Challenges in Theoretical High-Energy Physics

Wenner-Gren center, Axel Wenner-Gren Salen

Wenner-Gren center, Axel Wenner-Gren Salen

Agnese Bissi (Uppsala University), Magdalena Larfors (Uppsala University), Marta Orselli (University of Perugia and NBI), Valentina Giangreco Puletti (University of Iceland)

Conference Venue

The conference is located at the Wenner-Gren center (close to Nordita), lecture room Axel Wenner-Gren Salen, see map here.


In this workshop we bring together theoretical high energy physicists who are specialised in string theory in a broad sense. The workshop will focus on four intertwined pillars:

  • String compactifications
  • AdS/CFT and dualities
  • Black holes
  • Conformal field theories and symmetries
Besides providing an opportunity to exchange knowledge on the most recent and outstanding developments in these fields, this workshop will be an opportunity to discuss bias, diversity and gender issues within this scientific community which largely affect women, as a yet underrepresented minority in these fields.


We have a schedule with morning sessions that start with a 1-hour review talk of the current status of the respective subjects (string compactifications, AdS/CFT dualities, black holes and conformal field theories ), followed by shorter invited as well as contributed talks on recent developments in the field. Three sessions focus on diversity and gender issues, with talks given by experts of the field, followed by chaired discussions.



  • Dmitry Ageev, Steklov Mathematical Institute of RAS
  • Luis F. Alday, University of Oxford
  • Alice Bernamonti, University of Florence
  • Matteo Bertolini, SISSA
  • Alejandra Castro, University of Amsterdam
  • Shira Chapman, University of Amsterdam
  • Ulf Danielsson, Uppsala University
  • Saskia Demulder, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Swansea University
  • Oscar Dias, University of Southampton
  • Roberto Emparan, ICREA and University of Barcelona
  • Johanna Erdmenger, University Wuerzburg
  • Ulf Gran, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Mariana Grana, IPhT
  • Gianluca Grignani, University of Perugia
  • Troels Harmark, NBI
  • Veronika Hubeny, University of California, Davis
  • Niko Jokela, University of Helsinki
  • Denis Karateev, EPFL
  • Cynthia Keeler, Arizona State University
  • Charlotte Kristjansen, NBI
  • Madalena Lemos, CERN
  • Yolanda Lozano, University of Oviedo
  • David McGady, NBIA and Nordita
  • Andy O'Bannon, University of Southampton
  • Silvia Penati, University of Milano Bicocca
  • Michela Petrini, LPTHE
  • Vladimir Prochazka, Uppsala University
  • Andrea Puhm, CPHT, Ecole Polytechnique
  • Mukund Rangamani, University of California, Davis
  • Maria Rodriguez, Utah State University and Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics Potsdam
  • Bo Sundborg, Stockholm University
  • Watse Sybesma, University of Iceland
  • Lárus Thorlacius, University of Iceland and Stockholm University
  • Konstantin Zarembo, NORDITA

Special Event

There will a special lecture on Friday afternoon (September 27) given by Andrew Strominger. Notice that the lecture will be at KTH, and not at the conference venue. Please see the map here.

Gender and diversity sessions: Speakers

  • Pete Jones, Sheffield UK
  • Minna Salminen Karlsson, Uppsala University
  • Helena Pettersson, Umeå University


If you want to register/apply for participation in the conference, please fill in the registration form. Invited speakers are of course automatically approved, but need to register anyway.

Registration deadline: August 23, 2019

Deadline for submitting abstracts: Due to the large number of proposed contributed talks, the deadline for submitting an abstract is June 23.

There is no registration fee.

Travel Reimbursement

A limited number of travel grants are available for PhD students and young Postdoc fellows. If you are interested in such a grant, please mark the corresponding field in the application form, briefly summarize your interest in the workshop in the comments field, and indicate an estimation of your expected travel expenses. Since only a limited number of grants is available, decision concerning the grants will be made on a case-by-case basis and you will be notified shortly after the application deadline.

Please be aware that unfortunately, scammers sometimes approach participants claiming to be able to provide accommodation and asking for credit card details. Please do not give this information to them. For successful applicants, Nordita will be in touch via email regarding accommodation. If you are in any doubt about the legitimacy of an approach, please get in contact with the organisers.

Sponsored by:

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Supported by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences through its Nobel Institute for Physics
Wenner-Gren Foundations Uppsala University Swedish Research Council