Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach
It organizes weekly workshops on diverse topics where mathematicians and scientists from all over the world come to do collaborative research.
The Institute is a member of the Leibniz Association, funded mainly by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by the state of Baden-Württemberg. It also receives substantial funding from the Friends of Oberwolfach foundation, from the Oberwolfach Foundation and from numerous donors.
1944: September 1 : Foundation of the MFO, located in the old castle
1959: June 17 : Foundation of the Gesellschaft für Mathematische Forschung e.V., the mathematical society running the MFO
1967: October 10 : Inauguration of the guest house of the MFO, a gift of the Volkswagen-Stiftung
1975: June 13 : Inauguration of the library and meetings building of the MFO which replaced the old castle, also a gift of the Volkswagen-Stiftung
1989: May 26 : Inauguration of the extension of the guest building
1995: Establishment of the research programme "Research in Pairs"
2005: January 1 : The MFO becomes a member of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
2007: Establishment of the post-doctoral programme "Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows"
2007: May 5 : Inauguration of the library extension, a gift of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and the VolkswagenStiftung
2005 - 2010: General restoration of the guest house and the library building
The iconic model of the Boy surface was installed in front of the Institute, as a gift from Mercedes-Benz on January 28, 1991.
- 1944–1958, Wilhelm Süss
- 1958–1959, Hellmuth Kneser
- 1959–1963, Theodor Schneider
- 1963–1994, Martin Barner
- 1994–2002, Matthias Kreck
- 2002–2013, Gert-Martin Greuel[de]
- 2013–present Gerhard Huisken
The Oberwolfach Prize is awarded approximately every three years for excellent achievements in changing fields of mathematics to young European mathematicians not older than 35 years. It is financed by the Oberwolfach Foundation and awarded in cooperation with the institute.
- Prize winners
- 1991 Peter Kronheimer
- 1993 Jörg Brüdern[de] and Jens Franke
- 1996 Gero Friesecke[de] and Stefan Sauter[de]
- 1998 Alice Guionnet
- 2000 Luca Trevisan
- 2003 Paul Biran
- 2007 Ngô Bảo Châu
- 2010 Nicola Gigli[de] and László Székelyhidi[de]
- 2013 Hugo Duminil-Copin[de]
- Home page of the institute
- Article about the institute by Allyn Jackson in the American Mathematical Society magazine
- Web page about the Oberwolfach Prize