Participant Testimonials

Mar 07 - Mar 12, 2010

This was a great workshop. There were a few interesting talks and also lots of time for discussion. This was very useful for my present research but also in terms of discussing new ideas leading to new collaborations. The workshop certainly got me more interested in (0,2) theories and in trying to find such a description for the torsional backgrounds for heterotic strings, which are my current field of research.

Katrin Becker Physics, Texas A & M University

The workshop was beneficial and delightful, we are very grateful for having the use of the facilities. Special thanks to Brenda who was helpful throughout...

Ron Donagi Department of Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania

... on behalf of myself and the rest of the organizers, I wish to thank everyone at the BIRS center for the opportunity to hold our workshop in such a supportive environment. We were able to bring a number of different researchers together, and the workshop was certainly the start of some new collaborations. I am excited to pursue a number of directions that emerged from workshop discussions.

Ilarion Melnikov Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)

This workshop had a tremendous impact on my research, and my professional path. I was able to meet face to face with a collaborator I've only been in contact with via email. In just the first two days, we were able to concentrate our efforts, resolve several points that had us confused for some time, and give our project the final push it needed to finish it off. I presented our results at the end of the workshop, the first time I've lectured to more than just a local group, and was able to gather some interest in our work from other participants. The body of work presented by others has triggered several new ideas for my advisor and myself, hopefully leading to a set of new results which will form the basis of my PhD thesis. Hopefully, the contacts I have made will have a positive effect on my future job prospects, though only time will tell. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a more positive effect from this workshop. Old projects completed and presented, new ideas generated, and new contacts made. A great success.

Callum Quigley Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago