The Geometry of Moduli Spaces in String Theory

David Wood

  •  2 Sep 2024 - 13 Sep 2024
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Philip Candelas (University of Oxford)
Xenia de la Ossa ( University of Oxford)
Johanna Knapp (University of Melbourne)
Jock McOrist (University of New England)
Sebastien Picard (University of British Columbia)
Gabriele Tartaglino-Mazzucchelli (University of Queensland)

Program Description:
The discovery of the relevance of Calabi-Yau manifolds to string compactifications, and later its associated mirror symmetry are two examples of discoveries in string theory that led to small revolutions in pure mathematics. The lesson learned over several decades appears to be: the drive for realistic theories of quantum gravity has generated remarkable and novel pure mathematics. This programme centres on the latest developments in the geometry related to the moduli space of string theories. In particular, we focus on three key topics:

• Non-Kahler complex 3-folds, G2 manifolds and D-branes;
• Sigma models and localisation;
• Topological invariants in string theory.

This research program will bring world leading expertise in these topics from both internationally and domestically to discuss the latest developments and forge new directions.

Program Structure: TBD

Participant List:
Johanna Knapp (University of Melbourne)
Jock McOrist (University of New England)
Gabriele Tartaglino-Mazzucchelli (University of Queensland)
Sebastien Picard (University of British Columbia)
Philip Candelas (University of Oxford)
Xenia dela Ossa (University of Oxford)
Mario Garcia-Fernendez (Instituto de Ciencias Matematicas (ICMAT))
Kentaro Hori (Kavli IPMU, University of Tokyo)
Eric Sharpe (Virginia Tech)
Luca Cassia (University of Melbourne)
Peter Bouwknegt (Australian National University)
Joseph McGovern (University of Melbourne)
Robert Pryor (University of Melbourne)
Paul Norbury (University of Melbourne)
Bryan Wang (Australian National University)
Mateo Galdeano (Universität Hamburg)
Shinobu Hosono (Gakushuin University)
Martin Sticka (University of New England)
Mohammad Elmi (Rutgers University)
Pyry Kuusela (Johannes Guttenberg University Mainz)
Emanuel Scheidegger (Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research, Peking University)
Ruxandra Moraru (University of Waterloo)
Thorsten Hertl (University of Freiburg)
Thalia Greinke (Australian National University)


  • Deadline: 31 March 2024
  • Registration is by invitation only. If you are interested to participate in this program, please contact one of the organisers with your CV and research background.
  • Arrival date: 1 September 2024


MATRIX Wine and Cheese Afternoon 3 September 2024
On the first Tuesday of each program, MATRIX provides a pre-dinner wine and cheese afternoon. Produce is locally-sourced to showcase delicacies from the region.