one advanced course every 2 years and, if necessary, they have to teach basic courses (this refers to section 1.4 of the WK-proposal). They are responsible for advising student members assigned to their research area, such that graduation within 3 years is possible. They have to act as co-advisors for other student members and to evaluate their scientific progress. They have to contribute to the organization of the WK-Seminar and to progress reports of the WK.
    c)
    Rights of the student members: Student members are employed according to the rules of the Austrian Science Fund and paid from the budget of the WK. They are eligible to use the infrastructure of the WK and to receive travel reimbursements from the WK-budget. They have the right to attend all WK-courses and workshops and to receive, on a regular basis, advice in their thesis work.
    d)
    Duties of the student members: The student members work full time at the WK. They have to participate in the weekly WK-Seminar, in the Student-Seminar, and in WK-summer schools. They have to report about their scientific progress once per semester in the Student-Seminar. They have to contribute to the organization of the Student-Seminar and to progress reports of the WK.
    e)
    Rights of the associate members: Associate members receive the WK-newsletter. They are invited to participate in WK related events and to post their scientific papers in the preprint archive of the WK.
  5. Organization
    a)
    The general assembly is the governing body of the WK. Its members are the scientists in charge. It is chaired by the speaker of the WK. She/He calls at least 2 regular meetings per year. Extraordinary meetings can be requested by at least two members of the general assembly. The rights and duties of the general assembly are:
    • Election of the speaker, the deputy speaker, the third member of the executive board, and the teaching coordinator (by a simple majority) for a 3 year term.
    • Impeachment of the speaker, the deputy speaker, the third member of the executive board, or the teaching coordinator (by a two thirds majority).
    • Acceptance and dismissal of student members according to 3.(a).
    • Decision about the subject of summer schools and about the invitation of long term visitors (2 weeks and more).
    • Decision about general rules for the invitation of short term visitors (less than 2 weeks) and for the use of travel money.
    • Decision about the lists of advanced courses with general content and specialized courses.
    b)
    The executive board consists of the speaker, the deputy speaker and a third member elected by the general assembly. It is chaired by the speaker who calls meetings whenever necessary. The rights and duties of the executive board are:
    • Preparation of the decision about the acceptance of student members by the general assembly.
    • Decision about the invitation of short term visitors and about the use of travel money.
    c)
    The speaker is elected by the general assembly for a 3 year term. Her/His rights and duties are:
    • Representation of the WK, in particular towards the Austrian Science Fund.
    • Advertisement of free positions for student members.
    • Organization of the WK-Seminar, of summer schools and work shops.
    • Maintainance of the WK-home page.
    • Information of WK-members about WK-relevant facts and events.
    d)
    The deputy speaker is elected by the general assembly for a 3 year term. Her/His rights and duties are:
    • The rights and duties of the speaker whenever she/he is not available.
    • Membership in the executive board.
    e)
    The teaching coordinator is elected by the general assembly for a 3 year term. Her/His rights and duties are:
    • Assistance of the student members in teaching matters and in case of complaints.
    • Coordination of the course program of the WK.