Thematic Programs

String-Math 2018


Program Theme

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.
The thematic program is to 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 thematic program 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.


(March 30, 2018)

GPPU school "String and Universe"  [Aug. 23, 2018 Updated]
(June 12, 2018 – June 15, 2018)

International Conference “String-Math 2018”  [Feb. 12, 2019 Updated]
(June 18, 2018 – June 22, 2018)

Special Lecture  [Feb. 12, 2019 Updated]
(June 22, 2018)

Special Lecture on the 5th Anniversary of the Tohoku Forum for Creativity
The Man from the 9 Dimensions
 [Feb. 13, 2019 Updated]
(June 23, 2018)

Discrete Approaches to the Dynamics of Fields and Space-Time  [Oct. 01, 2018 Updated]
(September 9, 2018 – September 12, 2018)

Follow up Workshop

String: T-duality, Integrability and Geometry  [Mar. 25, 2019 Updated]
(March 4, 2019 – March 8, 2019)

The 14th Kavli Asian Winter School on Strings, Particles and Cosmology
(January 13, 2020 – January 22, 2020)


Hirosi Ooguri
(Professor, California Institute of Technology/Kavli IPMU)

Koji Hasegawa
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University)

Masahiro Yamaguchi
(Professor, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University)

Satoshi Watamura
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University)


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