Personal information

Maria Podkopaeva
Birth date:
March 1, 1985
Russian (native), English, French (fluent)

Computer skills

Web development
HTML, CSS, RSS, essentials of javascript, jQuery, MySQL, PHP;
Experience with Drupal, Wordpress
Graphic design
Advanced knowledge of Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
MS Office, LaTex


graduate school at the Mathematics department of the University of Geneva; PhD thesis "Planar networks and inequalities on eigenvalues", advisor Prof. Anton Alekseev
Master Class "Symplectic Geometry and beyond" at the Utrecht University
baccalaureat at the Physics department of the St. Petersburg State University; Bachelor thesis "Integrable systems on the coadjoint orbits of the symplectic and orthogonal groups", advisor Prof. Anton Alekseev
school in St. Petersburg (Russia), Essen (Germany), and Mt. Pleasant (MI, USA)

Training and certifications

2021 / 05-07
Google Project Management: by Google (Coursera Specialization). Certificate earned on July 15, 2021
2019 / 11
The complete web developer course, 30hrs, by Rob Percival
2019 / 10,11
Online courses on essential and advanced Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator, 30hrs, by Daniel W. Scott, Adobe certified instructor
2019 / 10
"Business Writing", "Graphic Design" and "Successful Presentation" (within Effective Communication specialization) by University of Colorado Boulder


in administration:

project manager for at IHES
Duties: launch and management of - audiovisual platform for mathematics and interactions (joint project of CIMPA, CIRM, IHES, IHP).
science officer of National Center of Competence in Research SwissMAP
Duties: head of the management team, responsible for: budget planning, reporting to the Swiss National Science Foundation, organization of the day-to-day activities within the NCCR, interaction with the NCCR network, strategic management of non-scientific activities: educational outreach, communication, equal opportunities, etc.
science administrator of the Chebyshev Lab, Mathematics department of the Saint Petersburg State University
Duties: scientific reporting, writing grant proposals for lab funding, etc.

in research

senior research associate (collaboratrice scientifique II) at the Mathematics department, University of Geneva
researcher at the Chebyshev Lab, Mathematics department of the Saint Petersburg State University (part time from 2014)
assistant at the Mathematics department, University of Geneva



  • "The Horn problem and planar networks", February 8-12, 2016, Integrable random systems, representation theory and geometry of Lie groups
  • "Horn problem and planar networks", June 10-14, 2013, IRMA (Strasbourg), Cluster Algebras and Tropical Geometry
  • "Eigenvalues and planar networks", October 23, 2012, Chebyshev Lab (St. Petersburg), Seminar "Enumerative combinatorics and random matrices"
  • "Eigenvalues and planar networks", May 15, 2012, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (Bonn), Seminar on Algebra, Geometry and Physics
  • "Tropical analog of the Gelfand-Zeitlin integrable system", December 25, 2011, Steklov Institute (St. Petersburg), Quantum Field Theory seminar
  • "Denominators of rational Drinfeld associators", October 13, 2011, Higher School of Economics (Moscow), seminar "Combinatorics of Vassiliev invariants"
  • "Drinfeld associators and Rouviere's problem", May 5, 2011, Univeristy of Geneva, PhD student talks
  • "Drinfeld associators and multizetas" (together with Anton Alekseev), February, 2009, Geneva-Lyon Winter School in Mathematical Physics



  • “Supporting Young Researcher Families in Switzerland”, Young Mathematicians Column, EMS Newsletter No. 108, June 2018.


Teaching experience

  • Assistant, course Algebra I (1st year) - spring 2011
  • Assistant, course Analysis III (functional analysis) (3rd year) - spring 2011
  • Assistant, course Programming Lab (MATLAB) (1st year) - spring 2010
  • Assistant, course Lie algebras (3rd and 4th years) - fall 2009
  • Assistant, course Analysis III (measure theory) (3rd year) - fall 2009
  • Assistant, course Real analysis (2nd year) - 2007-2009
  • Assistant, course Analysis I (1st year) - spring 2007, fall 2008, fall 2011