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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.


The list of speakers will be updated regularly.  
  • Misha Verbitsky, IMPA, Brazil
  • Vivek Shende, Berkeley, USA
  • Gabriela Ovando, UNR, Argentina
  • André Oliveira, FCUP, Portugal
  • Motohico Mulase, Davis, USA
  • Ruxandra Moraru, Waterloo, Canada
  • Sara Maloni, Virginia, USA
  • John Loftin, Rutgers, USA
  • Sean Lawton, GMU, USA
  • Inder Kaur, IMPA, Brazil
  • Marcos Jardim, Campinas, Brazil
  • Jacques Hurtubise, McGill, Canada
  • 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

Registration and Poster session

Please complete by October 1st 2018.
Finantial support will be awarded after evaluation the applications and on a first come first serve basis.

Apoyo economico: Esperamos poder cubrir gastos locales de estudiantes de doctorado y postdoctorandos de Argentina. Por favor, indicar si necesita ayuda económica en el formulario de inscripción antes del 1 de junio de 2018. Continuaremos aceptando inscripciones hasta el 1rod e Octubre, pero el apoyo financiero quizas haya ya terminado.  

Los interesados deberán registrarse en la página del evento, enviar un e-mail a explicando las razones por las cuales quieren asistir y adjuntar un curriculum vitae. 

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.

The meeting:  The meeting will start on Monday December 17 morning, and finish on Friday December 21st lunch time. Talks will be 40 minutes long, and there will be blackboards and projectors. The meeting will be mostly in Ciudad Universitaria (in Buenos Aires), and we will go for 1 day to have the meeting at the National University of La Plata (40 minutes drive away from downtown Buenos Aires). Transportation from Buenos Aires to La Plata will be provided. 

Accomodation: There are several hotels that are convenient (10~20 min taxi drive to the university) in  Buenos Aires. We suggest you book hotels in "centro" (near Av. Corrientes or Av. Santa Fe), Rocoleta or Palermo (note that whilst some other neighbourhoods are extremelly pretty, as San Telmo, the trip to the university could be of 40 minutes or more...).  Some high end suggestions are:

- Savoy hotel (about US$100 a night w/ breakfast)

- Hotel Panamericano (about US$150 a night w/ breakfast, w/ pool)

- Broadway Hotel (about US$100 a night w/ breakfast, w/ pool)

. We also recomend checking AirBnB as beautiful houses and apartments are available.

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

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. 

- the wine valley in Mendoza (and crossing to Chile) is wonderful, with some excellent places to stay within vineyards
(2 hs flight from buenos aires)
- the waterfalls in the north are mesmerising and a couple of nights is sufficient there to see both the Argentina and the Brazil sides of them
(2 hs flight from buenos aires).
- the glaciers in the south are also extremely beautiful, and i'd suggest 2 or 3 nights there
(3 hs flight from buenos aires). 

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

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.