6th ICTP Latin-American String School (Mexico City)

Start time: October 26, 2015

Ends on: November 6, 2015

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Venue: Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV)
Avenida Instituto Politécnico Nacional 2508, Colonia, San Pedro Zacatenco, Delegacion Cuauthemos.


  • H. García-Compeán (CINVESTAV, México)
  • O. Loaiza-Brito (DCI, Universidad de Guanajuato, León, México)
  • K. Narain (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)


  • Nathan Berkovits (ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP, Brazil): Supersymmetry and Supergravity
  • Anamaría Font (Universidad Central de Venezuela): String Phenomenology
  • Clifford Johnson (University of Southern California, USA): Introduction to D-branes
  • Kumar Narain (ICTP-Trieste, Italy): Duality and M-theory
  • Carmen Núñez (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina): Introduction to the Superstring
  • Leopoldo Pando-Zayas (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA): Gauge/Gravity Correspondence
  • Roger Penrose (University of Oxford, UK): Twistor Theory
  • George Thompson (ICTP-Trieste, Italy): Calabi-Yau Compactifications
  • Barton Zwiebach (MIT, USA): Introduction to the Bosonic String
International Advisory Committee:
  • Gerardo Aldazabal (Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina)
  • Nathan Berkovits (ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP, Brazil)
  • Anamaría Font (Universidad Central de Venezuela)
  • H. García-Compeán (CINVESTAV, México)
  • Kumar Narain (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Carmen Núñez (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Victor Rivelles (USP – São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Jorge Zanelli (CECS Valdivia, Chile)
Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV)
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT)
Mesoamerican Centre for Theoretical Physics (MCTP)
Universidad de Colima
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Universidad de Guanajuato


This ICTP Latin-American String School, now in its 6th edition, will have a duration of two-weeks and will follow the same format as the previous ICTP Latin-American string schools held in Cuba (1998), México (2000), Brazil (2003), Argentina (2007) and Brazil (2010). The first week of the school will provide the traditional foundations of string theory and the second week will continue to more advanced topics. The lectures will assume knowledge of quantum field theory and general relativity at the graduate student level, but will not assume previous familiarity with string theory. There will also be daily discussion sessions and homework exercises. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.
List of Confirmed Participants: Updated on Oct 13

School Program:

Lectures – Reading Material:

It is highly recommended that participants bring with them the following books:

1. String theory – Joseph Polchinski
– vol. 1: an introduction to the bosonic string.
– vol 2: superstring theory and beyond.

2. Superstring Theory – Michael Green, John Schwarz and Edward Witten
– vol. 1: Introduction
– vol. 2: Loop Amplitudes, Anomalies and Phenomenology

General Information

ALL participants should complete the registration. The registration at the CINVESTAV will be on October 26 from 8:00 to 9:30 am. Upon registration, participants who are receiving financial assistance, please bring a copy of your passport or send it previously to: lass2015@fis.cinvestav.mx.

The participants arriving to the Benito Juarez airport can take a taxi. There are many taxi’s companies like Yellow Cab, Sitio 300, etc. you will
find passing migration and custom.

ACCOMMODATION: Each participant, whose accommodation has been provided by the School, will be hosted in the Hotel Plaza Florencia, located at Liverpool 197, col. Juárez, Del. Cuauhtémoc, Zona Rosa, México DF, México, telephone
numbers: 01800 7172 y (52) 55 5080 1070.

Accommodation suggestions for those whose accommodation will be provided on their own: hotel recommendations are available here

There will be transportation for 80 persons from the SUITES Plaza Florencia to Cinvestav every day of activities during the School. Please
ask in reception of hotel the details of transportation.

SECRETARIAT at CINVESTAV: Mrs. Isabel Negrete, isan@fis.cinvestav.mx
tel.: (52) 5557473832
OFFICE: Departamento de Fisica, CINVESTAV section A, second floor.

You will receive your badge at the moment of registration. You are kindly requested to wear the name badge while you are at CINVESTAV

BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel have been provided or will be reimbursed by LASS, please immediately send us also the bording pass and e-tickets by e-mail to: lass2015@fis.cinvestav.mx. In addition you should bring the boarding pass printed upon registration, and send us the return boarding pass.

Web transmission: The lectures will be held live on the Internet under http://www.bfm.cinvestav.mx/trans.html. It is also possible to watch the videos with any URL video player (URL: For Linux users, SMPlayer is recommended.