PIMS - USaskatchewan Summer School on Algebraic Geometry in High-Energy Physics

  • Start Date: 06/24/2019
  • End Date: 06/28/2019

University of Saskatchewan


In the latter decades of the 20th Century, string theory and in particular mirror symmetry paved the way for new interactions between algebraic geometry and high-energy physics. Techniques and ideas related to moduli spaces of curves, enumerative geometry, toric geometry, superconformal algebras, integrable systems, the geometric Langlands program, and topological recursion are now staples of 21st Century physics where they have found applications in computing scattering amplitudes, calculating Gromov-Witten invariants, and expressing mathematically the predictions of the anti-de Sitter / conformal field theory (AdS / CFT) correspondence.


This summer school will expose graduate students and recent postdoctoral fellows from mathematics to novel applications of geometry in theoretical physics and, for those from physics, to powerful algebro-geometric techniques that can be deployed in their work.




Invited Speakers:

Special Guest Lectures by

Nima Arkani-Hamed (Institute for Advanced Study)

Charles Doran (University of Alberta)


Mini-Courses by

Vincent Bouchard (University of Alberta)

Jonathan Mboyo Esole (Northeastern University)

Yang-Hui He (City University of London / University of Oxford)

Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Chicago)


Thomas Creutzig, University of Alberta

Steven Rayan, University of Saskatchewan


Other Information: 

Registration Details:


Undergraduate Students: $50CAD

Graduate Students: $60CAD

Postdocs: $80CAD

Other Researcher: $120 

*Registration fees include admission to the workshop dinner. It does not include accommodation. Accommodation details will be published in the next few weeks.


Registration process:

Participants should scroll to the bottom of this page and click the Sign up/Login button to register (You will be required to create a PIMS account if you do not already have one). Payment is collected through UBC and receipts will be emailed direclty to you. 


Requests for Travel Assistance:

Please email organizer Steven Rayan (rayan "at" math.usask.ca) to be considered for (limited) travel support. Travel funds can only be used for junior participants (incl. postdocs), but with higher priority for students and for those travelling from within the PIMS Network or from Ontario.


Non-Canadian Particpants:  

Organizers cannot write letters of invitation or assist with any visa or entry matters. Please note that non-Canadians entering Canada may need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) in addition to appropriate visas. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that they have the proper documentation and clearance for travel.


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