Geometry and Quantum Theory (GQT)


The academic program consists of a 3-day graduate school and a 2-day conference.

Graduate School (January 18 to 20, 2021)

The idea behind the GQT school is that participants will get a basic understanding of some central topics in GQT-research, including many important themes which may lie outside one’s own research specialization. Hence, we strongly encourage Ph.D. students to participate in all three days as a way to broaden their mathematical formation and increase awareness regarding the research carried out within the cluster.
Another important aspect of the event is that it will provide the opportunity for graduate students within the GQT cluster to get to know and (virtually) socialize with each other as well as have some academic interaction.
The school will consist of three days of lectures and exercise sessions; the topics and speakers are as follows:

Note: unlike previous editions, each speaker gives a 45 minute talk every morning (18-20 January) and exercise/discussion sessions are in the afternoon (Zoom and

During the school days the lectures and exercise classes will be arranged roughly as follows:


Mon Tue Wed
9:30 – 10:15 Lecture (TBA) Lecture (TBA) Lecture (TBA)
10:30 – 11:15 Lecture (TBA) Lecture (TBA) Lecture (TBA)
11:30 – 12:15 Hoskins Lecture (TBA) Hoskins
14:00 – Exercises Exercises Exercises


Course description and prerequisites

TBA – Magnus Bakke Botnan (VU)
Course description:

Representations of Quivers and Data analysis


Reading material:

TBA — Gijs Heuts (Utrecht)

Course description:



Background reading recommendations:

Parallels between moduli of quiver representations and vector bundles — Victoria Hoskins (Nijmegen)

Course description: Moduli spaces provide geometric solutions to classification problems
and in this course we will study two moduli problems: moduli of quiver
representations and moduli of vector bundles over a smooth projective algebraic
curve. A central theme will be to explore the similarities between the geometry
of these moduli spaces. After describing the basic properties of these moduli
problems and outlining the constructions of their moduli spaces in algebraic
and symplectic geometry, we introduce hyperkähler analogues over the complex
numbers: moduli spaces of representations of a doubled quiver satisfying
certain relations imposed by a moment map and moduli spaces of Higgs bundles.
In the final lecture, we will survey a surprising link between the counts of absolutely indecomposable objects over finite fields and the Betti cohomology of
these complex hyperkähler moduli spaces due to work of Crawley-Boevey and Van
den Bergh and Hausel, Letellier and Rodriguez-Villegas in the quiver setting,
and work of Schiffmann in the bundle setting.

Prerequisites: The talks will be based on my lecture notes
 and the references therein. We will use some basic
tools and language from algebraic geometry, so some familiarity with the basics
of algebraic geometry or Riemann surfaces would be helpful; for example, some
knowledge of one of the books below would be useful.

This course should also be accessible to students with a background in
differential geometry.

Background reading recommendations:

P. Griffiths and J. Harris “Principles of Algebraic Geometry”
R. Hartshorne “Algebraic Geometry”
R. Miranda “Algebraic Curves and Riemann surfaces”