For the individual Mini-Workshops please see the annual schedules.

In addition to the traditional and well-established large Workshops of about 45 - 50 participants, we offer the possibility of holding Mini-Workshops by bringing about 15 - 17 people (including organisers) together for a week in Oberwolfach. Usually there are three parallel Mini-Workshops in one week. There are various ways in which this week can be used: it can be focussed on a certain problem hoping that by joining forces a substantial break-through can be expected, or on learning particular interesting developments together.

The central goal is to stimulate new research. For this reason smaller groups are preferred. It is an emphasis of this program to give also junior researchers the opportunity to participate, and even to take the initiaive in organizing a session.

Participation in the Mini-Workshops

Participants of the Mini-Workshops at Oberwolfach are invited personally by the Director of the Institute. The participation is subject to such an invitation. The support for the Mini-Workshops is the same as for the large Workshops: the Institute covers accommodation and food. Travel expenses cannot be reimbursed (with the exception of special grants).


In contrast to the large Workshops, there are fixed weeks where a Mini-Workshop can take place. In each of the following weeks three parallel Mini-Workshops can take place:

17 Sep - 23 Sep 2017 deadline for proposals: 01 March 2017
22 Oct - 28 Oct 2017 deadline for proposals: 01 March 2017
04 Mar - 10 Mar 2018 deadline for proposals: 01 August 2017
15 Apr - 21 Apr 2018 deadline for proposals: 01 August 2017
30 Sep - 06 Oct 2018 deadline for proposals: 01 April 2018
16 Dec - 22 Dec 2018 deadline for proposals: 01 April 2018

For each of these weeks the decision about the Mini-Workshops takes place about 3 weeks after the corresponding deadline for application, which is about half a year before the week of the Mini-Workshop.

See also our guidelines for proposals of an Oberwolfach Workshop or Mini-Workshop.