The Potsdam Cartesian Seminar is an open topic weekly seminar that was started in 2000 by Rupert Klein and Cezar Ionescu at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and is located at the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Potsdam since 2014. Guided by the rules René Descartes formulated in his “Discours de la méthode” we aim for a thorough understanding of the texts we read.



Sebastian Böhne, Nicola Botta, Bastian Franke, Leo Günther, Raphael Kluge, Tom Kranz, Tim Richter, Margarete Wohlleber


Denis Andreev, Alexander Benedict Behrens, Marc Beilcke, Nikolas Bertrand, Nuria Brede, Frederick Brumm, Julian Bruns, Margrit Dittmann, Georg Duchrau, Lucien Fumagalli, Marcus Funke, Josephine Funken, Christoph Glinzer, Hanna Gloyna, Jan Heuer, Cezar Ionescu, Ingram Jaccard, Henrik Jürges, Niklas Kämmer, Manuel Keilmann, Thomas Kern, Lucas Kerschke, Aleksandra Khatova, Christoph Kreitz, Lara Kursawe, David Simon Kuska, Jan Lemcke, Marc Fabian Lindner, David Linkiewicz, Philomena Moek, Tim Münzner, Florian Raab, Tarek Ramadan, Leo Repp, Eva Richter, Juliane Scherlitzki, Carla Schreiber, Matthias Seidel, Mika Strozyk, Jessica Trebst, Marius Wawerek, Luise Werner, Max Wiedenhöft, Axel Wiepke, Jonas Winter, Oliver Zernikow, David Zimmek

Guests are always welcome!

Place and time

Tuesdays, 10-12 am
Institute of Computer Science, University of Potsdam
Campus Golm (An der Bahn 2)
Building 70, Room 1.52 –> find on OpenStreetMap

For any question, please contact Tim Richter (

Current reading (summer term 2024)

starting April 23

starting April 9


Winter term 2023/2024

starting March 5

starting January 9

November 7 - December 19

October 17 - November 1

Summer term 2023

starting July 11

starting June 20

June 6 and June 13

April 18th - Mai 30

Winter term 2022/2023

starting February 14

October 18 - February 7

Summer term 2022

starting June 28

Mai 25 - June 21

April 19 - Mai 17

Winter term 2021/2022

starting January 18

starting December 14

starting October 25

Sommer term 2021

starting July 6

starting May 18

April 13 to May 11

Winter term 2020/2021

February 23 and March 2: Jonas on the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma

February 9 and 16: Max on Evolutionary Game Theory

January 26 and February 2: Jonas on Clustering

January 12 and 19: Tim Münzner on Computer Vision and Convolutional Neural Networks

December 15 and January 5: Niklas on Basics of Supervised Machine Learning (Perceptron, Gradient Descent)

December 1 and December 8: David on Cellular Automata

starting November 3

September 22 - October 27

Summer term 2020

July 14 and 21: Fabian on Shellcodes

June 30 and July 10: Hanna on Probabilistic Algorithms

June 16 and June 23rd: Marius on Tolman

starting April 21st

Winter term 2019/2020

starting February 25th: on Lawvere’s ETCS

January 21 to February 10th: Christoph on Random Walks and Electric Networks

Selection from

January 7 and 14th: Nico on Graphical Languages

We read the first half of

starting November 19th: Dynamical Systems

starting October 8th: Sebastian on Manfred Spitzer’s “Digitale Demenz” - continuation

Summer term 2019

September 17th, 24th, October 1st: Blockchain technology

starting July 23rd: Jan on Answer set programming

July 2nd, 9th, 16th: Nicola on responsibility and blame

starting June 4th: Sebastian on Manfred Spitzer’s “Digitale Demenz”

May 21st, 28 : Nicola on thermodynamics

April 16 - May 14 :

Winter term 2018/2019

19. and 26.02.2019 : Jessica on DNA computing

with sidesteps to

starting January 2019: Nicola on thermodynamics

11. and 18.12.2018 : Luise on Hans Liebigs “Konrad Zuse - Erfinder des Computers”

September 2018

with sidesteps to

Summer term 2018

June 2018 - Georg on “Ernst Mach: The Science of Mechanics”

March 2018

Winter term 2017/18

proposals for summer term 2018

January 2018

October 2017 : Pavlović, Escardó - 2001 - Calculus in Coinductive Form

Summer term 2017

Winter term 2016/17

Summer term 2016

Winter term 2015/16

Summer term 2015

Winter term 2014/15

Summer term 2014

Winter term 2013/14

Summer term 2013

Winter term 2012/13

Summer term 2012

Winter term 2011/12