The Mathematics of Conformal Field Theory II

6–10 July 2020

This event has been postponed due to COVID-19. It will take place in 2021 - dates to be confirmed.

The recent drive in theoretical physics to unify gravity with the other fundamental forces has led to an explosion of activity at the interface between mathematics and physics, and conformal field theory has proven to be a particularly active and exciting example of this interaction. While conformal field theory was initially developed for physical purposes, it has also inspired breakthroughs in diverse mathematical fields such as number theory, combinatorics, differential and algebraic geometry, sporadic finite groups, quantum groups, knot theory, and more. This conference will engage the various mathematics and mathematical physics communities who study CFT to discuss recent breakthroughs and develop new directions for future research. On the mathematical side, subjects will include vertex algebras, conformal nets, subfactors, and higher categories, while on the physical side topics will include gauged quantum field theories, generalised moonshine, topological defects/interfaces and statistical lattice models.

This event is part of the MSI Special Year 2020 in Mathematical Physics 

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Invited speakers

  • Drazen Adamovic (Zagreb)
  • Tomoyuki Arakawa (Kyoto RIMS)
  • Christopher Beem (Oxford)
  • Terry Gannon (Alberta)
  • Yi-Zhi Huang (Rutgers)
  • Cuipo Jiang (Shanghai JiaoTong)
  • Corey Jones (Ohio State)
  • Yasuyuki Kawahigashi (Tokyo)
  • Katarzyna Rejzner (York)
  • Christoph Schweigert (Hamburg)
  • Yoh Tanimoto (Rome Tor Vergata)
  • Zhenghan Wang (Microsoft Quantum/Santa Barbara)
  • Katrin Wendland (Freiburg)
  • Simon Wood (Cardiff)
  • Wenbin Yan (Yau Institute)

Organising committee

  • Johanna Knapp (Melbourne)
  • David Ridout (Melbourne)
  • James Tener (ANU)


Code of conduct

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Partners & sponsors

Registration opening soon

Seminar Room 1.33 & 1.37,
Building #145, Science Road,
The Australian National University


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If you are catching a taxi or Uber to the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute, ask to be taken to Building #145, Science Road, ANU. We are located close to the Ian Ross Building and the ANU gym. A Taxi from the airport will usually cost around $40 and will take roughly 15 minutes. Pricing and time may vary depending on traffic.

Phone Canberra Elite Taxis on 13 22 27 to book a taxi.


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Canberra Airport

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Below are some accommodation options for your visit to Canberra.

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