Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science

Currently, 12 professors, 29 other scientific members of staff and about 200 students work at our institute. There is a general atmosphere of cooperation between all groups. Professors and tutors are accessible at all times and students have the opportunity to actively take part in shaping their studies.

Our institute offers the subject Biomathematics (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) which is unique to Germany and the subject Mathematics (B.Sc., also with Computer Science, and M.Sc.). What is Biomathematics (article from the journal "Forschung und Lehre", Heft 6, 2015)? Biomathematicians are educated to be specialists in interdisciplinary cooperation and mathematicians to be experts for complex interrelationships. Both profiles are highly appreciated on the labour market. 

Two new subjects were introduced for winter semester 2016/17: B.Sc. in Mathematics and a teaching qualification "Mathematics at Secondary Schools".

Furthermore, students of other faculties, who minor in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, are educated at our institute. Top-performing students of our institute contribute to the teaching as tutors. 

One key field of research is Biomathematics. Other fields of research are Quantum Stochastics, Differential Operators of Manifolds, Fractals and Time Series Analysis, Computability and Complexity Theory and Optimal Control. The complete names of the chairs and their areas of research are described on the pages of the professors and their employees.



A Genomic Tale of Archaic Hominin Diversity in Tropical Southeast Asia

Professor Murray Cox (Massey University, New Zealand)


We used to think the human species was unique. We aren't. A flood of genomic data shows that we once shared the planet with an array of hominin species, including hobbits, Neanderthals, and their enigmatic sister group, the Denisovans. While the story of humans and Neanderthals has been told for Europe, we know little about the rest of the world. This talk will describe how genetics, statistics and computer science are unraveling the archaic history of Island Southeast Asia. By excavating archaic haplotypes from ~200 new whole genome sequences spanning the largely unstudied region of Indonesia and New Guinea, we find that modern Papuans carry genetic regions, including many hundreds of genes, from two deeply divergent Denisovan lineages, each separated by over 350 thousand years. A third lineage, more closely related to the sequenced Denisovan, is found in modern Siberians and east Asians. Modern humans therefore carry genes from at least three Denisovan groups that were geographically isolated from each other over deep evolutionary time. This discovery radically changes our understanding of the distribution of archaic hominins: the world once hosted a panoply of archaic populations prior to the arrival of anatomically modern humans, and that diversity was focused not in Europe, but in tropical Asia.

Biography: Murray Cox is Professor of Computational Biology at Massey University in New Zealand. His research group integrates new genetic technologies with complex computational analysis to address biological questions at the interface of genomics, computer science and statistics. Murray is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow based at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Interessenten sind herzlich willkommen. Prof. Dr. Mareike Fischer

25.6.2018, 10:15 Uhr

SR 5, Franz-Mehring-Str. 47

Tag der Biomathematik

20 Jahre Biomathematik in Greifswald

Im Jahr 2018 feiert der Studiengang Biomathematik in Greifswald sein 20-jähriges Jubiläum, und gleichzeitig haben die European Mathematical Society und European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology das Year of Mathematical Biology ausgerufen.

Aus diesem Anlass veranstalten wir einen Tag der Biomathematik in Greifswald und laden Studierende, Studieninteressierte, Alumni und alle, die Interesse an der Biomathematik haben, dazu herzlich ein.

Demnächst: Weitere Informationen zum Programm

8. September 2018


1st Greifswald Summer School on Mathematics of Evolution

for PhD-students, PostDocs and advanced graduate students

As part of the Year of Mathematical Biology we proudly announce GreifOlution, the 1st Greifswald Summer School on Mathematics of Evolution (kindly funded by the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service).

The main focus of this summer school will be on mathematical models and methods for reconstructing phylogenetic trees and networks, but upon request we might also include some sessions on other related topics, e.g. from population genetics.

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from 16/09/2018 to 22/09/2018

in Greifswald, Germany


Das Kolloquium ist eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung aller Arbeitsgruppen des Instituts für Mathematik und Informatik. Es findet in der Regel dreimal pro Semester statt. Das Kolloquium richtet sich an alle Mitglieder unseres Instituts, an Studierende in unseren Master-Studiengängen, an fortgeschrittene Studierende unserer Bachelor-Studiengänge, sowie an mathematisch interessierte Mitglieder anderer Institute der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät.

Alle interessierten Zuhörer sind immer herzlich willkommen.

The Colloquium is a regular event staged by all groups of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science. It usually takes place six times a year. It is addressed to all members of the faculty, postdocs, PhD students, master's students, and advanced bachelor's students, as well as colleagues from other institutes of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, who are interested in mathematics.

Everyone is welcome to attend our Colloquium.

Information for our speakers

Please let us know in advance which technical equipment you plan to use. We have rooms with large chalkboard, with a beamer, or both (also for simultaneous use).

The audience of your talk includes faculty and students of diverse mathematical backgrounds (pure & applied math, and computer science).

We kindly request that your talk be about 50 minutes in length, aimed at a general audience, and accessible to graduate students.

In particular, your talk should not be directed towards an audience of experts as is common in area-specific seminars. It is not necessary to present details on your latest research results. However, discussing their global meaning and consequences can be very valuable, and giving some historical perspective of your topic and explaining why it is of interest to you and your community can be an excellent start. Please do not feel obliged to explain all ideas in a fully rigorous way.

Indeed, most of the audience will very much appreciate a slightly informal approach to new topics and concepts.

We thank you very much in advance, and we are looking forward to your talk!

See also John McCarthy’s 'How to give a good colloquium'


Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science

Walther-Rathenau-Straße 47

17489 Greifswald

Telefon +49 3834 420 4614

Telefax +49 3834 420 4640


Prof. Dr. Konrad Waldorf, Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Ines Kath, Deputy Director

Prof. Dr. Mareike Fischer, ERASMUS-Coordinator and Internship Coordinator

Gaby Aurell, Secretary

Gesina Boldt, Secretary

The Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science can be divided into three main areas: