2023 Simons Physics Summer Workshop – Celebrating 20 Years: June 26 – July 21, 2023

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Scientific Organizer: Cumrun Vafa (Harvard),

Local Organizer: Martin Rocek (CN Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics)

The Simons Physics Summer Workshop is the Fifteenth conducted by the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook and the twentieth in the series Simons Physics Summer Workshops.   This year the Simons Summer Workshop will celebrate its 20th anniversary and have a variety of speakers from past workshops to form a reunion and update us on their current interests.


Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

  • All talks will be held in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Lecture Hall (Room 102).
  • Breakfast will be served daily 9AM in the SCGP Cafe, 2nd floor.
  • Lunch will be served from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the SCGP Cafe, 2nd floor.
  • Tea time will be at 3:30PM (4PM Tuesdays) SCGP Cafe or Lobby


  • The talk will be at Smith Point Beach (please see transportation schedule for details). Lunch will be served at Smith Point Beach around 12:30pm.


Tuesdays: (Except July 4, 2023): Summer Concert Series – 5PM – SCGP Auditorium

Thursdays: Banquet Dinners

  • Thursday, June 29, 2023 – Banquet Dinner – 5PM – SCGP Cafe
  • Thursday, July 6, 2023 – Special Dinner Hosted by Martin Rocek – 7:15PM – Rocek Residence
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023 – Special Dinner from Jim & Marilyn Simons – 6PM – Avalon Park
  • Thursday, July 20, 2023 – Banquet Dinner – 5PM – SCGP Cafe




Date & Time Title Speaker Year Represented Location
Monday, June 26 10:00am Exotic brane systems and Moduli spaces of theories with 8 supercharges Amihay Hanany 2014 SCGP 102
Tuesday, June 27, 10:00am IIB Determined Jonathan Heckman 2009 SCGP 102
Wednesday, June 28, 11:00am Swampland constraints & moduli space boundaries and interior Cumrun Vafa 2008 Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley, NY 11967, USA
Thursday, June 29 10:00am Brane Webs, GTPs and Quivers Sebastian Franco 2006 SCGP 102
Friday, June 30 10:00am When Topology and Criticality Meet quantum information Cenke Xu 2016 SCGP 102
Monday, July 3 10:00am From localizing quantum gravity to separating variables Nikita Nekrasov 2003 SCGP 102
Tuesday, July 4 No events scheduled due to national holiday
Wednesday, July 5 11:00am Large Charge in Fermionic CFT Simeon Hellerman 2019 Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley, NY 11967, USA
Thursday, July 6 10:00am Symmetry Resolution at High Energy Hirosi ooguri 2012 SCGP 102
Friday, July 7 10:00am Two q’s Sergei Gukov 2011 SCGP 102
Monday, July 10 10:00am Generalized lattices from 6d SCFTs Shlomo Razamat 2017 SCGP 102
Tuesday, July 11 10:00am Line defects and skein algebras at roots of unity Andrew Neitzke 2007 SCGP 102
Wednesday, July 12 11:00am Scaling similarities in large N quantum mechanical systems. Juan Maldacena 2013 Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley, NY 11967, USA
Thursday, July 13 10:00am Non-perturbative topological string on compact Calabi-Yau 3 folds Albrecht Klemm 2005 SCGP 102
Friday, July 14 10:00am Comments on scale-separated vacua in holography Miguel Montero 2021 SCGP 102
Monday, July 17 10:00am  Diff(S^1) Coadjoint orbits, Universal Teichmuller Space and
Quantization of Conformal Welding
Samson Shatashvili 2010 SCGP 102
Tuesday, July 18 10:00am Homological link invariants from Floer theory Mina Aganagic 2015 SCGP 102
Wednesday, July 19 11:00am String Dualities and the Distance Conjecture Irene Valenzuela 2022 Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley, NY 11967, USA
Thursday, July 20 10:00am Emergent Area Laws from Entangled Matrices Sean Hartnoll 2004 SCGP 102
Friday, July 21 10:00am Monopoles as Line Defects, Zero Modes,  Scattering, and Generalized Symmetries Zohar Komargodski 2018 SCGP 102