The Mathematics of Conformal Field Theory II

5–9 July 2021

Timetable, abstracts, and Zoom links

The timetable (PDF) and abstracts (PDF) are available for download. Registered participants can also access the timetable, abstracts, recordings of talks, and Zoom links through the SharePoint page.

Conference themes

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 bring together the various mathematics and mathematical physics communities who study CFT and related topics in mathematical physics to discuss recent breakthroughs and develop new directions for future research.

This event is part of the MSI Special Year 2021

Online format

Due to the rapidly escalating COVID-19 situation in Australia, the entire conference will be held online.

Celebration of Peter Bouwknegt's 60th birthday

The first day of the workshop will celebrate the 60th birthday of Peter Bouwknegt with a day of talks on topics connected to Peter's work. This will be followed by a reception in the evening. Full details of this event will be provided to participants following registration.

Invited speakers

  • Vladimir Bazhanov (ANU)
  • Arnaud Brothier (UNSW)
  • Ilka Brunner (Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich)
  • Emily Cliff (Sydney University)
  • Nora Ganter (Melbourne University)
  • Pinhas Grossman (UNSW)
  • Yi-Zhi Huang (Rutgers University)
  • Jock McOrist (University of New England)
  • Alexander Molev (Sydney University)
  • Krzysztof Pilch (University of Southern California)
  • Thomas Quella (University of Melbourne)
  • Jorgen Rasmussen (The University of Queensland)
  • Anna Romanov (Sydney University)
  • Kareljan Schoutens (University of Amsterdam)
  • Christoph Schweigert (University of Hamburg)
  • Gabriele Tartaglino-Mazzucchelli (The University of Queensland)
  • Mathai Varghese (University of Adelaide)
  • Siye Wu (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)

Organising committee

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

Code of conduct

The Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI) Special Year is committed to ensuring all workshops, conferences and seminars are accessible to a diverse range of participants. We aim to create a safe, respectful and supportive environment to allow free flow of information, discussions and ideas. All staff and students have the right to be treated with courtesy, fairness, equity and professionalism. Discriminatory or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated.

Integral to providing a safe and respectful environment is ensuring individuals have avenues through which they can report any witnessed or experienced discrimination or harassment. Staff, students and visitors can approach the organiser of the event, a member of staff with whom they feel comfortable talking, or contact the department via email at Anonymity will be maintained and confidentiality will be respected at all times.

We ask all participants to review the ANU Code of Conduct and the AustMS Code of Conduct and maintain the principles of these documents for the duration of the workshop.


Partners & sponsors

Registration is now closed. If you would like to register late for online participation, please contact the organisers.

Registration fees 

  • General registration (in-person) $75
  • AMSI institution members/AustMS members (in-person) $60
  • Student/retired fellow (in-person) $20
  • Invited speakers $0
  • Online only $0

* For registered participants the welcome reception (on Monday) and the conference dinner (on Wednesday) are included within the registration cost.

Contributed talks

If you would like to submit an abstract for consideration for a contributed talk, please upload a PDF or Micrsoft Word document of your title and abstract via the button below (in addition to completing the registration form). Those submitting abstracts will be considered for additional funding support.

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


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Canberra hosts a wide range of tourist attractions, including various national museums, galleries and Parliament House, as well as beautiful parks and walking trails. Several attractions are within walking distance of the ANU campus, including the National Museum of Australia and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Canberra is also a fantastic base from which to explore the many treasures of the surrounding region, including historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains. Learn more about what to do and see during your stay in Canberra.


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There are many ways to get around Canberra. Below is some useful information about Light Rail, bus & taxi transport yo the ANU, Canberra Airport and surrounding areas.


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

The ACT government has implemented a public bus service from the CBD via the Canberra Airport via bus Route 3, seven days a week.

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