The OIST Workshop "Quantum and Gravity in Okinawa" 2019


July 23 (Tuesday) to July 27 (Saturday) 2019



Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University, Okinawa, Japan



Quantizing gravity has been one of the most difficult problems in physics. There have been many approaches to quantizing gravity, which have given us mathematically and physically interesting ideas, such as the unification of forces, the emergence of spacetime, the problem of time, spacetime foam, non-commutativity/non-associativity of spacetime, non-locality, holography, etc. Geometry, which initially found a link to gravity by Einstein has been playing a major role in the studies of quantum gravity. Quantum field theory (QFT), which gave us a tremendous success in describing the Standard Model including the weak, the strong and the electromagnetic forces, is also a central solid modern tool in describing physical systems with many degrees of freedom. QFT lets us explore critical phenomena and the scale dependence of the physics through the renormalization group.

In this workshop/conference, we focus on such pillars of modern physics which are tied together in the research of quantum gravity. We aim at creating an open versatile atmosphere in order to advance further in the better understanding of each approaches in order to understand the grand problems of quantum description of gravitation. We also aim at introducing such different approaches and topics to each other including students, therefore creating a platform to expose young generataions and also older generations to various ideas and communities. Therefore the talks are recommended to take blackboard-talk format.


Invited Speakers


Jan Ambjorn (Niels Bohr Institute)

Dionysios Anninos (King's College London)

John Barrett (University of Nottingham)

Valentin Bonzom (University Paris 13)

Joao Caetano ( Simons Center for Geometry and Physics & C.N. Yang Institute at Stony Brook)

Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)

William Donnelly (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)

Fay Dowker (Imperial College London)

Frank Ferrari* (Universite Libre de Bruxelles)

Herbert Hamber* (University of California, Irvine)

Philipp Hoehn (Austrian Academy of Science & University of Vienna)

Masanori Hanada (University of Southhampton)

Thomas Krajewski (Centre de Physique Theorique, Marseille)

Renate Loll (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Jun Nishimura (KEK)

Sylvie Paycha (University of Potsdam)

Roberto  Percacci (SISSA)

Kasia Rejzner (University of York)

Vincent Rivasseau (University Paris Sud, Orsay)

Ricardo  Schiappa (Instituto Superior Technico)





* to be confirmed



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The Seaside House

The Royal Hotel, Yomitan


Shinobu Hikami (OIST)

Reiko Toriumi (OIST)