Mathematics and Politics 2018
This symposium brings together scientists working at the interface between mathematics and politics with background in Political Sciences, Economy, Philosophy, Mathematics and other fields, as well as political practitioners. Participants come from various countries inside and outside Europe. An important example is voting inside the institutions of the European Union, e. g. in the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. The symposium addresses the often emotional debate about political representation and governance in a rational objective manner. It will apply mathematical rigor to the analysis of democratic decision making, trying to combine up-to-date methods with diverse insights into collective decisions from a range of fields. The topic of the workshop is the theory of democratic decision making. Examples are the interaction of intergovernmental and supranational elements in hybrid political institutions like the EU, the design of two-tier voting bodies such as the EU Council or the US Electoral College in the presence of preference correlation, the combination of majoritarian and proportional objectives in mixed member representation, and aggregation of preferences by means of democratic referenda with two or more alternatives. This conference is part of the Symposia program of the Volkswagen Foundation and is financed by this organization.
Conference Program: Program[pdf]
Name Subject Institution/Universtiy Country Fuad Aleskerov Mathematics Moscow Russia Claus Beisbart Philosophy Bern Switzerland Felix Brandt Computer Science Munich Germany Markus Brill Computer Science TU Berlin Germany Elmar Brok Politics Member of the EP Germany André Casajus Economics Leipzig Germany Mostapha Diss Economics St. Etienne France Andrew Duff Former EP Spinelli Group & EPC UK Edith Elkind Computer Science Oxford UK Michael Fleermann Mathematics Hagen Germany Anke Gerber Economics Hamburg Germany Stephane Gonzalez Economics St. Etienne France Katharina Gräßel Economics Bayreuth Germany Geoffrey Grimmett Mathematics Cambridge UK Bernard Grofman Politics Irvine, CA USA Manfred Holler Economics Hamburg Germany Madeleine Hosli Politics Leiden The Netherlands Frank Hüttner Economics Leipzig Germany Serguei Kaniovski Economics Wien Austria Werner Kirsch Mathematics Hagen Germany Christian Klamler Economics Graz Austria Thomas König PolEcon Mannheim Germany Jessica Kohnen Mathematics Hagen Germany Sascha Kurz Mathematics Bayreuth Germany Annick Laruelle Economics Bilbao Spain Nicola Maaser Economics Bremen Germany Alexander Mayer Economics Bayreuth Germany Vincent Merlin Economics Caen France Maria Montero Economics Nottingham UK Monika Mühlböck Politics Wien Austria Stefan Napel Economics Bayreuth Germany Klaus Nehring Economics Davis USA Hannu Nurmi Politics Turku Finland Antti Pajala Politics Turku Finland Friedrich Pukelsheim Mathematics Augsburg Germany Clemens Puppe Economics Karlsruhe Germany Vitoriano Ramirez Mathematics Granada Spain Jörg Rothe Math Düsseldorf Germany Maurice Salles Economics Caen France Peter Schiffauer Politics Brussels/Hagen Germany Wojciech Słomczyński Mathematics Krakow Poland David Stadelmann Economics Bayreuth Germany Frank Steffen Economics Bayreuth Germany Gabor Toth Mathematics Hagen Germany Rafael Treibich Economics Odense Denmark Marina Uzunova Philosophy Amsterdam The Netherlands Federico Valenciano Mathematics Bilbao Spain William Zwicker Mathematics Schenectady, NY USA Karol Życzkowski Physics Krakow Poland
The conference takes place in Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony, Germany. The conference site is the Herrenhausen Palace (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herrenhausen_Palace). This historical site, dating back to the 17th century, was reconstructed in 2013 after its destruction during World War II. Nowadays, it serves as a conference center for the Volkswagen Foundation and others. The Palace is located within the famous Herrenhausen Gardens, which include gardens in different styles, among them a formal Baroque garden. With their name tags, participants of the symposium enjoy free admission to the Herrenhausen Gardens, in which the palace is located. On Wednesday afternoon we would like to offer a guided tour through the “Berggarten” (part of the Herrenhausen Gardens).
All participants will stay in the Intercity-Hotel Hannover, where also breakfast will be served:
30159 Hannover, Germany
Phone: +49 511 1699210
Map of the Tram/Subway System Hannover (Stadtbahn): Stadtbahn[pdf]
From Hannover Airport to Hannover Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
The qickest way to is to take the 17-minute ride by train S-Bahn S5 (in direction "Paderborn"), which leaves every 30 minutes between 4:00 am and 1:30 am.
From Hannover Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) to the Intercity Hotel
The hotel is in walking distance (130 m) from Hannover Hauptbahnhof.
From the Intercity Hotel to Herrenhausen Palace
The easiest way to get to the Palace from the Intercity Hotel is to walk to the subway station “Kröpcke” (5 min walk), take the subway to the station “Herrenhauser Gärten” (either line 4 in direction “Garbsen”, or line 5 in direction “Stöcken”), and then walk for about 250m in the train’s direction. The train takes about seven minutes from “Kröpcke” to “Herrenhäuser Gärten”.