The workshop will bring together theoretical physicists working on different approaches to
quantum gravity (with an interest in early universe cosmology) and cosmologists studying
fundamental aspects of cosmological models (and interested in quantum gravity effects in
the early universe).
More precisely, the focus of the workshop will be the notion of space-time as an emergent
entity in quantum gravity and its implementation and consequences for the early universe.
Other topics we would like to discuss at the workshop are:
– the pictures that different quantum gravity approaches offer of the early universe and of
what replaces cosmological singularities in the quantum theory, and their phenomenological
– different cosmological models of the early universe and of structure formation, and their
relation to fundamental quantum gravity theories.
Participation is upon invitation only, and the number of participants will be limited to about
25 people (excluding local participants). The schedule will consist of a number of regular
talks (of about 40 minutes each) as well as plenty of discussion sessions, to stimulate
interactions among the participants. Open exchanges and debate among contrasting points
of view, a deeper understanding of the issues involved, and, possibly, new insights into the
role of quantum gravity in the early universe, are our principal goals for the meeting.
- Jean-Luc Lehners
- Hermann Nicolai
- Daniele Oriti
- Edward Wilson-Ewing
- Albert Einstein Institute / Max Planck Society
- John Templeton Foundation