# Hopf Algebras, Combinatorics, and Quantum Field Theory

The intention of the meeting is to collect people working on the very recent subject of noncommutative symmetric functions, and combinatorial Hopf algebras, which special emphasis on applications in mathematical physics, that is in quantum field theory.

The meeting shall gather people from the combinatorics and physics communities to provide an exchange of techniques and ideas. Many interesting mathematical results wait for applications and some techniques of combinatorial quantum field theory are currently under development. It is expected that a wider range of people working on combinatorial Hopf algebras also is addressed.

The core of the meeting is formed by 4 lecture courses delivered by outstanding scientists of the particular field. These courses shall start from an medium level and may end at the recent research frontier, perhaps posing key problems to be solved in near future. The lecturers are:

- Marcelo Aguiar, Texas A&M University
- Jean Louis Loday, IRMA, Strasbourg
- Arun Ram, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin
- Jean-Yves Thibon, Institut Gaspard Monge, Université Marne-la-Vallée

The lectures may also allow postgraduate students to become introduced to this fast developing and interesting research field.

Furthermore, we intend to offer a limited amount (maximally 12) of slots for contributed talks. These talks should address the mathematics/physics frontier and are intended to present recent research results. However, problems and algorithms are also welcome.