New Directions in Theoretical Physics 3


New Directions in Theoretical Physics is a series of prestigious interdisciplinary conferences organised by the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics , aiming to generate an exchange of ideas and highlight new approaches to challenges in all areas of theoretical physics. All talks in this meeting are plenary review talks and are intended to reach out to the entire community of theoretical physicists, inspire researchers and generate a valuable discussion across disciplines.

The January 2019 meeting is the third meeting in this series, following highly successful meetings in 2017 and 2014 . It will cover a broad range of topics including particle physics, quantum field theory, cosmology and dark matter, general relativity and gravitational waves, stochastic thermodynamics, entanglement, disorder, complexity and chaos in quantum systems, principles of machine learning and physics of living systems.

The conference venue is 50 George Square in the city centre campus of the University of Edinburgh. This time the conference extends over three full days, Wednesday 9th - Friday 11th January , consisting of review talks (all talks are 45 minutes) and discussion sessions. The list of speakers is below. In the evening of the first day (Wednesday, 9 Jan) there will be a drinks reception (6:30pm) followed by a public talk -- Higgs Public Lecture -- by Nima Arkani-Hamed (starting at 7:30pm). On the Thursday (10 Jan) all participants will be hosted for a conference dinner.


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  • Ana Achúcarro  (Leiden Univ. / Univ. of the Basque Country UPV-EHU)
    'A new twist on multifield inflation'

  • Ehud Altman (Berkeley)
    'Universal operator growth and emergent hydrodynamics in quantum systems'

  • Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton)
    'Time Without Time'

  • Michael Atiyah (University of Edinburgh)
    'The Fine Structure Constant'

  • Vijay Balasubramanian (University of Pennsylvania)
    'The Power of Random: Information and Emergence From Black Holes to the Brain'

  • Mark Bowick (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    'Statistical Mechanics of 2D Metamaterials'

  • Claudia de Rham (Imperial College London)
    'Physics under the Gravitational Rainbow'

  • Claude Duhr (CERN and UC Louvain)
    'Modern approaches to precision computations in the LHC era'

  • John Ellis (CERN and Kings College London)
    'Prospects for physics at future colliders'

  • Éanna Flannagan (Cornell University)
    'Asymptotic symmetries and charges in general relativity'

  • Gregory Gabadadze (NYU)
    'Beyond Einstein Gravity and Cosmology'

  • Chris Jarzynski (University of Maryland)
    'Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics'

  • Jean-Francois Joanny (Collège de France and ESPCI ParisTech)
    'Physics of Biological Tissues'

  • Satya Majumdar (Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay)
    'Extreme Value Statistics for Random Matrices'

  • Matthew Mccullough (CERN and Cambridge)
    'The hierarchy problem: Exotic signatures from exotic solutions'

  • Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale University)
    'The hunt for the first black holes'

  • Subir Sachdev (Harvard University)
    'Universal low temperature theory of charged black holes and SYK models of strange metals'

  • Udo Seifert (Stuttgart University)
    'From stochastic thermodynamics to thermodynamic inference'

  • George Sterman (YITP, Stony Brook)
    'Making a place for perturbation theory in the non-perturbative strong interactions'

  • Naftaly Tishby (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
    'Information theory and statistical physics of Deep Learning'

  • Frank Verstraete (Ghent University)
    'Quantum tensor networks for modelling quantum many body wavefunctions'

  • Neal Weiner (New York University)
    'Searching for Dark Matter in Time Domain Astronomy'

The Higgs Public Lecture

On the evening of Wednesday the 9th January you are invited to participate in The Higgs Public Lecture, entitled "The End of Spacetime," by Nima Arkani-Hamed. The lecture will be held at the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, and is free of charge but requires early registration (which is separate to the conference registraion).

Prior to the lecture we invite you to a drinks reception.

Conference Dinner

On the evening of Thursday 10th January you are invited to Surgeons Hall for a delicious three-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 at as well as the printed passport.


For any practical question regarding the confrence, please contact the Higgs Centre secretary Ines Foidl <>

All venue information can be found here in Google maps (external link)

We expect all delegates to adhere to the Dignity and Respect Policy of the University of Edinburgh while on University premises.


The following have registered to attend this workshop:

First NameLast NameAffiliation
Adam Lantos University of Edinburgh
Adam Nahum Oxford University
Akash Vijay University of Edinburgh
Alejandro Cros Edinburgh University
Alejandro Jenkins Universidad de Costa Rica
Aleksandra Ziolkowska University of Oxford
Alessandro Bentivoglio The University of Edinburgh
Alexander Morozov University of Edinburgh
Amy Lloyd-Stubbs Lancaster University
Ana Achucarro Leiden Univ. / Univ. of the Basque Country UPV-EHU
Andrea Incatasciato Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
Andrew Yong University of Edinburgh
Anthony Kennedy University of Edinburgh
Antonin Portelli The University of Edinburgh
Aris Ioannou The University of Edinburgh
Athoy Nilima University of Edinburgh
Atsuhisa Ota DAMTP, University of Cambridge
Avery Meiksin Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
Basil Ibrahim University of Edinbrugh
Ben Maybee University of Edinburgh
Ben Pullin University of Edinburgh
Benjamin Giblin University of Edinburgh
Brian Pendleton The University of Edinburgh
Calum Milloy University of Edinburgh
Chris Jarzynski University of Maryland
Claude Duhr CERN
Claudia De Rham Imperial College London
Dan Luo The University of Edinburgh
Daniel Jenkins Univeristy of Edinburgh
David McComb University of Edinburgh
Davide Marenduzzo University of Edinburgh
Des Johnston Heriot-Watt University
Devarshee Sandilya University of Edinburgh
Dom Corbett University of Edinburgh
Dominic Gribben University of St Andrews
Dominic Rouse University of St. Andrews
Donal O'Connell Edinburgh
Eanna Flanagan Cornell University
Ehud Altman Berkeley
Einan Gardi The University of Edinburgh
Elena Villhauer University of Edinburgh
Emmet Byrne University of Edinburgh
Enrico Pajer University of Cambridge
Eric Laenen Nikhef/University of Amsterdam
Fabian Essler University Of Oxford
Felix Erben University of Edinburgh
Florian Götz University of Edinburgh
Francesca Lane Institute for Astronomy, Edinburgh
Francesco Cagnetta School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
Francesco Pace JBCA, University of Manchester
Frank Verstraete Ghent University
Fred Tomlinson University of Edinburgh
Frederika Phipps ROE
Gary Robertson University of Edinburgh
George Sterman Stony Brook University
Gerald Fux University of St Andrews
Giulio Falcioni University of Edinburgh
Graham Shore Swansea University
Gregory Gabadadze New York University
Hang Yu University of Edinburgh
Harald Fox Lancaster University
J Tobias Tsang University of Edinburgh
Jakub Dolezal University of Cambridge
Jean-Fran?Ois Joanny Coll?ge de France / ESPCI ParisTech
Jelle Hartong University of Edinburgh
Jennifer Smillie Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
Jinjie Dong University of Edinburgh
Joan Simon University of Edinburgh
John Ellis CERN / Kings College London
Joscha Reichel University of Edinburgh
Jose Onorbe Royal Observatory of Edinburgh
Joseph Lee University of Edinburgh
Julian Kappler University of Cambridge
Keith Horne SUPA St Andrews
Leonardo de la Cruz Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
Leonardo Vernazza University of Amsterdam
Liam Ruske The University of Edinburgh
Lorenzo Magnea University of Torino
Lucile Cangemi University of Edinburgh
Luigi Del Debbio The University of Edinburgh
Lukas Müller Mr
Lukas Tarra The University of Edinburgh
Luke Butcher University of Edinburgh
Maria Derda University of Edinburgh
Marios Kalomenopoulos University of Edinburgh
Mark Bowick KITP, Santa Barbara
Martin Evans University of Edinburgh
Matthew Trott University of St Andrews
Michael Wilson The University of Edinburgh
Mike Cates University of Cambridge
Naftali Tishby Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Neal Weiner New York University
Niamh Maher University of Edinburgh
Niclas Westerberg Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University
Nima Arkani-Hamed IAS, Princeton
Oskar Leimkuhler University of St Andrews
Patrick Pietzonka Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
Peter Mottishaw School of Physics and Astronomy, Edinburgh University
Philipp Rueter Heriot Watt University
Piotr Bargiela Theoretical Physics MSc student at the University of Edinburgh
Priyamvada Natarajan Yale University
Rajesh Singh University of Cambridge
Riccardo Gonzo Hamilton Institute, Trinity College Dublin
Richard Ball UoE
Richard Blythe University of Edinburgh
Richard Szabo Heriot-Watt University
Richard van Dongen University of Edinburgh
Roberta Palacino University of St Andrews
Roger Horsley University of Edinburgh
Roman Zwicky Edinburgh University
Rosalyn Pearson University of Edinburgh
Sadegh Khochfar University of Edinburgh
satya majumdar CNRS, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France
Scott Melville University of Cambridge
Sebastian Jaskiewicz Technische Universität München
Stephen Watson University of Glasgow
Subir Sachdev Harvard University
Susan Hezlet None
Theo Steele DAMTP, Cambridge University
Tomasz Andrzejewski The University of Edinburgh
Tommaso Giani University of Edinburgh
Udo Seifert Stuttgart University
Vera Guelpers University of Edinburgh
Veronika Breunhoelder University of Edinburgh
Victoria Martin School of Physics, University of Edinburgh
Vijay Balasubramanian University of Pennsylvania
Vittorio Del Duca CERN
Wendy Gray IPPP Durham University
Xinhao Yu MSc theoretical physics student,UoE,
Yaseen Asad University of Edinburgh
Yongjoo Baek DAMTP, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Zhuochao Li University of Edinburgh

New Directions in Theoretical Physics 3

Higgs Centre Workshop
50 George Square, Edinburgh