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SLMath: Eisenbud Auditorium, Atrium Claremont Club and Spa (https://www.fairmont.com/claremontberkeley/) 
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 Mina Aganagic (University of California, Berkeley)
 Stephon Alexander (Brown University)
 Xie Chen (California Institute of Technology)
 Kevin Costello (Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics)
 Simon Donaldson (Imperial College, London)
 Dan Freed (Harvard University)
 Michael Freedman (Microsoft Research Station Q)
 Sylvester Gates (University of Maryland)
 Charles Kane (University of Pennsylvania)
 Mikhail Khovanov (Columbia University)
 Minhyong Kim (International Centre for Mathematical Sciences)
 John Lott (University of California, Berkeley)
 Nathan Seiberg (Institute for Advanced Study)
 Jim Simons (Simons Foundation)
 Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University)
 XiaoGang Wen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
 Nicolas Yunes (University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign)
The introduction of the ChernSimons differential form in 1972 catalyzed a remarkable series of developments across mathematics and physics, continuing to the present day.
The classical ChernSimons invariant provides an obstruction to immersing a 3manifold conformally into Euclidean 4space, while the quantum ChernSimons invariants in topological field theories gave rise to many new developments in knot theory. In physics, the ChernSimons action for gauge fields is widely discussed as an alternative or supplement to conventional Maxwell and Einstein theories. Topological field theories encode the fractional statistics of emergent anyon particles in condensed matter.
This workshop will cover the current state of the manifold areas in mathematics and physics in which ChernSimons and other topological field theories have had a dramatic impact, as well as their appearance in new areas ranging from integrability to number theory.
ShiingShen Chern, the founding Director of MSRI was born on October 28, 1911 in Jiaxing, China. We join the Chern Institute of Mathematics at Nankai University and the Yau Mathematical Sciences Center at Tsinghua University in celebrating Professor Chern's 110th Birthday, following Chinese tradition.
This workshop is supported by the Simons Foundation. MSRI has been supported from its origins by the National Science Foundation, now joined by over 100 Academic Sponsor departments, by a range of private foundations, and by generous and farsighted individuals.
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Students, recent PhDs, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.
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