Newsletter 2020-I

Contents

  1. Matthias Hieber becomes new Vice Director at the MFO
  2. Prize winners of Oberwolfach Prize and John Todd Award
  3. New Grant: Oberwolfach Foundation Fellows
  4. Oberwolfach Arbeitsgemeinschaft in October 2020
  5. Oberwolfach Seminars 2020 for graduate students and post-docs
  6. Banach-Center Oberwolfach Graduate Seminars 2020
  7. Deadline for Proposals: Oberwolfach Workshops 2022, Mini-Workshops 2020-2021 and Oberwolfach Seminars 2021
  8. Call for applications: Simons Visiting Professors, Research-in-Pairs, Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows
  9. Snapshots of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach
  10. Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2020: call for applications

1. Matthias Hieber becomes new Vice Director at the MFO

We are very pleased to inform you that Prof. Dr. Matthias Hieber has been appointed the new Vice Director of the MFO. He is professor at the Department of Mathematics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, leading the research group for Applied Analysis. Beginning from 1 April 2020 he will support our Director Prof. Dr. Gerhard Huisken (University of Tübingen) in managing the Institute.

By the statutes of the MFO both the Director and the Vice Director are professors at a German university - also during their term of office in Oberwolfach. They are appointed by the Administrative Council of the MFO upon suggestion of the Gesellschaft für Mathematische Forschung e.V.. Together, the Director and the Vice Director manage the Institute with regard to scientific and main administration.

Our current Vice Director, Prof. Dr. Dietmar Kröner from the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, is going to retire. We are very grateful for his dedicated service since 2012, providing invaluable support to the MFO and the whole mathematical community.

2. Prize winners of Oberwolfach Prize 2019 and John Todd Award 2019

The Oberwolfach Foundation awards in cooperation with the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach the Oberwolfach Prize 2019 for excellent achievements in Geometry and Topology to Oscar Randal-Williams. The prize comes with an award of 10,000 Euro. The award ceremony will take place on 17 October 2020, during the annual meetings of the Oberwolfach committees. For more information, please see the website on the Oberwolfach Prize.

Furthermore, the Oberwolfach Foundation awards in cooperation with the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach the John Todd Award 2019 for excellent achievements in Numerical Analysis to Euan Spence. The prize is endowed  with 1,000 Euro. The award ceremony will take place on 6 February 2020. For further information, please see website on the John Todd Award.

3. New Grant: Oberwolfach Foundation Fellows

Since 2019 there is a new grant of the Oberwolfach Foundation to support invited excellent junior researchers with regard to their travel to the MFO. Details on the application process and the prerequisites for support can be found in the description of the grant. A complete overview on all possible grants for junior researchers can be found in the grants-table.

4. Oberwolfach Arbeitsgemeinschaft in October 2020

Every year in spring and in autumn, there are week-long Arbeitsgemeinschaften (study groups) 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  ag@mfo.de.

The next open Arbeitsgemeinschaft is

Thin Groups and Super-approximation
Date: 11 Oct - 16 Oct 2020  (ID: 2042)
Organizers:
Alireza Salehi Golsefidy, San Diego
Alex Kontorovich, Piscataway
Hee Oh, New Haven

Deadline for application: 31 May 2020
Poster and program

See www.mfo.de/scientific-program/meetings/arbeitsgemeinschaft for details how to apply.

5. Oberwolfach Seminars 2020 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 2020 there will be 6 Oberwolfach Seminars. For 4 seminars, full information is already available:

31 May - 6 June 2020  (ID: 2023a)
Cellular E_k-Algebras
Soren Galatius, Kobenhavn
Alexander Kupers, Cambridge MA
Oscar Randal-Williams, Cambridge UK
Deadline for application: 31 March 2020
Poster with Program

31 May - 6 June 2020  (ID: 2023b)
Introduction to Convex Integration
Daniel Faraco, Madrid
Stefano Modena, Darmstadt
László Székelyhidi, Leipzig
Deadline for application: 31 March 2020
Poster and Program

18 Oct - 24 Oct 2020  (ID: 2043a)
Tropical Curves, Logarithmic Structures, and Enumerative Geometry
Renzo Cavalieri, Fort Collins
Hannah Markwig, Tübingen
Dhruv Ranganathan, Cambridge UK
Deadline for application: 1 August 2020
Poster and program

22 Nov - 28 Nov 2020  (ID: 2048b)
Combinatorial and Geometric Knot Theory
Colin C. Adams, Williamstown
Louis H. Kauffman, Chicago
Sofia Lambropoulou, Athens
Deadline for application: 15 September 2020
Poster and program

Posters and programs of the remaining two seminars will appear soon.

18 Oct - 24 Oct 2020  (ID: 2043b)
New Techniques in Resolution of Singularities
Dan Abramovich, Providence
Anne Frühbis-Krüger, Oldenburg
Michael Temkin, Jerusalem
Jaroslaw Wlodarczyk, West Lafayette
Deadline for application: 1 August 2020

22 Nov - 28 Nov 2020  (ID: 2048a)
The Cutoff Phenomenon for Finite Markov Chains
Charles Bordenave, Toulouse
Persi Diaconis, Stanford
Hubert Lacoin, Rio de Janeiro
Justin Salez, Paris
Deadline for application: 15 September 2020

Complete Schedule: www.mfo.de/www/schedule/2020/seminar

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 of the MFO via seminars@mfo.de.

6. Banach-Center Oberwolfach Graduate Seminars 2020

Because of the big success of the first Banach-Center Oberwolfach Graduate Seminar in November 2019 (see www.mfo.de/occasion/1947a) there will be two of these seminars in late 2020 (November-December). These seminars are supported and organized in cooperation of the Banach-Center and the MFO.

Title, date and program of the seminars are still under construction and will appear soon at www.mfo.de/www/schedule/all/training. Deadline for the application will be 1 August 2020.

The seminars address 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 25-30 persons for each seminar. See the posters of the seminars (soon forthcoming at www.mfo.de/www/schedule/all/training) for information how to apply via seminars@mfo.de.

7. Deadline for Proposals: Oberwolfach Workshops 2022, Mini-Workshops 2020-2021 and Oberwolfach Seminars 2021

Oberwolfach Workshops

The deadline for proposals of Oberwolfach Workshops in 2022 is end of July 2020. The decision on the proposals by the Oberwolfach Scientific Committee is scheduled to the end of October 2020.

See also our guidelines for proposals of an Oberwolfach Workshop.

Applications should be sent as pdf-files to the Director, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Huisken, via proposals@mfo.de.

Oberwolfach Mini-Workshops

The fixed weeks and deadlines to apply for an Oberwolfach Mini-Workshop in 2020 and 2021 are

Dates of Mini-Workshops Deadlines for proposals
04 Oct - 10 Oct 2020 01 March 2020
15 Nov - 21 Nov 2020 01 March 2020
07 Feb - 13 Feb 2021 01 September 2020
09 May - 15 May 2021 01 September 2020
05 Sep - 11 Sep 2021 01 March 2021
05 Dec - 11 Dec 2021 01 March 2021

Oberwolfach Seminars

The deadline for proposals of Oberwolfach Seminars in 2021 is end of July 2020. The decision on the proposals by the Oberwolfach Scientific Committee is scheduled to the end of October 2020. See also our description of the seminar program (section "Annual decision of the seminar program").

8. Call for applications: Simons Visiting Professors, Research in Pairs, Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows

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.

The 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.

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 www.mfo.de/scientific-program/meetings/simons-visiting-professors.

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 of the MFO via rip@mfo.de.

Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows

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 of the MFO via owlf@mfo.de.

9. 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 on its own publication server 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.

10. Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2020: call for applications

The 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) will take place from September 20 until September 25, 2020, 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.

Junior researchers at all phases of their careers (undergraduate, graduate PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to complete and submit their applications by 14 February 2020 via the following link: http://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/

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.