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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


New Publication

Our book "Exercises in Stochastics" is a collection of exercises in probability theory for students (but also for lecturers!). In addition to exercises with connections to the real world, you will also find numerous historical problems and paradoxes. For each problem there is a suggested solution and, where appropriate, a link to other problems. The content of the book is based on the twenty years of teaching experience of the Chair of Probability Theory at the University of Potsdam. Our basic stochastics lectures for students of mathematics, computer science, physics, geosciences and biology have always been illustrated with exercises. We have gradually collected these. Since 2021, we have then been working through the pool of exercises, researching the historical context in many places and adding annotations. This is how the book was created.

Thanks to the internationality of the professorship's academic staff (from Germany, France, Italy and Ukraine, among other countries), the reader gets a unique multicultural view of stochastics.

Authors: Tobias Ehlen, Annie Flöge, Franziska Göbel, Peter Keller, Sylvie Roelly
Editors: Peter Keller, Sylvie Roelly

Mathematical Olympiad 2023

The Potsdam regional round of the Mathematical Olympiad took place on Wednesday 15 November.  As has been the case every year since the University of Potsdam was founded, the Institute of Mathematics assisted with the organisation and also with correcting the solutions.

This year, 409 pupils tackled the tasks with fun, passion and concentration in the rooms of the university and elsewhere.

We hope that all participants enjoyed the competition and are already looking forward to the award ceremony on 18 January 2024 in the Audimax.

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.


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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 am very happy about the opportunity to represent the Chair of Data Assimilation (Prof. Melina Freitag) this winter term 23/24. After completing my doctorate in 2021 at Goethe University in Frankfurt, I worked for two years as a Hausdorff postdoc at the Institute for Numerical Simulation at the University of Bonn. Following the deputy professorship, I will move to the TU Berlin as a junior research group leader.

My research focusses on the interface of numerics and statistics. I investigate adaptive solution methods for high-dimensional inverse problems, dimension reduction for untrained neural networks and stochastic optimisation methods. A special focus is on discretisation-adaptive regularisation, which is a new type of multiparametric regularisation techniques.

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.

I am very happy about the extraordinary opportunity to fill the professorship for mathematical physics in the winter semester 23/24. In addition to the opportunity to teach and a fruitful collaboration with the colleagues of the institute, this offers me a wonderful framework for dealing with my research projects.

My research area lies in the fields of geometric and global analysis. I am interested in problems of (discrete) differential geometry and analysis of partial differential equations, which are partly motivated by questions of mathematical physics. More information can be found on my personal website.

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