Professor Felix Otto is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig (Germany) since 2010. He received his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Bonn in 1993. He was Postdoc at the Courant Institute and the Carnegie-Mellon University. In 1997 he became assistant and in 1998 Full Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1999 he became Full Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bonn where he was the Managing Director of the ‘Hausdorﬀ Center for Mathematics’ from 2006–2009.

His main expertise is in the applied analysis of partial differential equations and in the calculus of variations. He has worked on gradient flows, on micromagnetics, and on stochastic homogenization.

He has received various awards, including the Max Planck Research Prize, the Leibniz Prize of the German Science Foundation and the Collatz Prize of CICIAM. He is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Academia Europaea.