GAP: Geometry And Physics

A brief history of GAP

The GAP: Geometry and Physics series of conferences/workshops began in 2009, at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo. The founding organizers of GAP were: Marco Gualtieri (Toronto), Spiro Karigiannis (Waterloo), Ruxandra Moraru (Waterloo), and McKenzie Wang (McMaster). The conference was initially called "Connections in Geometry and Physics" and, for the first four years, focused on three separate themes connecting geometry and physics, resulting in a very large number of diverse and interesting talks. Since 2013, GAP has narrowed its focus, choosing a single theme and inviting a small number of speakers to each give a series of lecture on different aspects of the chosen theme.

Previous GAP conferences

  • GAP 2014: (supersymmetry and geometry) [Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences]
  • GAP 2013: (wall-crossing and integrable systems) [Centre de Recherches Mathématiques]
  • GAP 2012: (special holonomy; generalized geometry; integrable systems) [University of Waterloo / Perimeter Institute]
  • GAP 2011: (advances in Floer theory; geometric flows; the AdS/CFT correspondence) [Fields Institute]
  • GAP 2010: (mathematical relativity; gauge theory; mirror symmetry) [University of Waterloo / Perimeter Institute]
  • GAP 2009: (elliptic/parabolic equations in geometry; geometry/topology of moduli spaces; symplectic structures) [Perimeter Institute]

  • Disambiguation:

    There's another, different "GAP": Our series of conference started out being called "Connections in Geometry and Physics". We later shortened the name to "GAP: Geometry and Physics", unaware of a previously existing and similar conference series that also goes by the same name, whose history can be found here: One can distinguish between the two as follows: we use the format "GAP yyyy" where yyyy is the current year, and they use "GAP xx" where xx is the consecutive number of their conference. However, since they rightfully laid claim to the GAP name before us, we may change our name at some point, once we can think of a nice, catchy acronym. Any clever suggestions would be welcome!

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