XXX Workshop on Geometric Methods in Physics 26.06-02.07.2011


The Workshop on Geometric Methods in Physics is the annual conference in the field of mathematical physics and mathematics organized by the Department of Mathematical Physics of the University of Białystok, Poland.

The topics covered in the Białowieża meetings span wide areas of mathematical physics and mathematics, inspired by physical and mathematical problems. The conference offers a good opportunity for exchange of ideas between physicists and mathematicians.

The programme consists of invited plenary lectures (55 minutes), as well as contributed talks (40 or 25 minutes), which are also open for graduate students.

The 2011 Workshop will be special for several reasons. First of all it will be XXX meeting in Białowieża. Moreover we plan to organize special sessions dedicated to three outstanding mathematical physicists whose area of scientific interest was always in center of the Białowieża Workshops.

Berezin Memorial Session: Representations, Quantization and Supergeometry

Felix Berezin (1931-1980) made important contributions to such classical subjects as group representation theory, spectral theory of operators, quantum mechanics, statistical physics and constructive quantum field theory, but he also created new concepts, such as general approach to the quantization problem, the formulation of second quantization in terms of functional integrals and especially the theory of supersymmetry and supermanifolds.

Special session devoted to B. Mielnik (75th birthday)

Bogdan Mielnik is best known for his contributions to understanding of the geometry of quantum systems, the foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum control, evolution loops and the problem of time in quantum mechanics. His results sparked a broad interest and brought Mielnik an international recognition.

Special session devoted to S.L. Woronowicz (70th birthday)

The important results of Stanisław Lech Woronowicz include a series of papers on the mathematical aspects of quantum field theory and statistical physics. His most outstanding achievement is the theory of quantum groups developed on the basis of the C*-algebras.

Please check the Workshop webpage for more information about these scientists.


  • quantization
  • superalgebras and geometry of supermanifolds
  • foundations of quantum mechanics
  • operator algebras
  • quantum groups
  • integrable systems
  • noncommutative geometry
  • Poisson and symplectic geometry
  • infinite dimensional Lie groups and Lie algebras


* - to be confirmed

We expect also the following additional speakers at the Berezin Memorial Session: Simon Gindikin (Rutgers), Gerald Goldin (Rutgers), Alexandre Kirillov (UPenn), Simon Lyakhovich (Tomsk), Vladimir Molchanov (Tambov), Emma Previato (Boston), Jeff Rabin (UCSD), Alexander Sergeev (Balakovo), and Anatole Stepin (Moscow). The lists are tentative and some speakers have not yet confirmed their participation. Also additional speakers may be included. The most recent list is always available at the conference page.


The 2011 Workshop will take place in the heart of the Białowieża primeval forest - a site of great natural beauty. We plan a number of special events during the XXX Workshop, including:

  • excursion to the Białowieża preserve,
  • campfire,
  • banquet,
  • exposition of photos and posters from previous workshops.

Last night in Białowieża is Kupala Night - with regional folk dances and music concluding in midnight search for "fern flower".

Please consult these links for more information about Białowieża forest and Kupala Night as well as some photos:
Białowieża Forest
Ivan Kupala Day
Photos from Kupala Night 2008
Photos from Białowieża and previous conferences

Arrival date will be Saturday, June 25. The scientific activity will run from Sunday, June 26 till Saturday, July 2 and will end with the Kupala Night (2/3 July). There will be a conference bus from Warsaw (about 4 p.m.) to Białowieża on June 25 and back from Białowieża to Warsaw on July 3.


Total cost of Workshop is 500/600 EUR (double/single room), which covers conference fee, full board and lodging within walking distance from the lecture hall, transportation from Warsaw to Białowieża and back. The cost of banquet and campfire is also included. In some cases we offer the participants the reduction of the conference fee (e.g., for graduate students).

There is a possibility of accommodating an accompanying person. The extra cost is 200 EUR.

More details about the accomodation will be available in second announcement.


A. Antonevich (Minsk/Białystok), A. Belavin (Chernogolovka), D. Beltiţă (Bucharest), A. Bytsenko (Londrina), V. Dragovic (Belgrade), T. Foth (London, Ontario), G.A. Goldin (Rutgers), N. Hounkonnou (Cotonou), A. Karabegov (Abilene, TX), H. Khudaverdian (Manchester), K. Mackenzie (Sheffield), B. Mielnik (Mexico City), I. Mladenov (Sofia), A. Odesskii (Brock), V. Ovsienko (Lyon), E. Previato (Boston), M. Przanowski (Łódź), J. Rembieliński (Łódź), A. Schwarz (Davis, CA), A.G. Sergeev (Moscow), V. Shramchenko (Sherbrooke), M. Shubin (Boston), J. Śniatycki (Calgary), M. Spera (Verona), S. Stepin (Moscow/Białystok), J. Szmigielski (Saskatoon), G. Tuynman (Lille), A. Veselov (Loughborough), Th. Willwacher (Zürich), S.L. Woronowicz (Warsaw), A. Yoshioka (Tokyo), M. Zelikin (Moscow)


A. Odzijewicz (Białystok) - chairman, T. Goliński (Białystok) - secretary, S.T. Ali (Montreal), V. Buchstaber (Moscow/Manchester), P. Kielanowski (Białystok/Mexico City), M. Schlichenmaier (Luxembourg), Th. Voronov (Manchester), A. Dobrogowska (Białystok), A. Sliżewska (Białystok)

Organizers of the Berezin Memorial Session

G.A. Goldin (Rutgers), A. Karabegov (Abilene, TX), E. Previato (Boston), M. Shubin (Boston), A. Stepin (Moscow)

Interested participants are requested to complete the registration form on-line before May 31, 2011, but early registration is very welcome.

The Organizers
Institute of Mathematics
University of Białystok
Akademicka 2
PL - 15 267 Białystok, Poland

tel/fax: (+ 48 85) 745 72 32

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