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Research interests

Mathematical Physics, mostly related to String/M-Theory and Quantum Field Theory. Homotopy Algebras and Higher Category Theory, Differential Geometry, Classical Integrability, Noncommutative Geometry


I was born in Fulda, Germany. I studied in Würzburg and Austin, Texas, from where I graduated with an MA in Theoretical Physics. I continuted my studies in Mathematics and Physics in Paris and Hanover, and completed my PhD in 2006. After postdoctoral positions at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Trinity College Dublin, I arrived with an advanced postdoctoral fellowship at Heriot-Watt University. I became a lecturer in 2011 and and an associate professor in 2015. In 2019, I was promoted to full professor.

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Research Output

Adjusted parallel transport for higher gauge theories

Kim, H. & Saemann, C., 30 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical.

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    Loop Amplitudes and Quantum Homotopy Algebras

    Jurčo, B., Macrelli, T., Saemann, C. & Wolf, M., 1 Jul 2020, In : Journal of High Energy Physics. 2020, 7, 3.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Towards an M5-Brane Model II: Metric String Structures

    Sämann, C. & Schmidt, L., Aug 2020, In : Fortschritte der Physik. 68, 8, 2000051.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Extended Riemannian Geometry III: Global Double Field Theory with Nilmanifolds

    Deser, A. & Saemann, C., May 2019, In : Journal of High Energy Physics. 2019, 5, 209.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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  • Prizes

    Heriot-Watt University Teaching Excellence Award for Global Learning and Teaching

    Panagiota-Maria Adamopoulou (Recipient), Mariya Ptashnyk (Recipient), Desmond Alexander Johnston (Recipient), Christian Saemann (Recipient), Robert Andrew Weston (Recipient), Dominic Breit (Recipient), Kevin J. Painter (Recipient), Sebastien Loisel (Recipient), Andrew Alfred Lacey (Recipient), Neil MacIntyre (Recipient), Louie Robertson (Recipient) & Lee Duncan (Recipient), 23 Oct 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

    Press / Media

    Native Scientist 2017

    Katrin Solveig Lohan, Christian Dondrup & Christian Saemann


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research