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The Holographic Way: String Theory, Gauge Theory and Black Holes
The Holographic Way: String Theory, Gauge Theory and Black Holes
1-26 October 2012 Nordita


Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden


Holography has emerged as one of the most fascinating and powerful new concepts in modern theoretical physics. Some of the most exciting current and future advances in the field build on two amazing prospects of the AdS/CFT correspondence, and thereby the Holographic Principle. On the one hand, the AdS/CFT correspondence offers a way to study strongly coupled gauge theories, and more generally strongly coupled systems with many degrees of freedom. In the last decade, numerous advances have been made towards using AdS/CFT as a tool to describe the behavior of strongly coupled gauge theories, including Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). More recent applications include the so-called fluid/gravity correspondence and the applications of AdS/CFT to strongly coupled condensed matter systems. Conversely, the AdS/CFT correspondence offers a way for understanding the quantum states and the quantum behavior of black holes. Since gravity in D-dimensions can have a dual description in terms of a (D-1)-dimensional gauge theory, which is a well-defined quantum mechanical theory, it can be used as a quantum mechanical description of gravity, and in particular of black holes.

This program aims at bringing together experts in this exciting research field. There will be typically two talks per day, leaving ample time for interaction and collaboration.

[Timetable - available from start of the program]

Participants include

  • Jan de Boer (Amsterdam)
  • Roberto Emparan (Barcelona)
  • Johanna Erdmenger (MPI Munich)
  • Steven B. Giddings (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Gianluca Grignani (Perugia Univ.)
  • Gary T. Horowitz (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Veronica E. Hubeny (Durham)
  • Chris Hull (Imperial College)
  • Shamit Kachru (Stanford)
  • Esko Keski-Vakkuri (Helsinki)
  • Per Kraus (UCLA)
  • Elias Kiritsis (Crete & APC)
  • Charlotte Kristjansen (Niels Bohr Institute)
  • Finn Larsen (Univ. of Michigan)
  • Juan Maldacena (IAS Princeton)
  • Donald Marolf (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Robert C. Myers (Perimeter Institute)
  • Bengt E. W. Nilsson (Chalmers)
  • Mukund Rangamani (Durham)
  • Gordon W. Semenoff (Univ. of British Columbia)
  • Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra Research Institute)
  • Joan Simon (Edinburgh)
  • Larus Thorlacius (Nordita)
  • David Tong (Univ. of Cambridge)
  • Stefan Vandoren (Utrecht)
  • Konstantin Zarembo (Nordita)

The Holographic Way Conference

Within the program there will be a Conference which runs from 15-18 October 2012. People invited for the conference should register on this page by filling in the form.


This program is by invitation only. Invited participants should register by filling in the form. You will be informed by the organizers shortly after the registration deadline whether we can accommodate your proposed dates of attendance.

A minimum stay of one working week is required and we encourage participants to stay longer.

There is no registration fee.


Nordita provides a limited number of rooms in the Stockholm apartment hotel BizApartments free of charge for program participants.


  • Troels Harmark (NORDITA)
  • Niels Obers (Niels Bohr Institute)
  • Marta Orselli (Niels Bohr Institute)
  • Donovan Young (Niels Bohr Institute)


Email organizers: holo2012 at

Sponsored by:

Nordita ESF - European Science Foundation

Dates: from 01 October 2012 08:00 to 26 October 2012 18:00
Location: Nordita
Room: 132:028
Chairs: Prof. HARMARK, Troels
Prof. OBERS, Niels
Dr. ORSELLI, Marta
Dr. YOUNG, Donovan

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