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General information about the MPI for Mathematics

About the MPIM

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.



The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics is located in the city center of Bonn between Münsterplatz and Bottlerplatz. You will find the entrance on Vivatsgasse 7 (see Street-map). To enter please ring the bell.


The opening hours of the reception are as follows:

Mon-Thu:8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Please note: Outside reception hours you will need a key-card to enter the institute.


Phone Numbers



Email Addresses 

Public relations:presse$@$mpim-bonn$.$mpg$.$de


Delivery Address

Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik
Vivatsgasse 7
53111 Bonn

Postal Address

Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik
P.O.Box: 7280
53072 Bonn

Other contact info

For further contact details consult the People or Services (Library, Computer, Administration) sections of this site. If you want to apply for our Guest Program or our Graduate School see the 'How to apply' section.

How to get here


The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics is located in the city center of Bonn between Münsterplatz and Bottlerplatz. You will find the entrance on Vivatsgasse 7 (marked by the red diamond; coordinates: latitude=50.735020 longitude=7.098620; for mobile devices use the QR-Code on the right)MPIM coordinates

mpim map

Map of other mathematical institutes in Bonn

Directions lookup via MapQuest


Get here by TRAIN

Query Deutsche Bahn AG for a connection to Bonn Main Station (Bonn Hauptbahnhof; see lower part of the map). Leave the station through the main entrance, cross the street in front of it and follow Poststrasse to Münsterplatz. Continue on Münsterplatz until you have passed the Post Office, then turn left into Vivatsgasse. After a few steps you will find the entrance to the institute on the left hand side, just before reaching Bottlerplatz and Sterntor.

The distance between the station and the institute is about 500 m or a 5 minute walk.

Get here by CAR

The institute is located in a pedestrian area and inaccessible by car. However, there are two public car-parks nearby. Reaching Bonn via Autobahn A 555 (from Cologne) or A 565 leave at cross Bonn-Nord, follow Heinrich-Böll-Ring, Thomastrasse, Am Alten Friedhof until you reach Berliner Platz (near Bonn city hall = Stadthaus). Turning left you can park in Stadthausgarage. Turning right you will find Friedensplatz-Garage. From Berliner Platz it is only a short stroll to the institute. Walk down Sterntorbrücke, cross Friedensplatz and follow Vivatsgasse until you find the entrance to the MPI on the right near Bottlerplatz.

Entrances to the parking garages are located near the following addresses
Bahnhofsgarage : Münsterstraße 6, 53111 Bonn 
Münsterplatzgarage : Budapester Straße 5, 53111 Bonn
Weiherstraße 6, 53111 Bonn
Marktgarage: Stockenstraße 19, 53113 Bonn
Friedensplatzgarage: Oxfordstraße 21, 53111 Bonn
Further information see


Get here by PLANE

Cologne/Bonn (CGN) is the international airport closest to the institute. From the airport take Airport-Express-Bus SB 60 to Bonn Main Station (Hauptbahnhof) and then follow the instructions above.

Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) can be reached with many international direct flights. From the airport take the train (approx. 1h10m from the terminal via SkyTrain)

Another option is Frankfurt/Main International Airport (FRA), which can be reached by high speed trains in about one hour.

Hotels nearby

The institute is located in the city center, therefore you can choose from a wide selection of nearby hotels in all categories. The hotels below are within walking distance of the institute. No responsibility is taken for the quality or completeness of this data. 

Hotels marked with an asterisk offer apartments with cooking facilities and may be suitable for stays of several days up to a month.



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