VIIth OPORTO MEETINGon GEOMETRY, TOPOLOGY AND PHYSICS June 5th8th, 1998 
The conference venue is:
Sala Luis Woodhouse,
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto,
Praça Gomes Teixeira
4050 PORTO, PORTUGAL
Tel: + 35122050290 (extension 218, Dept. of Mathematics;
ask for Prof. Peter Gothen or
Prof. João Nuno Tavares)
Fax: + 35122008628
The VIIth Oporto Meeting on Geometry, Topology and Physics (formerly known as the Oporto Meetings on Knot Theory and Physics) will take place in Oporto, Portugal, from June 5th to June 8th, 1998. The aim of the Oporto meetings is to bring together mathematicians and physicists interested in the interrelation between geometry, topology and physics and to provide them with a pleasant and informal environment for scientific interchange.
As in previous years, we are aiming to focus to some extent on certain themes. The main topics for this year will be "Topological Quantum Field Theory and Knot Theory", "Strings and Dualities" and "Deformation Quantization". The meeting will consist largely of short courses, of approximately three lectures each, given by the main speakers, supplemented by a limited number of seminars (more details later). The talks are at the advanced graduate or postdoctoral level, and should be of interest to all researchers wishing to learn about recent developments in the overlap between geometry, topology and physics.
John BAEZ  (University of California at Riverside):  Spin Foam Models of Quantum Gravity 
Relevant References: 

Brian GREENE  (Columbia University):  Physical and Mathematical Aspects of Topology Change 
Relevant Reference: 

Leon TAKHTAJAN 
(State University of New York at Stony Brook): 
Deformation Quantization of Complex Poisson Manifolds 
Relevant References: 

Boris TSYGAN 
(Pennsylvania State University): 
Recent Developments in Deformation Quantization 
Relevant References: 

David YETTER  (Kansas State University):  Deformation Theory for Categories with Structure 
John BARRETT  (University of Nottingham, UK):  State Sum Models for Quantum Gravity  
Rui L. FERNANDES  (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal):  Poisson Brackets on Symmetric Spaces and Linearization of Poisson Structures  
Alexander KARABEGOV  (LCTA, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Russia):  The Characteristic Class of Deformation Quantization with Separation of Variables  
Marco MACKAAY  (Univ. Algarve, Portugal):  Spherical 2Categories and 4Manifold Invariants  
Paddy McCRUDDEN  (MPCE, Macquarie University, Australia):  Representation of Quantum Groups  
Ricardo SCHIAPPA  (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA):  Duality and the Renormalization Group  
Sergei SHABANOV  (Institute for Theoretical Physics, FU, Berlin):  Path Integral Quantization and RiemannianSymplectic Manifolds 
Time  FRIDAY  5  SATURDAY  6  SUNDAY  7  MONDAY  8 

    
9h0010h00  TAKHTAJAN  TSYGAN  GREENE  TAKHTAJAN 
10h0511h05  TSYGAN  GREENE  TAKHTAJAN  GREENE 
11h0511h30  Coffee  Coffee  Coffee  Coffee 
11h3012h15  SCHIAPPA  SHABANOV  TSYGAN 5)  McCRUDDEN 
12h1514h30  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch 
14h3015h15  FERNANDES  BARRETT   KARABEGOV 
15h2016h20  YETTER  MACKAAY 2)   YETTER 
16h2016h50  Coffee  Coffee 3)   Coffee 
16h5017h50  BAEZ  BAEZ 4)   BAEZ 
17h2018h20   YETTER   
    
 RECEPTION  18h00 1)   DINNER  20h  
1) In Confeitaria BELA TORRE near the Faculty of Science Building
Participants should aim to arrive by the 4th of June, since the meeting will start in the morning on the 5th. The meeting will continue until the middle or end of the afternoon of the 8th of June.
The meeting will be held in the Faculty of Science building of the University of Oporto, in Oporto's historical centre. Accommodation is available in Residencial Universal near the Faculty of Sciences (see next point).
There are many international direct flights to Oporto (Pedras Rubras) airport. If no convenient flight to Oporto is available participants from abroad may fly to Lisbon and catch an internal connecting flight or take a train to Oporto. The train journey from Lisbon to Oporto lasts a minimum of 3 hours.
TRANSPORT FROM THE AIRPORT TO OPORTO CENTRE:
Due to the substantial number of participants arriving by plane we will not be
able to meet most people at the airport, except for the main speakers. There
are however good connections from the airport to the centre of Oporto.
By bus:
Number 56: every 15 to 30 minutes; journey lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Price of ticket: 160 escudos.
Number 87: every 30 minutes during rushhour; journey lasts aproximately one
hour. Price of ticket: 160 escudos.
The buses will have as their destination Carmo, or Cordoaria, or Praca de
Lisboa. These are all in the immediate vicinity of the Faculdade de Ciencias
and the Residencial Universal (see next point).
By taxi:
Price around 2500 escudos. A small tip of around 5 percent is
appreciated but not essential.
Due to the limitations of the budget it is unlikely that financial support will be available except for the main speakers and some Portuguese students. There is no registration fee.
The meeting is to be held in Oporto (see also) , Portugal's secondlargest city, offering many attractive sightseeing possibilities.
Recently Oporto's historical centre was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Local food and wine is excellent, and in particular Oporto (Porto in Portuguese) is the home of Port wine.
RESIDENCIAL UNIVERSAL
Avenida dos Aliados, 38,
4000 PORTO
(see right bottom corner of the local map)
Telef.: (351)22006758
Fax: (351)22001055
Single Room: 5000$00, Double Room: 6800$00 both with breakfast.
All rooms with
bathroom/lavatory. Close to the conference venue (less than 10 minutes walk).
The organisers have made a block booking here which means that rooms should be
available.
Peter Gothen (Oporto, FCUP): pbgothen@fc.up.pt
José Mourão (Lisbon, IST): jmourao@galaxia.ist.utl.pt
Roger Picken (Lisbon, IST): picken@math.ist.utl.pt
João Nuno Tavares (Oporto, FCUP): jntavar@fc.up.pt
Home page address: http://www.math.ist.utl.pt/~jmourao/om/omvii/om98b.html
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
Centro de Matemática do Porto, Universidade do Porto
Centro de Matemática Aplicada, Instituto Superior Técnico
Centro Interdisciplinar de Astrofísica, Instituto Superior Técnico
Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Projecto "Física Matemática" PRAXIS/2/2.1/MAT/19/94
Projecto "AGCQ" PBIC/C/MAT/2150/95
Registration and Accommodation Form (online) 
Last modified on 27May98