Mathematics and Politics 2018

Schloss Herrenhausen Foto: I. Adolf

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.


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  • Werner Kirsch, FernUniversität in Hagen
  • Stefan Napel, Universität Bayreuth
  • Annick Laruelle, Univsersity of the Basque Country
  • Assistance: Michael Fleermann, FernUniversität in Hagen
  • Email: Conference Account
  • Poster (right-click to download): hannover[pdf]
  • 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 ( 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:
    IntercityHotel Hannover
    Rosenstraße 1
    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.​WegHannoverHBFtoHTL

    ​​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”.


LG Stochastik | 08.01.2021