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...


Information for Visitors

***From 15 July to 14 December 2024 Deutsche Bahn fundamentally overhauls the link between Frankfurt/Main and Mannheim. There will be timetable changes and partly rail replacement services with buses. Please check the information and booking systems of Deutsche Bahn before you travel.***

***In order to prevent unexpected delays, we recommend all visitors who require a visa to enter Germany to apply for the visa immediately after receiving and accepting our invitation. In the recent past, there have been cases in which visa appointments have been taking longer than expected.***

Please also check our information for invited researchers regarding registration, check-in and check-out, travel information and further practical issues. We also provide an overview on the facilities you can use during your stay.


Propose & Apply

Writing pad and penThe 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

female mathematician draws a diagram on a 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

Shelves with magazinesThe 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.



Newsletter 2024-II

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

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.