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The George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy

String Theory and Special Holonomy Manifolds

M-theory on G2- manifolds lead to Kaluza-Klein compactifications of four-dimensional theories with N=1 supersymetry. Such theories are interesting from a phenomenological point of view as well as for mathematics.

The theme of the workshop is the mathematical applications of string theory and M-theory. Topics include Kaluza-Klein compactifications of string theory and M-theory on G2 and Spin (7) manifolds. Among other things the newly discovered twisted connected sum construction due to Kovalev will extensively be studied.


  • Bobby Acharya (Trieste and Kings College, London)
  • Michele Del Zotto (Simons Center, Stony Brook)
  • Sergey Grigorian (The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley)
  • Mark Haskins (Imperial College, London)
  • Alexei Kovalev (Cambridge)
  • Albrecht Klemm (University Bonn)
  • Bong Lian (Brandeis)
  • David R. Morrison (UCSB)

Travel Information

Easterwood Airport (CLL) is located only 2 miles from campus and offers daily flights from/to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

You may also wish to consider flying into Houston-area airports (George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH); William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and complete the rest of the journey (100 miles) by rental car or airport shuttle. You can arrange shuttle service to & from Houston airports with GroundShuttle


The hotel we have booked is:
Hampton Inn College Station
320 Texas Avenue South
College Station, Texas, 77840
Hamption’s Website

It is around a 15 minute walk from the hotel to the Mitchell Institute.


The closest visitor parking is provided by the Northside Parking Garage, which is just across the street from the Mitchell Institute, at the intersection of Ireland Street and University Drive: TAMU Map

Taxi Information

  • BCS Taxi: (979) 691-2222
  • Northgate taxi: (979) 574-6919
  • BCS Taxi-cab: (979) 693-5532
  • College Station/Bryan taxi: (979) 436-8107

Slides From Presentations

Albrecht Klemm’s presentation


March 26-30, 2018
Workshop Schedule

Social Events


Event: BBQ Reception (5-7PM)
Location: 5th Floor of the Mitchell Institute


Event: Dinner at Abuelos Restaurant (6-8PM)
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Workshop Location

Hawking Auditorium:
4242 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843


Katrin Becker (Texas A&M)
Melanie Becker (Texas A&M)
David R. Morrison (UCSB)
Amanda Barreiro (Admin)


Texas A&M
Texas A&M Cambridge Collaboration
Simons Collaboration on Special Holonomy in Geometry, Analysis, and Physics