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The Institute for Mathematical Research (FIM) was founded in 1964 by ETH Professor Beno Eckmann (1917 - 2008) with the objective of enhancing and facilitating the exchange between ETH Zurich and international leading mathematicians.

The Institute offers a platform on which contacts of lasting values between faculty members of the Department of Mathematics of ETH, graduate students, members of the Swiss mathematical community at large and international researchers can be established. A lean staff structure of a director, a coordinator and an administrative assistant, a well-equipped infrastructure of 30 working spaces and an independent budget serve as the basis of the Institute. This structure enables the FIM to host about 200 guests per year, ranging from short term visits of one or two days to long term stays of up to one year. Furthermore, the FIM organises scientific activities like conferences, minicourses and advanced graduate courses.

The FIM is associated with the Department of Mathematics of ETH Zurich and currently directed by Tristan Rivière, full professor of mathematics at ETH Zurich since 2003.

It is located in the main building at Rämistrasse 101, floor G.

FIM Directors


2009 - present    Tristan Rivière

1999 - 2009        Marc Burger

1995 - 1999        Alain-Sol Sznitman

1986 - 1995        Jürgen Moser

1984 - 1986        Armand Borel and Jürgen Moser

1964 - 1984        Beno Eckmann

The FIM is a member of:

EDPI (European Post-Doctoral Institute for Mathematical Sciences)


ERCOM (European Research Centres on Mathematics)


The FIM is supported by:

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