With the support of a fund established by Dr. and Mrs. Carrol V. Newsom
in honor of the memory of John
von Neumann, and with the support of the Mathematical Sciences Research
Institute, a symposium on Complex Geometry, Calibrations, and Special
Holonomy will take place from Monday, August 11, to Friday, August
22, 2003, at the Mathematical Sciences
Research Institute, Berkeley, California.
The topic was selected by the AMS von Neumann Symposium, whose members
at the time were Mitchell Luskin and Toby Stafford.
Robert Bryant, Duke University (Cochair)
Simon Donaldson, Imperial College
H. Blaine Lawson, SUNY at Stony Brook
Richard Schoen, Stanford University
Gang Tian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cochair)
The ideas and tools being developed in differential geometry in response
to the challenges posed in modern mathematical physics, particularly string
theory, will be the focus of the von Neumann symposium to be held at the
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute August 11 22, 2003. The
program will concentrate on current mathematical developments in complex
geometry, calibrations and calibrated cycles, special holonomy, and gauge
theory. The symposium has three intended audiences: researchers from related
fields interested in an overview of this area, postdoctoral mathematicians
and advanced graduate students in this area who wish to gain a broader
perspective on the relationships between these topics and their applications
to other areas, and senior researchers in the area who wish to broaden
their perspective by hearing more about the full scope of the subject.
The program will be organized around four minicourses, one on each of
the focus topics of the symposium, each divided into a presentation of
background material covered at the level of detail of a survey and more
advanced material with an emphasis on applications to other areas. Though
the four topics are interrelated, each minicourse will be independent
enough of the others to stand on its own as an introduction to the subject.
These minicourses will be designed so that a student with a two-semester
course in differential geometry at the graduate level will be able to
follow the lectures.
The minicourses will be supplemented by research talks for specialists
as well as expository presentations intended to be accessible to postdocs
and more senior researchers in related fields. Very few of the talks are
expected to attract the entire body of participants, so there will be
ample time for small group discussions. Further details about the content
of the symposium will appear here and on the MSRI website (http://www.msri.org/).
How to Apply to Participate
The participation of qualified women, underrepresented minorities, and
junior scientists (advanced graduate students and recent Ph.D.'s) is especially
encouraged. All persons who are interested in participating should submit
the following information: to AMS Symposium Coordinator, American Mathematical
Society, P.O. Box 6887, Providence, RI 02940; or by email to email@example.com
no later than April 1, 2003 (new deadline).
Please type or print the following:
1. Full name and mailing address.
2. Phone numbers (including area code) for office, home, and fax.
3. Email address.
4. Your anticipated arrival/departure dates.
5. Scientific background relevant to the symposium topics; please indicate
if you are a student or if you received your Ph.D. on or after 7/1/96.
6. The amount of financial assistance requested (or indicate if no support
All requests will be forwarded to the organizing committee for consideration.
Letters of invitation with specific offers of support (if applicable)
will be mailed in early April, along with a brochure of information, program
information known to date, and information on travel and local housing.
Participants will be responsible for making their own travel and housing
Questions concerning the scientific program should be addressed to the
organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com. Questions
of a nonscientific nature should be directed to the Summer
Research Conferences coordinator.