Topological quantum matter represents a new class of materials which are characterized by non-local topological properties emerging from purely local degrees of freedom. Understanding of topological states of matter has been broadened enormously over the last decade and the study of topological quantum matter currently represents one of the hottest and most interesting areas of physics, as is also evidenced by the 2016 Noble Prize in  Physics .

Achieved during the recent years impressive experimental and theoretical developments in this field, include experimental signatures for quantum spin liquids, topological insulators, Dirac and Weyl semimetals, topological superconductors hosting Majorana bound states, to name just a few examples.  The corresponding theoretical developments have been just as exciting, and many perspectives for new research topics remain open.

This conference will focus on the topologically ordered phases of the quantum matter and in particular on emergent low-dimensional quantum structures and phenomena in these materials.  The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers working on different subjects related to the topological states of matter and to facilitate their interdisciplinary collaboration through the exchange of their knowledge, skills and methods.

The other aim of this conference is to give possibility for young researchers, PhD and Master students from the Caucasus region  and neighboring countries to get the information about this fascinating field of modern science directly from leading experts in this area. This will give a possibility for young researchers from the region to establish direct contacts with colleagues of the same generation working in the leading research centers, as well as with leading experts in the field and help them elaborate their own network of research  collaborations.


Reinhold Egger (University of  Duesseldorf)
George Jackeli  (University of  Stuttgart)
George Japaridze (Ilia State University, Tblisi)
Alexander Nersesyan (Ilia State Universtiy, Tblisi)

Local Committee:

George Japaridze (Ilia State University)
David Jishiashvili (Georgian Technical University)
George Jorjadze (Free University of  Tbilisi)
Ramaz Khomeriki  (Javakhishvili State University)
Mikheil Sekania (Andronikashvili Institute of Physics)
Alexander Shengelaya (Javakhishvili State University)
George Tsitsishvili  (Razmadze Mathematical Institute)
George Veshapidze  (Ilia State University )


  • Quantum spin liquids
  • Topological
  • superconductors and Majorana fermions
  • Topological insulators
  • Weyl semimetals
  • Dirac semimetals
  • Unconventional
  • superconductivity in Dirac or Weyl semimetals
  • Low-dimensional quantum magnetism  
  • Low-dimensional correlated fermion phases

Place and dates: Tbilisi 01-10.06.2019

Conference venue. Conference meetings will take place at the Ilia State University (Building G)  ( Tbilisi, Giorgi Tsereteli str. 3). and in the Conference Hall of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences  ( Tbilisi, Rustaveli Avuneu 52.).

Conference format. The conference program will include invited plenary talks, sectional talks, and a poster session.


  • Boris Altshuler (Columbia University, USA) *
  • Igor Aleiner (Columbia University,  USA) *
  • Alexander Altland (University of  Cologne, Germany) 
  • Eva  Andrei (Rutgers University, USA) 
  • Natan Andrei (Rutgers University, USA) 
  • Adolfo Avella (University of Salerno, Italy)
  • Hrachya Babuijan (Yerevan Physics Institute, Armenia)
  • Dionys Baeriswyl (Fribourg University, Switzerland)
  • Leon Balents (KITP, UC Santa Barbara, USA) 
  • Andrei Chubukov (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Sasha Chernyshev (UC Irvine, USA)  
  • Marcelo Dalmonte (ICTP and SISSA, Trieste, Italy)
  • Alessandro De Martino (City University of London, UK)  
  • Rosario Fazio (ICTP, Trieste, Italy) 
  • Alvaro Ferraz (IIP Natal, Brazil) 
  • Yuval  Gefen (Weizmann Institute Rehovot, Israel) 
  • Thors Hans Hansson (Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Henrik Johannesson  (University of  Gothenberg, Sweden)
  • Bernhard  Keimer (MPI-FKF Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Giniyat Khaliullin (MPI-FKF Stuttgart, Germany) 
  • Daniel Khomskii (Universität zu Köln, Germany
  • BJ Kim (POSTECH, Pohang, Korea)  
  • Mikhail Kiselev (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
  • Oleksiy Kolezhuk (Taras Shevchenko Univ. Kiev, Ukraine)
  • Vladimir Kravtsov (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
  • Pilar López-Sancho  (CSIC Madrid, Spain)

  • Davron Matrasulov (TPTU Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
  • Walter Metzner (MPI-FKF Stuttgart, Germany) 
  • Roderich Moessner (MPI-PKS Dresden, Germany) 
  • Cristiane Morais Smith (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) 
  • Giuseppe Mussardo (SISSA, Trieste, Italy) 
  • Felix von Oppen (Freie University Berlin, Germany)
  • Masaki Oshikawa (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Rodrigo Pereira (IIP Natal, Brazil) 
  • Natalia Perkins (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Revaz Ramazashvili (University  Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France)
  • Achim Rosch (Universität zu Köln, Germany
  • Lucile Savary (ENS, Lyon, France) 
  • Oleg Starykh (University of Utah,  USA) 
  • Alaska Subedi (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France) 
  • Hidenori Takagi (MPI-FKF Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Alexei Tsvelik (Brookhaven National Lab, USA)  
  • Maria Vozmediano (CSIC Madrid, Spain)
  • Dieter Vollhardt (Uni Augsburg, Germany) 
  • Paul  Wiegmann (University of  Chicago, USA) 
  • Alex  Zazunov (Duesseldorf University, Germany)
  • Andrey Zheludev (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)  
  • Mike Zhitomirsky (CEA, Grenoble, France)

*To be confirmed


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Registration deadline: April 30, 2019

For organization of events demands collecting a registration fee from the participants. Members of the local community affiliated with sponsor organizations are considered as free listeners and are exempt from paying the fee.


  • The Volkswagen Foundation
  • Shota Rustaveli Georgian National Science Foundation
  • Georgian National Academy of Sciences
  • Ilia State University