OVERVIEW

The XVI International Conference on **Symmetry Methods in Physics** (SYMPHYS-XVI),
dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the birth of Professor Alexei Sissakian (1944-2010), organized by the
Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in collaboration with the
International Center for Advanced Studies after A.N.Sissakian at Yerevan State University, will be held
in Dubna, Moscow Region, Russia, from 13 to 18 of October, 2014.

The first five Conferences were initiated by Professor Ya.A. Smorodinsky
[*Professor Ya.A.Smorodinsky (1917-1992), an outstanding theoretical
physicist, had been working at the Kurchatov Center for a long time.
Professor Ya.A.Smorodinsky made a significant contribution to the elementary
particle physics, nuclear physics, as well as to the investigation of various aspects
of symmetries in Physics*], and were organized by the Institute of Physics
and Power Engineering in Obninsk from 1986 to 1991.

The next seven Conferences of this series were organized under the patronage
of Professor A.N.Sissakian [*Professor A.N.Sissakian (1944-2010)
is a famous theoretical physicist who made a substantial and important contribution
to high energy physics and to the investigation of various aspects
of dynamical symmetries in physics. His whole life was devoted to the Joint
Institute for Nuclear Research, where he rose from a junior
researcher to Director of the Institute (2006-2010)*] and were held at the
Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna in 1993, 1995 and 1997 and
2009, in Yerevan in 2001, 2003 and 2006 and Prague in 2004.

The last two Conferences were held in Tsakhgadzor, Armenia 2010, and Yerevan and Dubna in 2011.

The preliminary programme includes the traditional for SYMPHYS series of Conference topics:

- Foundations of quantum mechanics;
- Dynamical symmetry, separation of variables and superintegrability;
- Symmetries of differential, difference and nonlinear equations;
- Infinite-dimensional symmetries;
- Lie groups, representation theory and special functions;
- Superstrings, cosmology and quantum gravity;
- Quantum optics, coherent states and quantum information;
- Symmetry in molecular, atomic and nuclear physics;
- High energy physics.