Thursday, March 3, 2016

Helsinki Workshop on Quantum Gravity

From June 1-3, there will be a quantum gravity workshop in Helsinki, a kind of inaugural meeting for the field in Finnland. Mostly young people were invited to give talks, which should give a fresh view on the subject and hopefully result in collaboration across traditional subfield boundaries. I will talk about some recent ideas of connecting loop quantum gravity and string theory by using the gauge / gravity correspondence, with some comments already having appeared here.

On a related note, Sabine Hossenfelder has recently written a very nice article for quanta magazine about the possible connection between these subjects, based on interviews with several researchers in the field. Seeing that more people are becoming interested in this subject is certainly a great encouragement in further pursuing this direction.

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