Complex processes involving cascades of scales are ubiquitous in current natural science research. Such processes feature more than two characteristic scales, their smallest and largest scales are widely separated, and much of their scale range participates in the process interactions. Also, they are often too complex for experimental studies, but with the steady increase of compute power there is hope that they can be understood through computational simulations. Such simulations remain very challenging, however, as their wide range of scales is associated with very large numbers of degrees of freedom and in many cases this will prohibit brute-force all-detail computational modeling far into the future. Moreover, interactions of the smallest, largest, and intermediate scales often render most established theoretical or computational tools ineffective or inapplicable because most of them are well founded only for two-scale problems.
The Einstein Visiting Fellowship and Einstein Professorship aim to enhance the international profile of universities and research institutions in Berlin by involving leading scientists and scholars from abroad in long-term academic research collaborations.
MODAL is a cluster of Mathematical Optimization and Data Analysis Laboratories
On the campus of Freie Universität Berlin. It brings together partners from research on one hand - Freie Universität Berlin, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB),the Berlin Centre for computer science Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum – and economy and industry (free enterprise) on the other hand. Its fields of research and application are data driven mathematical modeling, simulation and optimization of complex processes in logistics, Clinical Research and Health Care. MODAL’s goal is also the optimization of networks like those in public transport, gas supply and medical data. Mathematics is a key factor in making these developments successful in the future. MODAL works on application-oriented, interdisciplinary and collaborative research solutions.
Matheon is a joint research center of the three Berlin universities (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin) and the mathematical research institutes WIAS (Weierstraß-Institut für Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik) and ZIB (Zuse Institut Berlin).
Its scientists develop new methods in modeling, simulation, and optimization for real world processes in all key technology areas. The research covers projects in the areas Clinical Research and Health Care, Metropolitan Infrastructure, Optical Technologies, Sustainable Energies, as well as Geometric Design and Visualization. New methodologies are developed in interdisciplinary cooperation with project partners from industry, economy and science.
Matheon also cooperates with schools and the general public to raise public awareness in the wide applicability of mathematics and to attract new generations of young researchers.
Research in Matheon is currently supported by the Einstein Foundation Berlin via the Einstein Center ECMath.
Matheon's mission is to strengthen the role of mathematics in key technologies and to intensify the collaboration between mathematics, industry, technology development and society. With its creative, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, Matheon is a motor for innovation – both, in industry and in various fields of science, as well as in mathematics itself. For that, the promotion and training of young people in academia and in schools as well as a vivid exchange with the public are also of great importance.
The Einstein Center for Mathematics Berlin (ECMath) was founded in 2014. It is supported by the Einstein Foundation Berlin, by the three universities Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB), and Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and by the two research institutes Weierstraß Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastic (WIAS) and Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB).
The main goals of ECMath are to support mathematical research in selected innovation areas and to establish and strengthen a network structure of excellent joint initiatives in Berlin.
Presently, ECMath includes, as founding members, the Research Center Matheon the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) and the German Center for Teacher Education in Mathematics (DZLM) and as additional members the Research Campus Modal, the DFG Collaborative Research Centers (CRCs) 647, 1114, and Transregional Research Centers (TRs) 109, 154.
Through its versatile activities, ECMath aims at providing support for application-oriented basic research within Matheon, thus, targeting mathematics for innovation in key applications. By the conception of "Mathematics as a Whole", it fosters a comprehensive approach to mathematics and its applications through the training of young scientists and early-career students. Within this activity, ECMath provides attractive stipends for extraordinarily well-qualified BMS students, and it furthers and supports school activities of the DZLM. Another focus of ECMath is knowledge transfer from science to industry.
In this way, ECMath supports and creates an environment for connecting comprehensive mathematical education, cutting-edge research in pure and applied mathematics, and large-scale applications in industry and society.
DZLM – Deutsches Zentrum für Lehrerbildung Mathematik
Initiated in 2011, the German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education (DZLM) is Germany’s first nationwide centre providing teacher training in mathematics. The centre was initiated and is funded by the Deutsche Telekom Foundation (www.telekom-stiftung.de).
The DZLM focuses on developing long-lasting CPD-programmes for multipliers – research-based and practically relevant. These multipliers are teachers themselves (from pre-, primary and secondary schools) who in turn offer professional development courses, advice and support to other teachers, e.g. by supervising professional learning communities. The Centre also provides professional development courses and materials that target specific types of teachers and their educators, e.g. educators who teach mathematics out-of-field, i.e. outside their speciality area, as well as pre-school teachers. All courses are continuously improved based on empirical evidence and are disseminated at a large scale.
Eight universities are involved in the consortium: Humboldt-University Berlin, Free University Berlin, Ruhr-University Bochum, Technical University Dortmund, University Duisburg-Essen, University of Education Freiburg, Paderborn University and University of Potsdam. In addition, the DZLM cooperates with further partners in the fields of mathematics, mathematics education and educational research as well as the educational institutes of the different federal states.
The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) is a joint graduate school of the mathematics departments of the three major Berlin universities, TU Berlin, FU Berlin, and HU Berlin.
BMS offers a uniform setting for graduate studies (from bachelor to PhD) in mathematics in Berlin, a coordinated, highly diverse course program in English (Phase I, from bachelor to qualifying exams in two years, German language skills are not necessary) ,access to all math research groups in Berlin for a PhD (Phase II), in particular to the DFG Research Training Groups and other ongoing research projects, intensive mentoring during the whole duration of studies, and support in non mathematical issues ranging from housing to visas and from child care to language courses.
BMS invites excellent mathematics students from Germany, Europe and all over the world to join BMS - and to make good use of the ample opportunities offered by the rich and diverse mathematics teaching and research environment in Berlin.
Depending on the individual background, admission is to Phase I (typically with a bachelor) or directly to Phase II (for example, for students holding a master/diploma).
Besides striving for excellence, BMS is actively pursuing the goals of internationality, gender equality and diversity: BMS has the explicit goal to have half of its students come from outside Germany, and to reach a 50 percent representation of female students. The BMS actively and explicitly welcomes and embraces diversity. We will take measures to create an environment that is accepting, liberal, and supportive for its students, faculty and employees. The city of Berlin, with its tradition of multicultural openness, its good relations to the East and the West, and its rich cultural and academic life, provides an excellent setting for this. BMS looks forward to your application, to your visit to Berlin!