OVERVIEW

The XVII International Conference on
**Symmetry methods in Physics** (SYMPHYS-XVII),
organized by the International Center for Advanced Studies afrer A.N. Sissakian at Yerevan State University and YerPhI & YSU Joint Laboratory of Theoretical Physics - ICTP Affiliated Center,
in collaboration with the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia) will be held in Yerevan, Armenia on July 09-15, 2017.

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 three Conferences were held in Zakhgadzor, Armenia in 2010, Yerevan
and Dubna in 2011 and Dubna in 2014.

The purpose of forthcoming SYMPHYS-XVII Conference is to bring together scientists who worked in the modern studies on group theoretical methods in physics and covers fields of research where the symmetry methods play an important role.

The scientific programme of the SYMPHYS conference shall be centers around the following
**topics:**

- Foundations of quantum mechanics
- Integrable models
- Dynamical symmetry, separation of variables and superintegrability
- Symmetries of differential, difference and nonlinear equations
- Supersymmetry in Quantum Mechanics and gauge theories
- Superstrings, Cosmology and Quantum gravity
- Infinite-dimensional symmetries
- Lie groups, representation theory and special functions
- Quantum optics, coherent states, quantum computing, information and control
- Symmetries in Condensed Matter Physics and Statistical Physics
- Symmetry in particle, molecular, atomic and nuclear physics

Partially overlapping these topics, we are planning as substructures
the following * Symposium on Superintegrable Systems*, (co-organizers Armen Nersessian and George Pogosyan).