The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics is one of the nearly eighty research institutes of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.. The institute was founded in 1980 by Prof. Friedrich Hirzebruch who directed it till he retired in 1995. Today the institute is led by a board of directors consisting of professors W. Ballmann, G. Faltings, P. Teichner and D. Zagier. They are joined by professors S. Gukov, S. Müller and W. Nahm as external scientific members and professors G. Harder and Yu. Manin as retired scientific members of the institute. Professor W. Ballmann is presently the managing director.

The working areas are:

- Algebraic Groups
- Arithmetic Geometry
- Number Theory
- Representation Theory
- Algebraic and Complex Geometry
- Differential Geometry and Topology
- Algebraic Topology
- Global Analysis
- Non-Commutative Geometry
- Dynamical Systems
- Mathematical Physics

The institute has only a small number of permanent staff. Most of the scientists visit the institute for a fixed period of time within our Guest Program. This concept aims at stimulating the discussion and the exchange of ideas within the mathematics community.

The research is supported by the library, the administration and the computer group.