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QGM Official Opening Symposium

QGM startet its activities 1 September 2009. The opening of this National Danish Research Foundation funded Centre of Exellence will be celebrated officially 19-20 May 2010. Everyone is welcome!

2013.10.17 | Christine Dilling

Date Wed 19 May Thu 20 May
Time 10:00    18:00
Location Aud. G1

The speakers at the official opening of QGM

Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen

  • Professor at Department of Mathematical Sciences, Aarhus University. Director of QGM, will give a short presentation of the newly established research centre.

Lauritz B.Holm-Nielsen

  • Rector of Aarhus University, will as head of the host institution give an opening speech.

Klaus Bock

  • Chairman of the Danish National Research Foundation, will as chairman of the funding institution give a short speech.

Nigel Hitchin,

  • Professor at Oxford University, who will give a brief historical outline of the construction of his world-renowned geometry group in Oxford and how the two centre’s cooperation will integrate our doctoral students with theirs.

Nicolai Reshetikhin

  • Visiting Professor from University of California, Berkeley with a Niels Bohr Visiting Professorship funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. Nicolai Reshetikhin will talk about the experiences on cooperation with top university UC-Berkeley and how this cooperation will continue within QGM.

Robert Penner

  • Newly appointed Professor at Department of Mathematical Sciences, Aarhus University to play an active role in QGM. Former Professor at University of Southern California. Robert Penner has an ongoing connection to CalTech USC and he will give a small presentation on his resent protein folding research project.

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

  • Leader of the mathematics research centre Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifique (IHES) in Paris, which also is a partner of QGM personified by Professor Maxim Kontsevich, who will also be present at the opening. IHES was formed in the 50s from the Princeton model. Today, it is one of the leading centres in the world and Jean-Pierre is very accomplished at presenting the design and the principles behind the centre.

Please note that the official opening and reception is NOT at the Dept. of Math. but is located in building 1422


19 May 2010




Nigel Hitchin, Oxford






Vladimir Fock, Strassbourg University












Official opening and reception 



20 May 2010




Maxim Kontsevich, IHES





Nicolai Reshetikhin, UC Berkeley





Robert Penner, AU / California Institute of Technology


Please note that the official opening and reception from 15-18 is NOT at the Dept. of Math. but is located in building 1422


Nigel Hitchin: Poisson geometry and elliptic curves
Abstract: TBA

Vladimir Fock: Geometric quantization of cluster varieties
Abstract: TBA

Maxim Kontsevich: Cohomological Hall algebra

Abstract: Maxim will talk about his recent work with Y.Soibelman, on a new version
of Hall algebra which is a kind of categorification of Donaldson-Thomas invariants. Their formalism is applicable in a great variety of 1,2,3-dimensional situations.

Nicolai Reshetikhin: Quantum Field Theory and Statistical Mechanics
Abstract: First part of this talk is be an overview of some recent developments
in statistical mechanics with Dirichlet type boundary conditions. Then we will discuss some possible implications of these developments for quantum field theory

Robert Penner: Moduli Space Techniques in Computational Biology
Abstract: Recent joint work with J. E. Andersen and others has applied combinatorial and geometric ideas and techniques from moduli spaces to enumerative and predictive problems in proteomics and genomics  We shall discuss these ideas and then describe concrete applications as time permits.