Puzzles in the Quantum Gravity Landscape: viewpoints from different approaches, Waterloo, Canada

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Date:  2023-10-23  -  2023-10-27

Location:  Waterloo, Canada

Unraveling the quantum nature of gravity is one of the most pressing problems of theoretical physics. Several ideas have been put forward and resulted in a number of theories of quantum gravity. While these theories have explored different facets of the “quantum gravity landscape”, all viable approaches should ultimately make contact with observations, and answer exciting questions in cosmology and black-hole physics.
Sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas, and building a dictionary between different theories are crucial steps toward answering these questions, efficiently contrasting different theories, and ultimately reaching a deeper understanding of our Universe.
This conference will contribute to these goals by bringing together leading experts in different approaches to quantum gravity, gravitational effective field theory, black-hole physics, and cosmology. We will focus on specific puzzles in quantum gravity and their resolutions within different approaches. The conference will be highly interactive, with plenty of time to discuss common problems, understand the big picture, and develop novel connections between fields.

Confirmed Speakers and Panellists:

Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State University)
Robert Brandenberger (McGill University)
Luca Buoninfante (Nordita)
Xavier Calmet (University of Sussex)
Francesco di Filippo (Kyoto University)
Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute)
John Donoghue (University of Massachusetts)
Astrid Eichhorn (CP3-Origins)
Johanna Erdmenger (Wuerzburg University)
Ghazal Geshnizjani (Perimeter Institute)
Ruth Gregory (King’s College)
Lavinia Heisenberg (Heidelberg University)
Bob Holdom (University of Toronto)
Benjamin Knorr (Nordita)
Renate Loll (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Miguel Montero (IFT Madrid)
Rob Myers (Perimeter Institute)
Sabrina Pasterski (Perimeter Institute)
Fernando Quevedo (Cambridge University)
Lisa Randall (Harvard University)
Kasia Rejzner (York University)
Mairi Sakellariadou (King’s College)
Lee Smolin (Perimeter Institute)
Kellogg Stelle (Imperial College)
Sumati Surya (Raman Research Institute)
Andrew Tolley (Imperial College)
Neil Turok (University of Edinburgh)
Pedro Vieira (Perimeter Institute)
Yasaman Yazdi (Imperial College)

The registration is now open for both in-person and virtual participation. In person registration will close on September 22nd.