Women in Mathematical Physics II (23w5073)


(South Denmark University (SDU, QM center) and University of Geneva)

Jacob Posacki (BIRS)

Ana Ros Camacho (Cardiff University)



The Banff International Research Station will host the "Women in Mathematical Physics II" workshop in Banff from August 13 to August 18, 2023.

Mathematical Physics is an interdisciplinary topic at the crossroads of pure mathematics and theoretical physics. Theoretical physics (in particular string and gauge theories in various dimensions and their duality relations) has been a constant source of inspiration for mathematics over the last decades. Women are underrepresented on the most of the STEM areas, and this field is no different. It is most crucial to improve the networks of female mathematical physicists, with an emphasis on the younger generations.

Due to the pandemic, the first WoMaP workshop consisted only of a very short and limited online version hosted by BIRS in September 2020. This workshop aims to organise the first in-person "Women in Mathematical Physics" workshop. We follow the successful format of other "Women in..." workshops: Several teams of 5 to 7 members will work together on a particular problem in a specific topic in mathematics and their connection with theoretical physics - proposed by the senior leaders. Projects include topics in algebra, geometry, number theory, and topology.

During the workshop, each team leader will give an introductory lecture (1h) on her team's topic for all the participants in the workshop. This will stimulate interactions between the blocks and beyond (e.g. modular forms in non-rational CFTs, or geometric approaches to CFT) and we will also include many activities to stimulate networking between participants. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, none of the research groups from WoMaP 1 could meet in person, yet most kept working together. Please check the external webpage for more details about the groups topic and activities.