Women at the Intersection of Mathematics and High Energy Physics

Monday, 18 February, 2019 to Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

The conference "Women at the intersection of Mathematics and High Energy Physics" will take place in Geneva at the Villa Batelle (Section de Mathématiques - Université de Genève) from February 18-20, 2019.

If you wish to take part in the conference as participant or presenter (topical talks), please fill in the registration form.

Registration deadline: January 15, 2019




Images: Noel Tovia Matoff


Description of the conference:

The primary goals of the workshop are to promote the visibility of women in fields of research at the threshold of mathematics and theoretical physics and to stimulate interactions across the borders of mathematics and theoretical physics.

The workshop is targeting a field of research where women are specially underrepresented. We wish to help create a community/network for women "at the intersection of mathematics and theoretical physics", a field where genuine interaction is essential due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topics.

The programme of the workshop entails pedagogical lectures and shorter topical talks, all delivered by women speakers, with the goal to teach each other, stimulate interactions and to foster possible collaborations between the participants, as well as to motivate the younger generation to enter these fields of research.

Two panel discussions related to women/gender issues in mathematical physics will also be held, trying to pinpoint the problems specific to such interdisciplinary fields of research and to search for possible solutions/actions specifically aimed at the younger generations.


Conference organizers:

International Organizing Committee

Xenia de la Ossa (University of Oxford, UK), Sylvie Paycha (Universität Potsdam, Germany), Kasia Rejzner (University of York, UK), Anne Taormina (Durham University, UK)

Local Organizing Committee

Anton Alekseev (Université de Genève, Switzerland), Susanne Reffert (Universität Bern, Switzerland)


Invited speakers and subjects (introductory lectures):

- Symmetry and duality: Marta Mazzocco (University of Birmingham, UK) and Anastasia Volovich (Brown University, USA)

- Topological, algebraic and geometric invariants: Mina Aganagic (Berkeley University, USA) - to be confirmed, Sofia Lambropoulou (National Technical University Athens, Greece) and Chenchang Zhu (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)

- Locality and singularities: Fay Dowker (Imperial College London, UK) and Margherita Disertori (Universität Bonn, Germany)

The introductory lectures will be followed by short topical talks, allowing ample time for free discussion.

An aperitif will be served at the end of the topical talks on Monday Feb.18th


Detailed programme and schedule available soon.


Previous conferences:

DESY Hamburg: April 9-12, 2018

Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics: March 6-10, 2017


Travel information:

Arrival by plane:

- Take the train from the airport station to Geneva main train station "Gare Cornavin" (duration: 7 min - schedule available here)

- Take the tram n°18 (direction: "Bachet-de-Pesay") and get off at the tram stop "Carouge-Rondeau"

- The Villa Batelle is at 7min. walk (up the slope)


Arrival by train (from Geneva main train station "Gare Cornavin"):

- Take the tram n°18 (direction: "Bachet-de-Pesay") and get off at the tram stop "Carouge-Rondeau"

- The Villa Batelle is at 7min. walk (up the slope)


Arrival by car:

Adress and GPS coordinates:

Villa Batelle Route de Drize Genève

Latitude : 46.1766174
Longitude : 6.138884400000052


Geneva Public Transportation (company "TPG"):

Free Transport Pass

When you stay in a hotel, a youth hostel or a campsite in the canton, you will receive a "Geneva Transport Card" free of charge. This includes buses, trams, trains, and yellow taxi-boats (called "Mouettes").

With this card, public transport in Geneva (TPG) is free for the full duration of your stay. Just ask for it upon arrival on the reception.



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Event location: 

Villa Batelle (Université de Genève)
Route de Drize
1227 Carouge