The International Solvay Institutes present the

5th Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics


We are glad to announce the fifth edition of the Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics. It will take place from the 17th to the 21st of August 2009.
The school is organised 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,  the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the KUL and the Service de physique théorique et mathématique of the Université de Mons-Hainaut.

Update (January 2010): Most of the lecture notes from Modave 2009 are now online.


The main goal of the school is to study mathematical 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 6 hours of lectures a day, during the morning and in the late afternoon. 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 morning's courses. Pastoral walks, cultural visits and sport activities are also possible in the afternoon.


The proposed lectures are:

* Classification of fiber bundles, gauge theory and D-branes, Alex Wijns (6h)

* Lie and Kac-Moody algebras, Jakob Palmkvist and Ella Jamsin (6h)

* Black Holes: theorems, folklore, conjectures, and confusions, Amitabh Virmani (5h)

* Two-dimensional conformal field theory and perturbative string theory, Raphaël Benichou (4h)

*Aspects of supersymmetry breaking, Alberto Mariotti (4h)

 *Scattering amplitudes in string theory, Bert Vercnocke and Wieland Staessens (3h)

Timetable of the lectures.

  Lectures notes as well as necessary qualifications are being updated as they are provided to us by lecturers.


The registration fee covering the accomodation and the meals amounts to 250€.
For registration, send an e-mail to, with Subject: "Registration Modave+ first name + last name"
mentioning your name, university, your mail adress, your food requierements (vegetarian etc.), and possibly general remarks, a subject for a talk if you wish to give one,  etc.

The deadline for the payment is May 30 2009.
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: Registration for Modave Summer School + first name + last name.

For any additional information concerning the school, please contact Bert Vercnocke at


Practical information

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

Arrival time: Sunday 16/08/2009 from 16pm.
Departure: Saturday 22/08/2009 before 14pm.

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,...

: Cyril Closset

Organizing committee: Alice Bernamonti, Cyril Closset, Térence Delsate, Ella Jamsin, Wieland Staessens, Walter Van Herck, Bert Vercnocke.