Past Winter Schools
A little bit of history...
Winter School in Abstract analysis has a long tradition. It was founded in 1973 by Z. Frolík in the difficult circumstances of post '68 Czechoslovakian mathematics. In a situation where contacts with mathematicians abroad were severely restricted and travel to western conferences was virtually impossible the school was meant to be a meeting where mathematicians could enjoy mathematics (and also skiing and winter sports) at least temporarily free from the pressure of the outside world. Although the first year had seen only participants from Czechoslovakia, the school quickly became an international meeting. Already in the second year mathematicians from Poland joined the meeting and in 1976 the first transatlantic participant, professor William Weiss from Canada took part.
Because of growing interest the school had split in 1978 into two separate sections: Analysis and Topology. The first section, which is traditionally held one week befor the second, focuses on real, complex and functional analysis and uniform spaces. The second one, as its title suggests, focuses on General topology, Set Theory and measure theory. Needles to say, the areas of interest overlap and the set of participants of both sections is not always empty.
Traditionally, the school is an informal meeting where emphasis is put on the joy of doing mathematics. Questions and discussions are welcome and there is plenty of space for them outside of the talks.
See B. Balcar, P. Simon: 25 Years of Winter School on Abstract Analysis, Acta Universitatis Carolinae, 1997