Thematic Quarters

Every year, the Scientific Steering Committee of the IHP chooses 3 thematic programmes on the basis of their scientific excellence, their thematic relevance and their original and innovative character. The mix of disciplines is highly encouraged.

The goal of the thematic quarters is to develop, over a three-month period, extensive reflection around an advanced research topic in mathematics or theoretical physics. The themes addressed during these quarters range from theoretical mathematics to nearly experimental physics, to applied (or practical!) mathematics that could lead to industrial applications: in a word, the whole spectrum of mathematical sciences.

On average, a thematic quarter welcomes about one hundred participants (professors, researchers, students, French and foreigners) and comprises symposia, classes (possibly at PhD level) and seminars.


Current Quarter - Spring 2016

The Mathematics of String Theory

11 April - 15 July 2016

Organizers: Miranda Chih-Ning Cheng, Amir-Kian Kashani-Poor, Ruben Minasian and David Robert Morrison

Recent Quarters

Spring 2015: Inverse Problems

13 April 2015 - 10 July 2015

Organizers : David Dos Santos Ferreira, Colin Guillarmou, Matti Lassas, Jérôme Le Rousseau


Resources and facilities:

The Henri Poincaré Institute provides you with
•  Financial support up to 120,000 euros
•  14 months of invitations for the associate professors and researchers
•  42 work stations
•  2 lecture theatres (150 and 50 seats with a possibility of audio and video broadcast between both theatres)
•  5 fully equipped classrooms


The Centre Émile Borel

The Émile Borel Centre will make sure your quarter is a success. With 15 years of experience, the Émile Borel Centre takes charge of the entire administrative, financial and logistical organisation of your quarter. A specific department is dedicated to accommodation and the processing of travel expenses.


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