The Institute

The Institute is a

member of Leibniz-GemeinschaftERCOM


Newsletter 2017- I


  1. Oberwolfach Arbeitsgemeinschaft
  2. Oberwolfach Seminars 2017 for graduate students and post-docs
  3. Oberwolfach Prize and John Todd Award 2016, IMU prizes
  4. Simons Visiting Professors - call for applications
  5. RiP, OWLF / Research-in-Pairs stays of 1 week after Workshop participation
  6. Snapshots from Oberwolfach
  7. Proposals for Oberwolfach Workshops and Mini-Workshops
  8. Heidelberg Laureate Forum: call for applications

1. Oberwolfach Arbeitsgemeinschaft

Every year in spring and in autumn, there is a week-long Arbeitsgemeinschaft (study group) in Oberwolfach with about 50 participants. The idea of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft is to learn by giving one of the lectures on the topic under study. The Arbeitsgemeinschaft is open to everybody, participation is by application to the organizers via

The next open Arbeitsgemeinschaft is

Additive Combinatorics, Entropy, and Fractal Geometry
Date: 8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017 (ID: 1741)
Emmanuel Breuillard, Münster
Mike Hochman, Jerusalem
Pablo Shmerkin, Buenos Aires


The programm will be available very soon at:

Deadline for application: 31 May 2017

2. Oberwolfach Seminars 2017 for graduate students and post-docs

Oberwolfach Seminars are not workshops or conferences, but - like summer schools - address to graduate students and post docs. In 2017 there will be 6 Oberwolfach Seminars in three weeks:

First week: June 4 – June 10, 2017 (Deadline for application: 2 April 2017)

  • 1723a  Compressible and Incompressible Multiphase Flows: Modelling, Analysis, Numerics
    D. Bothe, S. Popinet, C. Rohde, R. Saurel
  • 1723b  Discontinuous Petrov-Galerkin Methods
    C. Carstensen, L. Demkowicz, N. Heuer

Second week Oct 15 – Oct 21, 2017 (Deadline for application: 13 August 2017)

  • 1742a  Scaling Limits of Random Planar Maps and Liouville Quantum Gravity
    J. Miller
  • 1742b  Algebraic K- and L-Theory and Geometric Group Theory
    A. Bartels, W. Lück, K. Vogtmann

Third week Nov 19 – Nov 25, 2017 (Deadline for application: 17 September 2017)

  • 1747a  Mathematical Modeling in Systems Biology
    S. Röblitz, H. Siebert
  • 1747b  Lower Curvature Bounds and Topology
    F. Fang, W. Tuschmann

Further information is available at In particular, the programs of the seminars will be available soon.

If you know a graduate student or post doc who might be interested, please be so kind and draw her/his attention to these Oberwolfach Seminars. Participation in these seminars is by application. As usual, the Institute offers board and lodging free of charge . By the support of the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, travel expenses can be reimbursed up to 150 EUR in average per person. Participants can ask for travel support during their stay in Oberwolfach at the guest office against copy of travel receipts.

Applications including full name, postal address, e-mail address, present position, university, name of supervisor of Ph.D. thesis, a short summary of previous work and interest should be sent as pdf-files to the Vice Director Prof. Dietmar Kröner (

3. Oberwolfach Prize and John Todd Award 2016, IMU prizes

The Oberwolfach Foundation and the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach have decided on the Oberwolfach Prize 2016 and on the John Todd Award 2016.

The Oberwolfach Prize 2016 for excellent achievements in Discrete Mathematics is awarded to Jacob Fox (Stanford). The John Todd Award 2016 for excellent achievements in Numerical Analysis is awarded to Christoph Ortner (Warwick).

We would like to cordially thank all senior researchers who have made a nomination.

IMU prizes:

We would also like to draw your attention to the IMU awards, prizes, and special lectures. Concerning further details such as calls for nominations, deadlines etc., see

4. Simons Visiting Professors - call for applications

Since January 2014 there is a new program at Oberwolfach which is called Simons Visiting Professors (SVP) and which is funded by the Simons Foundation (

This program annually supports up to 40 Simons Visiting Professors, distinguished junior or senior scientists from outside Europe, who wish to combine an invitation to an Oberwolfach Workshop with a research visit to a European university of up to two weeks. The program will provide support to each Simons Visiting Professor by Oberwolfach amounting to 135 Euro per day of the university visit. Additionally, the participating university will be required to provide accommodation for the duration of the visit at the university as well as travel expenses within Europe between Oberwolfach and the university as a matching of this support.

This partnership between the MFO and universities providing matching funds is designed to benefit the scientists, the MFO and participating universities equally by making efficient use of travel funds and travel  time in carefully planned combined visits to the MFO and a university. In this way Workshop attendance can be combined with individual collaborations and lectures at European universities. The new program will also help to quickly disseminate new research results from Oberwolfach Workshops directly to a wide audience of researchers and students at participating universities.

Decision process and applications :

The SVP awards are decided by the Director on suggestion of the organizers of a Workshop. Already invited junior and senior participants of Workshops who are interested in this award should contact their organizers of the Workshop. Applications should take place as soon as possible, at least 3 months prior to the Workshop as the dates concerning the intended university visit also have to be cleared at this time. Workshop organizers can act as a host for a SVP, but not as a SVP themselves.

More information, in particular also the awards of SVP grants with their Oberwolfach and university visiting schedules, can be found at

5. RiP, OWLF / Research-in-Pairs stays of 1 week after Workshop participation

The focus of Research in Pairs (RiP) is to bring together small groups of researchers to carry out joint research in the stimulating atmosphere of the Oberwolfach Institute. Projects from all areas of mathematics can be supported by this program, in particular, interdisciplinary cooperation is encouraged.

The stay of a research "pair", which means at least two and at most four people, can last between two weeks and one months, in exceptional cases up to three months. It is required that not all come from the same place. The Institute will provide office space, accommodation (full board and lodging), and an allowance for incidental expenses. Travel expenses can be reimbursed only in exceptional cases.

New : It is also possible that 2 - 4 Workshop participants (who are already invited and have accepted) apply for a 1 - 3 week prolongation of their stay after the Workshop as a RiP group.

Applications can be made any time , preferably around six months before the planned stay. Due to many applications for the months May - September we recommend to consider also other periods for your stay, if possible. Decision making takes usually about six weeks. After the approval, the date of the research stay has to be fixed according to the free capacity within one year after application.

Applicants should submit a short description (in English) of the joint project, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and dates for the proposed visit. Applications should be sent as pdf-files to the Vice Director Prof. Dietmar Kröner (

The focus of the postdoctoral program Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows (OWLF) is to support outstanding young mathematical researchers in the realization of a proposed research project at the MFO:

  • Spend 1-3 months as an Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellow at the MFOwith full board and lodging.
  • Take advantage of our infrastructure to pursue your own research project.
  • Establish new contacts with top researchers in your field.
  • Invite up to four collaborators to the MFO (subject to capacity).
  • Participate in other programs during your stay: Workshops, Mini-Workshops, Seminars and Arbeitsgemeinschaften (study groups).
  • Visit other universities or research centers during your fellowship (1-2 weeks).
  • Obtain travel support and scholarship support, possibly in combination with a postdoc position elsewhere.

Applications can be made anytime and will be decided within two months. Eligible are post doctoral researchers having received their doctoral degree within the last five years. The fellowship can be combined with a post doc position elsewhere.

Applicants should submit an application form (available at our website) together with a research plan for the stay at Oberwolfach (3-10 pages), a curriculum vitae, a publication list, copies of the four most significant papers and two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly to the MFO by the respondents).

Applications should be sent as pdf-files to the Vice Director Prof. Dietmar Kröner (

6. Snapshots from Oberwolfach

Since 2013, the MFO has been awarded a major grant by the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Oberwolfach Foundation for the project „Oberwolfach meets IMAGINARY“. In this project, we collect high-quality content for the mathematics communication platform at the MFO from the participants of the scientific programs at the MFO.

Snapshots selected by the organizers of the scientific programs should be 2-4 pages long, written in English or German, and address a topic that is related to the research topic of your program at the MFO. The targeted readership consists of mathematics teachers, science journalists, undergraduate and advanced high school students, etc.

The snapshot project is designed to promote the understanding and appreciation of modern mathematics and mathematical research in the general public world-wide. If you are interested in writing a snapshot, please contact the organizers.

Details can be found on our website:

7. Proposals for Oberwolfach Workshops and Mini-Workshops

Oberwolfach Workshops

The Workshop program 2018 is fixed and available at

The deadline for proposals of Oberwolfach Workshops in 2019 is end of July 2017. The decision on the proposals by the Oberwolfach Scientific Committee is scheduled to the end of October 2017.

See also our guidelines for proposals of an Oberwolfach Workshop.

Applications should be sent as pdf-files to the Director Prof. Gerhard Huisken,

Oberwolfach Mini-Workshops

The fixed weeks and deadlines to apply for an Oberwolfach Mini-Workshop in 2017 and 2018 are

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 3-4 weeks after the corresponding deadline for application, which is about half a year prior to the week of the Mini-Workshop. See also our guidelines for proposals of an Oberwolfach Workshop or Mini-Workshop.

Applications should be sent as pdf-files to the Director Prof. Gerhard Huisken,

8. Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2017: call for applications

The 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) will take place from September 24 until September 29, 2017, bringing together the best students in mathematics and computer science with winners of the most prestigious awards in these two disciplines: Abel, Fields, and Turing Laureates. It is a unique possibility for young researchers to meet the laureates in person and to discuss with them in an inspiring athmosphere.

The application deadline is February 14, 2017. The HLF application poster and fact sheet are available for download at:

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is supported by

  • The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • The International Mathematical Union (IMU)

which award the three outstanding prizes and by some other institutions, among them the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach.