MATH+ Advent Calendar

The MATH+ Advent Calendar invites you to discover the beauty and power of Math beyond the subjects covered in school.

The calendar offers fascinating insights into recent application-oriented mathematical research and into the everyday professional life of mathematicians. The 24 challenging puzzles are aimed at curious high school students, university students, teachers, and everyone interested.

The Berlin Mathematics Research Center MATH+

MATH+ is a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence based in Berlin. It sets out to explore and further develop new approaches in application-oriented mathematics. Emphasis is placed on mathematical principles for using ever larger amounts of data in life and material sciences, in energy and network research, and in the humanities and social sciences.

MATH+ is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) for a first period of seven years since January 2019. It is a joint project of the three major universities in Berlin—Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin—as well as the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) and the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). MATH+ continues the success stories of the renowned Research Center Matheon and the Graduate School Berlin Mathematical School (BMS).


Ready, Set, Go!

Yippie! We are finally starting into a new season of the MATH+ Advent Calendar. As of today, we will publish a new challenge daily at 4 pm (CET).

MATH+ Advent Calendar 2022 Starts in 1 Week

In one week, the MATH+ Advent Calendar opens its first window. Invite your friends, parents, siblings, and teachers to join the game!

Start of Registration on 1 November

From today you can register for the MATH+ Advent Calendar 2022. As always, the calendar opens its first window on 01 Dezember at 4pm.

Federal Minister Stark-Watzinger Assumes Patronage for the Mathematical Advent Calendars

The Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, is the new patron of the MATH+ Advent Calendar and Mathe im Advent.

Solutions 2021

Detailed solution to the challenges from 2021 can now be found in the Challenge Archive.

UPDATE: Still sorry for the delay

UPDATE (22 June, 2022): Unfortunately, we are still dealing with the aftermath of the staff shortages in winter and spring. However, we are working hard to complete the solution booklet.

Happy Holidays!

We hope you enjoyed the 24 challenges and wish you happy holidays! You can submit all tasks until 31 December, 11:59 pm (CET).

24th Challenge

Wow! How time flies… Tomorrow at 10 am (CET), the MATH+ Advent calendar will open its last window. We will supervise the forum from 10 am until 1 pm to answer your questions. For the 24th challenge there will be a time bonus of 72 hours.

Server issues solved 🙂

Thankfully, we were able to solve the server issues earlier than expected. Thus, we were able to publish challenge no. 12 almost in time. For challenges no. 10 and 11 there will each be a time bonus of 48 hours.

We introduce: Ganita!

In cooperation with Mathe im Leben, we produced the mathematical board game Ganita. Amongst other great prizes, you can win the game by playing the MATH+ Advent Calendar.

Santa Claus’ Give-Away

We hope you had a nice Santa surprise in your freshly polished shoes this morning. The MATH+ Advent calendar is also handing out goodies today.

Weekend Challenges

Did you have a busy weekend and no time to solve the MATH+ Advent Calendar challenges? No worries!

Ready, Set, Go!

Yippie! We are finally starting into a new season of the MATH+ Advent Calendar. As of today, we will publish a new challenge daily at 4 pm (CET).

Think Math Globally—Explore the World with the Math Elves!

With this year’s motto “Think Math Globally—Explore the World with the Math Elves!”, we invite you to discover the diverse areas of Math on our tour around the world.

Registration start

As of today, you can register for the MATH+ Advent Calendar 2021.

The calendar will open its first window on 1 December, 2021 at 4 p.m. (CET). Again, the lucky winners await many great prizes.

New website

We are very happy to present you a new website just in time for the registration start of the MATH+ Advent Calendar.

If you have any problems or suggestions, feel free to post them in the forum.