Geometric Representation Theory

COVID-19 information for researchers and visitors

Conference Date: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 (All day) to Friday, June 26, 2020 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Mathematical Physics
The organizers are monitoring developments in the current COVID-19 outbreak. At the moment, it is too early to make any change of plans for the conference, but we will reevaluate in consultation with the staff at PI and MPIM as the situation changes; it is a realistic possibility that we will not be able to hold the conference in person. For now, we strongly recommend that participants either delay purchasing tickets or investigate options for travel insurance or refundable tickets.
This will be a twinned conference held simultaneously at Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada and Max Planck Institute in Bonn, Germany. The two venues will be connected by live video streams, during both the talks themselves as well as informal discussion sessions.
In recent years, tools from algebraic geometry and mathematical physics have proven very influential in representation theory.  The most famous example is the geometric Langlands program, which is inspired by the original Langlands program in the function field case, but has also included advances in the theory of algebraic groups, Lie algebras and Cherednik algebras.  The goal of this twinned conference is to bring together experts in geometric representation theory and adjacent areas to discuss the forefront of current developments in this highly active field.
The concept of the twinned conference is motivated by the desire to reduce environmental impact of conference travels. Our hope is that this initiative will help reduce transatlantic flights, while still promoting long distance interactions.
Limited financial support is available. Some funding will be reserved for early career mathematicians and participants from underrepresented groups. We encourage all participants to also seek alternative sources of funding, e.g., from their home institution. If you need support, you can add your request on the registration webform with a brief justification. For full consideration please apply by March 15, 2020.
To register for the North American event, please click here.
For administrative questions please contact Stephanie Mohl
  • Pramod Achar
  • Roman Bezrukavnikov
  • Ben Elias
  • Eugene Gorsky
  • Michael Finkelberg
  • Martina Lanini
  • Jenna Rajchgot
  • Sam Raskin
  • Laura Rider
  • Pavel Safronov
  • Sarah Scherotzke
  • Olivier Schiffmann
  • Monica Vazirani
  • Harold Williams
  • Xinwen Zhu

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate ground transportation arrangements on your behalf.

If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

Boulevard Limousine (estimated travel time 1hr) The fare for Boulevard Limousine for one passenger is $127.00 to the Toronto Airport.  The fare for one passenger from the Toronto Airport to Waterloo is $145.00.  To make reservations, please visit their website or call 519-886-8090.

Airways Transit (estimated travel time 1hr) Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo International Airports with the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service. To make reservations online please visit their website of contact them by phone 24 hours: 519-886-2121.

0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr) Approximately $160.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656. 
Note: One or more passengers can split this $160.00 rate.

City Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr) $90.00 flat rate for one-way:  Kitchener-Waterloo to Toronto International Airport.  Call 519-747-7777

Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. 

Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401. 
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London. 
  • Proceed West on Highway 401. 
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West. 
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East.
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west. 
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo. 
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead. 
  • Travel forward another 200 meters, and ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right-hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake). 
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

Please note that parking is extremely limited at Perimeter Institute and you must have a parking permit to park in the lot long term.

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate hotel accommodations on your behalf.

If you need accommodations while attending the conference, we offer suggestions for lodging below.  When booking your reservation, please indicate that you will be attending a conference at Perimeter in order to receive the best possible rate.

Delta Waterloo 110 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
Phone: 1-888-890-3222
Distance from PI: 450 m

Comfort Inn 190 Weber Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
Phone: 519-747-9400
Distance from PI: 2.3 km

Walper Terrace Hotel 1 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1
Phone: 519-745-4321
Distance from PI: 3.7 km

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo 105 King Street East Waterloo, ON N2G 2K8
Phone: 519-744-4141
Distance from PI: 3.8 km

Four Points by Sheraton 547 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7
Phone: 519-884-0100
Distance from PI: 4.3 km

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 14 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone:  519-772-9800
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Homewood Suites by Hilton 45 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2G8
Phone:  519-514-0088
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Courtyard by Marriott 50 Benjamin Road East Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-884-9295
Distance from PI: 5.6 km

Hotel Laurier Various addresses in downtown Waterloo
Phone:  519-884-0710 ext. 2771

From May until August, Hotel Laurier offers accommodations for individuals, families and groups. With nightly, weekly and monthly rates, Hotel Laurier is an affordable option. Guests can select comfortable air-conditioned apartments with four or five single bedrooms or dormitory style residences with either a semi-private or private washroom.

University of Waterloo Conference Centre 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2J 4C1
Phone:  1-800-565-5410
Distance from PI:  1.3 km

The Conference Centre accommodations include single and double rooms.  Each floor consists of 24 rooms with 2 large washrooms per floor (1 male and 1 female). Guest rooms are not air conditioned, but a limited number of fans are available on a first come first service basis. Rooms are available between May-August.

Scientific Organizers:

  • Tobias Barthel, Max Planck Institute, Bonn
  • André Henriques, Oxford University
  • Joel Kamnitzer, University of Toronto
  • Carl Mautner, University of California, Riverside
  • Aaron Mazel-Gee, University of Southern California
  • Kevin Mcgerty, Oxford University
  • Catharina Stroppel, Bonn University
  • Ben Webster, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo