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New Directions in Theoretical Physics 2

Event description

New Directions in Theoretical Physics is a series of meetings aimed to provide a multidisciplinary setting for theoretical physicists to exchange ideas with colleagues and highlight new approaches to challenges in theoretical physics.

The January 2017 meeting will cover a broad range of topics including active matter, particle physics beyond the SM, gravitational waves, approaches to General Relativity, new ideas in QFT, cosmology, holography or star formation. The setup will be a series of invited talks with ample time for discussion after each talk. We anticipate scientific discussions among the speakers and participants and provide breakout corners for participants to further engage in discussions.

Lectures by Neil Turok entitled "The Quantum Universe" will be given in the two days preceding the New Directions meeting. These will take place on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th 10:00-12:00 in the James Clerk Maxwell Building.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton)
  • Alessandra Buonanno (Max Planck Inst. for Gravitational Physics)
  • Alejandra Castro (Amsterdam)
  • Mike Cates (Cambridge)
  • Bulbul Chakraborty (Brandeis University)
  • Lance Dixon (Stanford)
  • John Ellis (CERN/KCL)
  • Pedro Ferreira (Oxford)
  • David Kaplan (University of Washington)
  • Justin Khoury (Uni. of Pennsylvania)
  • Eiichiro Komatsu (Max-Planck Inst. for Astrophysics)
  • Mark Krumholz (ANU, Australia)
  • Yann LeCun (New York University)
  • Priya Natarajan (Yale)
  • Malcolm Perry (Cambridge)
  • Mike Shelley (New York University)
  • Julien Tailleur (CNRS Paris)
  • Neil Turok (Perimeter)
  • Xiao-Liang Qi (Stanford)
  • Licia Verde (University of Barcelona)

Venue/Travel: The symposium venue is at 50 George Square of our Central Area Campus. Please see direction information below:

click here for for directions to Central Area by various modes of transport.

click here for a map pin to the entrance of 50 George Square, the room will be sign posted from here.

Accommodation: We have held a number of rooms at 3 hotels in Edinburgh which can be booked on the following link, through Convention Edinburgh, any questions regarding accommodation should be directed to them using the contact details on the webpage - Accommodation booking link

Conference dinner: On the evening of Thursday 12th January you will be treated to a professional themed whisky tasting before being invited to be seated in the grand Playfair Library Hall for a delicious 3 course meal. Please advise your attendance at the dinner by checking the correct box on the registration form, there is no extra cost to attend.

Delegate Discounts: You will be provided with an Edinburgh Rewards Passport at the registration desk, this gives access to over 100 discounts and exclusive offers at a selection of the city’s restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and pre booked taxis. Details of the discounts are on the webpage as well as the printed passport.

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See the full timetable on Indico


11 Jan 2017 08:00

11 Jan 2017 08:45
Welcome address

11 Jan 2017 09:00
Malcolm Perry (Cambridge): Soft Black Hole Hair

11 Jan 2017 09:50
Justin Khoury (Uni. of Pennsylvania): New Approaches to Dark Matter

11 Jan 2017 11:10
Pedro Ferreira (Oxford): Testing Gravity with Cosmology

11 Jan 2017 12:00
Alessandra Buonanno (Max Planck Inst. for Gravitational Physics): The Next Theoretical Challenges for Gravitational-Wave Observations

11 Jan 2017 12:50

11 Jan 2017 14:15
Julien Tailleur (CNRS Paris): The Physics of Active Matter

11 Jan 2017 14:50
Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton): S-Matrix Theory for Massive Higher Spins and the Challenge of UV Completion

11 Jan 2017 16:05
Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale): Testing the cold dark matter model with gravitational lensing

11 Jan 2017 16:55
Mike Cates (Cambridge): Stochastic Field Theories for Active Matter

11 Jan 2017 17:45

12 Jan 2017 09:00
Mike Shelley (New York University): Active structures and active matter models

12 Jan 2017 09:50
Mark Krumholz (ANU, Australia): The Origin of Stellar Masses

12 Jan 2017 11:10
Alejandra Castro (Amsterdam): Extreme measures for extremal black holes

12 Jan 2017 11:45
Lance Dixon (Stanford): Polylogs for Polygons: Bootstrapping Amplitudes and Wilson Loops in N=4 Super-Yang-Mills Theory

12 Jan 2017 12:35

12 Jan 2017 14:10
John Ellis (CERN/KCL): Where are we going?

12 Jan 2017 15:00
Eiichiro Komatsu (Max-Planck Inst. for Astrophysics): Position-dependent Power Spectrum

12 Jan 2017 16:20
Licia Verde (University of Barcelona): Precision cosmology, now what?

12 Jan 2017 16:55
Bulbul Chakraborty (Brandeis University): Theory of Force Transmission and Rigidity in Granular Systems

12 Jan 2017 17:45

13 Jan 2017 09:00
David Kaplan (University of Washington): Chiral Gauge Theory

13 Jan 2017 09:50
Neil Turok (Perimeter): Quantum Universe

13 Jan 2017 11:10
Xiaoliang Qi (Stanford): Random tensor networks and quantum gravity

13 Jan 2017 12:00
Yann LeCun (New York University): Deep Learning

13 Jan 2017 12:50
discussion & close


New Directions in Theoretical Physics 2

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