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17-21 December 2018
La Plata & Buenos Aires, Argentina


The workshop has two overall goals: 

• Bring together mathematicians and physicists working on topics related to Higgs bundles;
• Promote Higgs bundles and their applications in the south american mathematical community.

The schedule will be updated in 2018 with the speaker list.

Confrimed Speakers

The list of speakers will be updated regularly.  
  • Misha Verbitsky, IMPA, Brazil
  • Vivek Shende, Berkeley, USA
  • Steve Rayan, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Gabriela Ovando, UNR, Argentina
  • André Oliveira, FCUP, Portugal
  • Motohico Mulase, Davis, USA
  • Ruxandra Moraru, Waterloo, Canada
  • Rafe Mazzeo, Stanford, USA
  • Sara Maloni, Virginia, USA
  • John Loftin, Rutgers, USA
  • Qiongling Li, Caltech/QGM.
  •  Sean Lawton, GMU, USA
  • Jorge Lauret, UNC, Argentina
  • Marcos Jardim, Campinas, Brazil
  • Jacques Hurtubise, McGill, Canada
  • Victoria Hoskins, FU Berlin, Germany
  • Tamas Hausel, IST Vienna, Austria
  • Oscar Garcia-Prada, ICMAT, Spain
  • Sergei Gukov, Caltech, USA
  • Bill Goldman, Maryland, USA
  • Olivia Dumitrescu, CMU, USA
  • Ron Donagi, UPenn, USA
  • Xenia de la Ossa, Oxford, UK
  • Brian Collier, Maryland, USA
  • Philip Candelas, Oxford, UK
  • Laura Barberis, UNC, Argentina
  • Steve Bradlow, UIUC, USA
  • Tom Baird, MU, Canada
  • Donu Arapura, Purdue, USA
  • Lara Anderson, VT, USA

Registration and Poster session

Please complete by March 1st 2018.

Poster Session and Contributed talks


We hope that young mathematicians -- PhD and early career post-docs -- will join us by presenting their work in a poster session. If you're interested in contributing, please apply to present your poster here. 

We might also have space for contributed talks (20 min): if you're intersted please indicate this in the form too.

Registration and finantial support


We expect to have support to cover local expenses of PhD and early career post-docs from Argentina and from the US. To participate of the meeting, please register here - if finantial support is needed, registration should be done before June 1st 2018.

If you have any questions please contact:


Accomodation and Travel

Accomodation for speakers and funded participants will be arranged by the organizers.
Suggestions for other participants will be added here.

Getting to La Plata: The workshop will be held mainly La Plata (which is 30 minutes drive away from Buenos Aires), with a day and a half in downtown Buenos Aires, in the buildings of the UNLP.  

Accomodation: There are several hotels that are convenient in La Plata and Buenos Aires. Some suggestinos will be added here. We also recomend checking AirBnB as beautiful houses and apartments are available in both cities.

Information for families

Both Buenos Aires and La Plata have many entretaining activities for families. Below are details for La Plata, and here is the New York Times article on 36 Hs in Buenos Aires.

If you're planning to attend the meeting with your children and need help finding daycare services, please email Laura at lauraschaposnik@gmail.com.

La Plata, Argentina

The workshop will take place mainly in La Plata, a beautiful university city in Argentina. The lectures will be at the
Universidad Nacional de la Plata
Calle 49 and 115.

Visiting Argentina

Argentina is a beautiful country with a vast variety of places to visit. Here are a couple of recomended weekend trips - it is very easy to buy packages which include hotel, plane ticket and ground transportation from travel agencies (e.g. https://www.despegar.com/packages/). 

Glaciar Perito Moreno

Glaciers in the south

Three days & two nights exploring the glaciers in the Patagonia, the south of Argentina. (Hotel, ground and air transportation as well as excursions included). 

Details:  US$ 400 (approx.). 
Departure: Aeroparque National Airport.

Iguazu Waterfals 

Amazonas in the north

Three days & two nights exploring the waterfalls in the north of Argentina, both from the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. (Hotel, ground and air transportation as well as excursions included). 

Price: US$ 400 (approx.). 
Departure: Aeroparque National Airport.


(Chair) Laura Schaposnik (UIC, USA)

Marina Logares (Plymouth, UK)

Ben Davison (Oxford & Glasgow, UK)

Romina Arroyo (FaMaf, Argentina)

For questions about the workshop or travelling in Argentina, please contact Laura at schapos@uic.edu.

Local Advisory Committee: 

Gaston Garcia (UNLP, Argentina)

Marcela Zucalli (UNLP, Argentina)

Martin Mereb (UBA, Argentina)

Support: The conference is supported by

  • the University of Illinois at Chicago;
  • the National University of La Plata;
  • the National University of Buenos Aires;
  • Centro de Matemática de La Plata;
  • the U.S. National Science Foundation grants DMS 1107452, 1107263, 1107367 ”RNMS: GEometric structures And Rep- resentation varieties” (the GEAR Network).
  • the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award DMS 1749013 (PI: L.P. Schaposnik)


This conference supports the Non-Discrimination Statement of the Association for Women in Mathematics, and is run in Cooperation with AWM.