Einstein Center – Topic Development Lab

Mathematics is not a static field of knowledge, but rather a multifaceted, dynamic, and expanding discipline, in which areas seemingly far from applications suddenly become indispensable and applications stimulate challenging foundational mathematical research. Moreover, many application-driven mathematical developments are also motivated and triggered by developments in other scientific and humanities fields.


The research agenda for MATH+ has not been fixed in advance for several years, but is designed to be dynamic. New fields and opportunities emerge over time, or need to be actively developed. The Topic Development Lab (TDL) is a central part of MATH+ that, based on this dynamic view of mathematics, provides a platform for developing new topics, for building bridges between different fields of mathematics (e.g., between “pure” and “applied”), and for reaching out to other areas of science and potential cooperation partners outside of mathematics. The main activity of the TDL consists of Thematic Einstein Semesters funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin.


The current Thematic Einstein Semester (Summer 2021):


Geometric and Topological Structure of Materials


This Thematic Einstein Semester, devoted to recent developments in the field of computational materials science, brings together experts from the sciences with experts from computational topology, computational algebraic, discrete differential and stochastic geometry working on the structure and function of materials. Physical properties of materials are governed to a large extent by their microstructure, on which various geometric and topological analyses can be performed to identify essential structural properties. This leads to improvements in production processes or to new designs of materials with controlled properties.