We, in the Departments of Physics, Southampton and Rome "La Sapienza", are organizing the Second Conference on the Exact Renormalization Group, to be held in Rome on September 18-22 2000. The Conference continues the series of meetings started by the Workshop on the Exact Renormalization Group which was held in Faro, Portugal, in September 1998.
The idea of the Conference is to gather physicists active in the area of renormalization group and its applications, with emphasis on the exact renormalization group approach. Specialists in other fields in which the renormalization group ideas are important, or could be so in the near future are invited too. We also welcome attendance by both beginning and senior physicists interested in learning about the subject. We expect to create an environment conducive to discussion of the latest achievements and exchange of ideas.
The main topics we expect to explore in the conference are: new formulations of the exact RG (renormalization group); symmetries; non-perturbative RG issues in supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory; the holographic RG; perturbative properties of the exact RG and construction of perfect (continuum) actions; non-perturbative approximations, and applications to continuous and discontinuous phase transitions, strongly interacting theories, etc.
It is planned to publish the Proceedings of the Conference as a special edition of Int. J. Mod. Phys. (World Scientific published the Proceedings of the previous Workshop on the Exact Renormalization Group in Faro.)
The Conference will take place in the Fermi Building - Aula 1, ground floor - of the University of Rome "La Sapienza". The main entrance to the University is in P.le Aldo Moro, 2, which is 15-20 minutes walk from the central railway station, Termini. Other entrances are in V. C. De Lollis, V.le Regina Elena and V.le dell'Universita` (see the maps of that part of Rome and the university campus). The opening day of the Conference is Monday, September 18. The closing of the conference is on Friday, September 22.
The registration fee for the participants of the Conference is 200000 ITL (103 Euros, about US $100) and is paid at the registration. It includes the proceedings, welcome party, and refreshments. It does not include the conference banquet or the excursions. For those individuals who wish to participate in these, the fee will be separately payable at registration. Registration will take place during the welcome party which will be held on the evening of Sunday 17th September, and for limited times during the conference.
Participants are expected to obtain their own funding.
If you are interested in participating in the meeting and/or receiving further information, please fill in the Notification of Interest Form, preferably as soon as possible, but at the very least before May 15, 2000. This also guarantees that you will receive further announcements, containing the Conference Scientific Program, information on transportation, etc.
If you need a visa to enter Italy, please email us your personal details (name, date and place of birth, citizenship), dates of visit to Italy, and, most importantly, the complete address of the Italian Embassy/Consulate General to which we should fax the invitation letter. General information for people requiring visas to enter Italy can be found at the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.