Quantum Gravity in Perspective Conference 2013

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Invited Speakers

nazimNazim Bouatta (Cambridge)
Nazim Bouatta is a research associate in the foundations of physics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Darwin College. His present project explores the conceptual and philosophical aspects of quantum field theory, cosmology and quantum gravity. For more information visit his webpage.



DawidRichard Dawid (Vienna)
Richard is a philosopher of science at the University of Vienna. His primary fields of research are the philosophy of contemporary physics and a number of topics in general philosophy of science. He is interested in the way the theories of modern fundamental physics influence and modify our conception of scientific theory building and our criteria for assessing the status of scientific theories. These developments amount to a shift in perspective that may shed new light on a number of classical debates in general philosophy of science like the problem of novel confirmation and the scientific realism debate. Richard is the author String Theory and the Scientific Method (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). For more information visit his webpage. 

erdmengerJohanna Erdmenger (Max Planck Munich)
Johanna is a research group leader in the theory division of the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich. Her interests in superstring theory and Quantum field theory. In particular, she focuses on the gauge theory/string theory correspondence and applications to particle physics, condensed matter physics and cosmology, as well as on conformal symmetry, renormalization, supergravity, and statistical mechanics. For more information visit her webpage.


hossenfelderSabine Hossenfelder (NORDITA)
Sabine is a physicist working at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics. Her main research interest is physics beyond the standard model, with a special emphasis on the phenomenology of quantum gravity. This still young research field brings together experimentalists and theorists and connects many different areas, from cosmology and astrophysics over neutrino physics to particle colliders and high precision measurements. Her contributions are focused on the role of Lorentz-invariance and locality, which might be altered in the fundamental to-be-found theory of quantum gravity and be accessible to experiment. For more information visit her webpage.

kieferClaus Kiefer (Cologne)
Claus is professor of theoretical physics at the University of Cologne, and works on quantum gravity and the foundations of quantum theory as well as studying black holes and more general cosmological questions. He is the co-editor of three books, co-author of Decoherence and the Appearance of a Classical World in Quantum Theory (second edition 2003) and he is the author of three further books in German, as well as Quantum Gravity, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 and, in an expanded third edition, 2012. For more information visit his webpage.

pittsBrian Pitts (Cambridge)
Brian is a research fellow in the philosophy Faculty at the University of Cambridge. He works on issues in the philosophy of physics, especially space-time, gravity and particle physics; issues in the general philosophy of science including underdetermination, confirmation and induction; and the history of early modern astronomy. He is reconsidering 20th century space-time theory in light of particle physics literature. He is interested in ascertaining to what extent good science is validated by Bayesian methodology to achieve reflective equilibrium between science and method.

dean_ricklesDean Rickles (Sydney)
Dean is a historian and philosopher of science at the University of Sydney. Dean’s primary research focus is the history and philosophy of modern physics, particularly quantum gravity and spacetime physics. Dean is currently working on a book on the early history of quantum gravity for Oxford University Press: Covered in Deep Mist. The Development of Quantum Gravity, 1916-1956. He is also working on a book on the early history of string theory, prior to 1995, for Springer's Frontier Collection: A Biography of String Theory: From Dual Models to M-Theory. For more information visit his webpage. 


Chris Wuthrich (UCSD)
Chris is a philosopher of science at the University of California at San Diego. His philosophical interests most prominently include foundational issues in physics, particularly in classical general relativity and quantum gravity. He also get excited about the implications of philosophy of physics for general philosophy of science and metaphysics. More specifically, he enjoy thinking about issues such as space and time, persistence, identity, laws of nature, determinism, and causation. He also has historical interests, particularly in the history of physics. For more information visit his webpage.