OIST Symposium: "Bootstrap Approach to Conformal Field Theories and Applications"

Organizers: Slava Rychkov and Shinobu Hikami
Date: March 19-23, 2018
Venue: OIST Conference Center

Scale invariant theories, i.e. theories which look the same at all distance and energy scales, play an important role in physics. Through Wilson’s renormalization group, scale invariant theories arise naturally in phase transitions. They are also the bread and butter of current thinking about particle physics beyond the Standard Model. These theories usually possess an emergent symmetry, conformal invariance, and are hence referred to as `Conformal Field Theories’ (CFTs). The quest to classify and solve CFTs is a major goal of theoretical physics. Recently, this quest has received a strong boost with the development of the ‘conformal bootstrap’ technique. This workshop will bring together two groups of researchers: theorists working on the conformal bootstrap and on formal aspects of CFTs, and condensed-matter and statistical theoretical physicists working on the concrete examples of systems exhibiting phase transitions described by CFTs. The goal will be to inform about the most important theoretical and practical developments in the conformal bootstrap, and about the most urgent questions relevant for condensed matter and statistical physics which can be addressed using conformal bootstrap.


  • Luis Fernando Alday (Oxford)
  • Nando Gliozzi (Torino)
  • Rajesh Gopakumar (ICTS-TIFR)
  • Sean Hartnoll (Stanford)
  • Shinobu Hikami (OIST)(organizer)
  • Yu Nakayama (Rikkyo)
  • Silviu Pufu (Princeton)
  • Leonard Rastelli (SUNY)
  • Slava Rychkov (ENS, CERN)(organizer)
  • Aninda Sinha (IIS, Bangalore)
  • Satoshi Yamaguchi (Osaka)    
  • Masahito Yamazaki (IPMU,Tokyo)


Program & Slides

Application: Application is closed

Travel Guidelines:

  • Invited Speakers: PDF
  • Accepted Participants: PDF



  • Lunch:  daily Lunch boxes
  • Dinner: 
    • Mon:  OIST restaurant hall, Level C, Center Building
    • Tue & Wed:  at Local Restaurants *see time table below for transporation
    • Thu & Fri :  OIST conference Center


Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Okinawa Shurijo Castle Park

Excursion fee: JPY 1,500 (including admission fee to Nakagusuku castle ruins and Shurijo Park)
*Please pay in cash by Tuesday 20th March at the conference center.

Transportation timetable:

*Daily transportation between hotel/Seaside House and OIST is available


Contact in details: shiho.saito@oist.jp