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Modular Invariants in Topology and Analysis

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The conference will take place in the week September 8-12, 2014 at the Faculty of Mathematics of the Universität Regensburg.

Scientific Organisers

  • Matthew Ando
  • Gerd Laures
  • Weiping Zhang

Local Organisers


The rough intention of the conference is to bring together researchers interested in the following fields:

  • topological modular forms and generalizations
  • modular invariants from Dirac operators
  • secondary and higher invariants related to the Witten genus and generalizations - geometric and field theoretic constructions
  • vertex operator algebraic aspects
  • other sources of modularity of geometric and analytic invariants

Invited Speakers

Speakers include:

  • Dan Berwick Evans (Stanford)
  • Anand Dessai (Freiburg)
  • Nora Ganter (Melbourne)
  • Vassili Gorbounov (Aberdeen)
  • Owen Gwilliam (Berkeley)
  • Fei Han (National University of Singapore)
  • Hans Werner Henn (Strasbourg)
  • Michael Joachim (Münster)
  • Nitu Kitchloo (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Anatoly Libgober (Chicago)
  • Xiaonan Ma (Jussieu)
  • Akhil Mathew (Berkeley)
  • Lennart Meier (Virginia)
  • Stephan Stolz (Notre Dame)
  • Vesna Stojanoska (Bonn)
  • Peter Teichner (Bonn)


  • H. Aaya (Casablanca)
  • D. Absmeier (Bochum)
  • B. Ammann (Regensburg)
  • B. Arnold (Bonn)
  • M. Bayeh (Regina)
  • J. Beardsley (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
  • H. von Bodecker (Bielefeld)
  • L. Borutzky (Bonn)
  • D. Bruegmann (Bonn)
  • St. Chadwick (Univ. of California)
  • I. Galvez-Carillo (Terassa)
  • R. Haugseng (Bonn)
  • D. Heard (Bonn)
  • H. Heine (Osnabrück)
  • J. Heller (Bonn)
  • S. Kandel (Bonn)
  • A. Krause (Bonn)
  • J. Lind (Regensburg)
  • B. Liu (Köln)
  • Cl. Löh (Regensburg)
  • V. Lorman (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
  • M. Ludewig (Potsdam)
  • I. Mamouni (Rabat)
  • A. Mazel-Gee (Berkeley)
  • A. Nakade (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
  • J. Noel (Regensburg)
  • M. Olbermann (Bochum)
  • G. Raptis (Regensburg)
  • O. Raventos-Morea (Regensburg)
  • M. Spong (Berlin)
  • J. Sprang (Regensburg)
  • N. Stapleton (Bonn)
  • S. Thyssen (Bochum)
  • A. Tonks (London)
  • M. Völkl (Regensburg)
  • St. Wittkamp (Bochum)
  • K. Waldorf (Greifswald)
  • T. Wurzbacher (Bochum)

Registration desk information

The registration desk will be open on Monday from 8:00 in room M104 (in the math department). Please have your tickets and bank details ready.

Emergency contact: 0179 9463648 (U. Bunke) or 0176 21148539 (T. Nikolaus)


The talks take place in lecture hall H31 in the math department. To see titles and abstract, click on any name marked boldface !

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09.00 - 10.00 Teichner Kitchloo Ma Henn Gorbunov
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee in M104
10:30 - 11:30 Gwilliam Joachim Berwick-Evans Mathew Han
11.30 - 13:00 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Dessai Ganter Excursion Meier
14.30 - 15:00 Coffee in M104 Excursion Coffee in M104
15:00 - 16:00 Stolz Libgober Excursion Stojanoska
16:15-17:15 Gong Show I Gong Show II Dinner (18:00-21:00) soccer (17:00-19:00)

Excursion and Dinner

We will hike from Regensburg to Adlersberg, where we have dinner (and beer) in a very nice Biergarten. The hike will be about 8-9 km through the 'Winzerer Höhen', a nice area along the Danube.

We meet at 3:00 pm at the steinerne Brücke in Regensburg downtown and plan to be in Adlersberg around 6:00 pm. After dinner there will be a chartered bus which takes us back to Regensburg. For those how do not want to hike we will also organize transportation to Adlersberg.


At thursday afternoon we will play soccer at the university sport center. Note that we play on artificial turf.