Women in Mathematical Physics (Online) (20w5170)


Ana Ros Camacho (Cardiff University)

(South Denmark University (SDU, QM center) and University of Geneva)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Women in Mathematical Physics" online workshop in Banff from September 21 to September 22, 2020.

Mathematical Physics is an interdisciplinary topic at the crossroads of pure mathematics and theoretical physics. On the one hand, theoretical physics (in particular string and gauge theories in various dimensions and their duality relations) has been a constant source of inspiration for mathematics over the last decades. They have made the mathematical community realize underlying connections between mathematical entities which otherwise would have taken much longer, and have guided many astounding recent developments in very diverse topics. As an exchange, the study of properties and the application of new mathematical structures is essential to understand the nature of string theory and quantum gravity. In this workshop we plan to create an environment with talks and disscussions in the direction where mathematical rigor and physical intuition merge in a natural way.

Women are underrepresented on the most of the STEM areas, and this one is no di erent. It is often the lack of nominations of women that leads to all-male lists of presenters at international mathematical conferences and prize winners. It is most crucial to improve the networks of female mathematical physicists, with an emphasis on the younger generations. Our workshop will create and strengthen such networks - all this in a supportive environment. To achieve this, we will follow the established, successful format of previous female-only events like "Women in Topology" or "Women in Noncommutative Algebra and Representation Theory". We will have few introductory talks and ample time for research in teams and discusssions.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).