Online Conference: The dual mysteries of gauge theories and gravity, Oct 19-23, 2020

The conference in honor Prof David Gross will be held online from IIT Madras. The talks will encompass the following broad themes: Matrices and quantum spacetime, Quantum black holes, Fundamental aspects of holography with focus on the entanglement wedge, Applied holography, Swampland debates, and Nonperturbative methods in QFT including low dimensional systems and scattering amplitudes. A panel discussion on fundamental physics and society will take place on Oct 24. Please register at this link before Sep 20 in order to participate in the Zoom sessions.

Zoom Conference on Black Hole Microstructure, June 8 – 12, 2020

The primary goal of this conference is to bring together experts in the diverse approaches to the study of black-hole microstates,  to identify synergies, engage in constructive criticism and resolve apparent conflicts.  A significant focus will be the dynamics of black-hole microstructure.  The conference will involve three talks a day and a panel discussion on the first four days of the conference.   See the timetable. All events will be held via Zoom, the lectures and panels will be recorded and live-streamed to Youtube, instructions will be posted on the Conference webpage.

The organizers: Iosif Bena and Nick Warner, CEA Saclay

Kick-off meeting in Tours

The first meeting, mostly aimed at the French community, was due to take place in Institut Denis Poisson in Tours, Campus Grandmont, May 18-20, 2020, France. In view of the Covid-19 situation, it is postponed tentatively to Oct 26-28, 2020.

IRN:QFS is born !

IRN:QFS, the International Research Network on Quantum Fields and Strings, has been approved by CNRS on January 24, 2020. It gathers about 200 scientists from 80 research institutes throughout the world.

Negociations are under way with a handful of official foreign partners to establish Memoranda of Understanding. Meanwhile, the IRN:QFS network is up and ready for fruitful exchange of information and knowledge !