2019 MPS Annual Meeting

Date & Time


Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010 United States

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Thurs: 8:30AM–5:30PM
Fri: 8:30AM – 2:00PM

Deadline to Register

Monday September 9, 2019

Participation is by invitation only. All participants must register.

The Mathematics and Physical Sciences Annual Meeting will gather together Simons Investigators, Simons Fellows, Simons Society of Fellows and Math + X Chairs and Investigators to exchange ideas through lectures and informal discussions in a scientifically stimulating environment.

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    Thursday, October 17

    8:30 AMCheck-in & Breakfast
    9:30 AMYanbei Chen | Gravitational Wave Science: from Black Hole Physics to Macroscopic Quantum Mechanics
    10:30 AMBreak
    11:00 AMAmit Singer | Mathematics of Cryo-Electron Microscopy
    12:00 PMLunch
    1:30 PMNigel Cooper | Topology and Dynamics in Quantum Matter
    2:30 PMBreak
    3:00 PMMichael Wolf | Limits of Geometric Structures on Surfaces
    4:00 PMBreak
    4:30 PMRachel Rosen | Black Holes for Massive Gravitons
    6:00 PMCocktails and Dinner @ Union Park

    Friday, October 18

    8:30 AMCheck-in and Breakfast
    9:30 AMLucy Colwell | Using Evolutionary Sequence Variation to Build Predictive Models of Protein Structure and Function
    10:30 AMBreak
    11:00 AMScott Aaronson | Gentle Measurement of Quantum States and Differential Privacy
    12:00 PMLunch
    1:00 PMMichael Brenner | TBA
    2:00 PMMeeting Concludes
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    The foundation will arrange and pay for all air and train travel to the Annual Meeting. Please provide your travel specifications by clicking the registration link above.

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    Those arriving on Wednesday, October 16th via an NY area airport or train station are asked to take a taxi or public transportation to the W Union Square located in Manhattan. Please retain your cab receipt for reimbursement.

    Those arriving on Thursday, October 17th will be contacted to arrange transportation directly to the Simons Foundation.


    The foundation will arrange transportation for all participants departing on Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th back to their departing airport or train station.

    Departure notices will be delivered on Thursday evening. Included in the notice will be departure times to New York area airports and train stations. Elise Volpe will be available via email or phone to assist with train and airline issues.

    Personal Car

    For participants driving to Manhattan, the W Union Square offers valet parking, the fees of which are covered by the foundation. Please note that there are no in-and-out privileges when using the hotel’s garage, therefore it is encouraged that participants walk or take public transportation to the Simons Foundation.


    The Simons Foundation will reimburse travel by subway, bus or taxi. Please submit receipts with your expense report following the meeting.
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    All attendees requiring accommodations are hosted by the foundation for a maximum of three nights at the W Union Square.

    W New York – Union Square
    201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003
    (212) 253-9119

    Any additional nights are at the attendee’s own expense.

    To arrange accommodations, please register at the link above.

    For driving directions to the W Union Square, please click here.

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    The Simons Foundation will provide the following meals:

    • Thursday breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Friday breakfast and lunch

    Guests will not be reimbursed for meals purchased at these times.

    All other meals outside those listed above are reimbursable per the foundation’s expense reimbursement policy.

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    Travel and Hotel Assistance
    Elise Volpe, Protravel International

    Registration and General Meeting Assistance
    Meghan Fazzi
    Senior Executive Assistant, Simons Foundation
    (212) 524-6080

    Ground Transportation
    Emily Klein
    Program Associate, Simons Foundation
    (646) 751-1262

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    Expense reimbursement will be handled online via our reimbursement platform hosted by Concur. Receipts are required for any expense over $50 USD. Additional information regarding the foundation’s online reimbursement process will be sent to all participants on Friday, October 18th.

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