Conference on “String Geometries and Dualities” (Australia-Brazil meeting)

IMPA, Rio de Janeiro, December 12 – 16, 2016

Over the last three decades, string theory has had a profound impact in pure mathematics. The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together experts to discuss recent developments and investigate new problems and applications in mathematical areas connected to string theory, including generalized geometry, vertex algebras, topological T-duality and related topics. In addition we hope to foster links between Australian and Brazilian researchers, and those with close connections to either party.

Organizing Committee

Henrique Bursztyn (IMPA)
Reimundo Heluani (IMPA)
Pedram Hekmati (IMPA)
Peter Bouwknegt (Australian National University)
Mathai Varghese (University of Adelaide)

Certificates

Participants

Speakers

Registration

Português

English

Group Picture

Picture

Invited Speakers

Marco Aldi (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Thomas Baird (Memorial University)
Nathan Berkovits (IFT-Unesp)
Alejandro Cabrera (UFRJ)
Gil Cavalcanti (Utrecht University) 
Andrew Clarke (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
Viviana del Barco (IMECC) 
Mario Garcia-Fernandez (ICMAT, Madrid)
Pinhas Grossman (University of New South Wales)
Marcos Jardim (Unicamp)
Alessia Mandini (PUC-Rio)
Eckhard Meinrenken (University of Toronto)
Jouko Mickelsson (University of Helsinki)
Goncalo Oliveira (Duke University)
David Ridout (University of Melbourne)
Matthew Szczesny (Boston University)
Roberto Rubio (IMPA)
Jethro van Ekeren (Universidade Federal Fluminese)
Maxim Zabzine (Uppsala University)

Abstracts

Abstracts

Conference Proceedings

Rio de Janeiro has a large number of hotels. Lately, for the main congresses, we have been using Hotel Acapulco, Everest Rio Hotel, Everest Park Hotel, Hotel Debret, Hotel Vermont, among others. To take advantage of IMPA´s special rate, please contact Ms. Michele Leite at MMX Eventos – micheleleite@mmxcongressos.com – phone: + 55 21 2210-1732 or visit their homepage at: www.mmxcongressos.com

For other type of accommodation like hostels and bed and breakfast, we suggest the following:

Pouso Verde Bed & Breakfast (very close to IMPA and strongly recommended)
Rua Caminhoá, 14 – Jardim Botânico
Tel: + 55 21 2529-2942 , + 55 21 99971-0511
e-mail: pousoverde@globo.com
www.pousoverde.com

Hostels

Botafogo:

Meiai Hostel:
R. Guilhermina Guinle, 127 – Botafogo
Tel: 55(21) 3495-4481
www.meiai.com.br

Copacabana:

Pousada Girassol
Travessa Angrense, 25 A – Copacabana (entre Santa Clara e Raimundo Correa)
Tel: 55(21)2256-6951 / Fax: 55(21) 2286-5652
E-mail: pousada@girassolpousada.com.br
www.girassolpousada.com

Humaitá:

Lagoa Guest House
Rua do Humaitá, 392 – Humaitá
Tel: 55(21) 3518-9000
E-mail: contato@lagoaguesthouse.com
www.lagoaguesthouse.com

Ipanema:

Che Lagarto Ipanema
Rua Paul Redfern 48 – Ipanema
Tel: 55(21) 2512-8076
www.chelagarto.com

Leblon:
Leblon Spot (associado à Hostelling International)
Rua Dias Ferreira, 626 – Leblon
Tel: 55(21) 2137-0090
E-mail: contact@leblonspot.com
www.leblonspot.com

Please check availability and prices directly with them

Institutional

Hotels and Flats – Rio de Janeiro

Flats

Hotels

Others

Tentative Program

Program

Daily Program

Daily Program

Suggested Accommodations

Rio de Janeiro has a large number of hotels. Lately, for the main congresses, we have been using Hotel Acapulco, Everest Rio Hotel, Everest Park Hotel, Hotel Debret, Hotel Vermont, among others. To take advantage of IMPA´s special rate, please contact Ms. Michele Leite at MMX Eventos – micheleleite@mmxcongressos.com – phone: + 55 21 2210-1732 or visit their homepage at: www.mmxcongressos.com

For other type of accommodation like hostels and bed and breakfast, we suggest the following:

Pouso Verde Bed & Breakfast (very close to IMPA and strongly recommended)
Rua Caminhoá, 14 – Jardim Botânico
Tel: + 55 21 2529-2942 , + 55 21 99971-0511
e-mail: pousoverde@globo.com
www.pousoverde.com

Hostels

Botafogo:

Meiai Hostel:
R. Guilhermina Guinle, 127 – Botafogo
Tel: 55(21) 3495-4481
www.meiai.com.br

Copacabana:

Pousada Girassol
Travessa Angrense, 25 A – Copacabana (entre Santa Clara e Raimundo Correa)
Tel: 55(21)2256-6951 / Fax: 55(21) 2286-5652
E-mail: pousada@girassolpousada.com.br
www.girassolpousada.com

Humaitá:

Lagoa Guest House
Rua do Humaitá, 392 – Humaitá
Tel: 55(21) 3518-9000
E-mail: contato@lagoaguesthouse.com
www.lagoaguesthouse.com

Ipanema:

Che Lagarto Ipanema
Rua Paul Redfern 48 – Ipanema
Tel: 55(21) 2512-8076
www.chelagarto.com

Leblon:
Leblon Spot (associado à Hostelling International)
Rua Dias Ferreira, 626 – Leblon
Tel: 55(21) 2137-0090
E-mail: contact@leblonspot.com
www.leblonspot.com

Please check availability and prices directly with them

Institutional

Hotels and Flats – Rio de Janeiro

Flats

Hotels

Others

Conference Venue

IMPA is located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, near the Tijuca Forest and the Botanical Gardens, 20 minutes from major hotels of Leblon and Ipanema. You can find our address and some practical information about how to get to the institution below.

Address

Estrada Dona Castorina, 110
Jardim Botânico
Zip Code 22460-320
Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil

Phone number: (55 21) 2529-5000
Fax: (55 21) 2512-4115
E-mail: eventosimpa.br

 

How to get to IMPA:

From the airport

On leaving the airport we suggest that you take a taxi. There are several companies that have booths located inside the airport facilities, on the way out. A ride to South Zone costs around R$120 to R$150 and takes about 50 minutes. There are also special buses leaving from Terminals 1 and 2, whose routes you can find here.

Buses

There are three bus lines running near the Institute:

  • 409 – Saens Peña – Horto (via Lapa)
  • 416 – Saens Peña – Jardim Botânico (Horto) (via Túnel Rebouças)

You can check which buses line is the best for you by clicking here.

The passenger must pay as they enter, using the front door to get on the bus and the rear door to get off the bus. The bus fare is R$ 3,80 and the maximum change given is for a R$ 20,00 bill.

Should you prefer to use a taxi, we suggest the following companies:


MAP of the area

Visa Information

The Brazilian visa system operates under a strict reciprocity policy. That means that all citizens from countries which require visas from Brazilians will have to obtain visas to attend the conference. Beware that to attend a scientific conference in Brazil a tourist visa suffices. Source: Consulate General of Brazil

Foreign participants should get in touch with the nearest Brazilian Consulate (click on the map) to find out whether a visa is required.
Here you find the list of nationalities that are exempt from this requirement, see also the official Ministry of Tourism page, that includes the whole of the European Union and Mercosur. Those who do need visa should note that a tourist visa suffices for the conference attendance; for more information about Brazil, visit the official Brazilian Institute of Tourism website.

In case you need an invitation letter, please contact us: dac@impa.br

Brazil Health Care and Vaccinations

Brazil Health Care and Vaccinations

There is no reciprocal health agreement with the UK or USA. Full insurance is strongly recommended as medical costs are high. The standard of medical care is generally very good in major towns and cities.

Public health care services in Brazil are free of charge, but may only be used by foreign tourists in the event of an emergency. In the event of a medical emergency, call 192 for an ambulance.

Water: Tap water should not be drunk unless boiled or sterilised first. Bottled water should be drunk instead.

Other risks: Dengue fever (which is more prevalent after rain in densely populated areas): Be sure to take the usual precautions, stocking up on mosquito repellent, sunscreen lotion and wearing suitable clothing.

** A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers, minimum 10 days before traveling; and also required from travellers, over nine months old arriving from infected regions. Vaccination is strongly recommended for those intending to visit some rural areas.

Practical Health Information:

Zika Virus

How transmission occurs?
The Zika virus is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

What are the symptoms?
The main symptoms of the disease caused by the Zika virus are intermittent fever, skin rash, itching and muscle pain. According to the Dr. Rosana Richtmann (infectious disease specialist), the good news is that the virus Zika is much less aggressive than the dengue virus: there is no record of deaths related to the disease. The evolution is benign and the symptoms usually disappear spontaneously over a period of 3 to 7 days.

What are the known prevention measures?
As the Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti, the same mosquito that transmits dengue and chikungunya, prevention follows the same rules applied to these diseases. Use repellent helps to keep mosquitoes away, avoiding bites, but it is important to remember that the product should be reapplied every 6 hours for its effect to be maintained and it must contain a chemical called DEET. In addition, although there is no official confirmation that there is risk of sexual transmission of Zika (this is being studied), but some experts recommend the use of condoms for at least two weeks during recovery from illness.

How is it treated?
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. According to Ministry of Health, the cases should be treated with the use of paracetamol or dipyrone to control fever and pain. As the dengue, acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) should be avoided because of the increased risk of bleeding.
The Zika virus is not contagious, so it is not transmitted from one person to another. The only way to get the virus is by being bitten by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The virus can pass from mother to child during pregnancy causing a serious condition called microcephaly, but there is also the suspicion that the Zika can be transmitted through breast milk, causing the infant to develop the symptoms of Zika and also through contact intimate without a condom, but these hypotheses are not confirmed and appear to be very rare.