The department balances mathematics and its applications in the broadest sense. We combine a strong fundamental component with a genuine interest in applications. This combination is the basis of our our teaching curriculum and the same philosophy underlies our research activities. Research into fundamental and "pure" mathematics goes hand in hand with applications in biology and life sciences at large, in chemistry, in physics, in business and finance, and even in legal issues. Academic life at the department is dynamic, with our faculty, our many PhD students and postdocs, and our guests from all around the world.