York 20-21 September 2018

List of speakers

Erik Curiel (University of Munich)
Lawrence Ford (Tufts University)
Stefan Hollands (Leipzig University)
Jorma Louko (University of Nottingham) 
Ken Olum (Tufts University)
Nicola Pinamonti (University of Genoa)
Ko Sanders (Dublin City University)
Robert Wald (University of Chicago)
Aron Wall (Stanford University)
Elizabeth Winstanley (University of Sheffield)


Christopher Fewster (University of York)
Eleni-Alexandra Kontou (University of York)

Funded by Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship grant 744037



Classical energy conditions were introduced as a means of codifying generic properties of matter in general relativity. They play key roles in the singularity theorems of Hawking and Penrose and in many other results of mathematical relativity. However, not all models of classical matter obey the pointwise energy conditions, and quantum fields cannot obey any of them. This workshop will address two main themes, bringing together experts in both areas: (a) the use of weakened energy conditions in classical relativity, (b) the Quantum Energy Inequalities that can be proved for various quantum field theory models, and their consequences. In addition, related topics in mathematical relativity and quantum field theory will be discussed.

This workshop also falls in the 40th anniversary year of the first paper on energy inequalities in quantum field theory. [LH Ford, Proc.Roy.Soc.Lond. A364 (1978) 227-236]