April 24, 2014

July–December 2013
Thematic Program on Calabi-Yau Varieties:
Arithmetic, Geometry and Physics

Host by the Fields Institute (map)

Organizing Committee
Mark Gross, UC San Diego 
Sergei Gukov, UC Santa Barbara 
Radu Laza, Stony Brook University 
  Matthias Schütt, Leibniz University Hannover
  Johannes Walcher, McGill University
  Shing-Tung Yau, Harvard University
Noriko Yui, Queen’s University

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The program will start with an introductory summer school and center around four workshops on the following topics:
• Modular forms around string theory
• Enumerative geometry and Calabi–Yau varieties
• Physics around Mirror Symmetry
Hodge theory in String Theory

Each workshop will be preceded by one week of introductory lectures; during the remaining time we will run seminars, colloquia and other activities. We anticipate that Workshop 2 and 3 will be held back-to-back as joint activities with the Perimeter Institute. Workshop 4 is organized jointly with PIMS CRG Program “Geometry and Physics”.

July 2 to August 30, 2013
Introductory summer school on Calabi-Yau varieties; Arithmetic, Geometry and Physics

From July 2 to August 30, study sessions, study seminars, informal lectures, research seminars, and working seminars will be organized spontaneously, by students, Fields postdoctoral fellows and members for the program.

From August 26-30, 2013, there will be an Introductory Workshop on Calabi-Yau Varieties

Anyone who is interested in attending the summer school should register online. Limited funding for local accommodation is available. For travel expenses, participants are urged to seek funding from their home institutions/countries.

Graduate courses

Each workshop will be preceeded by a 1-2 week graduate course comprising 10-15 lectures by the principal organizers and workshop attendees. The course will include materials on Calabi-Yau varieties covering all aspects of the subject: arithmetic, geometry and physics. While the courses can be attended just by themselves, they are meant at the same time as a preparation for the upcoming workshop. It is recommended that students should attend the introductory workshop (August 26-30) to find out about this lecture/seminar graduate course.
Graduate students who are registered for credit are required to attend various seminars (PDF seminars, study seminars and members' seminars) as well as the concentrated graduate courses and workshops.
Each student will be assigned some research project at the beginning of the semester. Then each student is asked to give a presentation on an assigned research project at a seminar and then write up the presentation.
The course grades are based on attendance (40%), and presentations (oral and written) (30%+30%).

Workshops and Graduate Courses

  September 9-13, 2013:
Concentrated Graduate Course
preceeding the Workshop 1 on Modular Forms around String Theory
September 16-20, 2013
  Workshop on Modular forms around string theory
Principal Organizers: Charles F. Doran, Matthias Schütt and NorikoYui

October 7-11, 2013:
Concentrated Graduate Course
preceeding the Workshop 2 on Enumerative geometry and Calabi–Yau varieties
October 15-19, 2013
Workshop on Enumerative geometry and Calabi–Yau varieties
Principal Organizers: Mark Gross, Radu Laza, Jaume Gomis, Shing-Tung Yau.
Topics : Algebraic geometry, Symplectic geometry, Tropical geometry.
Note: Workshops 2 & 3 will be organized jointly with the Perimeter Institute. In order to ease participation in both workshops, they will be held back-to-back, one at the Fields Institute and the other at the Perimeter Institute.

October 21-25, 2013 to be held at the Perimeter Institute

Workshop on Physics around Mirror Symmetry

Principal Organizers: Vincent Bouchard, Jaume Gomis, Sergei Gukov, Johannes Walcher, Shing-Tung Yau.


November 11-15, 2013
Concentrated Graduate Course
on Hodge Theory in String Theory
November 18-22, 2013
  Workshop on Hodge Theory in String Theory
a joint workshop with PIMS CRG Program “Geometry and Physics”
Principal Organizers: Charles F. Doran, David Morrison, Radu Laza, Johannes Walcher.

Seminars and colloquia

In-between workshops we will run several regular seminars and colloquia. There will be a weekly research seminar aimed at members and postdoctoral fellows. It will be accompanied by study seminars (mainly for postdocs and students) and mini-symposia as the need arises. Colloquia will be organized on a roughly biweekly schedule with the possible exception of workshops.

Special Lectures

October 15,16,17
Distinguished Lecture Series

Maxim Kontsevich, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
Week of November 13,14,18, 2013
Coxeter Lecture Series

Claire Voisin, CNRS, Centre de mathematiques Laurent Schwartz

Postdoctoral Fellows and Program Visitors

The Thematic Program on Calabi-Yau Varieties:Arithmetic, Geometry and Physics is pleased to welcome the following Postdoctoral Fellows to the Program:

Fields Postdoctoral Fellows
Sara Angela Filippini, PhD (Universita' degli Studi dell'Insubria)
Douglas Overholser, PhD (University of California, San Diego)
Andrija Perunicic, PhD (Brandeis University)
Simon Rose, PhD (University of British Columbia)
Helge Ruddat, PhD (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Michel van Garrel, PhD (California Institute of Technology)
Fields-Ontario Postdoctoral Fellow
Alan Thompson, PhD (University of Alberta)

Program Participants requesting support or office space
All scientific events are open to the mathematical sciences community. Visitors who are interested in office space or funding are requested to apply by filling out the application form.
Additional support is available to support junior US visitors to this program.
Fields scientific programs are devoted to research in the mathematical sciences, and enhanced graduate and post-doctoral training opportunities. Part of the mandate of the Institute is to broaden and enlarge the community, and to encourage the participation of women and members of visible minority groups in our scientific programs.

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