Information regarding coronavirus (updated on March 11, 2020)

Published on March 11, 2020, [View only this article]

Following a directive of the authorities, the University of Vienna has implemented a series of measures against the spread of the virus. These measures include cancellation of all events involving visitors starting on March 11, 2020 at least until April 3, 2020.

As a consequence, all activities at the ESI in the period March 11 - April 3, 2020 are cancelled. This includes workshops, research in teams as well as individual visits.

Current information about the situation at the University of Vienna is available here.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and post any change of the situation here.


Christoph Dellago
Director of the ESI

VDSP-ESI Winter School: Case Studies Day

Published on Feb. 13, 2020, [View only this article]

Don't miss the

Case Studies & Discussion Day

of the   VDSP-ESI Winter School 2020

Machine Learning in Physics

Friday, 14 Feb 2020 
Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna

Further information on the school can be found here:

Attendance of the day is free of charge and without registration. Please feel free to spread the word among your colleagues.

Workshops at the ESI in 2020

Published on Feb. 5, 2020, [View only this article]

The following workshops have been confirmed for 2020:

January 20 -- 24, 2020: Mathematical Aspects of Geophysical Flows
 Adrian Constantin (U Vienna), George Haller (ETH Zürich)

February 10 -- 20, 2020: VDS-ESI Winter School: Machine Learning in Physics
 Markus Arndt (U Vienna), Christoph Dellago (U Vienna), Christiane Losert-Valiente Kroon (U Vienna), Massimiliano Procura (U Vienna)

March 30 -- April 3, 2020: Interdisciplinary Challenges in Nonequilibrium Physics
 Demian Levis (U Barcelona), Emanuele Locatelli (U Vienna), Jan Smrek (U Vienna), Francesco Turci (U Bristol)

April 20 -- 24, 2020: Topology, Disorder, and Hydrodynamics in Non-equilibrium Quantum Matter
 Jörg Schmiedmayer (TU Vienna), Maksym Serbyn (ISTA, Klosterneuburg), Romain Vasseur (UMass Amherst)

June 15 -- 19, 2020: Non-regular Spacetime Geometry
 Piotr Chrušciel (U Vienna), Michael Kunzinger (U Vienna), Ettore Minguzzi (U Florence), Roland Steinbauer (U Vienna)

June 29 – July 1, 2020: Memory Effects in Dynamical Processes: Theory and Computational Implementation
 Christoph Dellago (U Vienna), Anja Kuhnhold (U of Freiburg), Hugues Meyer (U of Luxembourg), Tanja Schilling (U of Freiburg)

July 5 -- 11, 2020: International Mathematical Olympiad Training 2020
 Lukas Andritsch (U Vienna), Michael Eichmair (U Vienna)

July 6 – 11, 2020: Set-Theory
 Vera Fischer (U Vienna), Sy David Friedman (U Vienna), Benjamin Miller (U Vienna)

July 20 -- 24, 2020: Arithmetic Statistics and Local-Global Principles
 Tim Browning (ISTA, Klosterneuburg), Daniel Loughran (U Bath), Rachel Newton (U of Reading)

September 7 -- 11, 2020: Spectral Theory of Differential Operators in Quantum Theory
 Jussi Behrndt (TU Graz), Fritz Gesztesy (Baylor U, Waco), Ari Laptev (Imperial College, London), Christiane Tretter (U Bern)

October 5 -- 16, 2020: Higher Structures Emerging from Renormalisation
 Pierre Clavier (U of Potsdam), Kurusch Ebrahimi-Fard (NTNU, Trondheim), Peter K. Friz (TU Berlin), Harald Grosse (U Vienna), Dominique Manchon (U of Auvergne), Sylvie Paycha (U of Potsdam)

Erwin Schrödinger Lecture, Dec. 16, 2019: Douglas N. Arnold "Wave localization and its landscape"

Published on Nov. 12, 2019, [View only this article]

On December 16, 2019, 5 pm, the ESI is going to host an Erwin Schrödinger Lecture featuring Douglas N. Arnold from the University of Minnesota.

As usual, this Erwin Schrödinger Lecture is directed towards a general audience of mathematicians and physicists. In particular it is an intention of these lectures to inform non-specialist and graduate students about recent developments and results in some area of mathematics or physics.

For more information see the event website.

Registration now open for the VDSP-ESI Winterschool "Machine Learning in Physics"

Published on Nov. 12, 2019, [View only this article]

Registration now open for the VDSP-ESI Winterschool "Machine Learning in Physics", Vienna, 10-20 February 2020


Video recording system launched at ESI

Published on Nov. 12, 2019, [View only this article]

The ESI has now launched a video recoring system in the Boltzmann lecutre hall. From now on lectures will be recorded, given the consent of the speakers. The videos are made available through the ESI YouTube channel. We hope that this additional feature for documentation will be welcomed by all speakers and organizers and we hope for their support in this matter.


Published on Nov. 11, 2019, [View only this article]

Dear organizers, Dear participants,

We are informed from time to time by visitors of scamming actions in connection with their accommodation booking. Please note that you in general will not be contacted directly by ESI partner hotels about any issue regarding your reservation or booking unless we inform you that they will get in contact with you or asked you to do this by yourself. The ESI has not authorized any travel agency to act on its behalf. If you are contacted by anybody else then the ESI administration to make a hotel booking or any down payment by credit card please ignore this message.

Please inform us if you have received a suspicious phone call/email. We are trying to do our best to identify the source and to verify the message.

With kind regards,
ESI administration

Thematic Programmes at the ESI in 2021

Published on Nov. 11, 2019, [View only this article]

The following thematic programmes at the ESI are scheduled for 2021:

February 1 – March 12, 2021: Mathematical Perspectives of Gravitation beyond the Vacuum Regime
Organizers: Håkan Andréasson (Chalmers U), David Fajman (U of Vienna), Jérémie Joudioux (Albert-Einstein-Institute), Todd Oliynyk (Monash U)

April 19 – May 28, 2021: Applied Functional Analysis and High-Dimensional Approximation
Organizers: Aicke Hinrichs (U Linz), Boris Kashin (Steklov Inst. Moscow), Denka Kutzarova (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Vladimir Temlyakov (U of South Carolina), Sergey Tikhonov (ICREA Barcelona)

May 31 – July 9, 2021: The Landscape vs. the Swampland
Organizers: Gary Shiu (U of Wisconsin-Madison), Washington Taylor (MIT, Boston), Irene Valenzuela (Cornell U), Timm Wrase (TU of Vienna)

July 19 – August 20, 2021: Quantum Field Theory at the Frontiers of the Strong Interaction
Organizers: André H. Hoang (U Vienna), Iain W. Stewart (MIT Cambridge), Simon Plätzer (U Vienna), Massimiliano Procura (U Vienna)

August 23 – September 17, 2021: Geometry for Higher Spin Gravity: Conformal Structures, PDEs, and Q-manifolds
Organizers: Xavier Bekaert (Tours U), Andreas Cap (U of Vienna), Stefan Fredenhagen (U of Vienna), Maxim Grigoriev (Lebedev Inst. & Lomonosov MSU, Moscow), Alexei Kotov (Hradec-Kralove U)

New Website and Online Registration

Published on Nov. 11, 2019, [View only this article]

This summer the new website of the ESI has gone online. Thanks to Sascha Biberhofer for making this possible. From now on all ESI visitors are asked to register online via the ESI website “login”, manage their stays and submit their talks online.

Thematic Programmes at the ESI in 2020

Published on Feb. 26, 2019, [View only this article]

The following thematic programmes at the ESI are scheduled for 2020:

March 2 – March 27, 2020: Chromatin Modeling: Integrating Mathematics, Physics, and Computation for Advances in Biology and Medicine
Organizers: Tamar Schlick (New York U), Christos N. Likos (U Vienna)

May 4 – June 26, 2020: Computational Uncertainty Quantification: Mathematical Foundations, Methodology & Data
Organizers: Clemens Heitzinger (TU Vienna), Fabio Nobile (EPF Lausanne), Rob Scheichl (U of Bath), Christoph Schwab (ETH Zurich), Sara van de Geer (ETH Zurich), Karen Willcox (MIT Bosten & ICES UT Austin)

August 17 – October 9, 2020: Higher Structures and Field Theory
Organizers: Anton Alekseev (U Geneve), Stefan Fredenhagen (U Vienna), Nicolai Reshetikhin (U.C. Berkeley), Thomas Strobl(U Lyon), Chenchang Zhu (U Göttingen) 

October 19 – November 13, 2020: Large Deviations, Extremes and Anomalous Transport in Non-equilibrium Systems
Organizers: Christoph Dellago (U Vienna), Satya N. Majumdar (U Paris-Sud, Orsay), David Mukamel (Weizmann Inst. of Science), Harald A. Posch (U Vienna), Grégory Schehr (U Paris-Sud, Orsay)

November 16 – December 11, 2020: Mathematical Methods for the Study of Self-organization in the Biological Sciences
Organizers: Pierre Degond (Imperial College London), Marie Doumic (Inria & LJLL, Sorbonne U), Anna Kicheva (IST Austria), Sara Merino-Aceituno (U Vienna), Christian Schmeiser (U Vienna)

Erwin Schrödinger Lecture, Dec 6, 2018: Monika Henzinger (U Vienna) "Dynamic Graph Algorithms: A Survey"

Published on Feb. 26, 2019, [View only this article]

On December 6, 2018 at 5 p.m. the ESI is going to host an Erwin Schrödinger Lecture, featuring Monika Henzinger, a professor of Computer Science at the University of Vienna and a former director of research at Google. She received a PhD from Princeton University in 1993 and subsequently held positions at Cornell University, Digital Equipment Corporation, the University of the Saarland and the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne. Monika Henzinger is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including an NSF Career Award, an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Dortmund, as well as an ERC Advanced Grant. In her research, she focuses on combinatorial algorithms and data structure and their applications.

As usual, this Erwin Schroedinger Lecture is directed towards a general audience of mathematicians and physicists. In particular it is an intention of theses lectures to inform non-specalists and graduate students about recent developments and results in some area of mathematics or physics.

Abstract: Real-world graphs are huge and many of them change dynamically. Thus to compute properties of these graphs we need dynamic graph algorithms that efficiently maintain properties of dynamically changing graphs. We present the state-of-the-art in dynamic graph algorithms and explain some of the techniques that they use as well as recent progress in giving lower bounds for their running time.

Please visit the corresponding event page for more information.