Localisation 2020


Anderson localisation and related topics

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Localisation 2020 is dedicated to Philip W. Anderson

Important dates:

  • deadline for abstract submission: June 30th (Tue), 2020 [closed]
  • post-deadline for abstract submission (poster only): July 17th (Fri), 2020
  • notice of acceptance: TBA
  • deadline for registration: August 14th (Fri), 2020
  • deadline for payment of proceedings fee: TBA

Extending the period of the conference:

  • Because of the large interest, we have extended the period of the conference. The updated period of the conference is from August 24th(Mon) to 29th(Sat).

Reorganization as online conference:

  • We originally planned to hold Localisation 2020 in Sapporo as a satellite of LT29. Due to the global spread of COVID-19, LT29 has been postponed to August 2022. Under the circumstances, we have decided not to hold Localisation 2020 in Sapporo. Instead, Localisation 2020 will be held online as a virtual conference. This will provide an opportunity to report recent progress and discuss open problems in localisation and related fields but without the need to travel to Sapporo.
  • We plan to organize Localisation 2022 at Sapporo in August 2022.


Philip Warren Anderson, or “Phil” as he was known to his friends and colleagues, passed away on March 29, 2020. Arguably one of the most creative and influential theoretical physicists of the last half of the 20th century, Anderson left his imprint liberally across the entire field of condensed matter, especially in the areas of disorder and localization, local moments and quantum magnetism, superconductivity and superfluidity, spin glasses, high Tc, to name a few. His influence extended to other branches of physics as well (e.g. Anderson-Higgs mechanism in particle physics). His seminal 1958 paper “Absence of diffusion in certain random lattices”, for which he shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physics, essentially created the field that has come to be known as “Anderson Localization”. His ideas were picked up in the UK and ricocheted back to the US two decades later, spawning Anderson’s next seminal contribution in the field, the scaling theory of localization in 1979. This conference series came into being in 1984, as the field grew and engaged scientists all across the globe. It is therefore highly appropriate, and with a deep sense of gratitude that Localisation 2020 is dedicated to Anderson’s memory.

Ravin Bhatt, Princeton University


"Localisation” is a series of conferences which dates back to 1984 when “Localization, Interaction, and Transport Phenomena” was held in PTB Braunschweig, Germany. It is often organized as a satellite conference of LT. The last one was in 2011 at Postech in Korea as a satellite of LT26. Recent interest in disordered topological insulators and semimetals, many-body localization, as well as disordered non-Hermitian systems have motivated us to restart this conference. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers in related fields and provide a forum to discuss open problems. The topics covered in this conference includes

  • Anderson localization and transition in disordered systems (electronic, photonic, phononic, random graphs and others)
  • Effects of disorder in topological insulators, semimetals, and graphene
  • Quantum Hall transitions
  • Many-body localization
  • Localization and topology in disordered non-Hermitian systems
  • Machine learning approach to disordered quantum systems
  • Localization phenomena in artificial quantum systems such as cold atoms and spin ices


August 24th (Mon) - 28th (Fri), 2020

We are still considering the timetabling, so there remains some possibility of a minor modification of the schedule to take account of time differences between different parts of the world. We are also planning a high profile virtual poster session.


7:00pm - 12:00 midnight (Japan Standard Time)

Depending on the number of talks in each day, there is a possibility of slight changes of time. Please make sure the corresponding time in your region. Here is a list of the corresponding time in several regions.


To be announced.

Invited Speakers

  • Yutaka Akagi (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Fabien Alet (CNRS, France)
  • Alexander Altland (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Kamran Behnia (CNRS, France)
  • Ravindra Bhatt (Princeton University, USA)
  • Igor Burmistrov (Landau Institute, Russia)
  • Nicolas Cherroret (CNRS, France)
  • Vladimir Dobrosavljevic (National High Magnet Field Laboratory, USA)
  • Ferdinand Evers (University of Regensburg, Germany)
  • Joshua Feinberg (University of Haifa, Israel)
  • Matthew S. Foster (Rice University, USA)
  • Akira Furusaki (Riken, Japan)
  • Victor Galitski (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Jean-Claude Garreau (CNRS, Université de Lille, France)
  • Igor Gornyi (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  • Ilya Gruzberg (Ohio State University, USA)
  • Naomichi Hatano (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Yasuhiro Hatsugai (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
  • Victor Kagalovsky (Shamoon College of Engineering, Israel)
  • Kohei Kawabata (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Norio Kawakami (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Tohru Kawarabayashi (Toho University, Japan)
  • Sergey Kravchenko (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Nicolas Laflorencie (CNRS, LTP, Université de Toulouse, France)
  • Gabriel Lemarié (CNRS, LPT, Université de Toulouse, France)
  • Denis Maryenko (RIKEN, Japan)
  • Alexander Mirlin (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  • John Page (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  • Jed Pixely (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Martin Puschmann (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA)
  • Rudolf A. Roemer (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Antonio Rubio-Abadal (Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany)
  • Masatoshi Sato (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Dan Shahar (The Weizmann Institute, Israel)
  • Ryuichi Shindou (Peking University, China)
  • Serguei E. Skipetrov (CNRS, France)
  • Sergey Syzranov (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
  • Konstantin Tikhonov (Landau Institute, Russia)
  • Thomas Vojta (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA)
  • Xin Wan (Zhejiang University, China)
  • Jakub Zakrzewski (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland)
  • Martin Zirnbauer (University of Cologne, Germany)

Submission of Abstract

Please send the PDF of your abstract to localisation2020@gmail.com

Please type "Abstract" in the subject line of the email. The deadline for abstract submission is given at the top of this page.

You can find the template for the abstract here (A4, 1 page).


Registration form

Click the link above and fill out the form. If you have difficulities in accessing to the above form, please make a registration explained below.

  1. Please download the registration form here.
  2. Please fill out the second line of the form to answer the above inquiry in the first line. For the inquiries of "Title" and "Type of presentation", please select the appropriate one from the drop-down list.
  3. Please send the registration form to localisation2020@gmail.com with typing "Registration" in the subject line of the email.

  • The deadline for registration is given at the top of this page. Registration may be closed early, if we reach the maximum number of participants.
  • If you do not wish to present, but wish to listen to the talks, ask questions etc, please select "None" for "Type of presentation" in the registration form.

Registration fee


However, there will be a fee for publishing in the proceedings.


To be announced.

Venue & General Information

ZOOM meeting details will be sent to registered participants a few days before the start of the meeting.

Organizing Committee


  • Stefan Kettemann (Jacobs University, Germany)
  • Tomi Ohtsuki (Sophia University, Japan)
  • Keith Slevin (Osaka University, Japan)

Local Organizers

  • Hideaki Obuse (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Kousuke Yakubo (Hokkaido University, Japan)

Conference Secretary

  • Yumiko Yamazaki

International Advisory Board

  • Fabien Alet
  • Tsuneya Ando
  • Carlo Beenakker
  • John T. Chalker
  • Yan Fyodorov
  • Jean-Claude Garreau
  • Bernhard Kramer
  • Sergey Kravchenko
  • Angus MacKinnon
  • John Page

Previous Localisation Conferences

  1. Braunschweig, Germany (1984)
  2. Tokyo, Japan (1987)
  3. London, UK (1990)
  4. Eugene, USA (1993)
  5. Jasowiecz, Poland (1996)
  6. Hamburg, Germany (1999)
  7. Tokyo, Japan (2002)
  8. Pohang, Korea (2011)


Localisation 2020 is supported by the Inoue Foundation for Science, JSPS KAKENHI 19H00658, 18H01140, and Hokkaido University.


Organizers of Localisation 2020


Phone : +81-11-706-6620


Hideaki Obuse

A2-28 Division of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering,

Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628, Japan