In recent years, the mathematical theory associated with financial risk management and the pricing of contingent claims has been a highly active field of research. The area has established itself as one of the most vigorously growing branches of applied mathematics. Model-based analysis of contracts and portfolios has become a standard in the finance industry, and the number of academic institutions offering curricula in financial mathematics is increasing rapidly. In this context, the winter school aims at providing a meeting place for participants both from industry and from academia.