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RTG Workshop on the Geometry and Physics of Higgs bundles II


University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
November 11-12, 2017

This workshop, second in a series of Graduate workshops on Higgs bundles, is aimed at graduate students and young postdocs, will expose participants to some current research topics on the geometry and physics of Higgs bundles. The workshop will have two mini-courses by experts on topics close to their own research, including a mix of lectures and problem sessions

The workshop will be followed by the meeting
"Current trends on spectral data for Higgs bundles III"
to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago
November 13-14 2017.

For any questions regarding the meeting, please email
Laura Schaposnik at

Funding for Travel and Lodging is available for graduate students and post-docs. Please apply before the deadline of July 31st - applications will be reviewed as they arrive and notification of funding will only take a few weeks. 

Registration and
funding application


3 hs of Lectures and 3 hs Problem sessions each. 

Daniele Alessandrini

University of Heidelberg

An introduction to Higgs bundles and geometric structures.

Laura Fredrickson

Stanford University

An introduction to limits in the moduli space of Higgs bundles.


Arrival to Chicago should be planned for Saturday morning, with activities carrying through until Tuesdy afternoon. Departures should be planned for Tuesday after 5 p.m. 

Participants are expected to also take part of the meeting on November 12-14, whose schedule appears also here.  Details of  those talks appear in the meeting's website: 

Travel Information

Getting to UIC: The workshop will be held in the UIC Math Department, which is located in the Science and Engineering offices building (SEO, 849 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607). Signs with instructions on where to go will be throughout in the building, but you can also come to Laura Schaposnik's office (SEO 509) looking for more information as well.
By train: UIC is close to Chicago's Union Station with convenient Amtrak trains to many locations in the region. Alternatively, a cab to either should cost under $10.

• By air: Chicago has two major airports, O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW), and it is easy to get to UIC from either one (many travel sites will let you look for both simultaneously using the airport code CHI).


If you are flying into O'Hare, you can take a Blue Line train (costing $5) into the city (towards the loop or Forest Park) which stops right next to the UIC campus (at the UIC/Halsted station). The hotel is also on the Blue line.



• By car: UIC is easily accessible by car, and is located just off of either the 90/94 or 290 interstates. If you are coming into UIC, it's best to park at the Halsted Parking Structure at the NE corner of the Taylor and Halsted intersection. You will have to take a ticket for the parking garage; if we know in advance you will be parking there, you can bring your ticket in to the workshop and we can validate it to cover the cost. Note that in/out priveledges are not included in the validation. Also note that the parking at the hotel is far more expensive, and should be avoided if possible. It is recommended that you plan to park your car in the Halsted Parking Structure for the weekend instead or book a space with SpotHero.  

Venue and Accomodation

The workshop will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago,
in the Mathematics Department which is in the SEO Building in 851 S. Morgan St.

Participants with funding will be lodged at Comfort Suites Chicago (N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601)
in shared rooms (Breakfast included), a few stops away from UIC in the blue line, or 45 minutes walk to the maths building.  

Wifi: Participants will be able to use Eduroam at UIC, and hotels will have Free Wifi. 

Social Activities

Each day we will have a few social activites for participants to enjoy Chicago together

Chicago is a fantastic city to explore - with amazing architecture, culture and food scene. Here are some details that you might find useful:

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Monday night workshop dinner:  The details are:

Place: Pizzeria Due (619 N Wabash Ave)

Time: 8 p.m.

Monday afternoon: On Monday afternoon we will go on a boat trip - if you would like to participate in this activity, please indicate so in the registration form - it will be free for participants (it will happen only if it doesn't rain):

Place: Ogilvie/Union stop

Time: 5 p.m.

Boat: Chicago Water Taxi

Trip: We will go to China Town and then back up to River North, and it will take around 90 minutes. We will be entertaining you with stories from Chicago architecture’s wonders!

Afterwards we will probably visit the Game Room, located on the second floor of the beautiful Chicago Athletic Club. 


Organized By:

Laura Schaposnik

Logistical Support:

James Unwin

With support from: Support provided by NSF RTG grant DMS-1246844.