Superstring theory is a candidate for quantum gravity and it is supposed to provide a unification
of all forces in nature.
Ever since the birth of string theory, interaction with geometry has been one of the primary driving forces that has led to progress in superstring theory. On one hand, string theory has generated many new geometrical concepts; and on the other hand new ideas from geometry have often found their first applications in string theory. These topics include vertex algebras, conformal field theory, mirror symmetry, topological field theory and string theory, exact solutions of supersymmetric gauge theory
and noncommutative field theory. Recent exciting developments include the matrix model approach to N=1 gauge theory, open string mirror symmetry, the derived category approach to D-branes on Calabi-Yau manifolds, geometric transitions, proof of the N=2 Seiberg-Witten solution by instanton methods, and indications of integrable structures in super Yang-Mills theory and AdS string theory.
The program will be devoted to geometrical subjects motivated by string theory, and to recent developments in string theory and related physical fields which are of strong geometrical interest.
Within the program there will be a Workshop "Geometrical Aspects of String Theory" from the 20th of October till the 24th of October 2008.
Within the program there will be "The 22nd Nordic Network Meeting on "Strings, Fields and Branes" " from the 27th of November till the 29th of November 2008.