Welcome to the Mannheim Center for Data Science

The Mannheim Center for Data Science (MCDS) joins the University of Mannheim’s expertise in economics, business, social and behavioral sciences.

It is our mission

  • to further improve the understanding and value of data,
  • to explore the digital transformation of individuals, business and society using structured and unstructured data,
  • and to identify rules for the responsible handling of data and analytical methods for the benefit of society.

We want to enable innovative interdisciplinary research that understands processes underlying societal stability and change and addresses global challenges that are also relevant to local institutions and industry.

The MCDS sees itself as a platform to connect and reinforce Data Science related research and topics at the University of Mannheim and beyond. To this end, we engage in activities and foster science communication by regularly informing our faculty as well as the public  about new projects and progresses in the field of Data Science at the University of Mannheim.


Find out more about MCDS and its members.


Find out more about Data Science related programs and courses at the University of Mannheim


Get an overview of current research projects.

Society & Business

MCDS cooperates closely with corporate partners.

News at the Mannheim Center for Data Science

MCDS's review of the year 2022
MCDS takes a look back on an eventful and successful year 2022
First Academic Speed Dating on Data Science after Corona-break
For the first time after a long break, an academic speed dating event on the topic of data science was held again at the University of Mannheim on 22 September 2022. Thirteen scientists reported on their research in short presentations.
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Second meeting of Data Science working circle
The second working circle on digital business models and data literacy took place on 21 September 2022. The next face-to-face meeting of all participants is planned for spring 2023.
Radio-Interview on MCDS's activities and goals
On 16 June 2022, Radio Regenbogen broadcast a radio interview with MCDS manager Dr Lea Oberländer on the occasion of the CONNECT conference that had taken place shortly before. The interview is only available in German.
CONNECT conference at the University of Mannheim brings together interested parties from business and science
On June 10, the annual CONNECT conference took place at the Mannheim Business School
Successful kick-off for the Data Science working circle 2022
On 3 May 2022, the University of Mannheim Foundation, in cooperation with the MCDS, held the kick-off event for a regular Data Science working circle. The aim of the circle is an intensive exchange between interested entrepreneurs and researchers at the MCDS with regard to specific questions and ...
Data Literacy Snacks
Starting on May 12: Data Literacy Snacks