The International Solvay Institutes present the

6th Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics


We are glad to announce the sixth edition of the Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics. It will take place from the 29th of August to the 4th of September 2010.
(access to the 2011 edition : seventh Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics.)
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.


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 (25-30 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:

Abstracts - also contains references and suggestions for preparations (updated 16/7)

* Lie groups in physics, Josef Lindman Hornlund

* Quantization of Yang-Mills theories, Fredrik Ohlsson

* Hamiltonian formalism, Francois Dehouck and Cedric Troessaert

* From black holes to fluid dynamics, and back-, Marco Caldarelli

 * M-theory: BLG, ABJM and D-branes, Neil Copland

 * Covariant phase space of gravity, Amitabh Virmani (New addition!)

Timetable of the lectures (subject to change).

  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 (carnivore, vegan etc.), and possibly general remarks, a subject for a talk if you wish to give one,  etc.

The deadline for the payment is June 30 2010.
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 Wieland Staessens at

Participants (to be updated)

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 29/08/2010 from 16pm.
Departure: Saturday 4/09/2010 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,...

: Josef Lindman Hornlund

Organizing committee: Alice Bernamonti, Josef Lindman Hornlund, Francois Dehouck, Federico Galli, Wieland Staessens .