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Prof. Gert Zöller

Computing Earthquakes – Mathematician Prof. Gert Zöller Develops Probability Models for Earthquakes and Other Disasters

The province of Groningen in the Netherlands is not generally considered a seismic hotspot. Nevertheless, an earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter... more
Prof. Christian Bär

Geometry at Infinity – Mathematicians of the University of Potsdam are researching actually unimaginable things

Prof. Dr. Christian Bär holds the professorship for geometry at the University of Potsdam and investigates differential geometry and its neighboring... more
The math app by Ulrich Kortenkamp is designed to help children understand the value of numbers. | Photo: AdobeStock/Dani

Hundreds in Bundles – A mathematics app to help children understand the place value of numbers

As with many other problems, the Covid-19 crisis is relentlessly exposing the digital deficits in many German schools and school systems. Even in... more
Vittoria Sposini and Samudrajit Thapa in Venice. | Photo: Dr. Fereydoon Taheri

In My Little Chamber – The Difficult Task of Writing a Doctoral Thesis During the Corona Crisis

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Vittoria Sposini from Italy and Samudrajit Thapa from India are PhD students in the Theoretical Physics Group of Prof. Ralf Metzler at the Institute... more
Dr. Jana de Wiljes. | Photo: Ernst Kaczynski

Bringing Order to Chaos – A Mathematician brings together data and models with improved methods

Small variations can have big effects. This insight is part of Dr. Jana de Wiljes’ everyday work life. The researcher works with mathematical models... more
Prof. Ralf Engbert. | Foto: Tobias Hopfgarten

I See What You See - Potsdam Cognitive scientists develop models for predicting eye movements

For some time, cognitive scientists have been focusing on the human gaze, especially when it comes to reading and viewing images and objects. We know... more
Datenassimilation findet in vielen Gebieten Anwendung – mit am längsten eingesetzt wird sie in der Meteorologie. Grafik: Andreas Töpfer.

The Best of Both Worlds - The Connection between the Weather, Amoebae, and the Human Gaze

Data is all the rage. Satellite images make the entire world available - in detail and around the clock. Humans, too, are being captured down to the... more
Which team will win is also a matter of probability. Photo: Thomas Roese.

Goals, Teams, and Theory – Mathematician Ulrich Kortenkamp brings together probability calculation and soccer

For some, soccer is a bore, since not much is going on. Others follow “their” team every weekend. Ulrich Kortenkamp is a soccer fan and Professor of... more
In the “molecule soup” of cells, it is “like on a train platform after a football match. They all bump into each other,” the physicist says. Picture: Adrian Elcock

“Like on a Train Platform after a Football Match” – Researching the inside of cells with statistical mechanics

Beginning where others stop and describing the indescribable indefinable are Ralf Metzler’s passions. Statistical mechanics is his hobbyhorse. The... more
Picture: Medico International

When the Flood Comes – Catherine Abon Develops a Flood Early Warning System for the Philippines

With its 7000 islands, the Philippines is the world’s fifth largest island country – and a holiday paradise. Lying at the border of the Philippine and... more