The World’s Largest
Multidisciplinary Conference & Art Festival
in Symmetry Studies
Hosted by the
The leading exhibition and the concerts, performances will be hosted by the
Collegium Hungaricum Vienna
The host city in short (refreshed videos biweekly).
Taste Vienna in a 9 min short tour!
Vienna introduces itself (a 25 min video).
Do you like it? Do you want to see more? Join the Symmetry Festival 2016, July 18-23!
Our worldwide symmetry events in the past
Symmetry Festival 2013, Delft;
Symmetry Festival 2009, 2006, 2003, Budapest;
Symmetry Congress 1998, Haifa;
Symmetry Congress 1995, Washington D.C.;
Symmetry Congress 1992, Hiroshima;
Symmetry of Structure Symposium 1989, Budapest.;
International Scientific Conference, including Talks and Workshops,
Art Exhibits, including Contemporary Art and Origami Exhibition,
Teacher Programs and Book Shows,
Performances and Movies,
Family Day (22 July afternoon) and Public Programs,
Excursion day (23 July, facultative).
Artist, curator and theoretician. Head of the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Patron of the Symmetry Festival 2016
The keynote and plenary lectures of the Symmetry Festival 2016 will provide a cross section of the connections between symmetry principles prevailing in different disciplines. Our hope is to provide the participants a unique forum for a novel and exciting experience that fosters mutual exchange between disciplines, between art and science, and between different human cultures.
Lalvani Studio, Pratt Institute, N.Y.
Artist, designer and professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute where he is also the co-director of the Center for Experimental Structures
Title of his Public lecture: Morphological Universe
in the framework of the Vienna Lectures series
Geometry of Virus Structure
Most virions (“baby viruses” having a capsid body) are helical or icosahedral. According to the quasi-equivalence principle: virion minimizes by organizing capsomers in minimal number of locations with non-equivalent bonding, resulting in dual icosahedral fullerene structure. The lecture gives an up to date survey on geometries and symmetries of virion capsids and related mathematics.
Northeastern University, Department of Mathematics, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Title of his plenary lecture: Skeletal Polyhedral Geometry and Symmetry
mathematician, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics, U.S.A.
Title of his plenary lecture: The Proportions of the Parthenon and its connection to a Vedic ceremonial Altar and to Earth measure.
Peter Christian Aichelburg
Professor of Physics, University of Vienna.
The title of his Keynote lecture: Symmetry principles in Einstein’s theory of Relativity.
Laurence I. Gould
Chairman of the International Symmetry Association Executive Board, is Professor of Physics at the University of Hartford, CT. He has lectured widely, studied Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, taught courses in Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, was a Yale Visiting Fellow in the History of Science, and spent several weeks one summer working at the Einstein Papers Project (Caltech).
The title of his plenary lecture is Albert Einstein: Myth and Magic.
Distinguished pianist and scholar. Roy Howat presents a public masterclass at the University of Washington (Seattle). He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music (London), and has published Debussy in Proportion (Cambridge, 1983) and The Art of French Piano Music (Yale, 2009). A Steinway Artist, he is editing the Urtext version of Gabriel Fauré’s works for Peters Edition.
The title of his plenary lecture is Symmetries overt and hidden in musical form.
(photo credit Fleur Kilpatrick)
Prof. Dr. Benno Willke (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics) received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Hannover, Germany in 1992. From 1998 to 2009 he chaired the lasers working group of the LIGO scientific collaboration (LSC) and was responsible for the development, fabrication and installation of the Advanced LIGO laser subsystem and its stabilization.
Keynote lecture: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger – Dawn of a New Astronomy
Prof. László Beke is an art historian.
Title of his plenary lecture:
Symmetry Festival 2016 Vienna Music Night
Genetic Music & Interactive Visuals
By the Genetic Music Group of Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Eduardo Reck Miranda, Plymouth University, UK, and guest performers, including Renate Quehenberger artist and her Team
Vice Rector, professor of Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory since 2009.
He is a professional pianist and musicologist. Dr. Zenkin is the author of 4 books and more than 130 papers on various aspects of music history, music philosophy and history of piano performance.
Composer and fellow of the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Before the Moscow Conservatory he graduated Moscow M. V. Lomonosov State University as a biophysicist in 2002 and he worked as a biophysicist for the Russian Academy of Sciences. Stage director of the Symmetry Festival’s concert programs.