Newsletter 2018-I


  1. Oberwolfach Arbeitsgemeinschaft, October 2018
  2. Oberwolfach Seminars 2018 for graduate students and post-docs
  3. Deadline for Proposals: Oberwolfach Workshops and Mini-Workshops
  4. Call for applications: Simons Visiting Professors
  5. Call for applications: Research-in-Pairs, Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows
  6. Snapshots of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach
  7. Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2018: call for applications

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

Rigidity of Stationary Measure
Date: 7 Oct - 12 Oct 2018 (ID: 1841)
Yves Benoist, Paris
Jean-Francois Quint, Bordeaux
Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018
Poster and program

See for details how to apply.

Oberwolfach Seminars are not workshops or conferences, but - like summer schools - address to excellent and promising graduate students and post docs.

In 2018 there will be 6 Oberwolfach Seminars:

20 May - 26 May 2018 (1821a)
Statistical Inference for Complex Data: Random Matrices, Random Functions and Geometry and Topology
Organizers: Alexander Aue, Davis / Wolfgang Polonik, Davis
Deadline for applications: 19 March 2018

20 May - 26 May 2018 (1821b)
Spectral Estimates on Noncompact Manifolds and Applications to Geometry
Organizers: Nadine Große, Freiburg / Luciano Mari, Pisa / Ben Sharp, Warwick
Deadline for applications: 19 March 2018

14 Oct - 20 Oct 2018 (1842a)
Optimal Transport Theory and Hydrodynamics (from Euler to Monge and vice versa)
Organizers: Yann Brenier, Paris / Mikaela Iacobelli, Durham / Filippo Santambrogio, Orsay
Deadline for applications: 15 August 2018
The program will soon be available at

14 Oct - 20 Oct 2018 (1842b)
Mathematics of Deep Learning
Organizers: Gitta Kutyniok, Berlin / Philipp Grohs, Wien
Deadline for applications: 15 August 2018

18 Nov - 24 Nov 2018 (1847a)
Syntomic Cohomology and p-adic Hodge Theory
Organizers: Wieslawa Niziol, Lyon / Bruno Chiarellotto, Padua / Pierre Colmez, Paris
Deadline for applications: 15 September 2018
The program will soon be available at

18 Nov - 24 Nov 2018 (1847b)
Character Formulas for Reductive Algebraic Groups
Organizers: Simon Riche, Aubière / Pramod Achar, Baton Rouge / Laura Rider, Athens GA
Deadline for applications: 15 September 2018
The program will soon be available at

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

Oberwolfach Workshops

The deadline for proposals of Oberwolfach Workshops in 2020 is end of July 2018. The decision on the proposals by the Oberwolfach Scientific Committee is scheduled to the end of October 2018.

See also our guidelines for proposals of an Oberwolfach Workshop.

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

Oberwolfach Mini-Workshops

The fixed weeks and deadlines to apply for an Oberwolfach Mini-Workshop in 2018 and 2019 are

30 Sep - 06 Oct 2018 deadline for proposals: 01 April 2018
16 Dec - 22 Dec 2018 deadline for proposals: 01 April 2018
03 Mar - 09 Mar 2019 deadline for proposals: 01 September 2018
07 Apr - 13 Apr 2019 deadline for proposals: 01 September 2018
06 Oct - 12 Oct 2019 deadline for proposals: 01 April 2019
10 Nov - 16 Nov 2019 deadline for proposals: 01 April 2019

For more details, please see

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 2014 - 2018. We hope for a prolongation after 2018.

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. In suitable cases, also participants of Mini-Workshops can be supported. 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

Research in Pairs

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.

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 (

Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows

The focus of the postdoctoral program Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellow (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 MFO with 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 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 (

In 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.

The 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) will take place from 23 September until 28 September 2018, 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.

Young researchers at all phases of their careers (undergraduate, graduate PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to complete and submit their applications by February 9 (midnight at the dateline) 2018 via the following link:

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.