In cooperation with the directorate of the academy, Dr Matthias Schwarz, Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics, oversees the Research Academy Leipzig.
After completing his diploma in Mathematics and Physics at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Matthias Schwarz received his doctoral degree in 1995 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. In 1999, after having served as a Leibniz postdoc scholar and as assistant professor at the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and University of Chicago, he came to Leipzig University, where he led a Max Planck Research group for Mathematics in the Sciences. In 2000, he was appointed Professor for Mathematics in the Sciences at the University of Leipzig. In 2004, he became vice-dean for the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, and in 2010 he was appointed as the dean of that faculty. Since 2011, Professor Schwarz has served as Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics at Leipzig University.
His predecessor and founder of the Research Academy was Professor Dr Martin Schlegel, who served as vice-rector for Research and Young Academics and director of the Research Academy Leipzig from 2006 until 2011.