Black Holes and Information at KITP, Santa Barbara

Location and Date: KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara May 21, 2012 – May 25, 2012

Conference begins 8:00am May 21, 2012 with registration. Planned ending time is roughly 5pm on Friday May 25.

Coordinators: Vijay Balasubramanian, Alex Maloney, Don Marolf, Joan Simon
Scientific Advisors: Joseph Polchinski, Theodore Jacobson


The physics of black holes and the resolution of the information paradox remain among the deepest mysteries in theoretical physics. In addition to their intrinsic interest, many arguments suggest that these issues are intimately related to the emergence of locality, causality, and even spacetime itself from some more fundamental description.

“Black Holes and information” will focus on such relations, and in particular on the notion of ‘holography’ which has played a crucial role in many recent developments. The conference will also explore extensions of these ideas to new settings, and the corresponding implications. Central questions include the implications of holography for cosmology, the holographic understanding of time and closed universes, and the microscopic interpretation of observer-dependent horizons (e.g., in inflating spacetimes).

The conference will bring together a diverse group of researchers to discuss these important issues, with the goal of exchanging ideas and seeding scientific collaborations. Participants will include experts in string theory and classical General Relativity, researchers working in quantum information theory and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, and theorists interested in strongly coupled field theories and the AdS/CFT correspondence.


* Ashtekar, Abhay (Penn State)
* de Boer, Jan (UvA, Amsterdam)
* Denef, Frederik (Harvard)
* Hayden, Patrick (McGill Univ.)
* Larsen, Finn (Univ. Michigan)
* Maldacena, Juan (Princeton)
* Mathur, Samir (Ohio State Univ.)
* Minwalla, Shiraz (Tata Inst., India)
* Sen, Ashoke (Mehta Research Inst., India)
* Susskind, Leonard (Stanford)
* Takayanagi, Tadashi (IPMU, Japan)
* Yin, Xi (Harvard)

Additional speakers will be added closer to the conference date.

Details and Deadlines:

Registration deadline is: Apr 21, 2012

Registration includes: Daily refreshment breaks, lunches and two Special Events Dinners.
Registration Fee: $300; Fee Due: Apr 21, 2012
Late Registration Fee: $350

Registration is through the website at

However, the site to pay the registration fee will not be available until February 21, 2012.

KITP program 2012: Bits, Branes, and Black Holes

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to announce the program Bits, Branes, Black Holes, to be held at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, during the period March 19 – May 25, 2012, and to alert you that applications are now being accepted. We also encourage you to inform others who you think might be interested in applying.

We coordinators will be assisted by advisors Joe Polchinski and Ted Jacobson. A summary and the latest information about the program can be found online at .

It is necessary for every prospective participant to set up an account and apply online, even if we have already corresponded with you about the program. There will also be a “wrap-up” conference associated with this program, entitled Black Holes and Information to be held from May 21 – 25, 2012. Further information will be posted online when it becomes available. (It is not necessary to be a program participant in order to attend the conference.)

KITP programs differ from many conferences and workshops in that they create a situation where scientists learn from each other and actually do substantive research, often collaborating with other participants. To foster these interactions, KITP strongly encourages theorists to stay for as long as possible, with three weeks being the minimum stay for a regular participant. We understand, however, that experimentalists/observers often cannot manage long visits but can have a big impact even in a week, so we can be more flexible for them. Some level of financial support will be available, the amount depending on the needs of the participants and availability of funds. To apply, go to the aforementioned web page, and click on the Apply link. Application deadline: July 31, 2011. Late applications will be considered as budget and space permits. Due to space and financial constraints, however, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who applies.

KITP provides office and computing facilities on-site at UC Santa Barbara and also provides help in finding living accommodations. Actual commitments of office space and financial support can be made only by written formal invitations from the KITP Director, David Gross, regardless of any communications you may have had with us. If you think you might like to participate, it will help us with our planning if you could apply early, including your proposed length of stay and any financial requirements. If you have any questions, please contact one of the coordinators.

Sincerely yours,

Vijay Balasubramanian <vijay [AT]>
Alex Maloney <maloney [AT]>
Donald Marolf <marolf [AT]>
Joan Simon <J.Simon [AT]>