Schedule


TUESDAY – JULY 7
6 – 7 pm • Welcome Reception
7 – until • Opening Banquet
7 – 7:15 • M. Tegmark & A. Agiurre: Welcome Remarks
8 – 9 • P. Byrne: The many worlds of Hugh Everett III

WEDNESDAY – JULY 8
9:30 am – 5 pm • Talks & Discussions

P. Davies: Teleology without teleology
A. Guth: Thorny problems in cosmology
Y. Aharanov: A new approach to quantum mechanics
J. Uffink: Entanglement entropy and utility
F. Wilczek: Particle Physics
S. Aaronson: How much information is in a quantum state?
F. Markopoulou: Quantum gravity
J. Barbour: The minimal geometrical ontology for a fundamental theory

7 • Bus to Group Dinner
7:20 • Group Dinner

THURSDAY – JULY 9
8:30 am – 5:30 pm • Excursions
All excursions are designed to enable scientific discussions and informal presentations in a relaxed and interesting atmosphere.

Dinner on your own

Bus Tour to Furnas*
Sites include: Lagoa do Fogo, Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande, Pico do Fogo belvedere, Lagoa das Furnas,Terra Nostra Park, and Vila Franca do Campo

8:30 am • Bus departs hotel
9:45 • Coffee break, Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande
1:15 pm • Lunch, Terra Nostra Hotel (small group discussions)
2:30 – 5 • Visit Terra Nostra Park (small group discussions)
6:30 • Arrive at hotels

Jeep/Walking Tour to Sete Cidades* (max 35 people)
Sites include: Lagoa das Empadadas, Lagoa do Canário, Lagoa das Sete Cidades, village of Sete Cidades, Capelas

8:30 am • Jeeps departs hotel
10 – 11am • Walking tour (discussion)
9:45 Coffee break, Sete Cidades
12:30 – 2:30 pm • Lunch in Capelas (discussion)
5:30 • Arrive at hotels

*Due to weather and time constraints, some sites might be skipped.


FRIDAY – JULY 10
9:30 am – 5 pm • Talks & Discussions

Time and Quantum Gravity:
C. Kiefer: Does time exist in quantum gravity?
R. Gambini: The issue of time in totally constrained systems and quantum gravity
E. Minguzzi: Time and causality in general relativity
A. Albrecht: Challenges for a quantum theory of the universe: The clock ambiguity and the Born rule crisis

Cosmology:
F. Adams: Stars in other universes
L. Mersini-Houghton: An aether of time
A. Aguirre: Is the Universe Infinite?
O. Dreyer: Internal relativity and early universe cosmology
M. Bojowald: Quantum gravity and the beginning of the universe
S. Gratton: Path integral for volume-weighted eternal inflation
E. Guendelman: Developments in wormhole theory, child universe theory and their implications for cosmology and quantum gravity
P. Moniz: ‘Observational’ supersymmetric quantum cosmology

Quantum Gravity I:
G. Starkman: In praise of the inverse square law
M. Parikh: The mysterious thermodynamic origin of classical gravity
S. Weinstein: Gauge potentials and gravitation
X. Wen: Tensor network approach to emergence of gauge theory
T. Dray: Octonions and Fermions
A.G. Lisi: The geometric structure of the standard model and gravity
D. Oriti: Group field theories - Microscopic discrete models of quantum spacetime
F. Girelli: Are there any relationships between non-commutative geometry and (loop/spinfoam) quantum gravity?

Quantum Gravity II:
B. Carr: Interlinking black holes, quantum theory, time and many worlds
T.P. Singh: Quantum measurement and quantum gravity: many worlds or collapse of the wave-function?
S. Hossenfelder: Phenomenological quantum gravity
D. Budker: Table-top experimental tests of fundamental symmetries of nature
M. Kozlov: Atomic and molecular spectra as probes for fundamental constants
D. Rickles: The mathodology of string theory

7 • Bus to Group Dinner
7:20 • Group Dinner

SATURDAY – JULY 11
8:30 am – 5:30pm • Excursion
Includes Talks on the Beach

T. Vachaspati: Cosmology and particle physics

All excursions are designed to enable scientific discussions and informal presentations in a relaxed and interesting atmosphere.

Dinner on your own

Boat Tour – Whale/Dolphin Watching*
Tour goes along the south coast of São Miguel, stops in Ribeira Quente The group will be split into two big boats and a few Zodiacs if needed.

8:15 am • Meet at marina to board boat
12 pm • Lunch, Garajau
1:45 – 3:45 • Visit Ribeira Quente’s small beach (discussion)
4 • Return to Ponta Delgada via boat
5:30 • Arrive at Ponta Delgada marina

Jeep Tour to Ribeira Quente* (max 35 people)
Sites include: Caldeira Velha (includes off-road driving), central mountains of the island (Monte Escuro), Lagoa de São Bráz, Lomba do Cavaleiro, Ribeira Quente

8:30 am • Jeep departs hotel
12 pm • Lunch, Garajau
1:45 – 4 • Visit Ribeira Quente’s small beach (discussion)
4 • Return to Ponta Delgada
4:45 • Arrive at hotels

*Due to weather and time constraints, some sites might be skipped.

SUNDAY – JULY 12
9:30 am – 12 pm • Talks & Discussions TBD

Quantum Mechanics:
B. Coecke: The logic of non-local quantum spacetime
D. Browne: Bell inequalities and computational correlations
H. Barnum: Information processing protocols and primitives and the structure of physical theories
C. Brukner: Theories of systems with limited information content - Quantum theory and beyond
J. Christian: Disproof of Bell’s theorem
M. Tegmark: What do the dimensionless constants tell us?
A. Botero: When is it appropriate to describe a quantum mechanical system using a point in phase space?
J. Tollaksen: A new approach to quantum mechanics
12:15 • Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 • Closing Session