Symposium "Extremes 2014"

Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover/Germany, October 6/7, 2014

Extreme events occurring in natural and man-made systems are neither fully excludable nor reliably predictable. However, precautions and early warnings can diminish loss of lives and damage to health, ecosystems, infrastructure as well as property. Improvements depend among others on a better understanding of extreme events in complex systems. To this end computer simulations of extremes have gained considerable interest across disciplines.

This second conference is again clustered around several research projects under the call "Extreme events: Modeling, Analyses, and Prediction" by the Volkswagen Foundation. The topics include extremes in the geo, environmental, climate, and life sciences as well as mathematical statistics. A specific focus is on improved methodologies and their application to real-world problems.

The interdisciplinary symposium provides a forum for the projects funded to present their results, to discuss current issues of interest, and to develop new directions and contacts for future research. A poster session complements the scientific talks.

Researchers outside the call are invited to join the conference. However, there are limited places available.

The first status symposium ‘Extreme Events: Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction’ was held from 13 to 15 February 2013 in Hanover.


The following invited speakers will make for a broader perspective and present their view on selected topics:

  • Prof. Dr. Dan Cooley, Colorado State University, USA
  • Prof. Dr. John Dudley, Université de Franche-Comté, France
  • Dr. Rainer Sachs, Munich Re, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Johanna F. Ziegel, University of Bern, Switzerland
Program Committee
  • Dr. Ulrike Bischler, VolkswagenStiftung, Hanover
  • Prof. Dr. Tilmann Gneiting, HITS Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien, Computational Statistics
  • Prof. Dr. Norbert Hoffmann, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Arbeitsgruppe für Strukturdynamik

The symposium is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.