Oberwolfach Seminars

The Oberwolfach Seminars are organized by leading experts in the field, and address excellent and promising Ph.D. students and postdocs (having received their PhD not more than 10 years ago) from all over the world. The aim is to introduce the participants to a particular hot development. The seminars take place at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach. We are pleased that the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation has decided to support the Oberwolfach Seminars from summer 2008 to 2025.

In order to make the Oberwolfach Seminars available to an even larger audience, the MFO supports the publication within the book series Oberwolfach Seminars, published in the Birkhäuser program of Springer Basel. We should like to express our sincere thanks for the combined efforts of the organizers to publish these Lecture notes. The organizers as well as the participants receive free copies of the respective Volume. Moreover, a copy of every volume will be exhibited in the library of the MFO.

Submission of Manuscripts

Published Volumes within the Series

Operation of the Seminars

On Sunday evening after dinner organizers and participants traditionally meet in order to introduce themselves informally. Every participant should present his interests to the others for some minutes.

Traditionally, the seminar talks of the organizers are in the morning (two lectures of about 1,5 hours or three of about one hour). After lunch there is an essential break offering the possibility to work on the given lectures. In the afternoon there should be no further seminar talks, but workshop sessions to give the participants the opportunity to deepen their knowledge by asking questions and discussing examples concerning the material/matter dealt with in the lectures. If possible there should be no lecture in the evening and talks of participants should be restricted to exceptional cases.

Annual decision of the seminar program

In addition to proposals from the scienific committee and advisory board of the MFO, the institute invites proposals for Oberwolfach Seminars from the whole mathematical community. Proposals from prospective organizers for an Oberwolfach Seminar in the following year are collected until end of July (deadline). The scientific committee then evaluates the proposals and decides on the Oberwolfach Seminar program in its October meeting.

A proposal (typical size is 1-3 pages, in English language) should contain the title, the proposed organizers and a description of the topic including new developments and thematical focus of the planned lectures given by the organizers. There should be 2-4 proposed organizers, please give full addresses and email addresses in the proposal (cv with publication list is recommended in case of junior researchers). The Institute wishes to increase the number of female participants. In view of this policy, proposals for seminars with at least one female organizer are strongly encouraged.

Moreover, please indicate which of the three traditional weeks of the prospective seminar would be possible for you: Every year, the seminars take place in the week over Pentecost, in the middle of October and in the Thanksgiving week (i.e., the week which contains the fourth Thursday of November).

In case that your proposal will be approved, we will publish a poster prior to the Oberwolfach Seminar. There will be a modest honorarium for the organizers to acknowledge the efforts to prepare the lectures.

Last but not least the MFO supports the publication of the content of the seminars in its book series Oberwolfach Seminars in collaboration with Birkhäuser/Springer Nature. If you are interested in a publication, please inform us in your proposal.

Please send the proposal as a pdf-attachment via email to the vice director of the MFO via


clearly indicating that it is a proposal for an Oberwolfach Seminar, not for an Oberwolfach Workshop.

Information on the individual Oberwolfach Seminars

Remark: The Oberwolfach Seminars are a continuation of the DMV-Seminars (until 2000) initiated by the Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung

Participation in the Seminars

The number of participants is restricted to 25.

Applications including title, ID and date of the intended seminar, together with one pdf-file attached containing

  • your full name, email, and university/institute address
  • short CV and publication list
  • present position, university
  • name of supervisor of Ph. D. thesis
  • a short summary of previous work and interest

should be sent by e-mail to:

Prof. Dr. Matthias Hieber
Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach
Schwarzwaldstr. 9-11
77709 Oberwolfach-Walke


Upon approvement of application, the participants of Oberwolfach Seminars are invited personally by the Director of the Institute. Participation is subject to such an invitation. The Institute covers accommodation and food. Arrival is on Sunday afternoon. By the support of the  Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, travel expenses can be reimbursed up to 150 Euro in average per person. Travel reimbursement can be paid upon application to the guest office during the stay at Oberwolfach after having checked eligibility (please present the original tickets).

Further information about travel arrangements and the the free taxi transfer from Hausach train station to the Institute can be found at the travel information page.