Curriculum Vitae  Catherine Meusburger
Prof. Dr. Catherine Meusburger
Department Mathematik
Email: catherine.meusburger@math.unierlangen.de 
Personal Details
Date of Birth:  January 7, 1978  
Place of Birth:  Innsbruck, Austria  
Citizenship:  Austrian  
Academic positions
Since April 2011  Permanent position (Professur W2), Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Erlangen, Germany 
April 2009April 2011  Emmy Noether Junior Research Group leader, Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany 
Oct. 2008March 2009  Marie Curie Intra European Research Fellow, Quantum Gravity Group, School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK 
Oct. 2004Sept. 2008  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 
Education
Jan. 2002Aug. 2004  PhD, Department of Mathematics, HeriotWatt University, Edinburgh, UK 
 
Oct. 1996Nov. 2001  Physics diploma course Physik Diplom with options mathematics and chemistry, Freiburg University, Freiburg, Germany 
 
Sept. 1989June 1996  Secondary School (Gymnasium), KurfürstFriedrich Gymnasium, Heidelberg, Germany 
 
Project Funding, Prizes and Scholarships
since January 2012  Principal investigator in the Emerging Fields Project Quantum Geometry, funded by the Emerging Fields Programme of the FriedrichAlexanderUniversität ErlangenNürnberg, with Klaus Mecke, KarlHermann Neeb, Thomas Thiemann 
Oct. 2011  Workshop on Representation Theoretical and Categorical Structures in Quantum Geometry and Conformal Field Theory, funded by the European Science Foundation (Research network Quantum geometry and quantum gravity) and the DFG priority programme 1388 in Representation theory (DFG Schwerpunktsprogramm 1388 Darstellungstheorie) 
Jan. 2011  Dec. 2013  Investigator in the project MTM201018556 New classical and quantum integrable models: symmetries and nonlinear dynamics, funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacio ́n, Spain, with Prof. Ballesteros, Prof. Herranz, Dr. Blasco, Dr. Musso (Burgos, Spain), Prof. Campoamor (Madrid), Prof. Ragnisco (Rome III) 
July 2009  April 2011  Principal investigator in the application for the Research Training Group GRK 1670: Mathematics Inspired by String Theory and Quantum Field Theory, Hamburg University 
April 2009  Emmy Noether Fellowship, German Research Foundation 
Oct. 2008March 2009  Marie Curie IntraEuropean Research Fellowship 
Jan. 2002June 2004  PhDgrant of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) 
Oct. 2002  Gustav MiePreis 2002, prize for the best physics diploma thesis of the academic year 2001/2002 at Freiburg University 
April 1997Oct. 2001  Undergraduate scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) 
June 1996  Prize of the BadenWürttemberg Ministry of Education for the best high school diploma (Abitur) of the German state Baden Württemberg 
Teaching
Lectures  
Summer term 2014  Algebra II  Galois theory, 3rd year B. Sci. Mathematics,
Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Winter term 2013/14  Lie Groups, M. Sci. Mathematics,
Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Winter term 2012/13  Algebra II, 3rd year B. Sci. Mathematics,
Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Summer term 2012  Algebraic Topology, M. Sci. Mathematics,
Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Geometry and Physics, M. Sci. Mathematics, together with KarlHermann Neeb, Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany  
Winter term 2011/12  Mathematics for physicists II, 2nd year, B. Sci. Physics
Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Summer term 2011  Mathematics for physicists I, 1st year, B. Sci. Physics
Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Winter term 2010/11  Complex Analysis, 2nd/3rd year, B. Sci. Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Germany 
Winter term 2009/10  Concepts and Methods of Mathematical Physics, M.Sci. Mathematical Physics, Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Germany 
Seminars  
Summer term 2014  Representations of Compact Lie Groups, M. Sci. Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Knots and Braids, 3rd year, B. Sci. Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany  
Winter term 2013/14  Algebraic topology, M. Sci. Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Summer term 2013  Hyperbolic manifolds, M. Sci. Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Winter term 2012/13  Graphs, seminar for students of teaching degrees (Lehramt Real und Grundschule), Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Summer term 2012  NumbersElements of Number Theory and Algebra, 1st year, B.Sci. Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Winter term 2011/12  Introductory Seminar for 1st Year Students, Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Summer term 2011  Complex Numbers and Geometry, seminar for students of teaching degrees (Lehramt Real und Grundschule) , Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany 
Oct.2009June 2010  Graduate seminar on quantum groups for PhD and Master students, based on Christian Kassel, Quantum Groups, Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Germany 
Oct.2010March 2011  Graduate seminar on homology for PhD and Master students, based on Hilton and Stammbach, A Course in Homological Algebra Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Germany 
Supervision of PhD students
July 2010  Sept. 2013  Gregor Schaumann, Thesis: Duals in tricategories and in the tricategory of bimodule categories 
May 2009  Nov. 2012  Torsten Schönfeld, Thesis: Gauge fixing and classical dynamical rmatrices in (2+1)gravity 
Supervision of undergraduate theses
Master Theses
April 2014 

Bachelor Theses
Summer term 2013 

Winter term 2013/14 

Organisation of Workshops and Conferences
Administrative Duties and Committees
since June 2012  Disability Support Officer (Schwerbehindertenbeauftragte), Department of Mathematics, FriedrichAlexanderUniversität ErlangenNürnberg 
since May 2011  Member of the committee that drafts and marks the calculus teaching exam questions for Bavarian vocational school teachers, (Aufgabenstellung und Korrektur im Staatsexamen nichtvertieftes Lehramt, Differential und Integralrechnung) 
Oct. 2009April 2011  Course and Study Advisor (Studienberatung) for the M.Sc. Mathematical Physics, Hamburg University. 
Oct. 2010April 2011  Member of the Examination Committee for the M.Sc. Mathematical Physics, Hamburg University. 
Oct. 2009April 2011  Course and Study Advisor (Studienberatung) for the M.Sc. Mathematical Physics, Hamburg University. 
Sept. 2006Sept. 2008  Member of the Library Committee, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, responsible for general library issues and book acquisition for the quantum gravity sector 
19981999  Member of the committee for the improvement of teaching quality (Studienkommission) at the Department of Physics, Freiburg University 
Public Outreach
Oct 19 2013  Talks and workshop on knot theory at the local science festival Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 
March 2 2013  Talk on knot theory for highschool teachers and pupils, Tag der Mathematik 2013, Department of Mathematics, FriedrichAlexanderUniversität ErlangenNürnberg 
Nov. 2011  June 2012  Together with Andreas Knauf and Hermann SchulzBaldes: Organiser of the Mathematics Department's programme for gifted high school students (Schülerzirkel Mathematik), Department of Mathematics, FriedrichAlexanderUniversität ErlangenNürnberg 
Aug. 2008  Participation in the planning and realisation of the ISSYP Summer School for high school students, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 
Talks at Workshops and Conferences
June 1214 2014  Workshop 93e rencontre entre math&eactute;maticiens et physiciens théoriciens : Riemann, la topologie et la physique , IRMA, Strasbourg, France:
Generalised shear coordinates on moduli spaces of (2+1)spacetimes 
Feb 1721 2014  Workshop Modern trends in topological quantum field theory, ESI, Vienna, Austria:
Diagrams for Gray categories with duals 
Aug. 1923 2013  Workshop on 3d gravity, Department of Physics, University of Wroclaw, Poland:
Dynamical classical rmatrices in 3d gravity 
Sept. 2022 2012  90è rencontre entre physiciens théoriciens et mathématiciens: Lie et Klein; le programme d’Erlangen et son impact en physique et en mathématique, IRMA, Strasbourg, France:
Dirac gauge fixing and dynamical classical rmatrix symmetries in (2+1)gravity 
Aug. 30  Sept. 1 2012  XXI International Fall Workshop on Geometry and Physics, Burgos, Spain:
Gauge fixing and dynamical rmatrices in ChernSimons theory 
Sept. 711 2011  Workshop on
Noncommutative Field Theory and Gravity, Corfu, Greece : Gauge fixing and dynamical rmatrices in (2+1)gravity 
June 1618 2011  Conference 87e rencontre entre physiciens théoriciens et mathématiciens : Géométrie de Lorentz en mathématiques et en physique, IRMA, Strasbourg, France: Causality in 3dspacetimes with particles 
March 30 2011  Main lecture (Hauptvortrag) at the DPG spring meeting 2011, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany: Geometry and Observables in 3 dimensional (Quantum) Gravity 
Sept. 22 25 2010  Conference Geometry and Physics in Cracow, Jagiellonian University of Cracow, Cracow, Poland: Observables for 3d gravity from higher categories 
Sept. 21 2010  Workshop CLP 7  Categories, Logics and Physics, School of Computer Science, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK: Higher categories and observables for generalised TuraevViro models 
Sept. 1618 2010  Walkshop on Mathematical Physics, Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik, FriedrichSchillerUniversität, Jena, Germany: Global geometry of Lorentzian 3manifolds via lightlike geodesics 
Sept. 6 10 2010  Workshop on Quantum Groups, Université de Caen BasseNormandie, Caen, France: Quantum group symmetries and the torus universe 
May 14  17 2010  Workshop Noncommutativity and Physics: Spacetime Quantum Geometry, Bayrischzell, Germany: Observables for quantum gravity from higher categories 
April 28  30 2010  Workshop Géodycauserie III: Analysis, Geometry
and Dynamics on Lorentz manifolds, Geodycos Network, ENS Lyon, France: Observers, time and measurements in 3d gravity 
April 8  10 2010  Workshop QG10, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany: Gauge fixing and dynamical quantum group symmetries in (2+1)gravity 
Dec. 1112 2009  Workshop Géodycauserie II: Spacetimes with particles, Geodycos Network, Université d'Avignon, France: Observables associated to constant curvature spacetimes 
Dec. 5  6 2009  Transformation groups and Mathematical Physics, Universität Hamburg, Germany: Global geometry of Lorentzian 3manifolds via lightlike geodesics 
Sept. 1320 2009  2nd School and Workshop on Quantum Gravity and Quantum Geometry, Corfu, Greece: Geometry and observables in (2+1)gravity 
Aug. 3  7 2009  ChernSimons Gauge Theory: 20 years after, Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany Getting Physics from (2+1)gravity: What does an observer in 3d gravity see? 
June 29July 3 2009  XXV Max Born Symposium: The Planck Scale, The University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland:
Getting Physics from (2+1)gravity: measurements via lightrays 
April 1424 2009  Workshop on Gravity in Three Dimensions,
Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics (ESI), Vienna, Austria: Cosmological measurements, time, and observables in (2+1)gravity 
July 711 2008  Workshop on Noncommutative Deformations of Special Relativity,
ICMS, Edinburgh, UK: Quantum double and kappaPoincaré symmetries in (2+1)gravity and ChernSimons theory 
June 30  July 4 2008  Conference QG2 2008: Quantum Geometry and Quantum Gravity,
The University of Nottingham, UK: 3d loop quantum gravity and combinatorial quantisation 
June 47 2008  Conference Theory Canada 4, Centre de Recherches Mathématiques,
Montreal, Canada: Quantum double and kappaPoincaré symmetries in 3d gravity and ChernSimons theory 
June 2530 2007  Conference Loops 07, Morelia, Mexico: The cosmological constant in 3d gravity: towards a unified approach 
Sept. 315 2006  Workshop Noncommutative Geometry and Physics:
Fundamental Structure of Space and Time, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical
Sciences, Cambridge, UK: (2+1)dimensional gravity in the geometrical and in the ChernSimons formulation 
Oct. 1014 2005  Conference Loops '05, Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany: Grafting and Poisson structure in (2+1)gravity with Lambda=0 
Sept. 211 2005  Workshop Classical and quantum gravity in 3 dimensions,
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy: Grafting and Poisson structure in (2+1)gravity with Lambda=0 
Oct. 2831 2004  Workshop Quantum Gravity in the Americas, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical
Physics, Waterloo, Canada: Phase space and Quantization of (2+1)dimensional gravity in the ChernSimons formulation 
June 30July 4 2003  Workshop Geometry and physics of threedimensional quantum gravity,
ICMS, Edinburgh, UK: On the quantisation of (2+1)dimensional gravity in the Chern Simons formulation 
Invited Seminar Talks and Research Visits
Sept 24 2013  Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University, USA: Diagrams for Gray categories with duals 
July 30 2013  Department of Physics, University of Burgos, Spain: Drinfeld doubles in 3d gravity 
July 23 2013  Symposium Current Topics in Mathematical Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany: Quantum geometry and Teichmüller theory 
May 17 2013  Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Germany: Gray categories with duals and their diagrams 
February 19 2013  Séminaire "Groupes de Lie et espaces des modules"
, Section des Mathématiques, University of Geneva, Switzerland: Gauge fixing for the moduli space of flat ISO(2,1)connections 
January 14 2013  BornHilbert Seminar, Department of Mathematics, University of Göttingen, Germany: Gray categories with duals and their diagrams 
December 18 2012  Department of Mathematics, University of Marburg, Germany: Dynamische rMatrizen aus eichfixierten ChernSimons Theorien 
April 1 2011  Department of Mathematics, University of Bielefeld, Germany: Erweiterte Invarianten von DreiMannigfaltigkeiten aus der Darstellungstheorie von Hopf Algebren 
Nov. 24 2010  Department of Mathematics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany: Erweiterte Invarianten von DreiMannigfaltigkeiten aus der Darstellungstheorie von Hopf Algebren 
Oct. 20 2010  Department of Physics, University of ErlangenNürnberg, Germany: Quantengravitation in drei Raumzeitdimensionen 
June 29 2010  Seminar on fundamental interactions, Fakultät für Physik, Universität Freiburg, Germany: Gauge fixing and observables in (2+1)dimensional gravity 
June 15 2010  Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Burgos, Spain: Dynamical quantum group symmetries in (2+1)gravity 
Jan. 1824 2010  Faculty of Physics, The University of Warsaw, Poland: 1. Observables and geometry in (2+1)gravity 2. Spacetime geometry and measurements in (2+1)gravity 3. Quantum group and Hopf algebra symmetries in (2+1)gravity 
June 89 2009  Department of Mathematics, UC Davis, CA, USA: Part I: Introduction to Observables in Three Dimensional Quantum Gravity Part II: Observables in Three Dimensional Quantum Gravity 
March 3 2009  Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Burgos, Spain: Measurements and spacetime geometry in (2+1)dimensional gravity 
Jan. 23 2009  Centre de Physique Théorique, Luminy, Marseille, France: Measurements via returning lightrays: Time, observables and geometry in vacuum (2+1)gravity 
Jan. 21 2009  Laboratoire de Mathématiques et de Physique Théorique, Université de Tours, France: Time, measurements and observables in Lorentzian (2+1)gravity 
Dec. 22 2008  Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University, Netherlands: Time, measurements and observables in Lorentzian (2+1)gravity 
July 25 2008  Dipartimento di Matematica, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy: Flat Threedimensional Lorentz spacetimes from the physics perspective 
May 27 2008  Department of Mathematics, University of York, UK: (2+1)gravity as a toy model for quantum gravity 
May 22 2008  Department of Mathematical Physics, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth Ireland: Quantum Gravity in (2+1) dimensions 
May 16 2008  Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon, Canada: 3d gravity as a toy model for quantum gravity 
April 24 2008  Field Theory and gravitation group Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM, Mexico: Geometry and Wilson loops in (2+1)dimensional gravity 
Jan. 23 2008  Laboratoire de Mathématiques et de Physique Théorique, Université de Tours, France: Geometrical (2+1)gravity and the ChernSimons formulation: spacetime geometry, physical observables and the cosmological constant 
Jan. 1112 2008  Courant Colloquium, Courant Research Center, University of Göttingen, Germany: Geometrical (2+1)gravity and the ChernSimons formulation: spacetime geometry, physical observables and the cosmological constant 
Dec. 19 2007  String theory seminar, DESY string theory group, Hamburg, Germany: Geometrical (2+1)dimensional gravity and the ChernSimons formulation: spacetime geometry and physical observables 
Dec. 7 2007  Mathematical Physics Seminar, Centro de Matematica da Universidade do Porto, Portugal: Observables and spactime geometry in (2+1)dimensional gravity 
May 14 2007  Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Astroparticules, Université Montpellier 2, France: The cosmological constant in 3d gravity: towards a unified approach 
May 4 2007  Centre de Physique Théorique, Luminy, Marseille, France: The cosmological constant in 3d gravity: towards a unified approach 
March 21 2007  Gravity and particles seminar, School of mathematical Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK: A unified approach to 3d gravity: the cosmological constant as a deformation parameter 
Dec. 13 2006  Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany: Observables and spacetime geometry in (2+1)dimensional gravity 
Dec 2005Feb 2006  Scientific visitor at the Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany 
Jan 19 2004  Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University, Netherlands: Phase space and Quantization of (2+1)dimensional gravity in the ChernSimons formulation 
Jan. 9 2004  Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada: Phase space and Quantization of (2+1)dimensional gravity in the ChernSimons formulation 
March 15 2003  North British Mathematical Physics Seminar, York, UK: Poisson structure and symmetry in the ChernSimons formulation of (2+1)dimensional gravity 
Dec. 20 2002  Seminar on Fundamental Interactions, Department of Physics, Freiburg University, Germany:
The phase space of (2+1)dimensional gravity as a ChernSimons gauge theory 
Dec. 16 2001  Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany: Algebraic quantization of the closed, bosonic string 
Sept. 24 2001  Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group Seminar, Edinburgh, UK: Algebraic quantization of the closed, bosonic string 