The Summer Schools on Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (SAMMs) are organized by the GAMM Juniors, i.e. the representatives of young researchers within the organization of GAMM.


The summer school takes place in a hybrid format. It is possible to join the summer school in person in Graz or to follow remotely via Webex.


The summer school addresses young researchers from mathematics and engineering who are already working in the field of design optimization or are interested in the field. It is primarily meant for PhD students, but also Master students or PostDocs are very welcome. We encourage people from both mathematics and engineering to participate.


The lectures will cover the following topics:

  • Shape and Topological Sensitivity Analysis
  • Pattern Analysis in Shape Optimization
  • Material and Topology Optimization
  • Numerical Optimization Algorithms

The school consists of lectures and hands-on sessions (computer or pen-and-paper exercises).

General Informations

Main lecturers

Guest speakers

The summer school will be concluded by two presentations showing the big potential of shape/topology optimization in real world applications. These presentations will be given by

  • Prof. Grégoire Allaire (Ecole Polytechnique, France)
  • Prof. Jun Wu (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)


There will be a special issue of the series PAMM (Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics) by the publisher Wiley which is directed towards participants of this summer school. It is possible to submit articles or posters. The submission deadline will be end of August 2021. More information will be available here soon. You may want to have a look at the special issue of the GAMM Juniors' Summer School 2020 here.

Update (July 12, 2021): You can find templates and instructions for manuscript preparation and upload (proceedings article or poster) here. Please follow the instructions for "SAMM 2021 Special Issue".

Update (September 14, 2021): The deadline has been extended until September 30, 2021. This will be the final deadline.


The registration is open until May 15, 2021.

Time Schedule

Please check the preliminary program.

Poster Session

In addition to the courses given by the lecturers, there will be the possibility for the participants to present their own research in a virtual poster session.

The poster template in the PAMM style is now available here.

The book of abstracts is now available: Book of abstracts


  • Dr. Peter Gangl (Graz University of Technology,
  • JProf. Kathrin Welker (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg,

GAMM Juniors' Summer Schools

Current and previous editions of SAMMs are
  • SAMM 2021: Shape and Topology Optimization (Graz)
  • SAMM 2020: Learning Models from Data (Magdeburg)
  • SAMM 2019: Space-time FEMs for parabolic and hyperbolic conservation laws (Hannover)
  • SAMM 2017: Bayesian Inference: Probabilistic Learning from Data (Braunschweig)
  • SAMM 2016: Geometric Methods in Multi-Body and Structural Dynamics (Grimma)
  • SAMM 2016: Energy Based Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Complex Physical Systems (Berlin)
  • SAMM 2015: Materials with Discontinuities (Stuttgart)
  • SAMM 2014: Differential-Algebraic Equations (Elgersburg)


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support by AVL LIST GmbH, by the Dr.-Klaus-Körper Foundation, by GAMM and by the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Geodesy of TU Graz. Moreover, hands-on labs using a jupyterhub are provided in cooperation with VSC ( and EuroCC Austria (