XXXV Workshop on Geometric Methods in Physics 26.06-2.07.2016


Scientific programme

Plenary lectures:

  • Dorothea Bahns (Göttingen) - An infinite dimensional Lie algebra and conserved charges in String theory
  • Ivan Cheltsov (Edinburgh) - Stable and unstable del Pezzo surfaces
  • Maxim Grigoriev (Moscow) - Supergeometry of gauge PDE and AKSZ sigma models
  • Sergei Merkulov (Luxembourg) - Props of ribbon graphs, involutive Lie bialgebras and moduli spaces of curves
  • Ruben Mkrtchyan (Yerevan) - Universality in simple Lie algebras and Chern-Simons theory
  • Nikolay Nessonov (Kharkov) - Description of the indecomposable states on the infinite symmetric group invariant with respect to the Young subgroups
  • Michael Pevzner (Reims) - Symmetry breaking operators for infinite-dimensional representations
  • Emma Previato (Boston) - Elliptic and Hyperelliptic Fibrations in Integrability
  • Claude Roger (Lyon) - An algebraic background for hierarchies of PDE in dimension (2|1)
  • Margit Rösler (Paderborn) - Special functions associated with root systems and asymptotic harmonic analysis
  • Richard Szabo (Edinburgh) - Perspectives on nonassociative geometry
  • Craig Tracy (Davis) - Integrable Probability and the Role of Painlevé Functions
  • Milen Yakimov (Baton Rouge) - Generalized Gelfand-Tsetlin integrable systems and cluster algebras
  • Vladimir Zakharov (Tucson) - TBA
  • Weiping Zhang (Tianjin) - Vanishing theorems on foliations
Please refer to the list of participants for more details.

Special Session: Integrability & Geometry

Integrable Systems theory has always been a direction strongly represented at the Białowieża Workshops. In 2016, the Workshop will include a special session focused on Integrability and Geometry (principal organizers: Ekaterina Shemyakova and Emma Previato). US-based participants of this session are supported by the National Science Foundation grant.

Białowieża volume

We plan to publish a Białowieża volume containing select contributions of participants of the Workshop. In the last years we published in the series Trends in Mathematics by Birkhäuser, see here for more information. If the financial situation is good enough, the volume will also be published this year. Details will be announced during the conference.

School for Young Researchers

In the week following the Workshop, we organize a school for young researchers and graduate students. The School on Physics and Geometry will start on July 4 and last till July 9. The total cost of the School is 300 EUR (includes transportation, board, and accommodation).

During the School the following 3h courses will be presented by leading experts in mathematical physics such as
  • Alexei Bolsinov (Loughborough) - Integrable geodesic flows
  • Marek Bożejko (Wrocław) - Anyonic Fock spaces, q-CCR relations for |q| = 1 and relations with Yang-Baxter operators
  • Tomasz Brzezinski (Swansea/Białystok) - Differential forms on non-commutative algebras
  • Jerzy Kijowski (Warszawa) - General Relativity Theory and its canonical structure
  • Kirill Mackenzie (Sheffield) - Symplectic groupoids and Poisson structures
  • Emma Previato (Boston)
  • Theodore Voronov (Manchester)
The list of the lecturers is not final yet and additional speakers may be included. Please refer to the webpage for the most recent information.


From Warsaw to Białowieża and back by the conference bus

The free conference bus from Warsaw to the Workshop site in Białowieża will be available to the participants. The bus will depart from Warsaw on Saturday, June 25 at 16:00. We shall also arrange a free bus trip back from Białowieża to Warsaw on Sunday, July 3. The bus will depart not later than 7:00 (A.M.). It will arrive to Warsaw about 12:00.

The bus from Warsaw to Białowieża will be waiting in front of the Palace of Culture and Science (Parade Square / Plac Defilad) on the parking at Marszałkowska str. (about 500 meters from the Warsaw Central Railway Station) - look for the conference posters on the bus. It will arrive around 12:00. Members of the local organizing committee will be at hand near the bus. Please consult the map in section travel guide on our webpage.

The best way to get there from the airport is to take a direct train to Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna) or Railway Station "Śródmieście". The trip takes around 20 minutes.

Please note that there will be also a bus from Warsaw to Białowieża on July 3 and back on July 10 for the participants of the School. Details will be announced later.

From Warsaw to Białowieża by means of public transport

There is a direct bus from Warsaw to Białowieża departing from bus station Warszawa Wschodnia (East) at 14:50. Return bus departs from Białowieża at 5:00. The ticket price is around 45 zl / 10 euro and can be bought on-line.

There are also alternate ways to reach Białowieża from Warsaw: one through Siedlce or Czeremcha and other through Białystok. For details and train/buses schedules as well as maps please check the travel guide.

From Moscow to Białowieża by means of public transport

There is a very good train connection from Moscow to Grodno and then to Białystok. It may be cheaper and faster than connection through Warsaw.

There is also a possibility to go to Brest, Belarus and take a bus from there to Kamyanyuki. There is a border crossing point nearby which allows foot crossing. It is only several kilometers from Białowieża and someone from organizing committee can pick you up from there by car.

Hotels in Warsaw

The organizers can book a hotel room in Warsaw, either before or after the Workshop. We usually book rooms in Warsaw University Hotel "Hera". Moreover there are many convenient hotels you can book on-line, see e.g. Hotel Gromada Warszawa Centrum "Dom Chłopa".

Registration fee

The conference fee is 150 EUR. The cost of living expenses is 350 EUR. It covers full board and lodging (double room) within walking distance of the lecture hall, and transportation from Warsaw to Białowieża and back. The accommodation in a single room costs additional 100 EUR. However due to the limited hotel service in Białowieża it may not be possible in all cases. There is the cost of 300 EUR for each accompanying person.

Fees should be paid in cash and we can accept equivalent in USD or PLN. Unfortunately we cannot accept credit cards, personal checks, bank drafts or travelers checks. In some cases we offer the participants a reduction of the conference fee (e.g. for graduate students).

The participants are kindly asked to notify us about any dietary restrictions.

Technical equipment

There will be a computer projector available for your talks. You can use your own laptop or the one supplied by the organizers. We are able to process pdf, ps, and powerpoint-compatible presentations.

There will be a wireless internet connection available to participants in the lecture room and in some hotels.

Social events

During the Workshop we will organize several special events. On Monday evening we plan to have a campfire with roasted meat and traditional music. On Thursday there will be a banquet, and the Friday morning is planned to be free from lectures. We intend to organize a guided excursion to the Białowieża preserve during that morning.


The Workshop has been supported by the Belgian Scientific Policy under the IAP network DYGEST P7/18. Some US-based participants of "Integrability & Geometry" session have been supported by National Science Foundation, which has covered travel costs and registration fee, see grant details on NSF page. Moreover, as every year, the conference has been supported by University of Białystok.

Address of the organizing committee

Institute of Mathematics
University of Białystok
ul. Ciołkowskiego 1M
15-245 Białystok, Poland

Event sponsored by:
National Science Foundation          Belgian Science Policy Office          University of Bialystok

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