Connecting Science

Scientific advancement takes place not only in deeply specialized areas of expertise but especially at the interfaces of different disciplines.

Science for the world of tomorrow

As a platform for integrating the sciences, FIAS provides a foundation for decisive progress in research through cooperation, exchanging ideas, and overcoming structural barriers between the disciplines. About 180 scientists from more than 20 countries are doing research at FIAS.

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October 10, 2019

Frankfurt's cutting-edge research explained in a understandable way

The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), a think tank unique in Germany for networking the natural sciences, is organizing a new series of lectures this fall in cooperation with the Polyte…

August 15, 2019

Artificial intelligence for all

Journal Club "Machine Learning" launched

Another piece of our "AI Strategy" puzzle was launched - organized by FIAS PhD students and Postdocs!…

© G. Casanova

August 14, 2019

FIAS is courageous and encourages

Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder, Research Fellow, has been awarded with the FIAS AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE THINKING 2019

The annual FIAS summer party, which was attended by numerous FIAS members, served as a worthy platform to award Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder with the newly established prize.…

© U. Dettmar

June 28, 2019

Frankfurt physicists honoured Luciano Rezzolla

Academic Celebration of FIAS and the Department of Physics with State Secretary Ayse Asar

On 28.06.2019, outstanding physicists were honoured at an academic ceremony on the Riedberg campus with a speech by State Secretary Ayse Asar of the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts. The organ…


Research Areas

Theoretical Physics

Theoretical physics is the discipline that aims at describing how the world works in terms of fundamental equations. The goal is to abstract explicit phenomena by reducing them to underlying principles that are responsible for many different manifestations in nature.


The brain is considered the most complex structure on earth. It is composed of a network of billions of nerve cells. Our goal is to understand how cognitive phenomena can arise from the collective interactions of these many neural elements.

Computer Science

Within the last decade high performance computers have become an integral part in todays science and society. Most simulations and experimental analysations of complex systems require a high amount of computing power.

Life Sciences

Theoretical biology aims at a quantitative understanding of biological systems, their dynamics and interaction across scales. To this end new analysis approaches are developed to extract relevant information from either tera and petabyte sized data sets, or from very scarce data.

Systemic Risk

The latest financial crisis has painfully revealed the importance of a working financial system for the real economy. Our research takes an interdisciplinary approach drawing on expertise from machine learning, information theory and complex systems.