The Quantum Universe

Date:  December 9, 2009, Place:  5161.0105  (Bernoulliborg)

This one-day symposium is organised in honour of Eric Bergshoeff, who has been appointed to the Willem de Sitter Chair of Theoretical Physics in the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

The theme of the symposium is The Quantum Universe, and will emphasize the relations between Astronomy, Theoretical Physics and Particle Physics in the study of nature on different scales.

Confirmed speakers: Ana Achucarro (Leiden), Paul Townsend (Cambridge), Antoine Van Proeyen (Leuven), Bernard de Wit (Utrecht), Jan Pieter van der Schaar (Amsterdam), Eric Laenen (Amsterdam, Utrecht), Diederik Roest (Groningen)

The registration is now open, here is the list of participants. A map with directions to the Bernouilliborg can be found here.

If you come by car it is possible to use the parking P5 (see map), at the barrier you should announce yourself as a participant of the Bergshoeff symposium. Cards to leave the parking are available from the organizers.



10.45 - 11.15  Welcome, coffee and tea

11.15 - 11.45  Bernard de Wit, On degrees of freedom

11.45 - 12.15  Diederik Roest, Cosmic challenges for fundamental physics

12.15 - 13.15  Lunch

13.15 - 13.45  Jan Pieter van der Schaar, Nongaussian signatures in effective field theories of inflation

13.45 - 14.15  Eric Laenen, Stress-testing the Standard Model with the LHC

14.15 - 14.45  Ana Achucarro, Reconnection of cosmic strings at high collision speeds

14.45 - 15.15  Break, coffee and tea

15.15 - 15.45  Paul Townsend, On the thermodynamics of moving bodies

15.45 - 16.15  Antoine Van Proeyen, The structure of supergravity

16.15 - 17.00  Thom Palstra, Klaus Jungmann, Peter Barthel, Jan Guichelaar

17.00              Reception

Organizers: Elisabetta Pallante, Mees de Roo (CTN, Theoretical Physics), Rob Timmermans (KVI, Theory group), Rien van de Weygaert (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute)

Contact:      Mees de Roo (m [dot] de [dot] roo [at] rug [dot] nl, +31(0)50 3634956)


Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 11:00