The André Lichnerowicz prize in Poisson geometry was established in 2008.
It will be awarded for notable contributions to Poisson geometry, every two
years at the “International Conference on Poisson Geometry in Mathematics
and Physics”, to researchers who completed their doctorates at most eight years
before the year of the Conference.
The prize was named in memory of André Lichnerowicz (1915-1998) whose
work was fundamental in establishing Poisson geometry as a branch of math-
ematics. It is awarded by a jury composed of the members of the scientiﬁc
committee of the Conference, who may invite members of the organizing com-
mittee to participate in their deliberation and vote. In 2008, the prize amount
was 500 euros for each recipient and the funds have been provided by the host
institution of the Conference, the Centre Interfacultaire Bernoulli at the École
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
The prize for the year 2008 was awarded to Henrique Bursztyn and Marius Crainic
on July 7, 2008 at the EPFL in Lausanne.
Henrique Bursztyn holds a Ph. D. in mathematics which he completed in
2001 at the University of California at Berkeley under the direction of Alan
Weinstein. After post-doctoral positions at the Mathematical Sciences Research
Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, the University of Toronto and the Fields Institute,
he was appointed associate researcher in the Arminio Fraga chair at the Instituto
Nacional de Matematica Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) in Rio de Janeiro in 2005.
His numerous publications range from the theory of deformation quantization
to Morita equivalence in the categories of Poisson manifolds and symplectic
groupoids. His work in Dirac geometry not only advanced the sub ject, it also
was the source of inspiration for many further developments.
Marius Crainic completed his Ph. D. in mathematics in 2000 at the Univer-
sity of Utrecht under the direction of Ieke Moerdijk. Since then he has held
prestigious research fellowships at the University of California at Berkeley and
at the University of Utrecht, where he is presently teaching. His work is an
important contribution to the theory of Lie groupoids with applications to non-
commutative geometry, to foliation theory, Lie algebroid cohomology, momen-
tum map theories and questions of rigidity and stability in Poisson geometry.
Together with Rui Lo ja Fernandes he solved the deep question of generaliz-
ing Sophus Lie’s third theorem from the setting of Lie groups to that of Lie
groupoids and he developed applications of this result to Poisson geometry.