BPS states, mirror symmetry, and exact WKB

Sheffield, 6-10 July 2020

This conference will be centred on recent progress on BPS invariants, which sit at a focal point of interaction between enumerative algebraic geometry (Donaldson-Thomas theory), quantum field and string theory (BPS spectra of N=2 theories), and the theory of complex differential equations with irregular singularities.

The conference will provide a window into current topical research and it is conceived as an invitation targeted primarily at graduate students and non-specialists in the field. The meeting will feature in particular four introductory survey lectures by world-leading experts, as well as more advanced research talks. We also aim to provide ample opportunity of collaboration and discussion in a workshop-style setting, usually with no more than 4 hours of talks each day. The conference is funded by the ERC grant `Stability conditions, Donaldson-Thomas invariants and cluster varieties and the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Sheffield.

Invited speakers include (*=to be confirmed):

  • Pierrick Bousseau (ETH Zurich)
  • Ioana Coman (Amsterdam)
  • Tobias Ekholm* (Uppsala)
  • Kohei Iwaki (Nagoya/Tokyo)
  • Oleg Lisovyi (Tours)
  • Pietro Longhi (ETH Zurich)
  • Jan Manschot (Dublin)
  • Sergej Monavari (Utrecht)
  • Andy Neitzke (Yale)
  • Nikita Nikolaev (Geneva)
  • Ana Peón-Nieto (UPC Barcelona)
  • Joerg Teschner* (DESY Hamburg)
  • Fei Yan (Rutgers)
  • Tony Yue Yu (Orsay)

The conference will start on Monday morning and will finish on Friday afternoon.

Registration and funding

Registration is now open. Please register by filling out this Google form. Deadline for registration: 31 May 2020.

We may have some limited funding to support students and early career postdocs to attend. Deadline for funding applications: 30 April 2020.

Practical information

Travel advice to get to the University of Sheffield and the Hicks building.

Organising committee

Anna Barbieri, Tom Bridgeland, Andrea Brini and Kento Osuga (Sheffield).
Contact e-mail: sm6alg@sheffield.ac.uk.