QFT for Mathematicians

Conference Date: 
Monday, June 17, 2019 (All day) to Friday, June 28, 2019 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Mathematical Physics


In recent decades, interaction between mathematics and quantum field theory has proven to be fertile for both fields. However, differences in language, training, and perspective have significantly hampered effective communication between the two parties.  The aim of this workshop is to tear down this wall, and help mathematicians to learn the way physicists think about QFT and eventually ``speak'' QFT fluently.   We will present short courses in and around effective field theory, algebra of quantum observables, supersymmetric field theory, topological twists, dualities, boundary conditions, and extended defects with a strong focus on the relevant examples.

Main Lecture Series

  1. factorization algebras and the general structure of QFT (Kevin Costello & Philsang Yoo)
  2. supersymmetric quantum mechanics and all that (Mathew Bullimore)
  3. boundary conditions and extended defects (Tudor Dimofte & Davide Gaiotto)
  4. supersymmetric field theory and topological twists (Si Li)

Due to overwhelming response, registration for this event is now closed.

  • Mathew Bullimore, Durham University
  • Kevin Costello, Perimeter Institute
  • Tudor Dimofte, University of California, Davis
  • Chris Elliott, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
  • Davide Gaiotto, Perimeter Institute
  • Justin Hilburn, University of Pennsylvania
  • Theo Johnson-Freyd, Perimeter Institute
  • Si Li, Tsinghua University
  • Natalie Paquette, California Institute of Technology
  • Du Pei, California institute of Technology
  • Philsang Yoo, Yale University
  • Benjamin Albert, Perimeter Institute
  • Daniel Berwick-Evans, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Francis Bischoff, University of Toronto
  • Sara Bojojevic, Perimeter Institute
  • Jennifer Brown, University of California, Davis
  • Kasia Budzik, Perimeter Institute
  • Dylan Butson, Perimeter Institute
  • Pierre Clavier, University of Potsdam
  • Ivan Danilenko, Columbia University
  • Arun Debray, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Richard Derryberry, Perimeter Institute & University of Toronto
  • Gurbir Dhillon, Stanford University
  • Andrea Ferrari, University of Oxford
  • Laurent Freidel, Perimeter Institute
  • Tobias Fritz, Perimeter Institute
  • Benjamin Gammage, University of California, Berkeley
  • Niklas Garner, University of California, Davis
  • Marco Gualtieri, University of Toronto
  • Zhengping Gui, Tsinghua University
  • Sam Gunningham, University of Edinburgh
  • John Huerta. University of Lisbon
  • Saebyeok Jeong, Stony Brook University
  • Masoud Khalkhali, Western University
  • Justin Kulp, Perimeter Institute
  • James LaDouce, Boston University
  • Ji Hoon Lee, Perimeter Institute
  • Elise LePage, Perimeter Institute
  • Henry Liu, Columbia University
  • Diego Lopez, University of Potsdam
  • Raeez Lorgat, Perimeter Institute
  • Matilde Marcolli, Perimeter Institute, University of Toronto & California Institute of Technology
  • Carl McTague, University of Rochester
  • Sebastian Mizera, Perimeter Institute
  • Sayed Faroogh Moosavian, Perimeter Institute
  • Benedict Morrissey, University of Pennsylvania
  • Alexander Otto, Perimeter Institute
  • Pranav Pandit, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences
  • Sylvie Paycha, University of Potsdam
  • Matej Penciak, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Jason Quinones, University of Arizona
  • Surya Raghavendran, Perimeter Institute
  • Sam Raskin, University of Texas at Austin
  • Sebastian Schulz, University of Texas at Austin
  • German Stefanich, University of California, Berkeley
  • Minghao Wang, Tsinghua University
  • Alexander Weekes, Perimeter Institute
  • Jingxiang Wu, Perimeter Institute
  • Fei Yan, Rutgers University
  • Matthew Yu, Perimeter Institute
  • Lucy Liuxuan Zhang, University of Toronto
  • Peng Zhou, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
  • Yehao Zhou, Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute is located approximately 115 kilometers from Toronto, Ontario. If you need transportation while attending the summer school, we suggest you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ).

A special rate has been negotiated with Airways Transit and information may be found below.

Airport Shuttle Service

Airways Transit connects Toronto Pearson airport (YYZ) with the Kitchener-Waterloo area providing 24/7 shared ride door to door service. Travel time between Toronto airport and Waterloo is approximately 1¼ hours. We have obtained a reduced single passenger fare of $89.00 one way, tax included for Toronto airport transfers. Advance reservations are required, and travel dates must correspond to conference dates to qualify.

Book online at https://www.airwaystransit.com

Enter booking code: QFT2019 (enter exactly as shown).

By phone 24 hours: +1 519 886 2121, remember to mention that you are a Bootstrap 2019 delegate.

Travel Documents and Visas

Participants need to ensure that they have the proper travel documents and visas to enter Canada. Click here for full details regarding visas, customs, tax refunds and travel.


Please reserve your accommodations soon.  A limited number of rooms have been reserved for QFT for Mathematicians participants at Wilfrid Laurier University.

This apartment style air-conditioned residence is a short walk from Perimeter Institute. Each apartment contains four private bedrooms (with single beds), two washrooms, a kitchen (with fridge and stove only) and a living room. The rate is $43.00/night/room, plus 13% HST.

Reservations can be made online at https://accommodations.laurierconferences.ca/Default.asp? Please indicate “QFT” under purpose of visit and select “Apartment Style Residence – 4 bedrooms” under residence preference.

If you have any questions, please email conferences@wlu.ca or call 519-884-0710, x3958

Scientific Organizers:

  • Kevin Costello, Perimeter Institute
  • Tudor Dimofte, University of California, Davis
  • Davide Gaiotto, Perimeter Institute
  • Ben Webster, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Philsang Yoo, Yale University