29 June 2020 to 3 July 2020
Europe/Zurich timezone

The Strings conferences have been annual events since 1988 (one year was missed in the 1990’s) and are the major international meeting on string theory as a framework for a new understanding of physics. These conferences generally feature a wide range of talks on contemporary developments involving quantum fields, strings, and gravity, as well as connections with condensed matter physics, quantum information and mathematics and have developed into the premier event in the theoretical physics calendar. This large gathering allows researchers from different parts of the world to interact across sub-fields and the conference regularly sees the presence of many of the most eminent theoretical physicists in the world and has served as the site for the announcement of several major discoveries in the field.

This year the Strings conference will see two major new developments. For the first time in its 30 year history it will be hosted by an institution on the African continent and, another first, it will be run as a virtual conference.

The conference itself will be hosted on Zoom (link provided by email upon registration) and live-streamed to Youtube. There is also a slack channel which you are encouraged to join here.

Public Talk

On Wednesday, July 1st there will be a public lecture delivered by Shamit Kachru (Stanford) titled "The hidden geometry of spacetime". This will be streamed live on Youtube and on Zoom at 8pm (GMT+2).

Invited Speakers

Ibrahima Bah, Alexander Belin, Clay Cordova, Roger Deane, Netta Engelhardt, Rajesh Gopakumar, David Gross*, Shamit Kachru, Charlotte Kristjansen, Juan Maldacena, Samir Mathur, David Meltzer, Shiraz Minwalla, Joao Penedones, Geoff Penington, Andrea Puhm, Suvrat Raju, Nathan Seiberg, Ashoke Sen, Charlotte Sleight, Douglas Stanford, Andy Strominger, Cumrun Vafa, Yifan Wang, Edward Witten & Xi Yin

Programme Committee

Fernando Alday, Agnese Bissi, Alejandra Castro, Robert de Mello Koch, Shiraz Minwalla, Kyriakos Papadodimas & Malcolm Perry (Chair)

Organising Committee

Pallab Basu, Robert de Mello Koch, Kevin Goldstein, Shajid Haque, Shinji Hirano, Will Horowitz, Vishnu Jejjala, Nathan Moynihan, Jeff Murugan (Chair), Sanjay Ramgoolam, Joao Rodrigues, Jonathan Shock, Amanda Weltman & Costas Zubos

International Advisory Board

Luis Alday, Luis Alvarez-Gaume, Kostas Bachas, Micha Berkooz, Nathan Berkovits, Ruth Britto, Horacio Casini, Alejandra Castro, Mirjam Cvetic, Atish Dabholkar, Jan de Boer, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Johana Erdmenger, Mboyo Esole, Jerome Gauntlett, Jim Gates, Rajesh Gopakumar, Mariana Grana, Michael Green, David Gross, Daniel Grumiller, Jeff Harvey, Marc Henneaux, Veronika Hubeny, Marina Huerta, Janet Hung, Antal Jevicki, Clifford Johnson, Shamit Kachru, Igor Klebanov, Finn Larsen, Yolanda Lozano, Kimyeong Lee, Dieter Luest, Juan Maldacena, Shiraz Minwalla, Rob Myers, Hirosi Ooguri, Leo Pando-Zayas, Silvia Penati, Fernando Quevedo, Eliezer Rabinovici, John Schwarz, Nathan Seiberg, Ashok Sen, Steve Shenker, Eva Silverstein, Wei Song, Andy Strominger, Tadashi Takayanagi, Sandeep Trivedi, Cumrun Vafa, Anastasia Volovich, Spenta Wadia, Edward Witten, Konstantin Zarembo

Past & Future Strings Conferences

Strings 2022, Vienna, Austria
Strings 2021, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Strings 2019, Brussels, Belgium
Strings 2018, Okinawa, Japan
Strings 2017, Israel
Strings 2016, Beijing, China
Strings 2015, Bengaluru, India
Strings 2014, Princeton, USA
Strings 2013, Seoul, Korea
Strings 2012, Munich, Germany
Strings 2011 Uppsala, Sweden
Strings 2010 Texas, USA
Strings 2009, Rome, Italy
Strings 2008, CERN, Switzerland
Strings 2007, Madrid, Spain
Strings 2006, Beijing, China
Strings 2005, Toronto, Canada
Strings 2004, Paris, France
Strings 2003, Kyoto, Japan
Strings 2002, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Strings 2001, Mumbai, India
Strings 2000, Ann Arbor, USA
Strings 1999, Potsdam, Germany
Strings 1998, Santa Barbara, USA
Strings 1997, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Strings 1996, Santa Barbara, USA
Strings 1995, Los Angeles, USA


Code of Conduct

This event is committed to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, religion or lack thereof. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Online bullying, sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, breakaway sessions, online social gatherings, Facebook, Twitter and other online media. Strings participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event.

Registration for this event is currently open.