*The famous scientist **will give lectures at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.*

On June 30, 2023, Prof. Michael R. Douglas from Harvard University, CMSA will deliver two lectures in the “Marin Drinov” Hall of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Douglas is visiting the International Center for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS–Sofia) and giving lectures in the *Consortium Distinguished Lecture Series*, a joint initiative of the ICMS–Sofia and the Institute of the Mathematical Sciences of the Americas (IMSA) at the University of Miami. This lecture series aims to highlight outstanding recent achievements in Mathematics. The distinguished speakers up to now have been: Don Zagier, Ramanujan International Chair, International Center for Theoretical Physics; Karim Adiprasito, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Dennis Gaitsgory, Harvard University; Sergei Gukov, California Institute of Technology; Edward Saff, Vanderbilt University, USA; Maria J. Esteban, Center National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France; Ernesto Lupercio, Cinvestav, Mexico; and Andrés Navas, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

Michael R. Douglas received his PhD in Physics in 1988 under the supervision of John Schwarz, one of the developers and leading researchers in superstring theory. Douglas is best known for his work in string theory, for the development of matrix models (the first nonperturbative formulations of string theory), for his work on Dirichlet branes and on noncommutative geometry in string theory, and for the development of the statistical approach to string phenomenology. He has influenced the developments of modern mathematics by finding interpretations of branes on the language of derived categories and introducing the theory of stability conditions for categories.

Michael R. Douglas received the 2000 Sackler Prize in theoretical physics and has been a Gordon Moore Visiting Scholar at Caltech, a Louis Michel Visiting Professor at the IHES, and a Clay Mathematics Institute Mathematical Emissary. He was the first permanent professor in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. Douglas is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a member of the American Physical Society, and has served as the editor of the Journal of High Energy Physics and of Communications in Mathematical Physics.