674 WE-Heraeus Seminar on "Quantum spacetime and the Renormalization Group"

Workshop description

Quantum Gravity is a very active area of theoretical research into the largely unknown realm of physics beyond the Standard Model. Recent years have seen a growing awareness throughout the quantum gravity community that Renormalization Group techniques may constitute a crucial element in unraveling the microscopic quantum structure of spacetime. Nowadays, the development of these ideas have reached a stage where, firstly, a cross-fertilization between different quantum gravity programs will be fruitful and, secondly, some programs may even be able to connect the microscopic quantum- gravity regime to physics at energy scales accessible by observations. The last years have also seen the development of novel ideas how imprints of (asymptotically safe) quantum gravity could become detectable in particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics which provide a fruitful basis for further exploration.
The main goals of the workshop are
  • contributing to sharpening the major conceptual and technical open questions of the field and identifying routes to answer these.
  • triggering new collaborations, in particular between researchers from neighboring communities, enabling a fruitful exchange of ideas and transfer of knowledge.
  • providing in particular young researchers with a comprehensive overview of the most pressing questions in the field, motivating them to tackle these from new angles.
  • producing novel ideas how to bridge the gap between a fundamental theory of quantum gravity and observations and triggering new developments towards observational tests of quantum gravity.

    Invited speakers:

  • Jan Ambjorn (NBI, Copenhagen)slides
  • Benjamin Bahr (DESY, Hamburg) slides
  • Andrei Barvinsky (Lebedev Institute, Moscow)slides
  • Joseph Ben Geloun (Paris Nord) slides
  • Niels-Emil Bjerrum Bohr (NBI, Copenhagen) slides
  • Alfio Bonanno (INAF, Catania)
  • Sylvain Carrozza (Perimeter Institute, Waterloo) slides
  • Senerath de Alwis (University of Colorado, Boulder)slides
  • Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute, Waterloo) slides
  • Holger Gies (U. Jena)slides
  • Aaron Held (U. Heidelberg)slides
  • Gudrun Hiller (U. Dortmund) slides
  • Benjamin Knorr (U. Nijmegen)slides
  • Tim Koslowski (UNAM, Mexico)
  • Jack Laiho (U. Syracuse)slides

  • Stefan Lippoldt (U. Heidelberg)slides
  • Daniel Litim (U. Sussex)
  • Renate Loll (U. Nijmegen)
  • Tim Morris (U. Southampton) slides
  • Daniele Oriti (AEI, Golm)slides
  • Carlo Pagani (U. Mainz)
  • Jan Pawlowski (U. Heidelberg) slides
  • Roberto Percacci (SISSA, Trieste)
  • Alessia Platania (U. Heidelberg)
  • Martin Reuter (U. Mainz)
  • Francesco Sannino (CP3 Origins, DIAS)
  • Kelly Stelle (Imperial College, London) slides
  • Judah Unmuth-Yockey (U Syracuse) slides
  • Stefan Weinzierl (U. Mainz) slides
  • Christof Wetterich (U. Heidelberg)

  • Participation: Application for participation is now closed.

    You will receive an email confirming your participation in the workshop (no later than March 22nd), once the decision has been made by the organisers. Please note that participation is not guaranteed and do not book your travel before receiving the confirmation.


    The detailed program can be founded here. An excursion is planned for Wednesday afternoon and the conference dinner is scheduled for Thursday evening.


    Directions on how to reach the center can be found here.

    Previous meetings in this series

  • Lorentz Center, The Netherlands (2017)
  • Nordita, Sweden (2015)
  • Perimeter Institute, Canada (2014)