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 is planned to take place in a hybrid format. While we hope that the situation will allow us to welcome participants in Graz, following the lectures from home via Webex will be made possible.
If the situation requires it, the summer school can also be turned into a fully virtual event. The final decision about the mode of the workshop will be made at the end of June.


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)

Update: Proceedings

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.


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 (hybrid) poster session.


  • 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)

Financial Support

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.