see the annual schedules
for the individual mini-workshops

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 programme to give also young people the opportunity to participate, and even to take the initiaive in organising 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.


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:

01 Nov - 07 Nov 2015 deadline for proposals: 06 April 2015
08 Nov - 14 Nov 2015 deadline for proposals: 06 April 2015
07 Feb - 13 Feb 2016 deadline for proposals: 26 July 2015
28 Feb - 05 Mar 2016 deadline for proposals: 26 July 2015
30 Oct - 05 Nov 2016 deadline for proposals: 01 May 2016
18 Dec - 24 Dec 2016 deadline for proposals: 01 May 2016

For each of these weeks the decision about the mini-workshops takes place about 2 - 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.