The International Solvay Institutes present the second

Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics

After the success of the first Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics, a second edition will be organized from the 6th to the 12th of August 2006, by young PhD students and Post-docs of the service de physique théorique et mathématique of the ULB, the Theoretical Particle Physics Group of the VUB, and  the service de mécanique et gravitation of the Université de Mons-Hainaut.

The aim is to study tools useful for research in theoretical physics of fundamental interactions, generally supposed to be known but too seldom explained in details.
The summer school will consist of  about 5 hours of lectures a day, during the morning from 9h30 to 12h45 and in the late afternoon from 17h to 19h. The participants who wish to may give a short presentation on their work (10-15 min). The lectures will be given in English. The atmosphere should be informal and relaxed, so as to encourage the participants to interact with the speakers, who are also young researchers. As the level of the average participant is not known, the courses are supposed to begin with the basics, be synthetic and self-contained. Reference books will also be placed at the disposal of everyone. The major part of the afternoon is left free, in order to allow spontaneous discussions and/or meetings for questions and answers in connection with the courses of the morning. Pastoral walks, cultural visits are also possible in the afternoon.


The proposed lectures are:
  - BRST symmetry, String and String Field Theory (N. Bouatta, S. Cnockaert, S. Leclercq, C. Maccaferri, 8h)
- Algebraic geometry and K-Theory (J. Evslin, W. Jiang, 5h)
- Representations of the Poincaré group (X. Bekaert, N. Boulanger, 3h)
- Theory of Black Holes (G. Compère, 3h)
- Topology of Fiber Bundles and Instantons (A. Wijns, A. Collinucci, 4h)
- Hopf algebras, quantum groups (P. Aschieri, 3h)
Lecture notes as well as necessary qualifications will be available as soon as possible.
A temptative time schedule can be found here.


The registration fee covering the accomodation and the meals amounts to 200€. For registration, send an e-mail to, mentioning your name, university, your opinion on the program of the courses, your desiderata, a subject for a talk if you wish to give one,  ... .
The deadline for the payment is May 30 2006.
The payment should be made on the account of the International Solvay Institutes, the number of which is 210-0416482-16 .
For european payments, the following informations are also needed (in order for the payment to be free of additionnal charges):
IBAN: BE72 2100 4164 8216              BIC: GEBABEBB
We ask you to add as a communication: Inscription for Modave Summer School + first name + last name.

Since the number of participants is limited to 25 and that this number has been reached, registration is closed.

Practical information

The summer sch
ool will take place in Modave, in the center "Les Cent Fontaines" (, located at the border between the Condroz and the Ardennes.

Modave is not very accessible, the simplest solution is to take the train to HUY ( or ), from where we will organize a shuttle. Let us know when you arrive in Huy. Directions
for drivers can be found here.
Sheets are not available, so it is necessary to bring a sleeping bag or sheets, as well as pillowcases. One should also bring his towels, soap,...

People are expected to arrive on sunday the 6th in the afternoon. A meal is planned for 19h on that evening. The departure will take place on saturday the 12th, after a meal at noon. No lectures are foreseen on the 6th and on the 12th.

Webmaster: S. Cnockaert

Organizing committee: N. Bouatta, S. Cnockaert, G. Compère, S. de Buyl, S. Detournay, V. Mathieu, A. Wijns.