This meeting aims to explore frontier issues in cosmology, especially the connections with black hole and gravitational wave physics, as well as the theoretical challenges of combining gravity and quantum theory in order to gain an understanding of the big bang. Topics of interest include:

  • the big bang and its possible classical or quantum resolutions
  • black holes and the start of gravitational wave astronomy
  • quantum black holes and the information paradox
  • conformal symmetry in the early universe
  • quantum correlations in the primordial fluctuations of the universe
  • holographic approaches to gravity and cosmology
  • quantum cosmology

Every participant will be asked to provide a 40 minute talk, and there will be ample time for discussions. The meeting is kept intentionally small, allowing for focussed discussions and productive exchanges between the participants.

The meeting is organised by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) and will take place from Wednesday February 15th until Saturday February 18th 2017 at Ringberg Castle in the Bavarian Alps.


  • Jean-Luc Lehners
  • Hermann Nicolai