Scultetus Center

At the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS), our goal is to develop data-intensive systems research to address grand challenges including predicting biodiversity loss under global change, improving cancer diagnosis, understanding organismal development, and describing high energy density phenomena in warm dense matter. To do this, we focus on developing digital solutions that combine innovative methods from mathematics, systems theory, data science, and computer science.

We strongly believe that future research is international, interdisciplinary and data-driven. Guided by this spirit, we have established the Scultetus Center as an integral part of CASUS to promote interdisciplinary science and foster cross-border flows of knowledge.

The Scultetus Center promotes international mobility, as well as intercultural and professional exchange broadly as integral parts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. We believe that facilitating study and research exchanges among current and future CASUS partners will attract even more talented students and professionals from around the world to CASUS.

At the Scultetus Center, we aim to provide the foundations for excellent, world-class research. We are committed to help scientists expand their interdisciplinary scientific networks. We organize workshops, symposia, conferences as well as summer schools on complex systems, and through our Scultetus Visiting Scientist Program and Early Career Fellowships, we offer short research stays at our institute to scientists of all levels.


The newly established Scultetus Center at CASUS in Görlitz is a creative collaborative space designed to foster the exchange of scientific knowledge. At the Scultetus Center we are convinced that international collaborations are critical in helping to solve the global challenges of our time and we aim to maximize the benefit of CASUS’ scientific programs to the scientific community in a variety of ways.

The name of the center was inspired by the municipal judge and mayor Bartholomäus Scultetus (1540 – 1614), who was born in Görlitz. His reputation as an astronomer and mathematician reaches beyond the region and up to the present time. In particular, he was concerned with methods of exact time measurement and played a decisive role in the introduction of the Gregorian calendar. Scultetus was also a respected cartographer, chronicler, and historical writer. By adopting his name, the center hopes to keep alive the memory of one of the region’s first important scientists. Awards, we offer short research stays at our institute to scientists of all levels.


The Scultetus Center aims to develop relationships and partnerships for academic collaboration and scientists’ mobility with leading research institutions around the world. Through those networks, we seek to allow scientists to further develop and apply fundamental mathematical and theoretical methods to analyze complex systems as well as to develop and share digital methods for modeling, analysis, and visualization of large data volumes.

To fulfill our mission to become a genuine hub for intensive interdisciplinary academic exchange, we organize seminars and workshops with international participants on complex systems. In addition, we offer funded research stays for visitors and guests at all levels, from master’s and doctoral students, to postdocs and senior scientists who want to spend a sabbatical at CASUS. Through the Scultetus Visiting Scientist Program, CASUS also aims to foster the recruitment of top-notch international scientists, especially in senior positions, for research visits and to pave the way for or facilitate further international collaborations.

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