Description
The goal of this conference is to bring together the experts in the field of F-theory from around the globe, both from the physics and the mathematics community, in order to exchange ideas about recent progress and future endeavours.  F-theory is a non-perturbative realisation of string theory that is written in the language of algebraic geometry, and has always benefitted greatly from interdisciplinary interactions such as this conference.


TOPICS:

  • Phenomenological aspects of F-theory particle physics, including Grand Unification, proton decay, selection rules, Yukawa couplings
  • Analysis of effective theories arising from F-theory compactifications to various dimensions
  • Dualities to other string theories
  • New mathematical advances including geometrical aspects of elliptic fibrations, Matrix Factorisation, resolution of singular manifolds, Calabi-Yau four-folds and five-folds.
Go to day
  • Monday, 27 February 2017
    • 08:30 - 21:30 Monday, 27 February 2017
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 08:30 Registration & Administrative Formalities 30' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
        Slot reserved for Participants not staying in ICTP Guesthouses & Invited Speakers.
        (Participants staying in ICTP Guesthouses may register upon check-in at the Guesthouse Reception desks.)
        AFTER having registered, Visitors funded by the ICTP must collect their dues at the Operations Office c/o E. Fermi building, ground floor (Mon, Tue & Fri, 8:30-12:00/13:30-14:30).
      • 09:00 Welcome address 5'
        Speaker: Fernando Quevedo (ICTP Director)
      • 09:05 Dualities from Braids and Landscapes from Trees 1h30'
        Speaker: James Halverson (Northeastern University)
      • 10:35 Coffee Break 25' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
      • 11:00 D3-branes, Strings and F-Theory in Various Dimensions 35'
        Speaker: Timo Weigand (Heidelberg University)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:35 F-theory with terminal singularities (and Tjurina's and Milnor's numbers) 35'
        Speaker: Antonella Grassi (University of Pennsylvania)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:10 Lunch Break 1h50' ( Leonardo Building - Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 M5-branes, N=4 SYM with varying coupling and Duality Defects 35'
        Speaker: Sakura Schäfer-Nameki (Oxford University)
        Material: Slides
      • 14:35 Anomalies and gauge couplings in F-theory 35'
        Speaker: Thomas Grimm (Utrecht University)
      • 15:10 Coffee Break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
      • 15:40 Warped effective theories and holography 35'
        Speaker: Luca Martucci (Padova University)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:15 Tops and G2 Mirror Symmetry 35'
        Speaker: Andreas Braun (Oxford University)
      • 19:30 Reception 2h0' ( Leonardo Building - Cafeteria )
  • Tuesday, 28 February 2017
    • 09:00 - 16:50 Tuesday, 28 February 2017
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 T-Branes Gone Wild 1h30'
        Speaker: Jonathan Heckman (UNC Chapel Hill)
      • 10:30 Group Photograph 5'
      • 10:35 Coffee Break 25' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
      • 11:00 Toroidal Fibrations and a Unification of Dualities 35'
        Speaker: Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University)
      • 11:35 Six-dimensional theories and nilpotent orbits in Lie algebras 35'
        Speaker: Alessandro Tomasiello (Milano Bicocca University)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:10 Lunch Break 1h50' ( Leonardo Building - Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 6D SCFTs and Phases of 5D Theories 35'
        Speaker: Michele Del Zotto (SUNY, Stony Brook)
      • 14:35 Topological strings and 5d N=1 gauge theories 35'
        Speaker: Hirotaka Hayashi (Tokai University)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:10 Coffee Break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
      • 15:40 Is There a 6D F-theory Swampland? 35'
        Speaker: Tom Rudelius (Harvard University)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:15 From F-Theory to Dynamic GLSM 35'
        Speaker: Fabio Apruzzi (UNC Chapel Hill)
        Material: Slides
  • Wednesday, 1 March 2017
    • 09:00 - 22:00 Wednesday, 1 March 2017
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 E6 Yukawa couplings in F-theory as D-brane instanton effects 1h30'
        Speaker: Iñaki García-Etxebarria (MPI Munich)
      • 10:30 Coffee Break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
      • 11:00 T-branses and α'-corrections 35'
        Speaker: Fernando Marchesano (IFT Madrid)
      • 11:35 A T-brane's tale 35'
        Speaker: Raffaele Savelli (IFT Madrid)
      • 12:10 Lunch Break 1h50' ( Leonardo Building - Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 (Non-)Abelian Discrete Symmetries in String (F-) Theory 35'
        Speaker: Mirjam Cvetic (University of Pennsylvania)
        Material: Slides
      • 14:35 Evidence Towards a Swampland Conjecture 35'
        Speaker: Eran Palti (Heidelberg University)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:10 Coffee Break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
      • 16:30 ICTP COLLOQUIUM - Fundamental Lessons From String Theory 1h0'
        Speaker: Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University)
      • 20:00 Conference Dinner - Restaurant "Nuovo Savron" 2h0'
  • Thursday, 2 March 2017
    • 09:30 - 12:20 Thursday, 2 March 2017
      Location: Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall
      • 09:30 Exotic matter in F-theory and the 6D Swamp 35'
        Speaker: Washington Taylor (MIT)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:05 Maps, Moduli Spaces and Higher Order Constraints 35'
        Speaker: James Gray (Virginia Tech)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:40 Coffee Break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
      • 11:10 Exceptional N=3 theories 35'
        Speaker: Diego Regalado (MPI Munich)
      • 11:45 F-theory with quivers 35'
        Speaker: Marco Fazzi (Technion)
        Material: Slides