Transforming the World through Mathematics

About us

The Berlin Mathematics Research Center MATH+ sets out to advance mathematics itself and its interdisciplinary power with the aim of achieving progress on grand challenges in a wide variety of application fields.

Problems originating in the growing complexity of technology and society require that application-oriented mathematics – with its focus on modeling, simulation, and optimization (MSO) for key technologies – be raised to a new level. For this, MATH+ will augment technology-driven MSO approaches through the development of new mathematical perspectives on the vast amounts of data that are becoming available. This is essential to further exploit the strength of mathematics for important applications like sustainable energy supply, individualized medicine, and analyzing and understanding social processes: mathematics is able to uncover the hidden principles that lie behind complex systems, thereby enabling deeper insights, improved predictions, and information-based decisions. Not only will MATH+ make a difference for industry and society, but it will also advance mathematics itself: novel fields of application pose a multitude of new challenges for mathematical abstraction, methods, and problem solving, thereby involving innovative approaches from the entire spectrum of mathematics.
To achieve these ambitious goals, MATH+ will be based on the active and close collaboration of researchers at the mathematics institutes of the universities FU Berlin, HU Berlin, and TU Berlin, as well as at the non-university institutes Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) and Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), together with leading specialists and research institutions from diverse application fields in the Berlin area. Integral to the MATH+ mission will be the research training and education of talented young researchers for career paths both inside and outside academia, a special focus on gender and diversity, as well as the transfer of knowledge to industry and to society at large. The structure of MATH+ will integrate and merge the Research Center MATHEON, which was funded from 2002 to 2014 by the DFG and subsequently by the Einstein Center for Mathematics ECMath, together with the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS), a large mathematics graduate school funded by the DFG in the Excellence Initiative since 2006.

PhD and Postdoc Positions

We offer several PhD and PostDoc positions with two- and three-year contracts (starting 01.01.2019) at full-time or 75% with salaries based on the German TV-L E13 scale. Please find all information on the specific positions on the particular employment websites of the mathematical institutes at the universities, FU Berlin, HU Berlin, and TU Berlin, and at the non-university institutions Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) and Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB).

The current job offers are listed here.

Thematic Einstein Semester

"Network Games, Tropical Geometry, and Quantum Communication" with Kick-off (April 9), Advanced Courses, International Conference (June 3 - June 7, 2019 at ZIB), and Final Workshop (July)
April 15 - July 5, 2019


Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Occasion of the Centenary of Emmy Noether’s Habilitation Dissertation
June 3 – June 5, 2019

BMS Summer School 2019


The summer school (August 19-30, 2019 in Berlin) will offer lectures on the theory of deep neural networks, on related questions such as generalization, expressivity, or explainability, as well as on applications of deep neural networks (e.g. to PDEs, inverse problems, or specific real-world problems).
More information can be found here.

Research Program

MATH+ will start with nine major units for project-oriented research: four Application Areas and five Emerging Fields. In both, mathematicians from a wide range of different disciplines collaborate – with each other and with leading researchers from diverse application fields as well as representatives from industry. Their common goal is to identify abstract structures and to develop mathematical theories and methods for specific practical problems. While the Application Areas will concentrate on key applications based on internationally visible preliminary results and proven Berlin successes, the Emerging Fields will be devoted to pioneering interdisciplinary research in new fields including the social sciences and humanities.
These Research Units are complemented by Transfer Units designed for translational research.

Application Areas

Emerging Fields

Transfer Units

Berlin Mathematical School

Topic Development Lab