String-Math 2011
UPenn, Philadelphia, June 6-11, 2011  
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For mathematics, string theory has been a source of many significant inspirations, ranging from Seiberg-Witten theory in four-manifolds, to enumerative geometry and Gromov-Witten theory in algebraic geometry, to work on the Jones polynomial in knot theory, to recent progress in the geometric Langlands program and the development of derived algebraic geometry and n-category theory. In the other direction, mathematics has provided physicists with powerful tools, ranging from powerful differential geometric techniques for solving or analyzing key partial differential equations, to toric geometry, to K theory and derived categories in D-branes, to the analysis of Calabi-Yau manifolds and string compactifications, to the use of modular forms and other arithmetic techniques.

International Advisory Committee

Michael Atiyah
Katrin Becker
Melanie Becker
Tom Bridgeland
Philip Candelas
Kevin Costello
Robbert Dijkgraaf
Simon Donaldson
Michael Douglas
Dan Freed
Edward Frenkel
Dennis Gaitsgory
Alexandre Givental
Antonella Grassi
Nigel Hitchin
Sheldon Katz
Albrecht Klemm
Maxim Kontsevich
Varghese Mathai
Greg Moore
David Morrison
Hiroshi Ooguri
Rahul Pandharipande
Jonathan Rosenberg
Yong-Bin Ruan
Albert Schwarz
Richard Thomas
Karen Uhlenbeck
Cumrun Vafa
Katrin Wendland
Edward Witten
S.T. Yau

This is the first conference in a series of large meetings bringing together mathematicians and physicists who work on ideas related to string theory. String theory, as well as quantum field theory, have contributed a series of profound ideas which gave rise to entirely new mathematical fields and revitalized older ones. The conference aims to engage the large and rapidly growing number of mathematicians and physicists working at the string-theoretic interface between the two academic fields and to facilitate the flow of ideas with mathematical techniques and ideas contributing crucially to major advances in string theory. 

Topics to be covered include but are not limited to

  • Homological mirror symmetry
  • Categorical constructions of topological field theories
  • Mathematical string phenomenology
  • F-theory
  • Wall crossing formulas
  • Geometric Langlands
  • Arithmetic of strings
  • Gromov-Witten theory and related enumerative geometry
  • A-twisted Landau-Ginzburg models
  • String topology
  • Elliptic cohomology
  • Heterotic mirror symmetry
  • Topological T duality
  • String measures
  • Chiral de Rham complexes
  • Noncommutative geometry

News: StringMath 2012 will take place July 16 - 20, 2012, at the University of Bonn, Germany.

Live streaming of lectures: Click HERE to see the lectures live.

For people staying in the dorms: You will be staying in Harrison College House, located at 3910 Irving Street. You will receive your room assignment when checking in at the Harrison Information Center (front desk) on your scheduled check-in date. The Harrison Information Center is open 24/7, so someone will be there to greet you upon your arrival. Please be sure you have a photo ID with you at check-in to obtain your key.
Detailed check-in instructions and directions to the Harrison College House

Public Lecture: As part of the conference activities, Professor Cumrun Vafa, Donner Professor of Science at Harvard University, will deliver a public lecture "Strings and Geometry" on Monday, June 6, 5:30pm in David Rittenhouse Laboratory, room A1. Click here for the poster for the public lecture. A live stream of the public lecture will be available HERE

Note: Talks will start in the morning of Monday, June 6 and will finish by noon on Saturday, June 11.

Interested participants should register by filling the
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Jonathan Block
Mirjam Cvetic
Jacques Distler
Ron Donagi
Tony Pantev
Eric Sharpe

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