XXXIII Workshop on Geometric Methods in Physics 29.06-5.07.2014


Scientific programme

Plenary lectures:

  • Rui Loja Fernandes (Urbana, IL) - Normal Forms in Poisson Geometry and Lie Groupoid Theory
  • Alexander Gayfullin (Moscow) - Flexible polyhedra in spaces of constant curvature
  • Vassily Gorbounov (Aberdeen) - Quantum cohomology and Yang Baxter algebras
  • Andrey Lazarev (Lancaster) - Chern-Simons invariants of smooth manifolds via homological algebra
  • Martin Markl (Praha) - On the origin of higher braces
  • Alexander Mikhailov (Leeds)
  • Nikolay Moshchevitin (Moscow) - Dynamical systems in certain problems in number theory
  • Ali Mostafazadeh (Istanbul) - Spectral Singularities, Unidirectional Invisibility, and Dynamical Formulation of One-Dimensional Scattering Theory
  • Karl-Hermann Neeb (Erlangen) - A representation theoretic perspective on reflection positivity
  • Stefan Nemirovski (Moscow) - Contact topology on spaces of light rays
  • Sylvie Paycha (Potsdam) - Traces on the noncommutative torus
  • Fernand Pelletier (Savoie) - Integrability of weak distributions on Banach manifolds and applications
  • Anton Savin (Moscow) - Differential equations on complex manifolds
  • Andrzej Sitarz (Kraków) - Measuring noncommutative spaces: the metric
  • Walter van Suijlekom (Nijmegen) - Inner perturbations in noncommutative geometry
  • Alexander Voronov (Minneapolis) - The BV formalism for L_infty-algebras and quantum infty-groups
Please refer to the list of participants for more details.


The proceedings of the Workshop were usually published as a separate volume. In the last years we published in the series Trends in Mathematics by Birkhäuser, see here for more information. The proceedings will also be published this year if the financial situation is good enough. Details will be announced during the conference.

School for Young Researchers

The Organizing Committee intends to organize a school for young researchers and graduate students in the week following the Workshop. The School on Physics and Geometry will start on July 7 and last till July 12. The total cost of the School is 300 EUR (includes transportation, board, and accommodation).

During the School we plan to organize several 3h courses presented by leading experts in mathematical physics such as
  • Alexander Belavin (Moscow)
  • Pierre Bielavsky (Louvain)
  • Kirill Mackenzie (Sheffield)
  • Yuri Neretin (Moscow/Vienna)
  • Theodore Voronov (Manchester)
  • Wojciech Wojtyński (Białystok)
The list of the lecturers is not final yet and additional speakers may be included. The subjects of lectures and abstracts will be announced at later time. Please refer to the webpage for the most recent information.


From Warsaw to Białowieża and back by the conference bus

The free conference bus will be available for the participants to get from Warsaw to the Workshop site in Białowieża. The conference bus will be waiting on Saturday, June 28, at the Physics Department, Warsaw University, Hoża 69 (about 500 meters from the Warsaw Central Railway Station). It will depart for Białowieża around 16:00 (4 P.M.). We shall also arrange a free bus trip back from Białowieża to Warsaw on Sunday, July 6. The bus will depart not later than 7:00 (A.M.). It will arrive in Warsaw about 11:00. The exact time of the departure of this bus will be fixed during the Workshop.

Please note that there will be also a bus from Warsaw to Białowieża on July 6 and back on July 13 for the participants of the School.

From Warsaw Airport to Physics Department

The best way to get to the Physics Department from the airport is to take a direct train to Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna) or Railway Station "Srodmiescie". The trip takes around 20 minutes. You can also take a regular city bus (line 175) at the exit of the air terminal. One should get off at the bus stop in front of the Mariott Hotel, opposite to the Central Railway Station. Tickets cost about 4.40 zł (about 1 EUR) and can be bought at the newspapers stands or vending machines at the terminal. From there it is short walk to the Department. Members of the local organizing committee will be at hand there. Please consult the map in section travel guide.

It is also possible to take a taxi from the Airport to the Physics Department. This is more expensive (approximately 30 zł / 8 EUR), however it is safer, quicker and more comfortable. In that case please take a taxi from the taxi stand and do not hire the taxi in the arrival hall, directly from the driver, because they charge more and you should negotiate the price before the journey.

From Warsaw to Białowieża by means of public transport

There is a direct bus from Warsaw to Białowieża departing from bus station Warszawa Zachodnia at 14:20. Return bus departs from Białowieża at 5:00. The ticket price is around 45 zl / 10 euro.

There are also alternate ways to reach Białowieża from Warsaw: one through Siedlce or Czeremcha and other one through Białystok. They both meet in Hajnówka, a small town at the border of National Preserve Forest, about 15 km west from Białowieża (you can reach Białowieża by bus or contact the organizing committee for help).

For details and train/buses schedules as well as maps please check 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. Please read the previous point for information about reaching Białowieża from Białystok by bus.

There is also a possibility to go to Brest, Belarus and take a bus from there to Kamianiuki. 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 your own on the internet, 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 transparency projector as well as 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.

Also there will be a wireless internet 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. As every year, the conference has been supported by University of Białystok.

Address of the organizing committee

Institute of Mathematics
University of Białystok
ul. Akademicka 2
15-267 Białystok, Poland
tel/fax (+48) (85) 745 72 32

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