First ISQG Meeting

From October 5th to 7th, 2021

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Organizing Committee: Antonio Pereira, Astrid Eichhorn, Daniele Oriti, Jan de Boer and Jay Armas

As part of the newly established International Society for Quantum Gravity (ISQG), we are organizing a 3-day online meeting on October 5th to 7th 2021. The purpose of this meeting is to engage in a scientific dialogue about different approaches to quantum gravity and their interconnections. The focus is on “status reports” on several approaches and overarching topics in quantum gravity.

The meeting format is an unusual one: All talks are prerecorded and will be available beforehand, so everyone, independent of their time zone, can watch them at their convenience. The only live events on zoom will be discussions on the talks, with the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers and to discuss more broadly on the topic of the talks. Discussions will happen from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (CEST).

Registration is open. Just follow the instructions here.

IMPORTANT: If you registered and did not receive the Zoom link, check your spam folder. If the message is not even there, write to the ISQG e-mail .

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists

Cumrun Vafa
Rajesh Gopakumar
Mairi Sakellariadou
Sumati Surya
Steven Giddings
Renate Loll
Astrid Eichhorn
Roberto Percacci
Antonio Pereira
Jan de Boer
Fay Dowker
Suvrat Raju
Lisa Glaser
Daniele Oriti
Razvan Gurau
Bianca Dittrich
Etera Livine
Robert Brandenberger
Alejandro Perez
Ivan Agullo
Dieter Lust
Andrzej Goerlich
Joseph Ben Geloun
Jan Ambjorn
Herman Verlinde
Daniel Harlow
Thomas Thiemann


There is a 2-hour slot each day, 5 pm – 7 pm CEST which is dedicated to discussions only; 30 minutes discussion on each of the talks.

5th of October:

5 pm-5.30 pm: Launch of ISQG and book launch “Conversations on Quantum Gravity” by Jay Armas.

5.30-6.00 pm: Discussion on string theory (Cumrun Vafa, Herman Verlinde, Dieter Lust)

6.00-6.30 pm: Discussion on LQG (Bianca Dittrich, Etera Livine, Thomas Thiemann)

6.30-7.00 pm: Discussion on asymptotic safety (Astrid Eichhorn, Roberto Percacci, Antonio Pereira)

6th of October:

5 pm-5.30 pm: General discussion

5.30-6.00 pm: Discussion on CDT (Renate Loll, Andrzej Goerlich, Jan Ambjørn)

6.00-6.30 pm: Discussion on tensorial group field theory (Daniele Oriti, Razvan Gurau, Joseph Ben Geloun)

6.30-7.00 pm: Discussion on causal sets (Sumati Surya, Fay Dowker, Lisa Glaser)

7th of October:

5 pm-5.30 pm: General discussion

5.30-6.00 pm: Discussion on AdS/CFT (Rajesh Gopakumar, Suvrat Raju, Jan de Boer)

6.00-6.30 pm: Discussion on quantum gravity and fundamental cosmology (Mairi Sakellariadou, Robert Brandenberger, Ivan Agullo)

6.30-7.00 pm: Discussion on quantum black holes (Steven Giddings, Alejandro Perez, Netta Engelhardt)