GROW 2024

11th Workshop on Graph Classes, Optimization, and Width Parameters

Cottbus, Germany

September 9–12, 2024


The Workshop on Graph Classes, Optimization, and Width Parameters (GROW) series of workshops brings together experts in both theoretical and practical issues to design new strategies for dealing with intractable graph problems. GROW is an invitation only, grassroots organized workshop held every second year.



Cottbus is a university city and modern center of the Lusatia region of around 100,000 inhabitants. It is situated around 125 km southeast of Berlin on the southern edge of the famous Spreewald Forest and north of the developing man-made Lusatian Lake District. Spreewald Forest is a biosphere reserve of UNESCO where the river Spree branches out into hundreds of smaller streams making up a unique and mystical water maze in Central Europe. Cottbus is also one of the cultural centers of the Wends and Sorbs, a Slavic ethnic minority in Germany.

BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg

The conference is held at the Main Campus of BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg. The BTU is a technical university with campuses in Cottbus and Senftenberg.

Travel Information

Getting to Cottbus

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is the best option to reach Cottbus by plane. From that airport you can reach Cottbus train station (Cottbus Hbf) in at most 1.5 hours by train.
Other airports in the nearby area are Airport Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) and Airport Dresden (DRS). From these airports the train connections take longer and are more expensive than from Berlin.

Getting from Cottbus train station to BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg

The university campus can be reached easily via public transport in less than 15 minutes. If you like to walk, it is 30 minutes from the train station.

Venue Address

BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg
Großer Hörsaal
Konrad-Zuse-Straße 4
03046 Cottbus

Link to a map with the airports and the venue: OpenStreetMap.

Link to a map of the university: campus map.

Registration & Talk Submission

The registration prices below include the conference registration fee, coffee breaks, and entry to all social activities, such as a welcome reception (on September 8, 2024), a excursion to the Spreewald (planned for Tuesday September 10, 2024), and conference dinner (planned for Wednesday September 11, 2024). The registration fee does not include accommodation or any additional meals beside the conference dinner.
There are two options for the excursion (see below) and you have to choose between them during the registration.
There is also an option to have further tickets for the dinner including the excursion.
The registration fee has to be payed via bank transfer. The details are given to you after your registration.

Prices in EUR

Additional Ticket
(dinner, excursion)
Early bird (until July 31) 160 100
Late registration (from August 1) 260 100

You have received the links to the registration page and to the submission page for talk abstracts via email. If you have lost this email, please contact the organizers.


We offer two options for the excursion to the Spreewald. In general, we suggest to bring weather-proof clothing with you.

Punt Trip

Just sit down in the punt and let the driver do the rest.

Paddling Tour

You like it more sportive? Then choose this option. You share a kayak with another participant. Together with the other participants and guided by the local organizers you explore the small canals of the Spreewald using your own muscles.

Invited Speakers

Paloma T. Lima

IT University of Copenhagen

Paloma T. Lima is an assistant professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, working in the Algorithms group. Before coming to Denmark, she was a PhD student (2016–2019) and a postdoctoral researcher (2020–2021) at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her research interests revolve around structural graph theory and parameterized complexity.

Ignaz Rutter

University of Passau

Ignaz Rutter is professor at the University of Passau. Beforehand, he was assistant professor at TU Eindhoven (2016–2018), deputy professor at Goethe University Frankfurt (2016) and at the Charles University in Prague (2013–2014) and at the KIT in Karlsruhe (2011–2016). In Karlsruhe, he also obtained his master's and PhD degree.

Eunjung Kim


Eunjung Kim is an associate professor at School of Computing, KAIST in South Korea and a CNRS researcher. She was hosted at LAMSADE (2011–2023) and, beforehand, she was a postdoc at CNRS-LIRMM (2010–2011). She obtained the master's degree in industrial engineering at KAIST and a PhD degree in computer science at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Local Organizers

  • Jesse Beisegel
  • Diana Hübner
  • Ekkehard Köhler
  • Fabienne Ratajczak
  • Robert Scheffler


For questions about the conference or the website contact the organizers via grow2024 (at)