The 8th Gene Golub SIAM Summer School in Maths 2017, Germany

Publish Date: Nov 15, 2016

Deadline: Feb 01, 2017

About the program

The 8th Gene Golub SIAM Summer School will take place at the Akademie Berlin-Schmöckwitz in Germany and will be held in conjunction with the SIAM Activity Group in Linear Algebra (SIAG/LA) International Summer School on Numerical Linear Algebra.

The school is intended for Master and PhD students in mathematics and related programs who would like to learn about the state-of-the-art in the area of data sparse approximations and algorithms. The school will consist of four courses on the theory of sparse representation and approximation, tensor based methods and computation, algorithms for sparse numerical linear algebra, and sparsity in optimization. The lecturers of the school include

  • Bernhard G. Bodmann, University of Houston, USA
  • Lars Grasedyck, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Serge Gratton, CERFACS, France

All courses will have a strong computational component. The school will be held in the spirit of Gene Golub, with lots of interactions between the lecturers and the participants. A poster session during the summer school will give participating students the opportunity to present their own work to the whole group.

The school is being organized by Gitta Kutyniok, Jörg Liesen, and Volker Mehrmann, all from the Institute of Mathematics of the TU Berlin, Germany. Applicants selected to participate pay no registration. Funding for local accommodations and meal expenses will be available for all participants. Limited travel funds are also available.


We invite graduate students (working toward a M.Sc. or PhD or equivalent) from all countries and from all disciplines related to the topic of the school to apply. Attendance will be restricted to about 40 well-qualified participants, who will be selected based on the submitted application documents.

It is part of the G2S3 2017 mission statement to increase diversity in the Computational Sciences. We therefore particularly encourage female students and students from under-represented minorities to apply, as well as students from smaller institutions.

In order to apply, please send the following documents, all written in English and combined into a single PDF file to golub2017(at)

  • A cover letter describing your relevant experience and your motivation to take part in the G2S3 2017 (2 pages max.)
  • A short CV (2 pages max.)
  • A transcript containing relevant classes you attended (only course titles and grades)
  • If required, an application for financial support of travel costs (see below)
  • Please use the following email subject: G2S3 Application: last name, first name.
  • In addition, one letter of recommendation from your advisor should be sent separately to golub2017(at) using the email subject G2S3 Reference: last name, first name.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2017.

Applying for Financial Support

The generous sponsorship from SIAM makes it possible that all selected participants will have their lodging and meals covered by the school. In addition, we will (at least partially) reimburse reasonable travel costs upon application. If you require travel support, then please submit a brief statement indicating the expected amount with your application. A request of funding will not influence the decision on admission to the school.

While it is our goal to refund expenses for as many participants as we can, we cannot make guarantees at this point. Candidates are strongly encouraged to inquire whether travel support is available with their advisor or institution. Funding decisions will be communicated in the notification letters of the successful candidates.

The courses will start on May 29, 2017, at 9 a.m., and the last lecture will end on June 9, 2017, around noon. The weekend in between (June 3-4) will be used for group activities (e.g. sightseeing in Berlin or Potsdam). Participants are expected to stay for the entire school.


The Akademie Berlin-Schmöckwitz is located directly on a lake outside the downtown area of Berlin (distance to the Brandenburg Gate about 30km). The next airport is Berlin-Schönefeld (distance about 15km), and the venue is linked via bus to the Berlin S-Bahn stop in Zeuthen.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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