Newsletter 2023-I

The newsletter will inform you on the latest news and activities of the MFO, in particular with regard to open calls, upcoming scientific events and changing procedures at the Institute.

General news:

Call for applications to participation:

Call for proposals:

General news

Notification on workshop format, capacity and departure day

Traditional format and hybrid format

Travel and meeting restrictions with regard to the pandemic have been reduced during 2022 such that the MFO can go back from hybrid workshops to the traditional workshop format again, where participants attend in person. The newly installed audio- and video equipment at the MFO can be used in future to invite a very small number (2-5) of additional experts who for strong personal reasons (such as government travel restrictions, pregnancy or care responsibilities) cannot attend the meeting in person but would participate online. The selection of these online participants can be made by the meeting organizers up to a few weeks prior to a workshop according to the replies to the initial invitations.

While such additional online participation is easy to realize with our new video conference system, we do not intend to change the character of the workshop program and will restrict video recording and streaming of talks and lectures to these special participants. In case of force majeure (e.g. a resurgent pandemic wave) the MFO is prepared to enhance the online component of a workshop on short notice and turn it into a hybrid workshop.

General advice on travel arrangements

Please note that the MFO cannot foresee possible changes in future contact and travel restrictions by the government. Participants themselves are responsible to inquire about restrictions on travel to and from Germany; thus we strongly recommend to make travel arrangements flexible/refundable in case the pandemic resurfaces in the future. We are sorry that we are not able to reimburse travel tickets which cannot be used because of force majeure. This also applies to grants.

For more information on our hybrid workshops, please consult our website:

Capacity, arrival and Friday as new departure day

Unfortunately, there is a restriction of Oberwolfach visitor capacities due to a severe shortage of staff at the MFO in 2022. Vacancies after departures, retirements or parental leave could not be replaced by new staff in an environment of general labor shortage following the corona pandemic. In combination with hygiene measures still necessary this is overstretching our capacities.

As a consequence, instead of typically 53 visitors in a full workshop we will for the foreseeable future now only be able to accommodate 48 visitors. A similar reduction of about 10% also applies to our other scientific programs. We hope that we will be able to hire more staff eventually and return the institute to full capacity in the future.

Arrival day: As usual, Sunday afternoon is the official arrival time and the MFO opens at 4:30 pm. The institute offers free taxi transfer from the train station in Hausach to the Institute on Sunday evening at fixed times.


Departure day (changes will be effective after March 4th, 2023): In connection with the general restriction of our capacity, all workshops will end on Friday afternoon. Lectures can be held on Friday morning (9 am - 12:30 am) and optionally after lunch (1:30 pm - 4:00 pm). Friday is also the general departure day, i.e. afternoon or evening. Starting in summer 2023, accommodation at the MFO until Saturday will generally not be possible, unfortunately.

If travel connections demand a departure on a saturday, the MFO will make a strong effort to arrange accommodation at a nearby hotel or at the airport (in particular in cases where travel arrangements have already been made). In this case we need to be informed in due time (as soon as possible, at least one month prior to the workshop).

Check out time of the rooms is Friday 9:30 am and there will be lunch at 12:30 pm, but in general no dinner on Friday. We will organize a number of free taxi transfers from the MFO to the train station in Hausach on Friday afternoon or evening.

We hope for your understanding for these new measures.

Oberwolfach Program 2024

We are pleased that the schedule of workshops and other activities in 2024 is published now:

Winners of the Oberwolfach Prize 2022 and the John Todd Award 2022

The Oberwolfach Foundation awards in cooperation with the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach the Oberwolfach Prize 2022 to Vesselin Dimitrov for his outstanding contributions in Number Theory and Diophantine Geometry. The award will be presented on 14 October 2023 in a festive event during the meeting of the Oberwolfach committees.

Furthermore, the Oberwolfach Foundation and the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach award the John Todd Award 2022 to Michael Lindsey for his outstanding contributions in the intersection of numerical analysis, applied analysis, statistical physics and quantum physics. The award ceremony will take place on 15 June 2023 in Oberwolfach.

The MFO thanks all researchers who have made a prize nomination in 2022.

MaRDI newsletter

The Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach is part of the "Mathematical Research Data Initiative" (MaRDI) consortium, coordinated by the Berlin Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS). It currently includes 23 other partners (universities and research institutes, scientific infrastructure facilities, clusters of excellence as well as the German Mathematical Society DMV and the European Mathematical Society EMS). MaRDI is one of several consortia within the initiative "Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur" (NFDI, National Research Data Infrastructure) which is intended to systematically make valuable data stocks from science and research accessible for sustainable use.

Application process for 10th Heidelberg Laureate Forum has begun

Early career researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual networking event.

The HLF offers all accepted researchers the unique opportunity to interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Traditionally, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, the IMU Abacus Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in cross-generational scientific dialogue with early career researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

The application period for the 10th HLF runs from November 11, 2022, until February 11, 2023. Young researchers at all phases of their careers (Undergraduate/Pre-Master, Graduate PhD or Postdoc) are encouraged to complete and submit their applications via the following link:

The 10th HLF will take place from September 24 to 29, 2023 (with young researcher registration taking place on September 23).

Source: Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Newsroom
The MFO is a cooperation partner of the HLF.

Call for applications to participation:

Arbeitsgemeinschaften in 2023

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. There will be 3 study groups in 2023:

Twistor D-Modules and the Decomposition Theorem
2 Apr - 8 Apr 2023  (ID: 2314)
Takuro Mochizuki, Kyoto
Claude Sabbah, Palaiseau
Deadline for application: closed

Cluster Algebras
8 Oct - 13 Oct 2023  (ID: 2341)
Roger Casals, Davis
Bernhard Keller, Paris
Lauren Williams, Cambridge MA
Deadline for application: 16 June 2023

QFT and Stochastic PDEs
17 Dec - 22 Dec 2023  (ID: 2351)
Roland Bauerschmidt, Cambridge UK
Massimiliano Gubinelli, Oxford
Martin Hairer, London/Lausanne
Hao Shen, Madison
Deadline for application: 8 Sept 2023

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft is open to everybody, participation is by application to the organizers via See our webpage on the Arbeitsgemeinschaft for details how to apply.

Oberwolfach Seminars 2024 for graduate students and postdocs

These seminars are not workshops or conferences, but summer schools which address to excellent and promising graduate students and post docs. There will be 6 seminars in 2023:

Analysis of Automorphic Forms and L-Functions in Higher Rank
28 May - 3 Jun 2023  (ID: 2322a)
Farrell Brumley, Paris
Andre Reznikov, Ramat Gan
Paul D. Nelson, Aarhus
Akshay Venkatesh, Princeton
Deadline for application: 24 March 2023

Metric Algebraic Geometry
28 May - 3 Jun 2023  (ID: 2322b)
Paul Breiding, Leipzig/Osnabrück
Kathlen Kohn, Stockholm
Bernd Sturmfels, Leipzig
Deadline for application: 24 March 2023

Recent Topics on the Navier-Stokes Equations
22 Oct - 28 Oct 2023  (ID: 2343a)
Tristan Buckmaster, Princeton
Hideo Kozono, Sendai
Senjo Shimizu, Kyoto
Deadline for application: 29 July 2023

Program and poster will be available soon.

Control of PDEs Models for Living Systems
22 Oct - 28 Oct 2023  (ID: 2343b)
Sebastian Anita, Iasi
Gabriela Marinoschi, Bucharest
Gisèle Mophou, Pointe-à-Pitre Guadeloupe
Marius Tucsnak, Talence
Deadline for application: 29 July 2023

Program and poster will be available soon.

Scattering Resonances in Quantum Mechanics, General Relativity and Hyperbolic Dynamics
19 Nov - 25 Nov 2023  (ID: 2347a)
Semyon Dyatlov, Cambridge MA
Colin Guillarmou, Orsay
Peter Hintz, Zürich
Maciej Zworski, Berkeley
Deadline for application: 1 Sept 2023

Variational and Information Flows in Machine Learning and Optimal Transport
19 Nov - 25 Nov 2023  (ID: 2347b)
Wuchen Li, Columbia
Bernhard Schmitzer, Göttingen
Gabriele Steidl, Berlin
Francois-Xavier Vialard, Paris
Deadline for application: 1 Sept 2023

You can find more information, deadlines and the individual posters with programs at  and

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 in one pdf-file to the Vice Director of the MFO via

Banach Center - Oberwolfach Graduate Seminars 2023

These seminars are similar as Oberwolfach Seminars but are organized in cooperation with the Banach Center (Warsaw) and take place in the Będlewo conference center.

Model Reduction and Approximation: Projection-, Tensor- and Data-based Methods 
12 Nov - 18 Nov 2023  (ID: 2346a)
Bernard Haasdonk, Stuttgart
Anthony Nouy, Nantes
Mario Ohlberger, Münster
Stefan Volkwein, Konstanz
Deadline for application: 1 August 2023

Optimal Transport Theory and Hydrodynamics (from Euler to Monge and vice versa)
12 Nov - 18 Nov 2023  (ID: 2346b)
Yann Brenier, Paris
Mikaela Iacobelli, Zurich
Filippo Santambrogio, Villeurbanne
Deadline for application: 1 August 2023

You can find more information, deadlines and the individual posters with programs 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 in one pdf-file to the Vice Director of the MFO via

Oberwolfach Research Fellows

The Oberwolfach Research Fellowship (OWRF) is the new umbrella format for longer term research stays. Small groups of researchers who want to come for a more extended period to Oberwolfach to carry out joint research in the stimulating atmosphere of the MFO can apply. For fresh post-docs, it is additionally possible to apply for a Leibniz Fellowship in order to become an Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellow (OWLF). Within OWLF applications as a single researcher are also possible. Projects from all areas of mathematics can be supported by these programs, in particular, interdisciplinary research and cooperation is encouraged.

In view of the good audio-video facilities at the MFO, there is a new option to apply for an OWRF research stay which includes a hybrid cooperation with a parallel research group at another place in the world. This can be a university or another research institute with a substantial distance to the MFO, usually outside Europe. It is up to the applicants to arrange such a cooperation with the other university or institute and to submit an additional application there if necessary.

All information about the programs and the different options can be viewed on our webpage on longer-term research stays.

Call for proposals

Oberwolfach Workshops 2025

The deadline for proposals of Oberwolfach Workshops in 2025 is 31 July 2023. The decision on the proposals by the Oberwolfach Scientific Committee is scheduled to the end of October 2023. See also the description of the program and our guidelines for proposals of an Oberwolfach Workshop.

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

Networking activities in 2025

MFO calls for proposals for Workshops with a distinguished networking character. This is a new category of Workshops within the MFO program whose aim is to enhance gender and diversity, and to strengthen the impact of minorities in mathematics.

Invited are proposals for such activities in the MFO Workshop program (which also includes half workshops) and in the Mini-Workshop program.

The proposals for such networking Workshops or networking Mini-Workshops should describe a specific research subject as usual - see our proposal guidelines for more details on this aspect - while also providing a detailed concept for the proposed networking and possible mentoring activities. In particular, please specify in which way you would like to give preference to the selection of speakers and/or participants in terms of gender and diversity and indicate a preliminary list of proposed participants.

The deadlines and submitting procedures are the same as for the traditional Workshops and Mini-Workshops (see proposal guidelines). The Scientific Committee will discuss and decide on this new category of networking activities based on scientific quality and the networking concept at the same time but separately from the traditional formats.

Further measures to promote equality and diversity at the Institute can be found in our EDI policy.

Mini-Workshops 2023-2024

The fixed weeks and deadlines to apply for an Oberwolfach Mini-Workshop in 2023-2024 are

Dates of Mini-Workshops Deadlines for proposals
17 Sep - 23 Sep 2023* 6 March 2023
24 Sep - 30 Sep 2023* 6 March 2023
15 Oct - 21 Oct 2023 6 March 2023
29 Oct - 04 Nov 2023 6 March 2023
26 Nov - 02 Dec 2023 6 March 2023
28 Jan - 2 Feb 2024 30 June 2023
7 Apr - 12 Apr 2024 30 June 2023
22 Sep - 27 Sep 2024* 31 July 2023
17 Nov - 22 Nov 2024 15 March 2024
8 Dec - 13 Dec 2024 15 March 2024

(* reserved week for mini- and/or tandem-workshops)

As an option, a proposal for a Mini-Workshop can contain an additional component of online-participants (not more than the number of on-site participants) such that the Mini-Workshop will be realized in a hybrid format. This can make sense in case of a strong scientific cooperation between the proposed on-site participants with a group of international researchers elsewhere who will not be able to travel (e.g., because of pandemic restrictions). In this case, the proposal should also contain a concept and schedule of the activities with regard to the cooperation over different time zones.

For each of these weeks the decision about the Mini-Workshops takes place about 3 weeks after the corresponding deadline for application, which is about half a year before the week of the Mini-Workshop.

Applications should be sent as pdf-files to the Director Prof. Gerhard Huisken, via See also our guidelines for proposals.

Oberwolfach Seminars 2024

The seminars address to excellent and promising graduate students and post docs. The aim is to introduce the participants to a particular hot development. There will be capacity for 6 seminars in 2024, the free slots are as follows:

2421      19 May - 24 May 2024
2443      20 Oct - 25 Oct 2024
2448      24 Nov - 29 Nov 2024

The deadline for proposals of Oberwolfach Seminars in 2024 is 31 July 2023. The decision on the proposals by the Oberwolfach Scientific Committee is scheduled to the end of October 2023. See also our description of the seminar program.

Applications should be sent as pdf-files to the Vice Director Prof. Dr. Matthias Hieber, via

Tandem-Workshops in 2024

The MFO has successfully organized hybrid Tandem-Workshops with the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (RIMS), Kyoto University, Japan and the Australian Mathematical Research Institute MATRIX in 2021-2023. We plan to organize Tandem-Workshops in 2024 again and have reserved free capacity in the week 22 - 27 September 2024.

The corresponding call for proposals will be published soon, please check our website and news regularly. The deadline will be in summer 2023 (end of July or August).