Organize a Workshop at the Simons Center

Typically a workshop lasts one week and has 3 to 5 talks each day. Participants are invited to spend the entire week at the Center, arriving Sunday and leaving either the following Friday evening or Saturday. Normally a workshop has 25 to 35 participants from outside Stony Brook University; organizers are strongly encouraged to invite a diversity of participants, particularly from underrepresented groups. The Center covers the travel expenses and lodging expenses for the visitors and provides them breakfast and lunch at the Center during their stays. Decisions about workshops for an academic year are made in the Spring preceding that academic year and applications for a workshop are due on January 31. For example, applications to organize a workshop in either Fall of 2017 or the Spring of 2018 are due January 31, 2017. All workshop proposals are reviewed by the Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee which makes recommendations to the Center about those to support.

The topics of  workshops should be within geometry (interpreted broadly to include, for example, topology and geometric PDE) and theoretical physics. Topics that span between the disciplines of geometry and physics and workshops whose organizing committees include both mathematicians and physicists and workshops that will attract both mathematicians and physicists as participants are especially attractive to the Center.

Applications to organize a workshop can be submitted below. An application must include the following:
  • Personal information: the name, affiliation, e-mail address and telephone number of the person making the application.
  • Title of the Workshop
  • Proposed Organizing Committee: Names, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of those who have agreed to join in organizing the workshop.
    1. Proposed timing of the workshop: Proposals that are more flexible in timing (e.g., anytime during semester X) are preferable to those that are more limited (e.g. one of weeks A, B, C) but limiting the time period does preclude the proposal from consideration.
    2. Subject of the workshop and rationale: A brief (one page) description of the content of and rationale for proposed the workshop, including why the proposed time period is optimal for the workshop.
  • A list of key invitees for the workshop and an indication of the preliminary commitments by these people  to attend the workshop.