Guidelines for Proposals of an Oberwolfach Workshop or Mini-Workshop
The Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach runs weekly workshops with about 45-48 participants. Sometimes there are two workshops of half the size (about 24 participants) taking place in one week. In addition, there are fixed weeks for mini-workshops, consisting of about 15-16 participants, every year.
Arrival is on Sunday afternoon (see Practical Hints) and departure is on Saturday morning or Friday evening. Participation in a workshop is only possible by invitation of the Director, and on suggestion of the organisers. The Institute offers accommodation free of charge. Travel expenses cannot be refunded (with the possible exception of special grants - see the item News on our web site, please).
Proposal of a Workshop
There is no specific form. A typical size is 3-5 pages containing:
- Proposed organisers
- Mathematics subject classification
- Description of the aim
- Preliminary list of proposed participants
There should be 2-4 proposed organisers (with full address and email address, please), and one of the organisers must come from outside Germany. The institute wishes to increase the number of female participants. In view of this policy, proposals with at least one female organiser are very welcome.
Please include a short abstract of not more than half a page. In case your proposal will be approved, we shall publish the abstract on our homepage prior to the workshop. Moreover, the abstract can be used afterwards for the Oberwolfach Report of the workshop, with regard to the listing in MathSciNet and Zentralblatt MATH. Hence, title and abstract should be in English.
Please also include the classification (primary and secondary), according to the latest Mathematics Subject Classification Scheme used by MathSciNet and Zentralblatt, as well as according to the scheme of the International Mathematical Union (1995):
- 1 Logic
- 2 Algebra
- 3 Number Theory
- 4 Geometry
- 5 Topology
- 6 Algebraic Geometry
- 7 Lie Groups and Representations
- 8 Real and Complex Analysis
- 9 Operator Algebras and Functional Analysis
- 10 Probability and Statistics
- 11 Partial Differential Equations
- 12 Ordinary Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems
- 13 Mathematical Physics
- 14 Combinatorics
- 15 Mathematical Aspects of Computer Science
- 16 Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
- 17 Applications of Mathematics in the Sciences
- 18 Teaching and Popularization of Mathematics
- 19 History of Mathematics
Of course, the most important part is a description of the aim of the workshop including new developments, thematical focus, possibly special lectures of some distinguished expert, ... In case of further questions concerning the proposal it may be helpful to contact a member of the Oberwolfach scientific board who is close to the subject in advance. In some cases, it may be attractive to propose a half-size workshop.
A preliminary list of about 50 (25 for a half-size workshop) proposed participants (name and city are sufficient) is very welcome. Submission of the curriculum vitae and publication lists of the organisers is not necessary.
You may suggest or exclude dates for your workshop (this will not affect the decision), and we will do our best to realize your wish in case of a positive decision. Please note that some workshops have traditional dates, and that the chances are better to realize a proposed date which is not in summer. Hence, if you make suggestions, please also suggest at least three weeks which are not in summer. We thank you for your understanding that we are not able to guarantee suggested dates in case of a positive decision.
The deadline for proposals of workshops concerning the year after next year is end of July.
The classification and evaluation procedure then starts, and the decision on all proposals will take place at the annual meeting of the Oberwolfach scientific board in October. You will be notified about the decision in October/November. In case of a positive decision, we shall also inform you of the date of your workshop.
Please send a proposal for an Oberwolfach workshop to the Director of the Institute:
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Huisken
Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach
Schwarzwaldstr. 9-11 (Lorenzenhof)
This can be done by mail, e-mail (to firstname.lastname@example.org, with attachments in ps or pdf format) or fax (+49 7834 979 55). The organiser sending us the proposal may sign on behalf of all organisers in the proposal. Further correspondence of the MFO will only be sent to the organiser who is responsible for the communication and coordination with his co-organisers. After receipt of your proposal, we shall send you a short confirmation.
Proposal of a mini-workshop
Besides the size (15-16 participants) the only formal difference to the proposal of a workshop is that there are fixed weeks for the mini-workshops. You can find these slots, together with the deadlines for application, under the item Mini-Workshops. Please include in your proposal the slot to which you refer, the deadline is six month prior to the proposed date.
As the mini-workshops mainly aim at recent hot topics, the decision process runs very fast. We shall inform you about 2-3 weeks after the deadline on the decision. Sometimes, for example for reasons of capacity, a mini-workshop which is approved may be realized only at the next slot. Hence, concerning your proposal, please inform us also on other possible slots in case that the next slot should not be possible for you.