For the individual Mini-Workshops please see the annual schedules.

In addition to the traditional and well-established large Workshops of about 45 - 50 participants, we offer the possibility of holding Mini-Workshops by bringing about 15 - 17 people (including organisers) together for a week in Oberwolfach. Usually there are three parallel Mini-Workshops in one week. There are various ways in which this week can be used: it can be focussed on a certain problem hoping that by joining forces a substantial break-through can be expected, or on learning particular interesting developments together.

The central goal is to stimulate new research. For this reason smaller groups are preferred. It is an emphasis of this program to give also junior researchers the opportunity to participate, and even to take the initiaive in organizing a session.

Participation in the Mini-Workshops

Participants of the Mini-Workshops at Oberwolfach are invited personally by the Director of the Institute. The participation is subject to such an invitation. The support for the Mini-Workshops is the same as for the large Workshops: the Institute covers accommodation and food. Travel expenses cannot be reimbursed (with the exception of special grants).

Because of possible international travel restrictions with regard to the pandemic, mini-workshops can also be realized in a hybrid format. The maximal online component can be up to the same size as the number of on-site participants (15-17) if this option is already proposed in the application.


In contrast to the large Workshops, there are fixed weeks where a Mini-Workshop can take place. In each of the following weeks three parallel Mini-Workshops can take place:

Dates of Mini-Workshops Deadlines for proposals
02 Oct - 08 Oct 2022  03 April 2022
27 Nov - 03 Dec 2022 03 April 2022
26 Feb - 04 March 2023 04 September 2022
29 Oct - 04 Nov 2023 07 May 2023
26 Nov 02 Dec 2023 07 May 2023
17 Dec - 23 Dec 2023 07 May 2023

As an option, a proposal for a Mini-Workshopt 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.

See also our guidelines for proposals of an Oberwolfach Workshop or Mini-Workshop.