Newsletter 2019-II

1. Banach Center - Oberwolfach Graduate Seminar: Mathematics of Deep Learning, November 2019

In November 2019, there will be the first Banach Center - Oberwolfach Graduate Seminar which is supported and organized in cooperation of the Banach Center and the MFO:

17 - 23 November 2019 (1947a)
Mathematics of Deep Learning
Gitta Kutyniok, Berlin
Philipp Grohs, Wien

Poster with program
Extended deadline for applications: 31 August 2019

The seminar addresses to excellent and promising graduate students and post docs and takes place at the Mathematical Research and Conference Center of the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Będlewo. Please see the website of the center where you can find basic information (location, travel etc.):

The number of participants is restricted to about 50 persons. See the poster of the seminar for information how to apply via

2. Oberwolfach Seminars 2019 for graduate students and post-docs

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

In November 2019 there will be 2 Oberwolfach Seminars with 15 September 2019 as deadline for applications:

24 Nov - 30 Nov 2019 (1948a)
Structure-preserving Methods for Nonlinear Hyperbolic Problems
Alina Chertok, Raleigh
Philippe G. LeFloch, Paris
Giovanni Russo, Catania

Poster with program

24 Nov - 30 Nov 2019 (1948b)
Wave Phenomena: Analysis and Numerics
Marlis Hochbruck, Karlsruhe
Andreas Rieder, Karlsruhe
Roland Schnaubelt, Karlsruhe
Christian Wieners, Karlsruhe


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 via

(Please note that the 2 seminars in October 2019 are booked out already.)

3. Oberwolfach Arbeitsgemeinschaft: Derived Galois Deformation Rings and Cohomology of Arithmetic Groups, March 2020

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

Derived Galois Deformation Rings and Cohomology of Arithmetic Groups

Date: 29 March - 4 April 2020 (ID: 2014)
Frank Calegari, Chicago
Søren Galatius, Copenhagen
Akshay Venkatesh, Princeton

Deadline for application: 1 December 2019
Application Info

4. Call for applications: Simons Visiting Professors

Since January 2014 there is a program at Oberwolfach which is called Simons Visiting Professors (SVP) and which is funded by the Simons Foundation. We are grateful to the Simons Foundation for the approval of a second program period 2019-2022.

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

5. Call for applications: Research-in-Pairs, Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows

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 (

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 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 (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. Dr. Dietmar Kröner (

6. Snapshots of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach

Snapshots of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach explain mathematical problems and ideas in an accessible and understandable way. They provide exciting insights into current topics of the mathematical community for everyone who is interested in modern mathematics.

The snapshots are written by participants of the scientific program at the MFO, who volunteer to explain an important aspect of their research. A team of editors selects the manuscripts that are most suitable for a broad readership and assists the authors in communicating complicated matters to a broad audience. The MFO publishes the snapshots for free download under a Creative Commons license here and on the IMAGINARY platform.

The Snapshot project is designed to promote the understanding and appreciation of modern mathematics and mathematical research in the interested public world-wide. The targeted readership consists of mathematics teachers, science journalists, undergraduate and advanced high school students. If you are interested in writing a snapshot, please contact the organizers of the program in which you are participating.