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The prestigious scientists and researchers of our institute work here on the highest scientific level. Internationally connected, and embedded in the research landscape of Berlin.

Einstein Visiting Fellows and Professorships

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. Our Einstein Visiting Fellows are:


MATH+, the Berlin Mathematics Research Center, is a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence. It sets out to explore and further develop new approaches in application-oriented mathematics. Emphasis is placed on mathematical principles for using ever larger amounts of data in life and material sciences, in energy and network research, and in the humanities and social sciences.

Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems (collaborative research centre CRC 1114)

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...

Graduiertenkolleg 2434 "Facets of Complexity"

Das DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Facets of Comlexity" erforscht die Facetten der Komplexität. In Mathematik und Informatik taucht das Thema Komplexität in vielerlei Gestalt auf, die bislang weitgehend unabhängig voneinander erforscht wurden: Betrachtet wird zum einen der kombinatorische Aspekt der Komplexität, also die bloße Anzahl mathematischer Strukturen. Es gibt ferner die Beschreibungskomplexität, also die Möglichkeit, eine Struktur knapp oder weniger knapp zu kodieren oder übersichtlich visuell darzustellen. Darüber hinaus gibt es die “klassische“ algorithmische Komplexität – diese betrifft die Laufzeit und den Speicherbedarf von Algorithmen. Die Querverbindungen zwischen diesen drei Ansätzen wollen die Mitglieder des Graduiertenkollegs „Facets of Comlexity“ nutzen, um wichtige neue Erkenntnisse zu gewinnen, die für Mathematik und theoretische Informatik gleichermaßen relevant sind. An dem Kolleg sind die Freie Universität Berlin (Sprecherin), die Technische Universität Berlin und die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin beteiligt.

Berlin Mathematical School (BMS)

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.

Research Campus MODAL

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.

DZLM – German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education

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...

There are many other research projects at our department. You can find a complete list here:
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