Transforming the World

through Mathematics

Berlin Mathematics Research Center

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.


MATH+ is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy (EXC-2046/1, project ID 390685689) for a first period of seven years since January 2019. It is a joint project of the three major universities in Berlin – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin – as well as the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) and the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). MATH+ continues the success stories of the renowned Research Center Matheon and the Excellence-Graduate School Berlin Mathematical School (BMS).


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First MATH+ Distinguished Fellow: Gavril Farkas (HU Berlin)

MATH+ has recently launched the MATH+ Distinguished Fellowship Program to recognize outstanding contributions to the mathematical sciences and to support the work of world-leading mathematicians in Berlin. Prof. Dr. Gavril Farkas, Professor of Algebraic Geometry at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, will be the first MATH+ Distinguished Fellow.



3 June – Thomas McCormick: Why Should You Care About Submodularity?

McCormick will define submodularity and survey some of its applications in a variety of areas, and eventually outline what advantages it brings to the associated optimization problems. S. Thomas McCormick is the W.J. Van Dusen Professor of Management at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

13 May – Maryna Viazovska: Sphere packings, universal optimality, and Fourier interpolation (Kovalevskaya Colloquium)

In this lecture, Viazovska will show that the E8 and Leech lattices minimize energy for a wide class of potential functions. This theorem implies recently proven optimality of E8 and Leech lattices as sphere packings and broadly generalizes it to long-range interactions. Maryna Viazovska obtained her PhD in 2013 at the University of Bonn. At EPFL, she was promoted full professor in 2018.

29 April – Max von Kleist: Data science for COVID research and in policy design

In this talk, Max von Kleist will present approaches that utilize primary and secondary data of SARS-CoV-2 that allow to permanently monitor and assess the pandemic and that can support the choice of containment strategies. Max von Kleist currently heads the “Project Group 5: Systems Medicine of Infectious Diseases“ at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin.
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