Symmetry Festival – 2016


The World’s Largest
Multidisciplinary Conference & Art Festival

in Symmetry Studies

organized by the Symmetrion,
under the auspices of the
International Symmetry Association

Hosted by the

Technische Universität Wien
in cooperation with the


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).

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

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.

Peter WeibelPeter Weibel

Artist, curator and theoretician. Head of the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe



Haresh LalvaniHaresh Lalvani

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

Tentative title of his plenary lecture: Morphological Universe


Michel DezaMichel Deza

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

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.


Egon SchulteEgon Schulte

Northeastern University, Department of Mathematics, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Title of his plenary lecture: Skeletal Polyhedral Geometry and Symmetry


Jay KapraffJay Kappraff

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 AichelburgPeter Christian Aichelburg

Professor of Physics, University of Vienna.

The title of his plenary lecture on general relativity and gravitational waves T. B. A. later.


Laurence I. GouldLaurence 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.


Roy HowatRoy Howat

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)


Benno WillkeBenno Willke

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

Symmetry Festival 2016 Vienna Music Night
Genetic Music & Interactive Visuals

genetic music logo

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

Konstantin ZenkinKonstantin Zenkin

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.


Ivan SoshinskyIvan Soshinsky

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.


Renate QuehenbergerRenate Quehenberger

Local organiser.

Artist and researcher focusing on geometry and visualization.
Currently editing the homonymous book about her art research project Quantum Cinema – a digital vision (mentored by Peter Weibel, funded by FWF) on the visualization of quantum phenomena. Her contribution to mathematics: the 3D representation of the Penrose Kites and Darts Tilings, named epitahedron is a unit-cell of the 5-dimensional space. Its variation as epita-dodecahedron is used in the logo of the Symmetry Festival 2016, designed by her.

Leading exhibition:
Non-Euclidean Geometries Reflected in the Arts – A Tribute to the Centenary of the GTR
Curators: Zsuzsa Dárdai and János Saxon-Szász

Registration Deadlines

Final papers: 9 May 2016
Early Bird Registration: 1 June 2016
Cancellation Deadline: 1 June 2016
More information on registration fees and submission details.