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Zeeya Merali: on 4/30/16 at 14:50pm UTC, wrote III José Plínio Baptista School of Cosmology ​The Dark Sector of the...

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Zeeya Merali: on 2/27/16 at 14:51pm UTC, wrote The annual Växjö conference on quantum foundations, "Quantum and Beyond",...

Zeeya Merali: on 2/25/16 at 19:02pm UTC, wrote Call for Applications: International Summer School in Philosophy of...

Zeeya Merali: on 2/25/16 at 18:51pm UTC, wrote Dear Colleague, This is the first announcement of the Conference on Strong...

Zeeya Merali: on 2/25/16 at 18:19pm UTC, wrote The 11th Iberian Cosmology Meeting (IberiCos 2016) will take place in Vila ...

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Apr. 30, 2016 @ 14:50 GMT
III José Plínio Baptista School of Cosmology

​The Dark Sector of the Universe

Pedra Azul - Domingos Martins, ES, Brazil.

September 25-30, 2016

Information and registration:


- Dark Energy - Luca Amendola (Universität Heidelberg, Germany)

- Modified Gravity - Federico Piazza (Aix Marseille Université, France)

- Weak Lensing and Redshift Space Distortion - Scott Dodelson (Fermilab, USA)

- Particle Dark Matter - Stefano Profumo (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)


- Screening Mechanisms - José Beltran Jimenez (Aix Marseille Université, France)

- Mapping Dark Matter in the Universe - Fabio Iocco (ICTP-SAIFR & IFT UNESP, Brazil)

- Massive Gravity - Lavinia Heisenberg (ETH, Switzerland)

- SIMP Dark Matter - Nicolás Bernal (ICTP-SAIFR & IFT UNESP, Brazil)

- Dark Energy Survey: an overview - Rogério Rosenfeld (ICTP-SAIFR & IFT UNESP, Brazil)


- Gravitational waves - José Pacheco (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France)

- Observations of Gravitational Waves by the LIGO detector - Riccardo Sturani (ICTP-SAIFR & IFT UNESP, Brazil)


Luciano Casarini, Júlio Fabris, Valerio Marra, Oliver Piattella, Davi Rodrigues, Hermano Velten, Winfried Zimdahl.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Apr. 6, 2016 @ 20:19 GMT


Angelo Bassi, Sougato Bose, Saikat Ghosh, Tejinder Singh, Urbasi Sinha and Hendrik Ulbricht


Monday 21 Nov, 2016 - Saturday 10 Dec, 2016


Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore


Quantum Theory has passed all experimental tests, with impressive accuracy. It applies to light and matter from the smallest scales so far explored, up to the mesoscopic scale. It is also a necessary ingredient for understanding the evolution of the universe. It has given rise to an impressive number of new technologies. Yet it suffers from internal problems of consistency. On top of this, its unification with general relativity is still problematic, and no fully satisfactory quantum theory of gravity yet exists.

This program will explore the current state of the art and future perspectives in the foundations of quantum theory, also in connection with its unification with general relativity. It consists of a two-week school, followed by a discussion meeting. The topics to be covered in the school include:

School 1st Week - Theory: The measurement problem and its proposed solutions, Role of gravity in wave function collapse, Weak measurements, Quantum Measure and the Born rule, Trace Dynamics and Non-Markovian Dynamics.

School 2nd Week - Experiment: Matter wave interferometry, optomechanics experiments, entanglement experiments, tests of decoherence and experimental tests of the quantum measure.

A Discussion Meeting will be held during the 3rd week. During this meeting, the following questions will be addressed: What is the state of the art in experiments testing quantum theory with light, and with matter? What are the conceptual implications of gravity applied to quantum systems? What are the limitations imposed by, or new possibilities allowed by entanglement in relativistic quantum systems? How can we arrive at a coherent description of the early universe? Do we need a deeper level theory, which goes beyond quantum theory?

More information about the program will be added in the near future.



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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 27, 2016 @ 14:51 GMT
The annual Växjö conference on quantum foundations, "Quantum and Beyond", June 2016:

Now the registration and abstract submission is open at the conference webpage:

Abstracts for contributed talks are welcome. However, the number of participants is bounded by 100 and we have already a strong and large group of invited speakers,

so we shall be able to accept (after consideration of abstracts) only a restricted number of contributed talks with priority to first arrival of abstracts.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 25, 2016 @ 19:02 GMT
Call for Applications:

International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics on the PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY

Hosted by the University of Geneva and the University of Illinois at Chicago Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project

Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA June 19-24, 2016

Further information, when available, at

Quantum theories of gravity, as diverse and incomplete as they may be, promise to revolutionize our conception of the fundamental structure of reality. For instance, the world we inhabit may be non-spatiotemporal at the ground level. The philosophical implications of quantum gravity may thus be far-reaching, but what exactly are these implications and how will they affect our philosophical conceptions? Conversely, the formulation of a quantum theory of gravity forces the theorists to address foundational, indeed philosophical questions, for their theory-building. Such questions include the metaphysical implications of quantum gravity, or the nature of phenomenological spacetime in string theory. These are just some of the questions that we will discuss in this Summer School, which addresses graduate students and postdocs from philosophy of physics and related fields.

Faculty (we expect to announce more):

• Gordon Belot (Michigan)

• Nick Huggett (Illinois at Chicago)

• Jenann Ismael (Arizona)

• Keizo Matsubara

• Amanda Peet (Toronto)

• Carlo Rovelli (Marseille)

• Christian Wuthrich (Geneva)

Organizing Committee:

Nick Huggett

Christian Wuthrich

Keizo Matsubara

The intended audience for the Summer School are Masters students, PhD students, and postdocs working or planning to work in the intersection between physics and philosophy. We will also consider applications from philosophers and physicists wishing to expand their existing research interests to include the philosophical implications of quantum gravity. We will furthermore consider applications from members of the general public who can demonstrate an acquaintance with the subject equivalent to the Master’s level.

To apply for the Summer School, candidates should submit:

• A cover letter of no more than one page describing your current research interest and its relevance to the topic of the Summer School; please explain as specifically as possible how the summer school will benefit your research plans.

• A current CV.

• A short letter from your advisor or other person knowledgeable of your work, expressing your suitability.

• Optional: participants wishing to present their own work need to submit a title and a 500-word abstract. If accepted, they will get the opportunity to present their work.

Please combine all your documents into one PDF file and upload it to http://https://easychair. org/conferences/?conf=isspqg2016 by March 16, 2016. Decisions will be made by early April.

The Organizing Committee will select the admitted participants based on the academic strength of their file and the pertinence of their interests; in other words, we will consider how much the candidate is likely to benefit from attending the Summer School and how much the Summer School would likely benefit from the attendance of the candidate and try to maximize the sum of the benefits.

The Summer School is generously supported by the John Templeton Foundation and will thus be free of charge for accepted participants, including room and board. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the site of the Summer School, and for incidentals such as beverages.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 25, 2016 @ 18:51 GMT
Dear Colleague,

This is the first announcement of the Conference on Strong and

Electroweak Matter 2016, to be held from 11 July (noon) to 15 July (noon)

2016 at University of Stavanger, Stavanger Norway.

It continues the series of previous SEWM conferences at Lausanne (2014),

Swansea (2012), Montreal (2010), Amsterdam (2008), Brookhaven (2006),

Helsinki (2004), Heidelberg (2002), Marseille (2000), Copenhagen (1998),

Eger (1997), and Sintra (1994).

The focus of the conference is the theory of the Standard Model and

beyond at finite temperature and density and out of equilibrium,

including applications to cosmology, astrophysics and relativistic

heavy-ion collision experiments.

Among the topics to be discussed are

*QCD in extreme conditions and dense nuclear matter

*Baryogenesis and leptogenesis

*Heavy-ion collisions and the Quark-Gluon Plasma

*Quantum fields out of equilibrium and thermalization

*Electroweak phase transition beyond the Standard Model

*Early Universe physics and sources for gravitational waves

*Quantum field dynamics and inflation

The conference will be held on campus at University of Stavanger.

We expect to open registration on April 1.

More information about the conference can be found on the conference

webpage in due course (mid March).

The email address of the conference is

More information about the University of Stavanger can be found at

Please share this announcement with any colleagues you think might

be interested. Details about registration and abstract submission

will follow in a second circular.

For the organizers

Jens O. Andersen and Anders Tranberg

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 25, 2016 @ 18:19 GMT
The 11th Iberian Cosmology Meeting (IberiCos 2016) will take place in Vila

do Conde (near Porto) on March 29-31, 2016. The meetings are informal

(blackboard talks are encouraged), and there is no registration fee. The

meetings are open to cosmologists in the broadest sense, from theoretical

particle physics to observational astrophysics. Stimulating interactions

between theorists and observers is a particular concern of the organizers.

Registration and abstract submission are open, at

but the deadlines are approaching fast:

Monday 29 February: Abstract submission ends

Monday 7 March: Programme announced

Monday 14 March: Registration ends

Monday 28 March: Suggested arrival day

Tuesday 29 March: Meeting begins

Those planning to participate are advised to book their accommodation and

travel as soon as possible. Detailed travel and accommodation information

can be found on the website.

The meeting will also include social activities (a dinner, and possibly a

football match) as well as outreach activities (for local schools and the

general public). Further information on these will be sent to participants

in due course.

We look forward to seeing you in March!

Carlos Martins

(on behalf of the SOC and LOC)

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 24, 2016 @ 17:58 GMT

Thursday 14 April 2016

School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

We are pleased to announce the first meeting of CLAP Scotland,

continuing the series of CLAP workshops in England in 2008-2010,

and the Scottish Category Theory seminar 2009-2014. Everyone is

welcome. The final programme is still under construction, but will be

available on the website soon. If you would like to give a talk, please

send us an email. Currently speakers include:

* Nick Behr (University of Edinburgh)

* Ross Duncan (University of Strathclyde)

* Chris Heunen (University of Edinburgh)

* Sean Tull (University of Oxford)

Thanks to financial support from the Scottish Informatics and Computer

Science Alliance, registration is free. For catering purposes, please email

the local organiser as soon as possible when

you plan to attend.

Best wishes,

Chris Heunen

Ross Duncan

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in

Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 10, 2016 @ 18:43 GMT
Dear all,

registration for the “Workshop on Quantum Networks” is now open at The workshop will take place in Barcelona from 30 March to 1 April and is sponsored by the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXI) under the project ""Quantum Bayesian networks: the physics of nonlocal events”.

Causality is a crucial concept for our understanding of nature. In relativity, the objective properties of a system are dictated by the causal relations between events in spacetime. While quantum mechanical predictions comply with relativity, objective properties do not satisfy the same causal relations—the phenomenon known as non-locality. Quantum mechanics is consistent with special relativity at an operational level but appears to violate it at an ontological level. This reveals a deep subtlety in the way that quantum theory and relativity co-exist. Understanding this subtlety will be crucial to understanding how physical theories lead to a notion of things happening through the language of causality. The aim of the workshop is to explore all these different concepts, bringing together researchers interested in causality within quantum physics.

There will be five invited speakers:

Jonathan Barrett

Cyril Branciard

Giulio Chiribella

Dominik Janzing

Rob Spekkens

In addition, we anticipate accepting additional contributed talks and posters. We are taking abstract submissions through the website.

Deadline for registration: 7 March

Deadline for abstract submission: 29 February. Results will be announced on 4 March.

We hope you find the workshop of your interest and are able to attend.

We look forward to meeting you in Barcelona!

Antonio Acin

Rafael Chaves

Matty Hoban

Raymond Lal

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Oct. 8, 2015 @ 12:40 GMT
IberiCos 2016 will take place near Porto on March 29-31, 2016. This

will be the eleventh in a series of meetings which aim to encourage

interactions and collaborations between researchers working in

cosmology and related areas in Portugal and Spain. Researchers from

other countries are also most welcome. The first of these meetings

was Porto 2006, and the previous one was Aranjuez 2015.

The meetings are informal (blackboard talks are encouraged), and there

is no registration fee. There are also no invited speakers, parallel

sessions, or posters. The meetings are open to cosmologists in the

broadest sense, from theoretical particle physics to observational

astrophysics. Stimulating interactions between theorists and observers

is a particular concern of the organizers. In addition to the talks,

there may also be time for guided discussions.

Registration and abstract submission are now open, at

and detailed logistical information will be posted in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you in March!

Carlos Martins

(on behalf of the SOC and LOC)

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Jul. 20, 2015 @ 22:28 GMT
Upcoming Conference on “Re-conceptualizing the Origin of Life”

Nov. 9-13th, 2015 at Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington D.C.

Physics and chemistry have arrived at a deep understanding of the non-living world. Can we expect to reach similar insights, integrating concepts and quantitative explanation, in biology? Life at its origin should be particularly amenable to discovery of scientific laws governing biology, since it marks the point of departure from a predictable physical/chemical world to the novel and history-dependent living world. This conference aims to explore ways to build a deeper understanding of the nature of biology, by focusing on modeling the origins of life on a sufficiently abstract level. The conference will cover a diverse range of topics bearing on the problem of solving life’s origins, starting from prebiotic conditions on Earth and possibly on other planets and moving up through the hierarchy of structure in biology all the way to social complexity. The focus is therefore on studying the origin of life as part of a larger concern with the origins of organization, including major transitions in the living state and structure formation in complex systems science.

Each day of the conference is organized around a different integrative theme, kicked off by an invited keynote presentation. Themes include: information in the living world, the origin of organization, the self in the world, re-conceptualizing the nature of the living state, and an integrated view of the origin and organization of the biosphere. Keynotes include: Chris Adami (Michigan State U.), Lee Cronin (U. Glasgow), Sara Imari Walker (Arizona State U.), Eric Smith (ELSI/Sante Fe Institute) and Douglas Erwin (Smithsonian Institution).

The goal of the conference is to concentrate on integrative conceptual and foundational themes, and not to review the field. We hope to facilitate new collaborations and identify specific experimental and theoretical projects that significantly advance our understanding of the origin of life. To maintain a productive workshop-style atmosphere, the conference is limited to 100 participants. Participants must therefore apply to ensure a space at the meeting. There is no registration fee.

Applications for participation are now open and may be submitted at:

We encourage submission of abstracts for the poster session, which will be held throughout the entire week and will central to fostering lively discussion. Abstract submissions for poster presentations are being accepted through Aug. 1st 2015 and should be submitted at the link above.


For more information on the meeting, including a full list of confirmed speakers, please visit our conference website:

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Iva Kostadinova wrote on May. 7, 2015 @ 13:56 GMT
'The Information Universe' conference

Dates: October 7 - 9, 2015

Location: Groningen, The Netherlands.

The conference will bring together internationally renowned experts and scientists across multiple disciplines to discuss the role of information in our universe. Participants will embark on an intellectual journey in search of answers to questions like "Is the universe one giant information processing machine?", "Does quantum information provide a new basis for describing our physical reality?", "Can information open new roads to understanding dark matter and dark energy?", and "How can we use information theory to better understand complex life systems and even consciousness?".

Visit the conference website to learn more and register. Early bird registration deadline is June 15!

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on May. 6, 2015 @ 13:42 GMT
Quantum Uncertainty Days @ York 29-30 May 2015

The focus of this 2-day event is on recent mathematical and conceptual advances in the quantification of quantum uncertainty.

Day 1 is a Spitalfields Day sponsored by the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and offers a set of survey lectures on quantum uncertainty that is accessible to a broad mathematically-minded audience, to review novel forms of measurement uncertainty relations and and outline possible applications in metrology.

Day 2 is a more focused workshop comprising short contributions on quantum uncertainty matters from experts in quantum foundations and discussion sessions.

All interested, whether LMS members or not, are welcome to attend this event. Places for the workshop are limited. For further details and to register, please email the organiser, Paul Busch (paul.busch

​@​​ Also see the conference website and poster available here: There is no conference fee but participants will need to fund their own travel and accommodation where required and any other expenses.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on May. 6, 2015 @ 13:41 GMT
We are pleased to announce the Workshop on Physics and information in Paris 2015. The goal is to bring together scientists with different backgrounds to discuss the interactions between physical systems and the ability to process information. We consider this question from the point of view of physics, computer science, mathematics and philosophy.

The workshop will take place in Institut Henri Poincaré (www.ihp.fp) in Paris, France, June 29-30 and July 1st.

More informations can be found on the website

ve list of speakers:

- Maël Pégny (IHPST, Paris, France)

- Gabriel Senno (Universidad de Buenos Aeres, Argentina)

- Ämin Baumler (USI, Lugano, Switzerland)

- Cyril Branciard (Institut Néel, Grenoble, France)

- Miguel Navascues (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey)

- Aram Harrow (MIT, USA)

- Petros Wallden (University of Edimburgh, UK)

- Jérémie Roland (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

- Raymond Lal (University of Oxford, UK)

- Janet Anders (University of Exeter, UK)

- Joseph Bowles (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

- Leonardo DiSilvestro (Telecom ParisTech, France)

- William Matthews (University of Cambridge, UK)

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Nov. 11, 2014 @ 15:30 GMT


LMU Munich

30 - 31 January 2015


We invite submissions from both philosophers and scientists exploring

the connections between the philosophy and foundations of quantum

computation and quantum information theory (QCIT), and more traditional

philosophical and foundational questions in physics, computer science,

information theory, and mathematics. Envisioned topics for contributed

papers include: QCIT's relevance for our understanding of the structure

and axiomatics of quantum theory, QCIT's relevance for our understanding

of physical conceptions of computation and/or information, alternative

formalisms and mathematical frameworks for characterising QCIT,

methodological differences and commonalities between QCIT and more

traditional approaches to the exact sciences, and the metaphysical

significance (or lack thereof) of the concepts and operational

definitions of QCIT. This list is not exhaustive.

DATES OF THE CONFERENCE: January 30-31, 2015.

LOCATION: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany.


Hans J. Briegel, University of Innsbruck, Austria and the Institute for

Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences,


Leah Henderson, Center for Formal Epistemology, Carnegie Mellon

University, United States of America.

Christopher Timpson, Brasenose College, University of Oxford, United


ORGANIZERS: Michael Cuffaro (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy),

Samuel Fletcher (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), Johannes

Kofler (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics).


Submissions, consisting of one short (max. 100 word) and one extended

(750-1000 word) abstract, will be double-blind reviewed and should be

submitted through our automated submission system (EasyChair):

Please prepare your submission for blind review by removing any

identifying information from both your short and long abstract. Your

short abstract should be pasted directly into the text box provided on

the submission form. Your long abstract should be saved as a PDF

document and uploaded via the "Upload a Paper" interface on the

submission form. Do not tick the "Abstract Only" check box.

Note: you will be able to revise your submission any number of times

before the submission deadline.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE (UPDATED): November 20, 2014 at 11:55PM (GMT).


REGISTRATION FEE: 50€ regular fee, 30€ for graduate students.

The conference language is English.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Nov. 11, 2014 @ 15:27 GMT

30 March - 1 April 2015

First announcement

Dear Colleague,

The Complutense Cosmology and Astroparticles Group and the Effective Theories in Modern Physics Group at the University Complutense of Madrid are pleased to be hosting the 2015 edition of the Iberian Cosmology Meeting (IberiCOS 2015); the tenth edition of its kind in the meeting series. This conference series covers a broad range of topics related to Cosmology, such as Gravitation, Particle Physics and Astrophysics. The format of the meetings encourages discussion and interaction.

The meeting will take place from 30 March - 1 April 2015 in Aranjuez, a historic town located 49 km south of Madrid, at the facilities in the Centro Cultural Isabel de Farnesio. Sessions will be held at the Joaquín Rodrigo Auditorium. The meetings are informal and there is no registration fee. All participants wishing to give a talk about their work will be able to do so by submitting a title and abstract when they register by the 15th of March 2015.

Should there be an excessive demand, preference will be given to younger researchers. Please note that there is a limited amount of funding to support the participation of students. Applications for grants must be submitted during registration by December, 15th 2014. Registration and all other logistical information is accessible via the conference website,

We look forward to seeing you in Aranjuez,


Álvaro de la Cruz Dombriz (Coordinator),

Antonio Dobado González,

Antonio López Maroto,

Prado Martín Moruno,

and José Alberto Ruiz Cembranos.

IberiCOS 2015 Xth Iberian Cosmology Meeting

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 14:54 GMT
In the link below you can find information about the Workshop:

"Is quantum theory exact? The endeavor for the theory beyond standard

quantum mechanics", to be held in Frascati (Italy) from 28 to 30 April


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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 14:53 GMT
I remind you about a possibility to submit abstracts for contributed papers

at Quantum Theory: from Problems to Advances - QTPA

at Linnaeus University, June 9-12, 2014. Arrival June 8, departure June 13.

go to conference web:

I also pay your attention that, besides previously announced special sessions:

Testing boundaries of Quantum theory: experiment and its interpretation Organizers Alan Migdall and Sergey Polyakov

Relativity meets Quantum Theory, Organizer Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano

Quantum Foundations meet General Relativity, Organizers Markus Aspelmeyer and Caslav Brukner

a new session was organized:

Philosophical significance of quantum reconstruction theorems, Organizers Guido Bacciagaluppi and Philip Goyal

I hope to see some of your in Växjö -- to participate in these exciting events.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 15:25 GMT
Dear colleagues,

This is the first announcement for the IX Iberian Cosmology meeting,

which will take place in Aveiro, Portugal, from the 28th to the 30th

of April 2014. Registration is now open at:

where you may also find more details about the meeting, as well as

about accommodation in Aveiro.

These meetings aim to encourage interactions and collaborations

between researchers working in cosmology and related areas in Portugal

and Spain. Researchers working in other countries are also most

welcome. Please feel free to send this announcement to other

scientists that may be interested in attending.

These meetings are informal and there will be no registration fee.

There are also no parallel sessions or posters, and blackboard talks

are encouraged. All participants wishing to give a talk will be able

to do so, by naming a topic when they register. The deadline for

abstract submission is the 5th of April 2014 and a preliminary program

will appear on the webpage shortly after.

Moreover, these meetings are not restricted to a single topic but are

open to cosmologists in the broadest sense, from theoretical particle

and gravitational physics to observational astrophysics. They are also

designed to encourage the presentation of work in progress. In

addition, it is the aim of these meetings to promote interactions

between theorists and observers.

We look forward to seeing you in Aveiro!

The local organizing committee

Carlos Herdeiro

Joao G. Rosa

Marco Sampaio

Flavio Coelho

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 14:57 GMT
Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that the workshop “Cross-correlation in the high redshift sky” will be held in London this coming June (18th-20th) on the University College London campus.

With the release of the Planck results and products, alongside current and forthcoming large-scale structure data, we believe it timely to organise this workshop. Our prime objective is to bring together experts in different cosmological probes to share knowledge and ideas on how best to combine multiple observables. We aim at covering the following subjects and more during the workshop:

- Correlations between CMB observables (anisotropies, lensing, SZ) and optical LSS surveys

- Correlations between LSS surveys observables: galaxy and galaxy lensing

- Correlations with LSS surveys in other frequencies: Radio astronomy

- Correlations between CMB, LSS and other fields: Extragalactic Gamma ray background, ...

The sessions will include both invited talks and talks contributed by attendees. Each morning will begin with a 1-hour lecture on some of the main aspects of cross-correlations pitched at a pedagogical level. This is a perfect opportunity for new graduate students to learn more about an exciting and growing field in cosmology.

More information about venue, registration and abstract submission can be found on the workshop website:

There will be possibilities for limited support to help young researchers to attend the workshop, provided by the Royal Astronomical Society.

Inquiries can be made to the following email address:

We are look forward to having you in June at UCL!

The organizing committee:

A. Benoit-Lévy

L. Clerkin

D. Kirk

B. Leistedt

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 14:37 GMT
Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce the "569. Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar on Quantum Cosmology",

to take place from July 28 to August 1, 2014 at the Physikzentrum in Bad Honnef, Germany.

All relevant information and registration can be found at:

Claus Keifer and Mairi Sakellariadou

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Sebastien Bourdeauducq wrote on Jan. 17, 2014 @ 21:25 GMT

Exceptionally Hard & Soft Meeting // pushing the frontiers of open source and DIY // DESY, Hamburg site, June 27-29 2014 // // @ehsmeeting

Collaboration between open source and research communities empowers open hardware to explore new grounds and hopefully deliver on the "third industrial revolution". The first edition of the...

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on May. 9, 2013 @ 16:39 GMT
Cosmological signals and foregrounds in the radio sky

Laboratoire APC, Paris, France, May 23-24

The Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics (PCCP) is organizing a

two-day mini-workshop at APC, Paris May 23--24th, 2013 entitled

"Cosmological signals and foregrounds in the radio sky." The aim of

this workshop is to provide an overview about CMB spectral

distortions and their potential observability, cosmology at radio

frequencies, and the development of the field in the light of the new

observatories serving as pathfinders for the SKA. At present the lineup

of speakers is as follows:

R Ansari : BAO observations in the radio

C Burigana: Searching for low frequency distortions of the CMB

R Khatri: What can we learn about the cosmological parameters,

inflation and new physics from spectral features in the CMB?

J Jonas : MeerKat

J Jonas : Technological and data analysis challenges for the SKA

J Pritchard : New science from 21cm observations at high-z

M Santos : Dealing with foreground for 21cm observations

M Zannoni : CMB spectral distortion experiments: the radio side

P.Zarka : LOFAR

S.Torchinsky: TBA

There is also some time available for contributed talks, so we

encourage those of you who would like to submit an abstract to do so

as soon as possible by sending an email to Andrea Tartari at

To register please send an email to Andrea Tartari

with the information at the end of this


The registration will start on Thursday 23, from 10:00 to 10:30.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 11:35 GMT
UniLog - World Congress on Universal Logic

Workshop on Logical Quantum Structures

Rio de Janeiro – April 6 & 7

Keynote speakers: Dennis Dieks

Bob Coecke

Hector Freytes

April 6

9.10 – 9.50 Jonas Becker (Fronteira Sul Federal - University, Chapecó, SC Brazil)

Remarks on the Semantics for Non-Reflexive Logics

9.50 – 10.30 Sebastian Fortin (FCEyN UBA, CONICET) & Leonardo Vanni (FCEyN UBA)

Quantum Decoherence: A Logical Perspective

11.10 – 11.40 Fedeerico Holik (Instituto de Física de la Plata, CONICET, Argentina)

Logic, Quantum Mechanics and Probability Theories

11.40 – 12.20 Newton da Costa (Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina) & Christian de Ronde (UBA-CONICET, Argentina - Center Leo Apostel, VUB, Belgium)

Non-Reflexive Foundation for Quantum Mechanics

12.20 – 13.00 Gabriel Catren (Laboratoire SPHERE - CNRS/Université de Paris 7 - France)

Quantum Ontology in the Light of Gauge Theories

14.30 – 15.10 Jairo Roldan (Departamento de Física, Universidad del Valle, Colombia)

Indivisibility, Complementarity, Ontology and Logic

15. 10 – 15.40 Décio Krause (Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina)

Individuals and Quantum Theory

15.40 – 16.30 Hector Freytes (Department of Philosophy, Universitá deli Studi di Cagliari, Italia - Departamento de Matemática FCEyA/CONICET, Argentina)

The Phase Space in Intuitionistic Quantum Logic: A Logic-Algebraic Approach

17.00 – 18.00 Bob Coecke (Oxford University, England)

The logic of quantum mechanics - take II

18.00 – 19.00 Dennis Dieks (Utrecht University, Holland)

The Logic of Identity: Identical Particles in Quantum Mechanics

April 7

11.00 – 11.40 Julien Page (Laboratoire SPHERE - CNRS/Université de Paris 7 - France)

Heisenberg Indeterminacy Principle in the Light of Galois-Grothendieck Algebraic Theory

11.40 – 12.20 Olimpia Lombardi (FCEyN UBA - CONICET)

Contextuality and Indistinguishability in Quantum Mechanics: A Modal Ontology of Properties

12.20 – 13.00 Bhupinder Singh Anand

A Suggested Mathematical Perspective for the EPR Argument

Organized by: Décio Krause & Christian de Ronde.

For more information:

Apologies for cross-postings.

Please forward to interested colleagues and students.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Mar. 25, 2013 @ 16:22 GMT
The 13th Asian Conference on

Quantum Information Science (AQIS'13)

Tutorials: 25 August 2013

Conference: 26-30 August 2013

Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India

Apologies for cross-postings.

Please forward to interested colleagues and students.

We would like to draw your attention to the 13th Asian Conference on

Quantum Information Science.

AQIS'13 is a meeting focused on quantum information processing,

communication and cryptography, an interdisciplinary field bridging

quantum physics, computer science, mathematics, and information

technologies. This event, which is the thirteenth in a highly successful

series, building upon EQIS'01-05 and AQIS'06-12, is coming to India for

the first time, having been held previously in Japan, China and Korea.

This is the prime Asian conference in the field.

Organized by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, AQIS'13 will take place

in Chennai, India, from 25 to 30 August 2013. Details about the conference

are available via the website, which we invite you to visit often as new

information will appear regularly.

AQIS’13 will consist of invited talks, selected oral and poster

presentations, as well as other activities.

We are very pleased to announce a spectacular array of invited speakers

(to be completed):

- Girish S Agarwal (Oklahoma State University, USA)

- Alain Aspect* (Institut d'Optique, Palaiseau, France)

- Nicolas Gisin (Université de Genève, Switzerland)

- Lov K Grover* (Bell Laboratories, New Jersey, USA)

- Jian-Wei Pan (University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)

- Masahide Sasaki (Nat. Inst. of Information and Communications, Tokyo, Japan)

- Umesh Vazirani (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

*To be confirmed

Contributions are solicited in (but not limited to) the following areas:

- Quantum computation, algorithms and complexity

- Quantum information theory

- Quantum decoherence fighting concepts, methods and tools

- Quantum cryptography

- Quantum communications experiments and theory

- Quantum technologies (optics-, NMR- and solid-state, etc.)

- Quantum processor and computer design

- Quantum programming languages and semantics

The submission deadline is 16 June 2013, 23:59 in US Pacific Daylight Time.

Please pay special attention to the fact (*new* for AQIS) that

all submissions MUST follow the guidelines specified at .

Submissions deviating significantly from these guidelines

*will*be*rejected* without consideration of their merits.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Chennai!

Committee Chairs

Steering Committee: Jozef Gruska (Masaryk University, Czech Republic).

Conference: Anil Kumar (IISc, Bengaluru) and Rajiah Simon (IMSc, Chennai).

Conference Co-Chairs: Guang-Can Guo (USTC, Hefei, China)

Hiroshi Imai (Tokyo University, Japan) and Jaewan Kim (KIAS, Seoul, Korea).

Organizing Committee: Sibasish Ghosh (IMSc, Chennai).

Program Committee: Gilles Brassard (Montréal) and Rajiah Simon (IMSc, Chennai).

Contact Information

Prabha Mandayam (IMSc, Chennai) -- AQIS'13 Secretary

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences,

CIT Campus, Tharamani, Chennai, 600113, India


Tel: +91-44-22543100

Fax: +91-44-22541586

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Anonymous wrote on Feb. 26, 2013 @ 13:26 GMT
This is an update on our workshop

``Quantum information and foundations of quantum mechanics''

which will be held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, from July 2 - 5, 2013.


Registration and abstract submission are now open!


Please visit the workshop website at:

The purpose of our workshop is to present and discuss recent developments in the overlap area between quantum information and foundations of quantum mechanics. The workshop is centered around, but not limited to, the following topics:

• Quantum logic beyond Birkhoff and von Neumann

• Contextuality and non-locality of quantum mechanics

• Measurement-based quantum computation

• Quantum mechanics and category theory

• QM foundations and cryptography

Contributed talks and posters are invited.

Confirmed invited speakers

• Samson Abramsky, University of Oxford, UK,

• Stephen Bartlett, Unviersity of Sydney, Australia,

• Roger Colbeck, ETH Zurich,

• Joseph Emerson, University of Waterloo, Canada,

• Chris Heunen, University of Oxford, UK,

• Pawel Horodecki, University of Gdansk, Poland,

• Terry Rudolph, Imperial College London, UK,

• Simone Severini, University College London, UK,

• Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Istitute, Waterloo, Canada,

• Mordecai Waegell, Worcester Polytechnic, USA.

This event is preceeded by the Max-Planck workshop "From Quantum Matter to Quantum Information" (June 24 - 27), organized jointly by the Quantum Materials Institute of UBC and the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Science Stuttgart, Germany. (

We hope to see you in Vancouver in July!

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Zeeya wrote on Feb. 15, 2013 @ 15:53 GMT
Call for Applications to Summer Institute in Philosophy and Cosmology

Details Published on 16 January 2013

Call for Applications

Summer Institute/School in Philosophy of Cosmology UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) June 23-July 14, 2013

Directors: David Albert...

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Anonymous wrote on Jan. 22, 2013 @ 15:09 GMT
CFP: Seminar on the Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Gravity

26-28 September 2013 – University of Illinois at Chicago


Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)

Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute)

Nick Huggett (UIC)

Christian Wüthrich (UCSD)

+ others to be announced

The investigation of quantum gravity has been central to theoretical...

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Pentcho Valev replied on Jan. 22, 2013 @ 15:30 GMT
I am afraid any such seminars are pointless as long as one continues to combine the sane (Newtonian) concept of time used in quantum mechanics and the insane concept of time offered by special relativity:

Joao Magueijo, Faster Than the Speed of Light, p. 250: "Lee [Smolin] and I discussed these paradoxes at great length for many months, starting in January 2001. We would meet in cafés in...

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Anonymous wrote on Nov. 8, 2012 @ 15:36 GMT
Call for Events

Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems

Kraków, Poland, September 8-11, 2013

The 2013 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information

Systems cordially invites you to consider contributing an Event

(conference, symposium, workshop, consortium meeting, special

session). The FedCSIS...

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Anonymous wrote on Jul. 10, 2012 @ 11:57 GMT


Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and Relativistic Spacetime

Annual workshop of Working Group 3 “Quantum Theory Meets Relativity”

In the framework of the COST Action MP1006

“Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics”

University of Athens, Greece, 25-26 September 2012

Keynote Speakers:

Daniel Bedingham, Lajos Diosi, Beatrix Hiesmayr, Rafael Sorkin, Ward Struyve

Scope: to examine the foundations of quantum theory with an eye on the complications

and issues that arise in relation with relativity and relativistic spacetime.

Topics: relativistic formulations of observer free interpretations of quantum theory;

non-locality; time in quantum theory and quantum gravity; histories

formulations; other foundational questions of quantum theory stemming from

relativistic considerations.



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We write to inform you of the forthcoming Workshop "Foundations of Quantum

Mechanics and Relativistic Spacetime", to be held in Athens (Greece), on the

25th and 26th of September 2012. The workshop is organised in the framework

of the European COST Action MP1006 "Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics"

( It constitutes the annual meeting of the action's 3rd

Working Group "Quantum Theory meets Relativity". The previous year's meeting

was held in London (

We are glad to invite you to participate in this workshop. Submission of contributions

is open until Monday, August 6, 2012. Please follow the registration at the webpage

of the workshop

There is limited funding (partly covering travel and/or accommodation) for some

selected participants.

A notification of acceptance of contribution and reimbursement will be sent to you, the

latest, on August 15.

Further details on accommodation, travel, programme etc, will gradually appear at

the website

Finally, we encourage you to disseminate this information to any colleague who you

consider to be interested.

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Anonymous wrote on Jun. 22, 2012 @ 13:40 GMT
I am organizing a special session on quantum walks in the International Conference on Mathematical Modeling in Physical Sciences to be held in Budapest, Hungary, Septemeber 3-7, 2012. The conference details is available here

I writing to help me spread the word on this conference. Please forward it to any interested parties. If you yourself is interested, please upload a paper to the session via the ICMSQUARE homepage which is located on the session webpage.

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Anonymous wrote on Jun. 22, 2012 @ 13:39 GMT


June 28-29, 2012 (Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris 5e)

June 28

9:00-9:15 Opening / Coffee served

9:15-10:15 Dan Browne (University College...

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Social Trends Institute wrote on May. 10, 2010 @ 07:41 GMT
Is Science Compatible With Our Desire for Freedom? -- Experts Meeting hosted by the Social Trends Institute in Barcelona, Spain, May 13-15, 2010.

When faced with a conflict between human freedom and a deterministic neuroscience, two rational positions are possible: either human freedom is an illusion, or deterministic neuroscience is not the last word about the brain and will eventually be superseded by a neuroscience admitting processes not completely determined by the past. Accordingly, this Experts Meeting aims to investigate whether it is possible to have a science in which there is room for human freedom, and in particular whether today's quantum physics might offer an appropriate framework for this purpose.

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Anonymous replied on May. 10, 2010 @ 07:44 GMT
See conference website for speakers, paper topics and updates:

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