Mathematical Modeling in the Corona Crisis – MATH+ Talk on Possibilities and Limits

(The panel discussion is in German)


For more than a year, we have been following the daily news about the results of mathematical modeling and its prognoses with regard to the Corona crisis. They had and still have a decisive impact on our lives. What exactly are these models and simulations, and how do they work? Three scientists from the Berlin Cluster of Excellence MATH+ provide more information in the panel discussion on “Ischgl, Heinsberg, Berlin – Mathematics of the Pandemic. Possibilities and limits of mathematical modeling”.


Edda Klipp, Professor of Theoretical Biophysics at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Kai Nagel, Professor of Transport Systems Planning at Technische Universität Berlin and Christof Schütte, Professor of Biocomputing at Freie Universität Berlin and President of the Zuse Institute Berlin, talk about the methods and the limits of what modeling can do. They discuss different approaches to mathematical modeling and how they can help create predictions about pandemic dynamics and thus advise policymakers on appropriate measures and actions. This example shows how applied mathematics can support society in addressing relevant challenges – one of the goals of the Berlin Mathematical Research Center MATH+.


The discussion was moderated by science journalist Julia Vismann.


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