Juergen Kurths

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult.
Professor of Physics, Head of Nonlinear Dynamics (S)  Humboldt University Berlin
Head of Research Domain Transdisciplinary Concepts & Methods  Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Jürgen Kurths studied mathematics at the University of Rostock and got his PhD in 1983 at the GDR Academy of Sciences and his Dr. habil. in 1990. He was full Professor at the University of Potsdam from 1994-2008 and has been Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics at the Humboldt University, Berlin and chair of the research domain Transdisciplinary Concepts of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research since 2008 and a 6th century chair at the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology at Kings College of the Aberdeen University (UK) since 2009.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Fraunhofer Society (Germany) and is a member of the Academia Europaea. He got an Alexander von Humboldt research award, was awarded the L.F. Richardson Medal of the European Geosciences Union and got a 1000 Talents award for foreign experts from China. He got a Honory Doctorate from the Lobachevsky University Nizhny Novgorod and from the State University Saratov and a Honorary Professor from University of Potsdam.

He was a Burgers Visiting Professor at University of Maryland and is a Chapman Professor at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks).

His main research interests are complex synchronization phenomena, complex networks, time series analysis and their applications in climatology, sustainability research, physiology, systems biology and engineering.

He has supervised more than 70 PhD students from about 20 countries; more than 30 of them have now tenured positions in various countries. He has published more than 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals and two monographs which are cited more than 28.000 times (H-index: 72).

He is editor-in-chief of the AIP journal CHAOS and is in the editorial board of more than 10 journals, among them Europhys. Lett., PLoS ONE, European Physics J. ST and Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics and of the Springer Series Complexity.

He coordinated several large projects in EU and DFG and is now speaker of an International Research Training Group on complex networks (DFG and Brazil) and of a Megagrant (Russia).


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