International Cooperative Research

The Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO, Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics) is an international research centre situated in the German Black Forest. Leading experts from all over the world meet at the Institute in order to pursue their research activities, to discuss recent developments in their field with others, and to generate new ideas. The Institute is a member of the Leibniz Association and is funded jointly by the German federal government and the state governments. Read more about the Institute...

Propose & Apply

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The scientific program of the MFO consists of six central programs: Workshops, Mini-Workshops, Seminars, Arbeitsgemeinschaft (study group), Oberwolfach Research Fellows, and Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows. 

Visitors who wish to combine an existing invitation to an Oberwolfach Workshop with a research visit to an European University may wish to apply for a Simons Visiting Professorship. Get a full overview on the Institute's scientific program...

For Junior Researchers

young female researcher in front of blackboardTwo out of the six main programs of the MFO address especially to junior researchers: Oberwolfach Seminars and Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows. Junior researchers participating in other, weekly programs of the Institute can check if they are eligible for one of the grants covering travel expenses. Read more on how we can support junior researchers...

Oberwolfach Services

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The MFO publishes summaries of all meetings in the series Oberwolfach Reports. The Oberwolfach Preprints mainly contain research results related to a longer stay in Oberwolfach. Snapshots of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach explain mathematical ideas in an accessible and understandable way for non-academic readers. The Library Catalogue provides information on books and printed journals available from the Institute's library. Scientists, lecturers, and science journalists may also find our online photo database helpful.

Current Online Offerings

Person watching a lecture video recordingIn order to react to the corona crisis and to maintain scientific links and communication the MFO has developed new online offerings. The offerings comprise the temporarily introduced Oberwolfach Online Seminars, the publishing of recordings of the traditional Oberwolfach Lectures and currently four video lecture series for students. Read more...


Several new snapshots available

MFO has published several new "Snapshots of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach". Visit our publication server to view the most recent articles.

Oberwolfach Lecture 2022: Approximation and Stability of Groups

This year's Oberwolfach Lecture on the occasion of the annual meeting of the Oberwolfach committees was given by Andreas Thom on "Approximation and Stability of Groups". We thank Andreas Thom for his very exciting talk. A summary of the lecture will be published in the Annual Report 2022.

Book display in honor of this year's Fields medalists

The MFO congratulates the winners of the Fields medal in 2022. In order to present their research areas the institute has prepared a special book display in the library building where our guests can browse through literature related to their work.

Newsletter 2022-II

The newsletter will inform you on the latest news and activities of the MFO, in particular with regard to open calls. (See also the previous newsletter for measures concerning the pandemic.)