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Mathematics and Politics 2018

Schloss Herrenhausen
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 and Participants

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:
IntercityHotel Hannover
Rosenstraße 1
30159 Hannover, Germany
Phone: +49 511 1699210
Internet: hannover.intercityhotel.de

How to get there

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”.






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