Saturday, January 17, 2009

Strongfrontier2009 concludes

This is the last post on this web-site. The workshop has concluded successfully. Updates, reports, information will be available only at the PPISR web-site. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers, staff of PPISR and all those who made it possible.

Update: The talks are here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Guide to the contents

Although this webpage is not very long, we are providing a guide of some important topics for easy navigation.

Talks and academic programme may be found here.
[Edited on January 4, 2009.]

Pre-arrival, accomodation information can be found here. [Note that accomodation information has been sent by email and will no longer be
on the web-site to protect your privacy. Updated on January 4, 2009]

List of participants may be found here.

Working group information may be found here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Accomodation and pre-arrival information

The accomodation arrangements are practically finalized. The participants will be housed at one of PPISR guesthouses, Academy Guesthouse, Indian Institute of Science Guesthouse. All accomodation information has been sent by email
[Last updated on January 4, 2009.]

The workshop itself will take place at the PPISR campus, Bidalur. The corresponding guesthouse is also within this campus. Details for getting here are at the PPISR website. In the event that for one reason or another the pickup arrangement fails, you will be able to navigate your way there from the instructions given at this web-site.

Those of you who are at the Academy guesthouse (marked as Academy Fellows Residence on the map) can also locate it from here. It is about 12 kilometers from the City railway station. If you are staying here and are flying into Bangalore, you can take a bus to Mehkri circle and find your way from there following the map.

For those of you who are staying at the Indian Institute of Science guesthouse, directions can be found at the IISc website.

By email we have already communicated with all of you of the pick-up arrangements

Important information for participants who will be housed at Jalahalli: Those who are staying in Jalahalli and are arriving by surface transport make kindly take an autorickshaw and make their way to the Academy guesthouse. It is about 15 km from the city railway station and the rate by the meter is Rs. 7/km. Since it is somewhat remote, the autorickshaw driver may charge you extra. Please bear with it. If you get lost in the neighbourhood there, you can call one of our volunteers who will be standing by and will be able to rescue you if you are lost within a radius of about a km or so.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Accomodation and transport information

This post is now obsolete. [This is date stamped January 4, 2009.]

We are almost through will making all the accomodation assignments and we will post that information on the web-site when we sort out some organizational matters. We are also working on the transportation matters at the time of your arrival and departure, and for the duration of the workshop for those of you who will not be staying at PPISR. We will post this information also as soon as it is ready for broadcast.

Working group information

The Scientific Organizing Committee has deliberated on views received from all its members and has decided to organize four working groups. Information received from many of you on your preference has been wired into the assignment to the working group. If for some strong reason you wish to be in a working group different from that in which you presently find yourself, please write and will try and reassign. If your name has been inadvertenly omitted, please draw our immediate attention to this and we will correct it.

The working groups have been formed with two conveners to help identify current research problems that could be considered by the participants of each group and students for future study. The presence of international experts is a vital ingredient: the working groups may feel free to organize talks, seminars and internal discussions. The conveners may may present a summary report at the end of the workshop on the deliberations of the working groups, problems identified, and suggested course of action, and submit it to the superconvener. The latter may then collate these and present them to the Chairman for inclusion in the report of the workshop to be sent to the funding agencies.

The working groups have also been slightly rearranged and renamed. The information on each of them is given below. The numbering is arbitrary. Apoorva Patel will be the superconvener of the working groups and if conveners face problems or obstructions or issues that they are not immediately able to solve, they may approach him (adpatel [at] cts dot iisc dot ernet dot in).

I. Chiral Perturbation Theory

Conveners: B. Ananthanarayan and Juerg Gasser
Scientific Secretary: Rahul Srivastava

Rathin Adhikari
Padmanbha Dasgupta
Bachir Moussallam
Asmita Mukherkjee
Alan Norton
Andreas Nyffeler
Prafulla Panda
P. N. Pandita

II. Lattice gauge theory and chiral Lagrangians

Conveners: Gilberto Colangelo and Maarten Golterman
Scientific Secretary: I. Sentitemsu Imson

Sinya Aoki
Shailesh Chandrasekharan
Nilmani Mathur
Apoorva Patel
Monalisa Patra
Udit Raha
S. S. Singh
Urs Wenger

III. QCD Strings

Conveners: N. D. Hari Dass and Gunnar Bali
Scientific Secretary: Ranjan Laha

Dilip Choudhary
Govind Krishnaswami
Saiful Islam
Pushan Majumdar
Manu Mathur
Peter Matlock
S. Mitra
S. Roy
Vikram Soni
Vikram Vyas

IV. Non-perturbative methods

Conveners: Aneesh Manohar and H. S. Sharatchandra
Scientific Secretary: Gauhar Abbas

Jitesh Bhatt
Sudhansu Biswal
Rohini Godbole
Abhishek Iyer
Samir Mallik
Parthasarathy Mitra
R. Parthasarathy
J. Pasupathy
Sunethra Ramanan
Bikash Sinha

Information for speakers and participants on talks and working group activity

All speakers may kindly note that we will have multi-media projection facilities and talks may be of pdf of ppt format which should be handed over to our volunteer latest before your session starts, preferably even earlier if possible. It would, of course, be wonderful if the speakers could send us the pdf files by email before the workshop starts which will save workshop time. If you really must use transparancies, please have them scanned by a volunteer before the talk and convert to pdf and use the projection facilities. We plan to copy all talks on to CDs, and each participant will receive a CD with all the talks before the end of the workshop.

In a separate post to follow, we will list the working group information for your ready reference. During the workshop, each working group will have a scientific secretary who will assist in the running of the working group, help out with making copies and finding work space and whatever else you might require you make your working group activity more meaningful. We plan to assemble several important books which will be made available to you for your use during the working group activity. Please note that onsite the printing facilities will be limited, and so please bring important references with yourself so that no time will be wasted looking for these. We will very soon make a comprehensive list of members of working groups who make then start thinking of what they could do during the workshop and even communicate with one another in advance.

Finally, if you have any suggestions for improving or enhancing the workshop, please write to Anant (anant [at] cts dot iisc dot ernet dot in) who can take your suggestions into account.

Acknowledgement of financial support

The organizers are pleased to inform you that we have received pledges of financial support from several funding agencies to whom applications were sent, and from National Institutes to whom we have written for support. We list them below and record our thanks to them here.

Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Rs. 1,50,000/-

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Rs. 25,000/-

Department of Science and Technology, Rs. 1,00,000/-

Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Rs. 50,000/-

Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Rs. 25,000/-

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Rs. 1,00,000/-

Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research, Rs. 2,50,000/-

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Rs. 1,00,000/-

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Rs. 1,00,000/-

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Arrival and departure information

We have received arrival and departure information from many of you, and many thanks for that. We will be collating all the information received and we will be posting it here for your inspection in a few days. We request you to, at that time, kindly check all the information that we would have parsed from your messages and help weed out any inaccuracies. Keep watching this space for updates.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Schedule of talks and abstracts

Last modified November 30, 2008

The previous annoucement on abstracts has now been deleted as all the abstracts are in. You may see them by clicking here. You may see the schedule of talks by clicking here. This is the final schedule and is being posted on January 4, 2009. The list of session chairs is here. [Session chair list updated last on January 10, 2009.]

Friday, October 24, 2008

Overseas participants visa requirement

All overseas participants who are not Indian citizens will require visas. An email has been sent in this regard. If this applies to you and you have not received that mail, inform us and we will send that mail again. Please do take steps to apply for one sufficiently early.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pre-registration information, etc.

The list of participants is now complete and we are sorry that we cannot take any more requests. For those of you who find their names on the web-page under list of confirmed participants, please send us by email to the workshop address the following information in this format:

1. Name as it should appear on the badge

2. Affiliation as it should appear on the badge

3. Your postal address and emergency contact information, including telephone numbers

4. Arrival and departure details as soon as possible. Of course this should include arrival times of trains and flights so that we can arrange for the transportation to the places where you will be accomodated. The departure details too are welcome, but those we can always get out of you when are here, in case they are not readily available.

If you require a formal letter of invitation for your internal purposes of travel funding and/or leave of absence, write immediately. Please explicitly state if you require hard copy / scanned copy / soft copy / any other possibility. If you require emergency contact information on our side, write a mail and we will send it to you. This will not be posted on the web-site.

Also, please keep checking the web-site from time to time for updates.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Update on organizatonal matters

This is an update. The Scientific Organizing Committee has been very busy drafting the programme and is presently collecting titles and abstracts from speakers. By the end of the month or early November the programme, including the schedule will be posted on this site.

If you have made your travel plans, especially with flight or train details, please do send them in to the workshop account at your earliest convenience. We hope to collect all this information in good time, so that we will be able to organize transport in as efficient a manner as possible.

If you require an official letter of invitation for purposes of obtaining leave of absence from your work place, and/or for purposes of charging travel expenses to your grants, or for any other purpose, do write to us and we will send you a letter. In this event, please make sure that you give us the postal address to which it has to be mailed. If an email letter of invitation would suffice for such purposes it would be so much better.

Finally, please keep checking this page off and on for updates.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

More accomodation information

We are pleased to inform you that the Indian Academy of Sciences has offered us rooms at their Jalahalli guesthouse. It is roughly an hour from there to the PPISR campus, and the drive is quite beautiful. Of course we will arrange the transport for the delegates to the venue and return to this guesthouse at night. As mentioned in our earlier post, there will be accomodation for a limited number at PPISR itself. This annoucement is to inform you that we are trying to find enhanced accomodation in the event of an unexpectedly large number of applicants and participants. You may recall that PPISR is well outside the city of Bangalore, whereas the Indian Academy guesthouse is at the northern periphery of the city. This guest house is about 45 minutes from M. G. Road.

In addition, for those of you who are interested in the Woodrich Enclave, do visit their web-site.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Update: list of confirmed participants, some information on accomodation

List of Confirmed Participants [last updated December 3, 2008]

Most up to date arrival and departure details are not shown here, but instead on the pre-arrival information page.

Participant, Affiliation, Arrival, Departure

Gauhar Abbas, Bangalore, NA, NA

Rathin Adhikari, Delhi

B. Ananthanarayan, Bangalore, NA, NA

Sinia Aoki, Tsukuba

Gunnar Bali, Regensburg

Jitesh R. Bhatt, Ahmedabad

Sudhansu Biswal, Bangalore, NA, NA

Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Duke University

Dilip Chaudhury, Guwahati

Gilberto Colangelo, Bern, January 11, January 18

Padmanabha Dasgupta, Kalyani

Juerg Gasser, Bern, January 10, January 18,

Rohini M.Godbole, Bangalore, NA, NA

Maarten Golterman, San Francisco State University

N. D. Hari Dass, Bangalore, NA, NA

I. Sentitemsu Imsong, Bangalore, NA, NA

Saiful Islam, Guwahati

Abhishek Iyer, Bangalore, NA, NA

Govind S. Krishnaswami, Durham, January 11, January 18

Ranjan Laha, Bangalore, NA, NA

Pushan Majumdar, Kolkata

Samirnath Mallik, Kolkata

Aneesh Manohar, San Diego

Manu Mathur, Kolkata

Nilmani Mathur, Mumbai

Peter Matlock, Taiwan

Parthasarathi Mitra, Kolkata

Subhadip Mitra, Kanpur,

Bachir Moussallam, Orsay

Asmita Mukherjee, Mumbai*

Alan Norton, University of Ferrara and INFN, Italy, January 11, January 18

Andreas Nyffeler, Allahabad

Prafulla Panda, Kolkata

P. N. Pandita, Shillong

R. Parthasarathy, Chennai

J. Pasupathy, Bangalore, NA, NA

Monalisa Patra, Bangalore, NA, NA

Apoorva D. Patel, Bangalore, NA, NA

Udit Raha, Taiwan

Sunethra Ramanan, Bangalore, NA, NA

Sabyasachi Roy, Guwahati

H. S. Sharatchandra, Chennai

Bikash Sinha, Kolkata

S. S. Singh, Delhi

Vikram Soni, Delhi

Rahul Srivasatava, Bangalore, NA, NA

Vikram Vyas, Delhi

Urs Wenger, Bern

(* partial confirmation)


Accomodation matters

We are presently discussing with the Woodridge Resort and will provide more information on this soon.

For the moment, please visit this site to see pictures of on-site accomodation

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Second announcement: Scientific programme and schedule


Chiral Perturbation Theory in Continuum and Lattice, QCD-Strings and Confinement, overlapping developments in Non-perturbative QCD. [List of speakers will be announced shortly.]


11 January, 2009: Arrival in Bangalore

12-16 January: Workshop

17 January: Excursion

18 January: Last session and farewell before lunch.


5 working days with 4 one hour talks a day

Rough schedule: 9:30-11:30 & 12:00-13:00 & 14:00-15:00

Coffee break at 11:30-12:00, lunch break at 13:00-14:00 and coffee break at 15:00-15:30.

Some 1 hr slots to be converted to 40 min slots as necessary.

General discussions and identifying concrete problems for future: 15:30 - 17:30
every day.

Dinner: 19:30-20:30

Two postdinner short presentations of 30 mins each.

Poster session: if necessary.


As the workshop we plan to offer an opportunity to young researchers from developing countries to present their results. We may organize special sessions for such talks.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

First Annoucement for workshop, January 12-18, 2009, Bangalore

Welcome to the Strong Frontier 2009 home page.

We are pleased to annouce an international workshop on frontier problems in strong interaction physics. The workshop is being jointly organized by the Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (PPISR), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata. The objective of the workshop is to bring together active researchers in some areas of strong interaction physics. The scientific programme will be discussed further down.


The dates of the workshop are January 12-18, 2009.


The venue of the workshop will be the Bidalur campus of the PPISR. This is situated about 35 km north of central Bangalore, but is only about 10 km from the new Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli, which is expected to be operational very soon, and long before the workshop dates. The venue has an auditorium with a seating capacity of about 35. There are other furnished halls available for possible parallel sessions and for working groups to assemble and discuss. There will be multimedia projection facility available in the auditorium, and black and white boards in the other working spaces.

Scientific Topics

Chiral perturbation Theory

Lattice gauge theories

QCD strings

QCD at finite temperature and density

Non-perturbative methods

Organizing Committee

B. Ananthanarayan, Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science

N. D. Hari Dass, PPISR & Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science (Chairman)

Samir Mallik, Theoretical Physics Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata

Scientific Advisory Committee

P. van Baal, University of Leiden, Netherlands

G. Colangelo, University of Bern, Switzerland

J. Gasser, University of Bern, Switzerland

M. Golterman, San Francisco State University, USA

A. D. Patel, Indian Institute of Science, India

All members of organizing committee


The weather in Bangalore in January will be exceptionally beautiful, with clear skies and no clouds and a daily maximum of about 25 C and a minimum of about 12 C.


We are planning to arrange for shared accomodation that is available on the campus, but which is very limited in number. There is resort nearby with luxurious rooms. For participants who prefer such accomodation for which they can bear the expenses, we will try to arrange for discounted prices. It is possible that partial funding for even such accomodation may become available after we approach funding agencies for support.


The workshop in principle if open to all those who are interested in the field. However, due to limited accomodation facilities, we may have to restrict the number of participants.

Note that students and post-docs who wish to participate may apply in writing with a letter of support from their advisor or supervisor.

All overseas participants require clearance from Government agencies. This will require them to confirm their participation to us no later than September 15, 2008. Even if their participation is tentative they must supply information to the organizing committee about their intention and also some other proforma information that is required of them to obtain the clearance. This includes passport number, place of issue and other details which will be posted on this website shortly.


e-mail: strongfrontier2009 [at] gmail [dot] com