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The focus of the 2016 edition of the Schladming Winter School in Theoretical Physics will be on new trends and open challenges in the understanding of the microcosm. With the discovery of a Standard Model-like scalar boson at the LHC and no further clear-cut observation of new phenomena at the electroweak scale the quest for a natural description of the microcosm has become even more pressing.
Evaluating new theoretical frameworks which UV-complete the Standard Model or benchmark models beyond the Standard Model, fascinates physicists across the various communities including those working on model building, particle phenomenology, quantum gravity, cosmology and formal theory.
Several key speakers will address this topic from different angles:
Astrid Eichhorn (Imperial College London): Asymptotic Safety
Petr Horava (Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, University of California, San Francisco): Gravity and the Quantum
Hugh Osborn (DAMTP, University of Cambridge) : Formal Advances in Quantum Field Theory
Veronica Sanz (University of Sussex): Models for the LHC and Beyond
Martin Schmaltz (Boston University): Towards a Fundamental Theory Beyond the Standard Model
Mikhail Shaposhnikov (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne): Particle Physics and Cosmology
Christof Wetterich (University of Heidelberg): Fixed Points in Quantum Gravity and Cosmology
Financial support by the City of Schladming, the Province of Styria, the University of Graz and the ERC Advanced Grant: Functional Renormalization in Quantum Field Theory and Statistical Physics (ERC-AdG-290623 ) is gratefully acknowledged.
The lectures by Prof. Tilman Plehn (University of Heidelberg) had to be canceled on short notice. We are thankful to Prof. Veronica Sanz (University of Sussex) that she will cover many topics originally planned to be covered by the lectures of Prof. Plehn.