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String Theory & Cosmology (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Cosmic Origin and Cosmic Fate - From Big Bang to Dark Energy


May 27-28, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Travis Maxfield

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by April 29, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by February 27, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on String Theory and Cosmology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to explore the synergistic interface between cosmology and string theory. With the increasing precision of cosmological measurements and the advancing understanding of cosmological vacua string theory, there is an ever-widening set of profound physical questions whose answers may eventually be provided by string theory.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by February 27, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "String Theory & Cosmology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmde Sitter Compactifications
Discussion Leader: Marjorie Schillo (KU Leuven, Belgium)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmDaniel Junghans (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)
"A Universal Tachyon in Nearly No-Scale de Sitter Compactifications"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmReal and Imaginary Spheres, with and Without Axions
Discussion Leader: Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmSergio Camilo Vargas Avila (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"dS in the Landscape"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmYannick Vreys (KU Leuven, Belgium)
"On the Many Uses of Squashed Spheres"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmAitor Landete (Instituto de Física Teórica (IFT), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid / CSIC, Spain)
"Flux Flattening in Axion Monodromy Inflation"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmFrancesco Muia (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter from Axion Inflation"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amBlack Holes, Inflation
Discussion Leader: Travis Maxfield (University of Chicago, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amFrancesca Vidotto (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
"Quantum Gravity Phenomenology with Primordial Black Holes"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:10 amBivudutta Mishra (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India)
"Anisotropic Bianchi Type V Cosmological Model with a Mixture of Power Law and Exponential Law"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:50 amMarjorie Schillo (KU Leuven, Belgium)
"Large Field Inflation from Brane-Flux Annihilation"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmSupersymmetry, Unification
Discussion Leader: Bivudutta Mishra (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmLars Aalsma (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Stringy Corrections to Constrained Superfields"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmMudassar Sabir (Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan)
"SO(10) Model of GUT"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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