Petra Schwer

Prof. Dr. Petra Schwer

Institut für Algebra und Geometrie (IAG)
Geometry Group
Universitätsplatz 2, 39106 Magdeburg,
Sprechzeiten: upon request

Petra Schwer is professor for geometry here in Magdeburg.
Since 2016 she is a member of the priority programme SPP 2026 Geometry at infinity.


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Accepted for publication:

Reviewed articles

Conference papers

further writing and theses
  • Petra Schwer: Lecture notes on CAT(0) cube complexes. Muenster (2013).
  • Petra Schwer: Buildings from a metric perspective. Mini-course, Davis (2011).
  • Petra Hitzelberger: Generalized affine buildings: Automorphisms, affine Suzuki-Ree Buildings and Convexity. Doctoral thesis (2009).

(I am happy to send you a copy of one of these, just drop me an email.)


You have possibly seen me (or will have the chance to see me) give a talk on one of the following occasions (> 2018):


Jan - Math+ Friday: Kolloquium der  Berlin Mathematical School



Nov. - Workshop "Buildings and applications", MPI Leipzig (D)
Okt. - EWM Meeting, Leipzig (D)
Aug - Algebra Seminar, Sydney (AU)
July - Felix-Klein Kolloquium, Leipzig (D)
May  - Mathematical Kolloquium, Göttingen (D)
Feb. - Conference "Geometric Analysis meets Geometric Topology", Heidelberg (D)
Feb. -  ABCD Workshop, Aachen (D)
Jan. -  Algebra Seminar, Köln (D)
Jan. -  Bär Kolloquium, Magdeburg (D)
Jan. -  Seminar Sophus Lie, Gießen (D)



Nov. - Workshop "Groups in Madrid", Madrid (ESP)
Nov. - Workshop on Algebraic Combinatorics, Berlin (D)
Okt. - Buildings 2018, Münster (D)
Sept. - Fall school in Besse (F)
May - Oberseminar Analysis JLU-Gießen (D)
April - Séminaire Algèbre ICJ, Lyon (F)
March - Conference \emph{Geometry and Representation Theory of Algebraic Groups}, Bad Honnef (D)
Jan. - Algebra Seminar, TU Kaiserslautern (D)




Theses written under my supervision


  • Julia Heller (2014 - 2018, KIT)
  • Annette Karrer (KIT, since 2016)
  • Marco Lotz (OVGU, since 2019, joint with Thomas Kahle)


  • Mireille Soergel (SS 2018, Heidelberg)
  • Valentin Braun (WS 2017/18, KIT)
  • Peter Breul (WS 2017/18, KIT)
  • Holger Mühlsteph (WS 2017/18, KIT)
  • Marius Graeber (SS 2017, KIT)
  • David Weniger (WS 2016/17, KIT)


  • Jonas Labonte (SS 2018, KIT)
  • Lena Eid (SS 2017, KIT)
  • Laura Jesser (WS 2016/17, KIT)
  • Stefan Lais (SS 2015, KIT)
  • Noam von Rotberg (ongoing, Uni Heidelberg)
  • Yannick Steinkamp (ongoing, OVGU)


You can find out more about me here:

Mathematicians on the job

A series of job-talks I started at KIT: Mathematiker im Beruf (in German)



Some old material:

Lecture on CAT(0) groups and geometry

In the summer of 2017 I was teaching the RTG lecture of our research training group in which I explained some of the nice properties CAT(0) groups and spaces.
The other half of the lecture was shared by Karin Melnick and Beatrice Pozetti.

Here are the scans of my lecture:

First session on Basics and examples.
Second session on The Bruhat-Tits fixedpoint theorem .
Third session on Gromov's link condition and other ways to test for CAT(0).
Fourth session on CAT(0) groups and Isometries of CAT(0) spaces.
Fifth session on The visual boundary and its relatives.


Teaching in Heidelberg Winter 2017/18

During the winter term 2017/18 I am a Visiting Professor at the University of Heidelberg replacing Prof. Anna Wienhard. I gave a student seminar on buildings as well as an introduction to Geometric Group Theory.






Petra Schwer studied mathematics at the Universities in Ulm and Bonn and received her PhD in Münster under the supervision of Linus Kramer and Richard Weiss. After postdoc positions in the USA and France she worked as a commodity risk controller at RWE Power AG in Essen for 10 months. 

She returned to research with DFG "Eigene Stelle" funding before she became a Junior Professor at KIT. During the winter term 2017/18 she was a visiting professor in Heidelberg, in the spring 2018 she worked in Saint Étienne (France) for a month as a prof-invitée.

Schwer became a professor for geometry at the Otto-von-Guericke University on December 1st 2018.



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Last Modification: 08.04.2020 - Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Petra Schwer