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Zeeya Merali: on 8/19/19 at 14:50pm UTC, wrote The workshop “Redefining the foundations of physics in the quantum...

Zeeya Merali: on 8/19/19 at 14:42pm UTC, wrote QLDI Summer School in Verona (Italy) - Call for Applications Quantum...

Zeeya Merali: on 8/19/19 at 14:03pm UTC, wrote First CFA: Alternative Approaches to Scientific Realism Munich Center for...

Zeeya Merali: on 6/21/19 at 16:21pm UTC, wrote We invite you to participate and submit a contributed talk to the two-day...

Zeeya Merali: on 6/18/19 at 18:12pm UTC, wrote We are happy to announce that the 5th International Conference for Young...


Zeeya Merali: on 4/18/19 at 16:07pm UTC, wrote Registration and applications for student support for Quantum Physics and...

Zeeya Merali: on 3/11/19 at 13:52pm UTC, wrote The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to March 15. The ...

October 22, 2019

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TOPIC: Upcoming Conferences and Meetings [refresh]
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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Aug. 19, 2019 @ 14:50 GMT
The workshop “Redefining the foundations of physics in the quantum technology era” will run from 16 to 19 September at the ICTP, Trieste.

Leading experts in quantum mechanics as well as junior researchers will explore the state of the art – both theoretically and experimentally – of our understanding of quantum theory and discuss the new directions of research. A special Q&A session will give the opportunity to discuss with a Nature Editor. The workshop is organized within the frameworks of the EU FETOPEN project TEQ (

The website ( contains all relevant information as well as the program.

Registration is still open.

For further questions, you are welcome write to:

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Aug. 19, 2019 @ 14:42 GMT
QLDI Summer School in Verona (Italy) - Call for Applications

Quantum computing is the design of hardware and software that replaces Boolean logic by quantum laws. Quantum devices are still under development as are quantum languages, whose incremental evolution follows the progress in the construction of the hardware on which they are supposed to be implemented.

Starting with D-Wave Systems, the first quantum computing company founded in 1999, a number of companies, such as IBM, Google, Microsoft, Rigetti, Zapata and Xanadu are striving to build scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computers and design software architectures for programming quantum algorithms on them.

The common endeavour is to demonstrate quantum systems’ capabilities that are beyond today’s classical systems.

The Summer School on Quantum Programming Languages Design and Implementation is aimed at giving the students an as thorough as possible view of the state-of-the-art research on Quantum Programming Languages at the different levels of programming: from assembly languages to higher level and universal languages that can run on all quantum devices.

Both theoretical and implementation aspects will be addressed; in particular, we will offer laboratory sessions in which the students will be able to experience quantum programming and implement quantum algorithms using Qiskit library (

The deadline for application is September 1, 2019.

Information at the school website:

Please be advised that Verona is a busy city and it might be difficult to find an accommodation if not booked well in advance.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Aug. 19, 2019 @ 14:03 GMT
First CFA: Alternative Approaches to Scientific Realism

Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

April 16-17, 2020


There has been a recent move in philosophy of science towards views that in some sense reject the strict dichotomy between realism and anti-realism, or otherwise situate themselves between these two extremes. These include varieties of structuralism, perspectivalism, and pluralism/relativism, and have been applied across various scientific domains, including physics, mathematics, biology, cognitive science, and computer science. It seems plausible that each of these views might share some motivations and have in mind a similar target, i.e. the idea that there is an attitude we could hold towards our scientific theories that is somehow ‘less’ demanding than full-blown realism, and yet somehow ‘more’ rigorous than full-blown anti-realism. This conference will bring together representatives of each of these viewpoints, in order to compare the respective progress made by each approach, and to develop a shared foundation for the future development of alternatives to traditional scientific realism and anti-realism.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

James Ladyman, University of Bristol

Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh

Martin Kusch, University of Vienna

Call for Abstracts (deadline 15 December 2019)

Up to three additional speaking slots are reserved for early career researchers, to be filled on a competitive basis. We welcome submission of 500 word abstracts on any topic related to the themes of the conference. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

What is the common ground between structuralist, perspectivalist, pluralist, and relativist approaches to scientific theory and practice?

What are the major differences between these approaches?

How might insights from each approach be applied to problems faced by the others?

Should we take a different approach (qua realism) to scientific theorising in distinct fields or domains?

Could one (or more) of these approaches be collapsed into a single shared approach?

Are these approaches all ‘stable’, or do they risk collapsing into either full-blown realism or anti-realism?

Are these approaches merely provisional, until we reach a ‘completed’ science, or should we adopt an ‘in-principle’ structuralist, perspectivalist, or relativist approach towards science?

We hope to be able to cover all travel and accommodation expenses for accepted speakers, conditional on available funding. Abstracts should be suitably blinded, and submitted to The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2019. Questions should be directed to Joe Dewhurst.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Jun. 21, 2019 @ 16:21 GMT
We invite you to participate and submit a contributed talk to the two-day symposium “History for Physics: Quantum Foundations”, to be held on September 23-24, 2019 at the Faculty for Physics of the University of Vienna (Austria). Jointly organized by the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Vienna (IQOQI-Vienna) and the Max Planck Research Group “Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program” at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin, this symposium aims at demonstrating the importance of the history of physics within current research in physics itself. Researchers and students in physics who are not, or not yet, engaged in the history of physics are therefore particularly welcomed to join.

The core format of this symposium will be that of tandem talks. Each tandem will pair two presentations, one given by a physicist on a current research topic, the other given by an historian of physics providing the historical context to that topic.

We are delighted to announce the following two confirmed invited tandems:

David Kaiser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Christopher Fuchs (University of Massachusetts Boston)

Olival Freire Jr. (Federal University of Bahia) and Daniel Greenberger (City College of New York)

We furthermore call for contributed talks. We welcome talks which are either

single history talks on quantum foundations

physics/history-tandems on quantum foundations

presentations of historically relevant papers in quantum foundations

In case you are interested in participating in tandem, but do not have a tandem-partner, please contact the organizers, who will then try to match tandems together. We also highly welcome history talks by non-historians.

If you wish to contribute in one of those ways, please send an abstract of your proposed talk, no longer than half an A4 page, to The deadline for applications is 30.07.2019.

Additionally, we will schedule a panel discussion on the relevance of the history of physics for research and education and its current realization within academic structures. Panelists will be announced soon.

"History for Physics: Quantum Foundations" is the first of so far two scheduled events of this kind. The second, on quantum gravity, is going to be held on November 28-29, 2019 at the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) in Potsdam-Golm (Germany), where Alexander Blum (MPIWG) & Hermann Nicolai (AEI) and Thiago Hartz (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) & Claus Kiefer (University of Cologne) are confirmed tandem-speakers.

Both symposia are free of charge and open to all. If you wish to attend without contributing a talk, we kindly ask for registration by sending an e-mail to

For further information please check the event-website,, or write to the organizers at the mentioned e-mail address.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to everybody who could be interested in attending.

With kind regards,

Bernadette Lessel (MPIWG)

Flavio Del Santo (IQOQI-Vienna)

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Jun. 18, 2019 @ 18:12 GMT
We are happy to announce that the 5th International Conference for Young Quantum Information Scientists (YQIS) is now open for submissions!

This year's YQIS is held in Sopot, Poland between 25-57 September, and is organised by the University of Gdansk and the National Quantum Information Centre (KCIK). The aim of the conference series is to bring together early stage researchers from a broad range of quantum information sciences. Apart from the oral and poster presentations of the participants and the invited speakers, the conference provides the opportunity for scientific and informal discussions in a relaxed environment. We address the following topics (in no specific order of preference):

- quantum foundations

- quantum communication and cryptography

- technologies for quantum information processing

- quantum thermodynamics and open systems

- quantum simulation and computation

- quantum correlations and networks

Our invited speakers are:

- Antonio Acín (ICFO, Barcelona)

- Časlav Brukner (IQOQI, Vienna)

- Nilanjana Datta (University of Cambridge)

- Ana Belén Sainz (ICTQT, Gdansk)

- Stephen Patrick Walborn (IF/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro)

For more information, see the website:

The submission page can be reached at:

For any questions regarding the conference and the submission, please contact the organisers at

Kind regards,

Local organisers:

Anubhav Chaturvedi

Máté Farkas (chair)

Paweł Mazurek

Nikolai Miklin

Marcin Pawłowski

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Jun. 11, 2019 @ 16:01 GMT


Passo del Tonale - Italy

9 - 13 December 2019

*The school is aimed mainly at PhD/postdocs in Cosmology but a few

places for master students may be available, based on availability. It

will cover both theoretical and observational aspects of modern


*The lecture series will be delivered by

Marco Drewes (UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve)

Neutrino Cosmology

Massimo Pietroni (INFN, Padua)

Non-Linear Pertubation Theory

Vanina Ruhlmann-Kleider, (CEA, Saclay)

Testing Dark Energy with observations

Mathieu Remazeilles, (JBCA, Manchester)

CMB polarization and spectral distortions

*Registration is now OPEN: the deadline is 1st October 2019. To

register, please visit our website:

Given the large number of applications we strongly suggest to register

as soon as possible. Note that we will accept a maximum of 40

participants. A limited amount of financial help to attend the School is


Please send emails to for any

further questions.

Follow us on our Facebook page and on Twitter @tonalecosmology.

*Please check the homepage of the school for more information:

See you in Tonale!

Best regards,

The Organizing Committee:

Luca Amendola, Santiago Casas, Mel Irfan, Matteo Maturi, Cornelius

Rampf, Javier Rubio, Eleonora Villa.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Apr. 18, 2019 @ 16:07 GMT
Registration and applications for student support for Quantum Physics

and Logic (QPL 2019) are now open. Go to to register.

Early bird registration fee (before May 17) is $100 and $50 for

students. Late registration fee (after May 17) is $125 and $75 for


Information about accommodation and the conference banquet will be made

available soon. Make sure you register early to get all the updates.

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Mar. 4, 2019 @ 18:05 GMT

School and Conference on

Modern Mathematical Physics

to be held 9--14 September 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. The MPHYS10 meeting is the

latest in a long list of biannual conferences on mathematical physics organized

by the Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, since 2001. The conference

covers a wide range of topics, mainly oriented towards recent developments in

cosmology, classical and quantum gravity, quantum field theory, string theory,

and related research areas of theoretical high energy and mathematical physics.

The list of topics includes:

* Modern Cosmological Models

* General Relativity and Modified Gravity

* Accelerating Universe and Dark Energy

* Modern Approaches to Quantum Gravity

* Foundations of Quantum Theory and Quantum Gravity

* Conformal and String Field Theory

* Lie Theory and Symmetries in Physics

* Strings, Branes and String/M-Theory

* Noncommutative Quantum Models

* Nonperturbative Approaches

* Exact Integrable Models

* Mathematical Methods

Given that this is the 10th conference in a row, this year we are celebrating a

jubilee. Some of our distighuished invited speakers include:

Alexei Starobinsky (Moscow, Russia)

Viatcheslav Mukhanov (Munich, Germany)

Ignatios Antoniadis (Paris, France)

Sergei Odintsov (Barcelona, Spain)

Irina Arefeva (Moscow, Russia)

Paul Sorba (Annecy, France)

Loriano Bonora (Trieste, Italy)

Igor Volovich (Moscow, Russia)

Martin Cederwall (Goteborg, Sweden)

Djordje Minic (Blacksburg, USA)

and many others --- please see the full list of participants on our website,

where you can also find other detailed information about the MPHYS10 meeting,

as well as all previous meetings of the MPHYS series.

The registration for the meeting is open until July 1st 2019, and we wish to

invite everyone to join us and contribute to the meeting.


Marko Vojinovic

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Feb. 18, 2019 @ 13:46 GMT
Dear all,

We are pleased to announce the COSMO'19 conference, to be held at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, from Monday 2nd of September, 9am, to Friday 6th of September, 1pm. As in previous editions, the conference will address hot topics in cosmology and astroparticle physics. There will be plenary sessions every morning, parallel sessions every afternoon, and two poster sessions in the evenings. It will be a family-friendly conference, we have set up a childcare service during lecturing times. Our list of confirmed plenary speakers includes Yacine Ali-Haïmoud, Iason Baldes, Erminia Calabrese, Emanuele Castorina, Chihway Chang, David Curtin, Valerie Domcke, Lavinia Heisenberg, Yonit Hochberg, Will Kinney, Lloyd Knox, Sachiko Kuroyanagi, Mariangela Lisanti, Vivian Poulin, Alkistis Pourtsidou, Pat Scott, Matteo Viel, Walter Winter, Gong-Bo Zhao, Miguel Zumalacarregui. There will be six parallel sessions coordinated by the following conveners:

• Early Universe: Subodh Patil, Lorenzo Sorbo

• Gravitational Waves and Black Holes: Daniel Figueroa, Teruaki Suyama

• Dark Matter and Astroparticle: Marco Cirelli, Francis-Yann Cyr-Racine

• CMB, universe expansion and thermal history: Vera Gluscevic, Antony Lewis

• Large Scale Structure: Dragan Huterer, Elena Sellentin

• Modified Gravity and Dark Energy: Claudia De Rahm, Alessandra Silvestri

Aachen was the former capital of Charlemagne’s empire. It is a cute middle-sized touristic city, with monuments dating back from that time. Accommodation and food are rather cheap, and we have done some block-bookings to be sure that everybody can get a hotel room in due time (details will be circulated later). Aachen is easy to reach by train from several international airports: Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Brussels (one to two hours). There are direct train connections to many major German cities, as well as Brussels (one hour) and Paris (two hours and a half by Thalys).

Please book the date in your agenda. Registration and abstract submission (for 90 parallel talks and 120 posters) will be open over spring, when we will circulate the second bulletin. The exact fees amount will be announced later, and will not exceed those of former editions. We will propose several activities after the main sessions: on Monday, a welcome reception; on Tuesday, a choice between several social and cultural activities (visits, excursions, games); on Wednesday, a banquet, and on Thursday, a public outreach lecture by Eiichiro Komatsu.

More details can be found on our webpage:

We hope to see many of you in Aachen in half a year!

The COSMO19 Local Organising Committee


Christian Fidler, Deanna C. Hooper, Felix Kahlhoefer, Michael Krämer, Julien Lesgourgues (Chair), Philipp Mertsch, Jesus Torrado

The COSMO International Steering Committee


Vernon Barger, Daniel Baumann, John Beacom, Kiwoon Choi, Jonathan Ellis, Kari Enqvist, Evalyn Gates, Ruth Gregory, Francis Halzen, Mark Hindmarsh, Dragan Huterer, Stavros Katsanevas, Jihn Kim, Rocky Kolb, Julien Lesgourgues, Andrei Linde, Carlos Martins, Hans-Peter Nilles, Antonio Riotto, Matts Roos, Leszek Roszkowski (Chair), Goran Senjanovic, Jun'ichi Yokoyama, Hu Zhan

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Jan. 7, 2019 @ 17:14 GMT
We are happy to announce that the 2019 edition of the Strings, Cosmology, and Gravity Student Conference will be held in Munich, Germany. This conference is an opportunity for early career researchers (PhD students and post-docs) to present their work and discuss it with their peers. More information about the conference and registration can be found on

Limited financial support for the speakers is available.

Please pass this information to your interested colleagues.

Best wishes,

Local organizing committee SCGSC 2019

Daniel Klaewer, David Osten and Matthias Traube

International organizing committee

Lars Aalsma, Lilian Chabrol, Marine De Clerck, David Ho, Grégoire Mathys, Antonio Rotundo, Guillaume Valette and Stav Zalel

The conference is organized by students from Max-Planck-Institut für Physik, KU Leuven, Université libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ecole Polytechnique, Université Paris Sud, Sorbonne Universités, University of Amsterdam and Imperial College London

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Jan. 7, 2019 @ 15:20 GMT
We are pleased to announce that the 30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics will take place from Sunday 15th to Friday 20th December 2019 in Portsmouth, UK.

The Texas meetings have covered topics such as black holes, gravitational waves, neutron stars, cosmic rays, dark matter and the early Universe since the first symposium, held in Dallas in 1963. The Symposium will include both invited and contributed talks and posters.

The 2019 meeting will be hosted by the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.

Conference information will be posted on the symposium website, where you can sign up for future announcements.

For any queries please contact the organisers at texas2019[AT]

We look forward to welcoming you to Portsmouth,

Marco Bruni and David Wands

(chairs of the scientific and local organising committees)

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