2016 MPS Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 20th
Friday, October 21st 2016

Simons Foundation
Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
New York, New York


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.

Agenda & Slides

Thursday, October 20

Friday, October 21

  • Paul Seidel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Symplectic Topology Away from the Large Volume Limit
    Slides (PDF)
  • Andrea Alù, The University of Texas at Austin
    Breaking Reciprocity and Time-reversal Symmetry with Metamaterials
    Slides (PDF)
  • Richard Schwartz, Brown University
    Five Points on a Sphere
    Slides (PDF)


Air and Train

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.

Ground Transportation


Those arriving on Wednesday, October 19th via an NY area airport or train station are asked to take a taxi or public transportation to The Roger Hotel located in Manhattan. Please retain your cab receipt for reimbursement.

Those arriving on Thursday, October 20th will be contacted by Emily Klein to arrange transportation directly to the Simons Foundation.


The foundation will arrange transportation for all participants departing on Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd back to their departing airport or train station.

Departure notices will be delivered to guest rooms 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 Roger Hotel 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.


All attendees requiring accommodations are hosted by the foundation for a maximum of three nights at The Roger hotel:

The Roger
131 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(between 30th and 31st Streets)

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

To arrange accommodations, please register at the link above.

For driving directions to The Roger, please click here.


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.

Wednesday & Saturday

Guests arriving on Wednesday and departing on Saturday may claim $71 per diem for meals consumed on these days.


Guests may claim $36 per diem for dinner consumed on this day.

No receipts are required when claiming per diem.



Travel Assistance

Elise Volpe, Protravel International
Simons.Foundation(replace this with the @ sign)protravelinc.com
(516) 465-1006

Registration, Hotel and General Meeting Assistance

Meghan Fazzi
Senior Executive Assistant, Simons Foundation
mfazzi(replace this with the @ sign)simonsfoundation.org
(212) 524-6080

Ground Transportation

Emily Klein
Program Associate, Simons Foundation
eklein(replace this with the @ sign)simonsfoundation.org
(646) 751-1262