International Cooperative Research

The Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO, Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics) is an international research centre situated in the German Black Forest. Leading experts from all over the world meet at the Institute in order to pursue their research activities, to discuss recent developments in their field with others, and to generate new ideas. The Institute is a member of the Leibniz Association and is funded jointly by the German federal government and the state governments. Read more about the Institute...


Propose & Apply

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The scientific program of the MFO consists of six central programs: Workshops, Mini-Workshops, Seminars, Arbeitsgemeinschaft (study group), Oberwolfach Research Fellows, and Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows. 

Visitors who wish to combine an existing invitation to an Oberwolfach Workshop with a research visit to an European University may wish to apply for a Simons Visiting Professorship. Get a full overview on the Institute's scientific program...

For Early Career Researchers

young female researcher in front of blackboardTwo out of the six main programs of the MFO address especially to junior researchers: Oberwolfach Seminars and Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows. Early career researchers participating in other, weekly programs of the Institute can check if they are eligible for one of the grants covering travel expenses. Read more on how we can support early career researchers...



Oberwolfach Services

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The MFO publishes summaries of all meetings in the series Oberwolfach Reports. The Oberwolfach Preprints mainly contain research results related to a longer stay in Oberwolfach. Snapshots of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach explain mathematical ideas in an accessible and understandable way for non-academic readers. The Library Catalogue provides information on books and printed journals available from the Institute's library. Scientists, lecturers, and science journalists may also find our online photo database helpful.


8th MaRDI-Newsletter: Toolbox for Math Researchers

Rock-paper-scissors, or pen-paper-compass ... What (else) does a researcher need? In the spring issue of the MaRDI Newsletter, you may follow the evolution of scientific tools that have changed the practice of research.

Leibniz Senate confirms excellence of MFO

The MFO once again received an excellent rating by the Senate of the Leibniz Association in the regular evaluation process. In its statement of March 19, 2024, the Senate recommends to continue the joint funding of the institute by the federal and state governments.

Reading recommendation from the Snapshots editorial team

"How can we fairly divide a necklace with various types of beads? We use this problem as a motivating example to explain how geometry naturally appears in solutions of non-geometric problems. The strategy we develop to solve this problem has been used in several other contexts." Read more in the snapshot "The Geometry of Fair Division" by Florian Frick...