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Bonn offers a unique combination of university institutes and non-university research institutions. The Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, Germany's only Cluster of Excellence in mathematics connects most of the mathematical activities.


Bonn university has four mathematical institutes, dedicated to different areas in mathematics:

  • Mathematical Institute (MI)
  • Institute for Applied Mathematics (IAM)
  • Institute for Numerical Simulation (INS)
  • Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics (DM)

The institutes collaborate in the department of mathematics, which e.g. organizes the bachelor and master study programs. Beyond the scope of the university, Bonn is home to the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics and to a part of the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI.

The Cluster of Excellence Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) interconnects and strengthens all institutes' research activities. It incorporates an international graduate school for PhD candidates (BIGS) and an international research institute offering trimester programs for guest researchers (HIM).

Please visit our section Institutions for a detailed presentation.

Structure of the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics

TempelThe Cluster of Excellence is exploring and studying the entire dynamic range of mathematics through ten Research Areas. Each Research Area is driven by recent developments and a broad vision. It starts from a strong local expertise and experienced teams, and comes with specific and ambitious goals for the years ahead.

  • Building an international hub with thematic trimester programs and an intensive guest program, the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics (HIM). Programs
  • Promoting young scientists, from PhD students to junior faculty members.
  • Broadening the local basis via five new full professor positions (Hausdorff Chairs).

Please click here for further information or visit the HCM website.

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