27-31 July 2020
Europe/Zurich timezone

In view of the current coronavirus situation and the fact that a number of meetings had to be cancelled, here is the situation as of today.

The current status is that we are planning to go ahead with the conference Gauge/Gravity Duality 2020. However, given the rapidly evolving situation we are currently witnessing, it is possible that this event will be affected in some way or another and may even have to be cancelled. We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you informed of any relevant developments that affect the conference ’Gauge/Gravity Duality 2020’. 

We currently recommend that you wait a little to make your travel arrangements, in particular before buying plane tickets. We will update you on the situation in the weeks to come, but we do plan to hold the event unless we are required to cancel by directives of health authorities or CERN itself.



Gauge/Gravity Duality has established itself as a significant link between gravitation and quantum field theory. It provides a major tool for describing strongly coupled quantum systems. It relates concepts of information of black hole physics and quantum information theory. Moreover, it creates significant new links between quantum field theory and string theory. Previous conferences in this series have been held in Würzburg (2018), Florence (2015) and Munich (2013).

The aim of the conference is to explore all aspects of gauge/gravity duality, both applied and theoretical, and to generate an extensive exchange of ideas. 

At the conference, the topics to be discussed include gauge/gravity duality in the context of:
• Quantum information, 
• Applications to condensed matter physics, 
• Applications to particle physics and to cosmology, 
• Supergravity, integrability and the conformal bootstrap.
Postdocs and PhD students are particularly encouraged to apply for a parallel session talk (15+5 minutes) or for a poster.

Speakers include:

Jinbeom Bae Igor Klebanov*
Dongsu Bak Sungsik Lee
Raphael Bousso Rob Myers
Shira Chapman Ioannis Papadmitriou
Gil-Young Cho Natalia Pinzani Fokeeva
Bartek Czech Moshe Rozali
Atish Dabholkar * Koenraad Schalm
Netta Engelhardt* Charlotte Sleight
Blaise Goutéraux James Sparks
Veronika Hubeny Marika Taylor
Nabil Iqbal* Benjamin Withers

*to be confirmed


Johanna Erdmenger, Nick Evans, Jerome Gauntlett, Keun-Young Kim, Nakwoo Kim, Amit Sever, Sang-Jin Sin, Julian Sonner, Sasha Zhiboedov

This event is partly supported by the CERN-Korea theory collaboration program as well as the NCCR SwissMAP “The mathematics of physics”.


Application for this event is currently open.