Newsletter 2021-II

The newsletter will inform you on the latest news and activities of the MFO, in particular with regard to the measures concerning the pandemic.


  1. MFO and the development of the pandemic
  2. Call for proposals:
  3. Call for applications:

1. MFO and the development of the pandemic

At the moment (July 2021), the international rate of vaccinated people is strongly increasing and the pandemic development is weaker than in winter. Thus, travel and meeting restrictions have been reduced in many countries now.

Although the precise further development of the pandemic remains uncertain with regard to new mutants, we are optimistic that we can progressively move back to our traditional workshop format with emphasis on participation in person during 2022. We will retain a small hybrid component of the workshops so that a restricted number of invitees can participate online, who had to decline the original invitation to the MFO due to the Pandemic or for strong personal reasons.

Information on our new concept of hybrid workshops is provided at In particular, we have installed a lot of new technical equipment for hybrid video conferences at the MFO and video conference assistants can support the organizers.

Detailed information on the measures concerning the pandemic is provided at the following links:

2. Call for proposals

2.1 Proposals for 2023 Workshops

During the week-long workshops usually 45-50 participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss recent research results, especially new methods, and to initiate future research projects. Detailed information on the program can be found at We invite proposals for Workshops in 2023.

Proposal guidelines:
Deadline: 31 July 2021

2.2 Tandem Workshops 2023 with MATRIX and RIMS

The MFO and the Australian Mathematical Research Institute MATRIX invite proposals for a tandem workshop taking place simultaneously in a hybrid format at MATRIX and MFO in the week of 5-11 March 2023:

Deadline: 31 August 2021

The MFO and the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (RIMS), Kyoto University, Japan invite proposals for a tandem-workshop taking place simultaneously in a hybrid format at MFO and RIMS in the week of 5-11 March 2023:

Deadline: 31 July 2021

2.3 Mini-Workshops in spring 2022

Mini-Workshops bring together small groups of about 15 people. The central goal is to stimulate new research. Detailed information on the program can be found at We invite proposals for the Mini-Workshops in spring 2022.

Reserved weeks:

  • 13 - 19 February 2022
  • 20 - 26 March 2022

Deadline: 18 July 2021

2.4 Proposals for 2022 Oberwolfach Seminars

The Oberwolfach Seminars are graduate schools which are organized by leading experts in the field. The institute invites proposals for the Seminars from the whole mathematical community for the year 2022. Details on the program can be found at

Deadline for proposals: 31 August 2021

3. Call for applications

3.1 Participation in Oberwolfach Seminars in fall 2021

In fall 2021 there are 4 Oberwolfach Seminars which address excellent and promising Ph.D. students and postdocs (having received their PhD not more than 10 years ago) from all over the world:

24 - 30 October 2021     
Tropical Curves, Logarithmic Structures, and Enumerative Geometry (ID 2143a)
New Techniques in Resolution of Singularities (ID 2143b)
Deadline: 8 August 2021

21 - 27 November 2021
The Cutoff Phenomenon for Finite Markov Chains (ID 2147a)
Combinatorial and Geometric Knot Theory (ID 2147b)
Deadline: 12 September 2021

Please note: The next Banach-Oberwolfach Seminars are not fixed until yet because of the pandemic.

3.2 Oberwolfach Research Fellows (OWRF)

In order to react to the current crisis the MFO offers the possibility to apply for an Oberwolfach Research Fellowship. Because of the very positive feedback and high demand for this new fellowship, the possibility to apply is extended to end of 2021. Please find all information at

Deadline: 31 December 2021

3.3 Small cooperations

To bridge unsurmountable travel restrictions the MFO invites applications from researchers who want to organize small scale, week-long interactive mini-workshops or seminars jointly between the MFO and their own institution:

Deadline: 31 December 2021 (availability depends on free capacity because of the pandemic!)

3.4 Arbeitsgemeinschaft in spring 2022

The topic of the next Arbeitsgemeinschaft in spring (study group, 3 - 9 April 2022) is not yet fixed. We will publish the info at the following link soon: