Gromov-Witten invariants, which ''count'' curves (with appropriate extra conditions) on smooth projective varieties,
were introduced more than two decades ago;
motivated by high energy physics, they ended up revolutionizing enumerative algebraic geometry
and provided a bridge to other branches of mathematics,
such as integrable systems of differential equations.
Since then, their scope has been expanded in different directions
(e.g. relaxing the smoothness conditions, replacing the variety by a stack, allowing torus actions),
and techniques have been introduced for their computation; moreover, a plethora of other invariants
using the same basic ideas has been introduced,

leading to fruitful investigations on relationships  among them.
The Summer School in Enumerative Geometry will bring doctoral students, post-docs, and anyone interested
from a review of the basic construction to current, state-of-the art research in this field, with a special focus on invariants
for Calabi-Yau threefolds, 
the richest example both in algebraic geometry and physics.
Many important questions about these varieties are still unanswered,

such as giving a mathematically rigorous definition of the Gopakumar-Vafa invariants
(at the moment only available in the language of theoretical physics).

The school features courses by:

Chiu-Chu Melissa Liu - Columbia University

Gromov-Witten invariants, Fan-Jarvis-Ruan-Witten invariants, and Mixed-Spin-P fields


Cristina Manolache - Imperial College London
Boundary contributions to enumerative invariants

This school is part of an ongoing series to support
the participation of women in Mathematical Research.

Partial board will be available for a limited number of participants. Women are expressly encouraged to apply.
Deadline for funding request: March 15th 2017

There will be the possibility for short contributed talks.
Deadline for talk proposals: April 15th 2017.

Application deadline: May 31st 2017

For registration, funding application, talk proposals, and any question, please  send an email to:


Valentina Beorchia, Trieste
Ada Boralevi, Politecnico di Torino
Barbara Fantechi, Sissa Trieste

The conference is supported by SISSA, INdAM-GNSAGA, and  Foundation Compositio Mathematica.