4th SIGRAV GRADUATE SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY RELATIVITY AND GRAVITATIONAL PHYSICS

and

2001 SCHOOL ON ALGEBRAIC GEOMETRY AND PHYSICS (SAGP2001)

VILLA OLMO (COMO), 7-11 MAY 2001

**GEOMETRY AND PHYSICS OF
BRANES**

**Supported by:**

**SIGRAV (Italian Society for Gravitational Physics),****National Research Project "Singularities, Integrability, Symmetries",****SISSA (Trieste),****University of Insubria (Como-Varese),****Departmente of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics of the University of Insubria at Como,****Physics Department of the University of Milan,****Physics Department of the University of Turin,****Physics Department of the University of Rome "La Sapienza",****Physics Department of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata",****Physics Department of the University of Pavia.**

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**The SIGRAV Graduate
School in Contemporary Relativity and Gravitational Physics is held
annually at the Centre for Scientific Culture "Alessandro Volta",
Villa Olmo, Como. It is primarily addressed to PhD students and young researchers
in Physics and Mathematics who are interested in general relativity, astrophysics,
experimental gravity and the quantum theories of gravitation. In 2001 the
School will be a joint venture with the School on
Algebraic Geometry and Physics organized by the Mathematical Physics
Group of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste.
The School on Algebraic Geometry and Physics is part of a series of events
that SISSA is organizing since 1996 aiming at fostering the interaction
between mathematicians working in pure algebraic geometry and researchers
who are interested in applications of algebraic geometry to physics, especially
string theory and integrable systems. Information on the "Algebraic
Geometry and Physics'' series is available from the web page http://www.sissa.it/fm/workshops.html,
while information on the SIGRAV schools may be obtained from the page http://www.sigrav.unige.it/como.**

**Programme. The
lectures will start in the morning of May 7 and will end in the afternoon
of May 11. The theme of the school will be GEOMETRY AND PHYSICS OF BRANES.**

**Lecturers:**

**Kenji Fukaya (Kyoto), Deformation theory, homotopical algebra, Floer homology and mirror symmetry****Cesar Gomez (Madrid), Geometry of tachyons in string theory****Antonella Grassi (Philadelphia), Large N dualities and transitions in geometry****Alberto Lerda (Piemonte Orientale), Introduction to branes****Yassen Stanev (Rome Tor Vergata), Two-dimensional conformal field theory on open and unoriented surfaces.**

**In addition there will by a lecture by Masa-Hiko Saito (Kyoto) and
a few shorter contributions.**

**Accommodation.
Participants will be accommodated in hotels nearby Villa Olmo and will be
requested to pay an all-inclusive conference fee, also covering bed and
breakfast, of ITL 900,000 (EURO 465). Those wishing to forgo this possibility
are requested to pay a registration fee of ITL 250,000 (EURO 130). Some
support to cover local expenses will be available; if you need support please
mention that in your application. Please note that no support to cover travel
expenses will be available.**

**Participation is limited to 60, and applications will
be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration and accommodation
forms may be downloaded from here
or may be requested by e-mail at grschool@fis.unico.it. Applications should be sent to this
address NOT LATER THAN MARCH 29, 2001, and a copy should be sent to sagp2001@fm.sissa.it.**

**For information please write to sagp2001@fm.sissa.it, or to moschell@fis.unico.it,
or contact directly the Organizing Secretariat at Centro"A.Volta''
: tel. +39 031 579812/13, fax +39 031 573395.**

**Advisory Committee: E. Arbarello
(Rome La Sapienza), R. Dijkgraaf (Amsterdam), B. Dubrovin (SISSA Trieste),
Yu. Manin (MPI Bonn), M.S. Narasimhan (SISSA Trieste), C. Viallet (LPTHE
Paris).**

**Scientific and Organizing Committee:
U. Bruzzo (SISSA, co-chairman), M. Carfora (Pavia), P. Fre' (Turin),
V. Gorini (Como, co-chairman), A. Lerda, (Piemonte Orientale), U. Moschella
(Como), A. Sagnotti (Rome Tor Vergata).**

**SIGRAV Council: U. Bruzzo (SISSA),
R. Cianci (Genoa), I. Ciufolini (Lecce), E. Coccia (Rome Tor Vergata), M.
Colpi (Milan Bicocca), V. Ferrari (Rome La Sapienza), M. Francaviglia (Turin),
P. Fre' (Turin), A. Giazotto (Pisa), V. Gorini (Como), L. Lusanna (Florence),
A. Masiero (SISSA), U. Moschella (Como), T. Regge (Turin), A. Sagnotti (Rome
Tor Vergata).**

**SAGP2001 is the fifth event of a series of workshops
and schools on algebraic geometry and physics. The previous events took
place in 1996 in Trieste (WAGP96), in 1997 in Medina del Campo, Spain (WAGP97)
in 1999 in Marseille Luminy (SAGP99), and in the year 2000 in Trieste again
(WAGP2000). Information about these activities may be gathered from the
web links here under.**

*Updated on 2 Jan 2001 (ub)*