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Call for Proposals

Each year the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics mounts visiting programs and workshops in various focused areas of mathematics and theoretical physics. The following is a short description and the request for proposals to organize these scientific activities at the Center. Your ideas are crucial for the successful running of the Center! Proposals can be submitted at any time but are reviewed in mid-October and mid-February by the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Center. January 31st is the deadline for events in the following academic year.


Organizing Committees

The events are organized by committees which might consist of scientists from both outside the Center and inside the Center and Stony Brook academic community. These committees are responsible for choosing the intellectual scope of the event and also suggest those who will be invited to the Center to participate in the event. The proposal should be submitted by a corresponding member of the organizing committee.

Below are our most common event types.



Each year the Simons Center supports about 4-5 visiting programs at the Center. These programs normally last from 1 month to a semester. Most invitees come for a month although a few, including hopefully at least some of the organizing committee, can be in residence for the entire program. The Center can support roughly 10 visiting members at any one time in a program.


Each year the Simons Center supports 8-10 one-week workshops at the Center. These are concentrated periods of activity in a focused area of interest to the Center. In addition to providing the administrative support for a workshop, the Center supports 25 to 30 participants who are invited to the Center for the workshop. This support includes travel and local lodging for all participants. A workshop normally will have 3 to 5 talks a day with breaks for lunch and afternoon, but the details of the schedule are left to the organizers.

Other Events

If you would like to organize an event that does not fit the categories above please select “other” on the “submit your proposal” form.

Criteria used in selecting proposals

Proposals for areas of interest to the Simons Center will be reviewed and evaluated by the Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee, which will then make recommendations about which events to support. Below are criteria used in the selection of proposals.

(i) how well the programmatic activity fits with the mission of the Center which is to advance fundamental knowledge in geometry and physics, especially at the interface of these two subjects [programs whose organizing committees and key participants include both mathematicians and physicists are especially attractive to the Center]

(ii) amount of activity in the proposed area and the size of the community out of which the invitees will be selected [a certain minimal size of the community is required to ensure a vibrant, diverse program of widespread interest]

(iii) the significance of the work in the proposed area [the proposed program must have a broad appeal]

(iv) timeliness of a program in terms of the state of development of the field [we are able to mount programs quickly when the developments merit]

(v) whether or not there have recently been other related programs [there is no point in repeating what was recently done at the Center or somewhere else]

(vi) participation by leaders in the field as organizers and/or central participants in the program [without such participation the program lacks the senior leadership necessary to make it successful]

(vii) the diversity of the organizing committee and suggested key participants

(viii) the importance of the proposed event for the local Stony Brook academic community.

Every proposal will rate higher on some of these criteria than others, but these are the factors the Scientific Advisory Committee will take into account when evaluating programs. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the deputy director Alexander Abanov or any other member of the SAC .


***Information in regards to the Simons Center availability and holidays***

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