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

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      Holographic Entropy Relations
      Speaker: Veronika Hubeny
    • 3
      Beyond the standard model physics from gauge/gravity duality
      Speaker: Johanna Erdmenger
    • 4
      Coffee break
    • 5
      Wilson line defects in ABJM theory
      Speaker: Silvia Penati
    • 6
      The Landscape of Supersymmetric Symmetric Product Orbifolds
      Speaker: Alejandra Castro
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      Complexity in Holography and QFT
      Speaker: Shira Chapman
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      Lunch break
    • 9
      Topological String Entanglement
      Speaker: Mukund Rangamani
    • 10
      Strong Cosmic Censorship
      Speaker: Oscar Dias
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      Coffee break
    • 12
      Holographic complexity and black hole evaporation
      Speaker: Larus Thorlacius
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      The momentum/size correspondence, black hole collapse and holographic complexity
      Speaker: Dmitry Ageev
    • 14
      Reception and poster session Alba Nova

      Alba Nova

      Wenner-Gren center, Axel Wenner-Gren Salen

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      Black holes in the large D limit
      Speaker: Roberto Emparan
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      Building 4 Dimensions from 3
      Speaker: Cinthia Keeler
    • 17
      Coffee break
    • 18
      Learning from history: What Marie, Irène and Maria had … and what is needed for a career in physics
      Speaker: Minna Salminen-Karlsson
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      Lunch break
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      Genus one string amplitudes from conformal field theory
      Speaker: Luis Alday
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      Domain walls and integrability within AdS/dCFT
      Speaker: Charlotte Kristjansen
    • 23
      Coffee break
    • 24
      A journey out of the swamp riding a dark bubble
      Speaker: Ulf Danielsson
    • 25
      Black hole evaporation and semiclassicality at large D
      Speaker: David McGady
    • 26
      Information flows in holography
      Speaker: Niko Jokela
    • 27
      Aspects of flux compactifications
      Speaker: Michela Petrini
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      New results on AdS3/CFT2
      Speaker: Yolanda Lozano
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      Coffee break
    • 30
      Gauge and gravitational anomalies in boundary CFT
      Speaker: Vladimir Prochazka
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      From the COST experience to GenHET: Working on the problem of gender representation in Theoretical Physics
      Speaker: Silvia Penati
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      Lunch break
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      Challenges in the construction of de Sitter vacua in string theory
      Speaker: Mariana Grana
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      On supersymmetry breaking vacua from D-branes at orientifold singularities
      Speaker: Matteo Bertolini
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      Coffee break
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      T-duality perspective on integrable deformations
      Speaker: Saskia Demulder
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      Holographic plasmons in strange metals
      Speaker: Ulf Gran
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      Does the black hole shadow probe the event horizon geometry?
      Speaker: Maria Rodriguez
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      Force Free Electrodynamics description of Kerr black hole magnetosphere
      Speaker: Gianluca Grignani
    • 41
      Coffee break
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      Recruiting Great Scientists; brains or bias?
      Speaker: Pete Jones
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      Lunch break
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      Non-relativistic Strings from Quantum Mechanics
      Speaker: Troels Harmark
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      First law of complexity
      Speaker: Alice Bernamonti
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      Coffee break
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      Central Charges of Two-Dimensional Defects and Boundaries
      Speaker: Andrew O'Bannon
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      Celestial Photons and Gravitons
      Speaker: Andrea Puhm
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      Constructive holography for 4d black holes
      Speaker: Bo Sundborg
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      The (super)conformal bootstrap program
      Speaker: Madalena Lemos
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      Challenges in first order hydrodynamics
      Speaker: Watse Sybesma
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      Coffee break
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      Bootstrapping the spectral density in massive QFTs
      Speaker: Denis Karateev
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      Exact results for holographic Wilson loops: CFT and beyond
      Speaker: Konstantin Zarembo
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      Special lecture: Observing Critical Behavior of the M87 Black Hole KTH : E3 (KTH)

      KTH : E3


      Speaker: Andrew Strominger