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Welcome to the home page of the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Potsdam. We are one of eight institutes in the Faculty of Science. The Faculty is the largest of the six faculties at the University of Potsdam. We thank you for your interest in our institute, our research projects and collaborations.Learn more


Interview with Prof. Melina Freitag

It is often said that you have to be passionate about science. Do publication pressure, conferences abroad, working after hours and a passion for the subject leave any room at all for a child? Many young scientists ask themselves this question. Melina Freitag is Vice Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre "Data Assimilation" and mother of a few-month-old baby. For Mother's Day on 12 May, we asked the mathematician how she balances family and professorship. Read the interview here.


Euler-Lecture 2024

We would like to cordially invite all those interested in mathematics to this year's Euler Lecture.

The "Euler Lecture in Sanssouci" is a mathematics lecture in a festive setting at the University of Potsdam. The event has been jointly organised by the Berlin and Potsdam mathematical institutes, the Berlin Mathematical Society and many other organisers every year since 1993. The mathematical keynote lecture is selected by a high-calibre jury. There will also be a historical lecture and a musical supporting programme.
The Euler Lecture is named after Leonhard Euler, who was particularly associated with mathematics in Berlin and Potsdam. Among other things, Euler worked for many years as Director of the Mathematical Class at the Berlin Academy and at the court of Frederick the Great in Potsdam.

This year's Euler Lecture will be given by mathematician Alessio Figalli from ETH Zurich. The traditional historical lecture will be given by mathematician Clara Silvia Roero from the University of Turin.

Time: 24. Mai 2024, 14:30
Place: Auditorium Maximum in house 8, Am Neuen Palais, Potsdam

Master of Science

Welcome new Master students!

Information about the Master's programme can be found here. Other current information can be found here in Moodle.

State Maths Olympiad round

This year's state round of the Brandenburg Mathematical Olympiad took place in Blossin from 23 to 25 February. In two challenging exams, the best young mathematicians were selected for the team that will represent Brandenburg at the Federal Olympiad in Flensburg in June.

We congratulate Lenni Gohlke, Laetitia Salzwedel, Anna Tittel, Dora Erdmann, Klara Guzenda, Magdalena Baltes, Clara Buchholz, Erik Cesca Fernandez, Luca Zucchelli and Jonathan Baumann and keep our fingers crossed for them for the national round!

Interview with Christian Bär about zbMATH Open

Prof. Christian Bär has been the new Editor-in-Chief of the international open access information service for mathematics zbMATH Open since 1 January 2024. Read Christian Bär's interview on quality assurance, the topic of "Open Science" and his plans as Editor-in-Chief here.

Information on Starting Your Studies

Welcome to the Institute of Mathematics!

The University of Potsdam offers you a variety of counselling and introductory services at the beginning of your studies. On the central website you will find information on the bridge and preliminary course in mathematics, university athletics and all important services offered by the university.


Study Mathematics in Potsdam for a Bachelor or Master in Science or Education


Information on Programs, Organization and Advising Offers

The study of Mathematics opens a variety of doors for a career in business, industry, education or science. The University of Potsdam offers students interested in Mathematics a diverse, research-oriented course of study with numerous links to research centers outside the university. Learn more


Research and Contact Information

There are currently 15 professors at the Institute of Mathematics in Potsdam. Their research groups represent a broad spectrum of current research directions in Mathematics. Members of the institute coordinate a Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1294) and are part of the steering committee of a Priority Program (SPP 2026) both financed by the German Research Foundation DFG. Learn more

New to the Institute

We would like to welcome our new colleagues to the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Potsdam. The most important information about the first days at the institute can be found in our onboarding document.

I started a postdoc position in the Geometry group at the beginning of October and am excited about the opportunity to work with my new colleagues. In my dissertation in Bonn, which I completed earlier this year, I worked on a formula for Hadamard coefficients (the Lorentz equivalent of heat conduction coefficients).

My more general research interests are geometry (especially Lorentz geometry), global analysis, operator theory and mathematical physics. Following on from my dissertation, I plan to work on finding a Lorentzian equivalent of a spectral action, but am also happy to see joint research projects on other topics.

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