### Quantum Theory and Gravitation in Zurich

#### Posted by John Baez

There’s a conference on quantum gravity in Zurich this summer:

- Quantum Theory and Gravitation, ETH Zurich, June 14–24, 2011. Local organizers: Jürg Fröhlich and Matthias Gaberdiel. Scientific advisory board: John Barrett, Harald Grosse, Hermann Nicolai, Roger Picken and Carlo Rovelli.

Speakers include:

- Jan Ambjørn (Copenhagen)*
- Joakim Arnlind (AEI Potsdam)
- Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State)
- Costas Bachas (ENS Paris)
- John Baez (CQT / Riverside)
- John Barrett (Nottingham)
- Niklas Beisert (AEI Potsdam)
- Matthias Blau (Bern)
- Ali Chamseddine (Beirut)
- Alain Connes (College de France, Paris)
- Ben Craps (Bruxelles)
- Axel de Goursac (Louvain)
- Lance Dixon (SLAC)
- Henriette Elvang (Michigan)
- Klaus Fredenhagen (Hamburg)
- Laurent Freidel (Perimeter)
- Stefan Hollands (Cardiff)
- Jens Hoppe (Stockholm)
- Ted Jacobson (Maryland)
- Jerzy Jurkiewicz (Krakow)
- Gandalf Lechner (Vienna)
- Jerzy Lewandowski (Warsaw)
- Renate Loll (Utrecht)*
- Roberto Longo (Rome)
- Viatcheslav Mukhanov (Munich)
- Hermann Nicolai (AEI Potsdam)
- Martin Reuter (Mainz)
- Carlo Rovelli (Marseille)
- Misha Shaposhnikov (EPF Lausanne)
- Raimar Wulkenhaar (MÃ¼nster)

(* to be confirmed)

There will also be 2 or 3 further speakers on string theory, and further lectures by other participants.

I’ll give a talk on higher gauge theory, division algebras and superstrings. I’m looking forward to seeing many old colleagues and friends. Besides the people listed above, these include Harald Grosse, Roger Picken and my former students Jeffrey Morton (now working with Picken in Lisbon) and Derek Wise (now working in Erlangen).

After this conference I’ll go to Erlangen and talk to Derek until June 30th while my wife Lisa attends the annual meeting of a consortium on ‘Fate, Freedom and Prognostication: Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe’.

Then, fate willing, we’ll go back to Singapore. This is my big visit to the western world this year. So, if you’re anywhere near Zurich or Erlangen and you want to say hi, drop me a line.

## Re: Quantum Theory and Gravitation in Zurich

Will there be any talks or discussions that are open to a more general public?