First Circular

The 2nd Asian Winter School on String Theory

15 Jan (Tue) - 25 Jan (Fri), 2008
Kusatsu, Tochigi, Japan

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the 2nd Asian Winter School on String Theory which will take place at Kusatsu, a historic hot spring town and a ski resort, Japan from Jan. 15 (Tue) , 2008 until Jan.25 (Fri), 2008.

String theory possesses the remarkable property of duality through which short and long distance physics are intimately related. It could bridge the gap between particle physics and cosmology by elucidating the dark side of the universe. Duality also plays an important role to understand strongly coupled gauge theory. We thus believe it is appropriate to host the Asian Winter School, a pan-Asian collaborative effort of Korea, India, China and Japan as the 2nd Asian School of Particles, Strings and Cosmology of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai).

Lectures will be given on (a) Black holes (b) Flux compactification (c) String cosmology as well as non-perturbative aspects of gauge theory and string theory: (d) AdS/CFT, (e) Integrability, (f) String field theory and matrix models. These lectures are accompanied by discussion sessions which aim to foster each student's understandings of the subjects. We also organize seminars including of experimental nature which are informative to students.


N. Ishibashi (Tsukuba) S. Minwalla (Tata Institute ) G. Shiu (Wisconsin) M. Staudacher (Max Planck Institute) A. Strominger (Harvard) S. Trivedi (Tata Institute)

Important dates and location

Application deadline 20 Oct 2007

* School DATE: 15 Jan (Tue) - 25 Jan (Fri), 2008
* PLACE: Hotel Village Kusatsu
618 Kusatsu-Machi Agatsuma-Gun Gunma
377-1793, Japan

How to apply

A number of PhD students and PD fellows from inside/outside of Japan can be supported for travel (inside Asia) and living expenses, and we encourage their applications.

If you are interested in attending this school, send

(1) an application form attached to this notice

and (if you are a graduate student or postdoc)

(2) a recommendation letter from your adviser.

These must be sent no later than Oct 20, 2008 to (replace # with @).

The decision of travel support and admission to the school will be made shortly after the deadline and it will be notified to the applicants. The participants without the support on the local expense need to pay their lodging/meal at Kusatsu(10 nights), which costs less than $100/night.

Participants are asked to arrive on KEK by the evening of Jan 14, 2007. In the morning of Jan 15, there will be a bus from KEK to Kusatsu. Kusatsu is a historic hot spring town resort, 100 miles north-west of Tokyo. The bus will take you to KEK again on Jan 25th. The participants can stay at KEK lodgings on 14th and 25th. The staying expenses at KEK and the bus transportations between KEK and Kusatsu will not be charged to the participants. The detail of the program, the transportation to KEK will be available on our web pages shortly. Please check whether or not you need a visa to enter Japan or not. Ask your nearest Japanese diplomatic mission. Homepage of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan is found from

Course Organizers;

S. Minwalla(Tata Institute, India), J. Park(Postech, Korea), T. Takayanagi (Kyoto Univ., Japan) , Bin Chen (Peking U., China):

Steering committee

Bum-Hoon Lee (Sogang U., Korea): Soonkeon Nam (Kyung Hee U. , Korea): Yoshihisa Kitazawa (Chair,KEK, Japan): Tamiaki Yoneya (U. of Tokyo, Japan): Ashoke Sen (Harishi Chandra, India): Spenta Wadia (Tata Institute, India): Miao Li (ITP, China): Jianxin Lu (U. of Sci. and Tech., China): Atish Dabholkar (Tata Institute, India): Sang-Jin Sin (Hanyang U., Korea):

Advisory board

David Gross (KITP, USA) Hirotaka Sugawara (The Graduate U. for Advanced Studies, Japan) Shing-Tung Yau (Harvard U., USA), Andrew Strominger (Harvard U., USA)

Local organizers

S. Iso, J. Nishimura, Y. Okada, M. Nojiri. H. Kodama, M. Hazumi, S. Kamada, T. Hamana, M. Ie


The Graduate University for Advanced Studies(Sokendai,Japan) , High Energy Accelerator Research Organization(KEK,Japan), APCTP(Korea)

Application Form to Asian Winter School on String Theory

*)Deadline of this application is Oct 20, 2007.

  1. Last Name:
  2. First Name:
  3. University:
  4. Department/Faculty:
  5. Postal Address:
  6. Country:
  7. E-mail:
  8. Fax:
  9. Select one (Graduate Student, Postdoc, other(specify your title))
  10. Do you need to apply for a visa to enter Japan?
    (Yes No)
    if yes, to make a formal invitation letter, give us
    (a) your nationality,
    (b) occupation,
    (c) date of birth, and (d) age.
    (e) The name of airport which you fly from.
    (f) The name of teh Japanese Embassy or the consulate where you apply for VISA.
    if Chinese, show us your name in chinese characters in addition alphabet.
  11. Do you need travel support from the organizer?
    if yes, specify the required amount.
  12. Do you need local support from the organizer?
  13. If you are a graduate student or postdoc, describe how you will make good use of this school in your research plan