Thematic Programs

International Conference “String-Math 2018”


The String-Math Conference, which has been held annually since 2011, aims to enhance interactions between physicists and mathematicians and to enhance further progress in this interdisciplinary area. The String-Math 2018 Conference will take place from June 18th to June 23nd at Hagi Hall on the Kawauchi Campus, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. It will be the culmination of a three-month thematic program String-Math 2018, and will include a session with a general public lecture on Saturday June 23, organized jointly with the Tohoku Forum for Creativity, Tohoku University.


June 18, 2018 – June 22, 2018

Venue  [Nov. 17, 2017 Updated]

・Tohoku University Centennial Hall (Kawauchi Hagi Hall) [MAP]
・Sakura Hall, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University [MAP]
・TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F, Lecture Theater, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University [MAP]

Registration  [Apr. 17, 2018 Updated]

Please note the following deadlines:
Financial Support Application: March 20, 2018
Early Registration: April 13, 2018
Visa Application: April 27, 2018
Regular Registration: May 15, 2018
Poster Session Application: May 15, 2018
Early Registration until Friday, April 13, 2018
Regular 13,000JPY
Student 7,000JPY
Registration after April 14, 2018
Regular 18,000JPY
Student 12,000JPY


Option 1: Half Day Tour to Hiraizumi on June 20, 2018 (by Bus)
Per person (Adult) 5,000JPY
Per person (Child: under 12years old) 2,500JPY
(Registration Deadline:May 15, 2018)
Option 2: Banquet at Sendai Kokusai Hotel on June 21, 2018, at 19:00
Banquet fee
Per person (Regular) 7,000JPY
Per person (Student) 5,000JPY
(Registration Deadline:May 15, 2018)


We categorize the following three types of participants:
  1. Invited Participants (Invited Speakers/Scientific Committee)
  2. General Participants
  3. Students
To register go to the secure website: [] and follow the registration instructions.
Please note that the money once paid will not be refunded.
Poster presentation application:
If you wish your poster presentation, please go to the secure website [] and follow the registration instructions with the following information:
(1) Name (2) Affiliation (3) Academic Title (4) Title of the poster (5) Abstract (6) CV (7) List of Papers

Final Acknowledgement for the registration:
After submission and some verifications you should receive an automatic acknowledgement within a few days.
The final acknowledgement will be sent by the conference secretariat, provided your registration has been sent and accepted, by confirming your payment to us.
The online registration closes on May 15th, 2018 at 17:00 Japan time. Registration on-site will be also available, but we strongly encourage online registration.

Financial Support for Young Participants:
We have a limited fund available to support approximately 10 young participants by covering their hotel room fees and their registration fees. Recipients of this support will be selected from poster session applicants. If you are interested, please make sure to submit your poster presentation application by March 20, 2018 via the registration page (note that this is earlier than the registration deadline) and send a message to srm18_sec* (change * to @) to let us know that you are applying for the support. The selection committee will make its decision based on abstracts, CVs, and publication lists submitted via the registration form. The decision will be informed until March 31, 2018.

Please email to srm18_sec* (change * to @) if you have questions. You can also contact to this email address if you need an official invitation letter and visa application.


Organizing Committee:
Chair: Hirosi Ooguri (Caltech & Kavli IPMU)
Ron Donagi (University of Pennsylvania)
Koji Hasegawa (Tohoku University)
Yoshiaki Maeda (Tohoku University)
Satoshi Watamura (Tohoku University)
Masahiro Yamaguchi (Tohoku University)

Steering Committee:  [Dec. 20, 2017 Updated]
Ron Donagi, Dan Freed, Nigel Hitchin, Sheldon Katz, Maxim Kontsevich, David Morrison, Boris Pioline, Edward Witten, Shing-Tung Yau

Scientific Committee:  [Dec. 15, 2017 Updated]
Mohammed Abouzaid, Mina Aganagic, David Ben Zvi, Miranda Cheng, Mirjam Cvetic, Kevin Costello, Simon Donaldson, Bertrand Eynard, Dan Freed, Matthias Gaberdiel, Davide Gaiotto, Sergei Gukov, Antonella Grassi, Mark Gross, Nigel Hitchin, Albrecht Klemm, Matilde Marcolli, Juan Maldacena, Greg Moore, Hiraku Nakajima, Nikita Nekrasov, Andrei Okounkov, Rahul Pandharipande, Tony Pantev, Leonardo Rastelli, Sakura Schafer-Nameki, Eric Sharpe, Marcus Spradlin, Matthias Staudacher,Yuji Tachikawa, Joerg Teschner, Peter Teichner, Richard Thomas, Pedro Vieira, Katrin Wendland, Konstantin Zarembo

List of Confirmed Speakers  [Feb. 15, 2018 Updated]

Plenary Talks:
Mohammed Abouzaid (Columbia University)
Mina Aganagic (UC Berkeley)
Nima Arkani-Hamed (Institute for Advanced Study)
Maissam Barkeshli (University of Maryland)
Francis Brown (University of Oxford)
Mirjam Cvetič (University of Pennsylvania)
Dan Freed (University of Texas, Austin)
Antonella Grassi (University of Pennsylvania)
Jeffrey Harvey (University of Chicago)
Mikhail Kapranov (Kavli IPMU)
Christoph Keller (ETH Zurich)
Zohar Komargodski (Simons Center)
Si Li (Tsinghua University)
Marcos Mariño (University of Geneva)
Victor Mikhaylov (Simons Center)
Gregory Moore (Rutgers University)
David Morrison (UC Santa Barbara)
Hiraku Nakajima (RIMS, Kyoto University)
Andrew Neitzke (University of Texas, Austin)
Tony Pantev (University of Pennsylvania)
Leonardo Rastelli (Stony Brook University)
Jörg Teschner (University of Hamburg)
Yukinobu Toda (Kavli IPMU)
Curmun Vafa (Harvard University)
Edward Witten (Institute for Advanced Study)
Masahito Yamazaki (Kavli IPMU)

Special Lecture on the Fifth Anniversary of the Tohoku Forum for Creativity:
Shing-Tung Yau (Harvard University)

Public Lecture on Saturday, June 23:
Hirosi Ooguri (Caltech & Kavli IPMU)


The List of registered participants:
To be announced

Time Schedule  [Apr. 19, 2018 Updated]

The lecture will take place in Kawauchi Hagi Hall, Kawauchi Campus , Tohoku University [MAP]

Program (tentative) : Download [PDF]

Accommodations  [Apr. 12, 2018 Updated]

There is a wide variety of hotels in Sendai, but we recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible. The online booking sites for hotels will offer rooms at competitive rates.

Hotel Information
The following is a list of the hotels in Sendai City which located in the city center (closed to Sendai Station)


Visitor Information

Eating & Drinking
There is a quite variety of restaurants, coffee shops and drinking places everywhere in Sendai City. Kokubun-cho is a familiar place for eating and drinking.


Poster  [Feb. 13, 2018 Updated]

International Conference “String-Math 2018” : Download [PDF]

Maps & Access  [Mar. 23, 2018 Updated]

How to reach the Hagi Hall from Sendai Station
Take Metro East-West line from Sendai Station and get off either at “International Center” or “Kawauchi” and walk to Hagi Hall (5 minutes)
How to reach the Katahira Campus from Sendai Station
Walk from Sendai Station on Minami-Machi Dori for 15 minutes.
Taxi is also available. (in front of Sendai station)
Maps : Download [PDF]
Sponsors:  [Nov. 17, 2017 Updated]
Secretarial support from Tohoku Forum for Creativity is particularly appreciated

Forthcoming String-Math Conferences (date to be announced):
SMC 2019 is scheduled for July 1-5, 2019 in Uppsala, Sweden.
SMC 2020 will be in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in conjunction with Strings 2020 in Cape Town.

Previous String-Math Conferences:
SM2011, Philadelphia;
SM2012, Bonn;
SM2013, Stony Brook;
SM2014, Alberta;
SM2015, Sanya;
SM2016, Paris;
SM2017, Hamburg;

Contact  [Dec. 11, 2017 Updated]

If you have questions about String-Math 2018, please contact us at srm18_sec* (change * to @)