Professor Peter Bouwknegt, a Mathematical Physicist at the ANU, has been appointed as MSI Director. Professor Bouwknegt has a distinguished research career and is an expert on the mathematical foundations of string theory and conformal field theory.
Professor Bouwknegt came to the ANU in 2005 after spending just under 10 years at the University of Adelaide, first as an ARC QEII Fellow and subsequently as an ARC Senior Research Fellow. He is a recipient of the 2001 medal of the Australian Mathematical Society and served on the Australian Research Council's College of Experts from 2009-2011, and again from 2014-2016, and the ERA Research Evaluation Committee in 2012.
Professor Bouwknegt was the interim Director of MSI in 2011/2012 and then supported the incoming Director first as Deputy Director and then as Associate Director Research. Professor Bouwknegt takes up the role of Director with a strong understanding of MSI and where it is positioned in both the domestic and international university landscape.