(Mock) Modularity, Moonshine and String Theory

Conference Date: 
Monday, April 13, 2015 (All day) to Friday, April 17, 2015 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
String Theory


Modular and mock modular forms have appeared in new and intriguing roles in relation to Mathieu and Umbral moonshine.  They also appear in studies of the quantum geometry of Calabi-Yau manifolds, three dimensional gravity, and other aspects of string theory.  This workshop will be focused on the recent developments in these intertwined directions.

Registration for this workshop will open shortly.

  • John Duncan, Case Western Reserve University
  • Tohru Eguchi, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Jeffrey Harvey, University of Chicago
  • Christoph Keller, Rutgers University
  • Albrecht Klemm, University of Bonn
  • *Greg Moore, Rutgers University
  • Sameer Murthy, Kings College, London
  • Anne Taormina, Durham University
  • *Roberto Volpato, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Katrin Wendland, University of Freiburg

*To be confirmed

More speakers to be announced

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate ground transportation arrangements on your behalf.

If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

Boulevard Limousine (estimated travel time 1hr) The fare for Boulevard Limousine for one passenger is $118.00 to the Toronto Airport.  The fare for one passenger from the Toronto Airport to Waterloo is $133.00.  To make reservations, please visit their website or call 519-886-8090.

Airways Transit (estimated travel time 1hr) Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo International Airports with the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service. To make reservations online please visit their webiste of contact them by phone 24 hours: 519-886-2121.

0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr)  Approximately $160.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656. 
Note: One or more passengers can split this $90.00 rate.

Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. 

Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401.  
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London.  
  • Proceed West on Highway 401.  
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West.  
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East. 
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west.  
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo.  
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead.  
  • Travel forward another 200 metres, but ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake).  
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate hotel accommodations on your behalf.

If you need accommodations while attending the conference, we offer suggestions for lodging below.

Waterloo Hotel 2 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 2W7 Phone: 519-885-2626 Distance from PI: 400 m

Waterloo Inn 475 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 2Z5 Reservation line: 1-800-361-4708 Reservation e-mail: reserve@waterlooinn.com Distance from PI: 3 km

Walper Terrace Hotel 1 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1 Phone: 519-745-4321 Distance from PI: 4 km

Courtyard by Marriott 50 Benjamin Road East St. Jacobs, ON N2V 2J9 Phone: 519-884-9295 Distance from PI: 5.6 km

Scientific Organizers:

  • Miranda Cheng, University of Amsterdam
  • Matthias Gaberdiel, ETH Zurich
  • Jaume Gomis, Perimeter Institute
  • Shamit Kachru, Stanford University