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Dualities and Generalized Geometries
September 9 - September 16, 2018
Co-organized by: COST: Action MP1405 Quantum structure of spacetime (QSPACE)
Co-organized and Supported by:  
  National Technical University of Athens
  Municipality of Corfu
  Institutes: Queen Mary University of London, Rudjer Bošković Institute Zagreb, NTU Athens, LMU & Max Planck Institute for Physics, Swansea University
Organizing Committee:
David Berman (Queen Mary University of London), Athanasios Chatzistavrakidis (Rudjer Bošković Institute, Zagreb), Alex Kehagias (NTU Athens), Dieter Lüst (LMU & Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich), Daniel Thompson (Swansea University)
Invited Lecturers include:
H. Samtleben (Ecole Normale Sup. de Lyon) Introduction and Review of Exceptional Field Theory
R. Szabo (Heriot-Watt U.) An introduction to Non-Associative Physics
D. Thompson (Swansea U.) An introduction to Non-Abelian & Generalised T-duality and its applications to holography and integrability
Invited Speakers include:
E. Bergshoeff (U. Groningen) Y. Lozano (Oviedo U.)
C. Blair (Vrije U. Brussel) D. Lüst (LMU & MPI Munich)
M. Cederwall (Chalmers U. of Technology) E. Malek (LMU Munich)
F. Hassler (North Carolina) D. Marqués (IAFE)
M. Henneaux (U. Libre Bruxelles) C. Nunez (Swansea U.)
B. Hoare (ETH Zurich) R. Otsuki (Queen Mary U., London)
O. Hohm (SCGP, Stony Brook) J.-H. Park (Sogang U.)
C. Hull (Imperial College) F. Pezzella (INFN, Naples)
L. Jonke (Rudjer Bošković Inst.) F. Riccioni (INFN Roma La Sapienza)
F.S. Khoo (Rudjer Bošković Inst.) F. Rudolph (LMU Munich)
V. Kupriyanov (MPI Munich) P. Schupp (Jacobs U. Bremen)
O. Lechtenfeld (Leibniz U. Hannover) K. Sfetsos (U. of Athens)
K. Lee (IBS, Korea) C. Strickland-Constable (CEA/Saclay)
U. Lindstrom (Uppsala U.) L. Wulff (Masaryk U., Brno)
Workshop speakers will be also selected among the participating young scientists
Scientific Context:

This workshop aims at bringing together experts in theoretical and mathematical physics, working on diverse aspects of dualities in field and string theories and on generalizations of geometry such as non-commutative, non-associative and generalized complex geometries.

In recent years, there has been a tremendous progress in the study of the quantum structure of space-time from the point of view of closed string theory, mainly sparked from the discovery of theories promoting dualities as manifest symmetries, such as Double Field Theory and Exceptional Field Theories, the discovery of non-commutative and non-associative geometries in closed string backgrounds with fluxes, and the interplay of generalised notions of duality with integrable models and the applications of generalised dualities to holography.

An exciting aspect of these developments is that they brought together physicists and mathematicians representing different traditions in the study of space-time structures, such as non-commutative geometry, string theory, generalized complex geometry, differential geometry of Lie and Courant algebroids, and others. Furthermore, interest in the area encompasses physical approaches with emphasis on applications to gravity and cosmology, as well as more formal approaches with focus on geometry and mathematical structures. Our workshop will offer an environment where this scientific diversity will be represented and boosted.

Topics Include:
  • Extended field theory formalisms for T- and U-dualities
  • Non-geometric string backgrounds and exotic branes
  • Non-commutative and non-associative structures in string and M theories
  • World-sheet/World-volume approaches to T- and U-dualities
  • Generalised notions of T-duality and their interplay with integrability
Registered Participants: click here for list
Programme September 9: Arrival/Registration day. September 16: Departure date.
Detailed programme: available here.
Meeting Location Mon-Repos, Corfu, Greece (google map of the area, geo:39.606101,19.926115)
Registration Fee The registration fee is 150€. The fee is waived if the lowcost package is chosen. Payments must be transferred to the NTUA bank account shown in this form and the receipt emailed to Mrs Ifigeneia Moraiti.