2013 MIT-RTG Mirror Symmetry Workshop, with Mark Gross (poster)


This is to announce the 2013 MIT-RTG Mirror Symmetry Workshop, mentored by Prof. Mark Gross, on SYZ mirror symmetry. It will be held on the week May 27-31, in Big Bear Lake, CA. The workshop is funded by NSF award DMS-0943787.

The workshop will constitute a weeklong retreat with talks, organized discussions, and problem sessions. Prof. Gross will outline the program of talks to be given by the participants. Most participants will be expected to give one of the talks. The syllabus will soon be available below.

The goal of the workshop is to provide an introduction to the Strominger-Yau-Zaslow conjecture in mirror symmetry, leading up to a (partial) account of the Gross-Siebert program and, time allowing, aspects of recent works such as Gross-Panharipande-Siebert or Gross-Hacking-Keel. The principal goal is to motivate and present Gross and Siebert's algebro-geometric interpretation of the SYZ conjecture, and the ingredients thereof. As well as some primer lectures on SYZ, we expect topics to include affine manifolds, aspects of log geometry and tropical geometry, theta functions, and some of the work of Kontsevich and Soibelman.

The workshop discussions will have an expository nature and are aimed at graduate students and junior faculty interested in mirror symmetry.

Further information about the workshop will become available on this website. Feel free to email the organizers with any questions at mitsyzrtg@gmail.com.

Syllabus and Preparation

The syllabus and references are now available. The talk assignments are now posted.

Location and Transportation

The workshop will take place in Big Bear Lake, CA (2+ hours east of Los Angeles). We have booked two houses. Note that the housing and food expenses are covered by the NSF funding. We will rent cars, and pick everyone up from LAX. There will be a limited amount of funding available for travel reimbursement. However, we will only be able to reimburse you for your airline ticket if you fly with an American carrier (flights purchased through an American carrier but operated by a different carrier are also OK). See the logistics section for an important note about flights.


The application deadline has passed. All applicants will be contacted by April 11, 2013.

Logistics form

If you have been accepted, please fill out the logistics form. Please fill out the form by April 15, 2013. You can submit the form multiple times, so submit as much of the form as you can (in particular, the confirmation) by April 15. A note about flights: if you are flying, please fly to and from LAX. Your flight should arrive at LAX on Sunday, May 26 as close as possible to noon--3 PM, and your flight should depart from LAX on Saturday, June 1 as close as possible to noon--3 PM.


This workshop is being organized by Nate Bottman, David Jackson-Hanen, Ailsa Keating, John Lesieutre, Tiankai Liu, and Roberto Svaldi; the organizers can be contacted at mitsyzrtg@gmail.com. Webpages for previous MIT-RTG workshops can be found here: 2011, 2012.