This workshop aims to bring together experts in various fields who are interested in quantum gravity using various approaches, and look for new directions of research.  The keywords include quantum gravity, holography, and numerical simulation.

3 April 2017 - 7 April 2017

Panasonic Auditorium, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics 

Invited Speakers Include:
Tatsuo Azeyanagi (Université libre de Bruxelles)
David Berenstein (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Adam Brown (Stanford University)*
Pavel Buividovich (University of Regensburg)
Ippei Danshita (Kyoto University)
Jan de Boer (University of Amsterdam)
Valentina Forini (Humboldt University, Berlin)
Koji Hashimoto (Osaka University)
Michal Heller (Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam)
Shinji Hirano (University of the Witwatersrand)
Raghav Govind Jha (Syracuse University)
Dan Kabat (Lehman College, CUNY)
Shota Komatsu (Perimeter Institute)
Dieter Luest (MPI/LMU, Munich) 
Yuji Okawa (University of Tokyo)
Hirosi Ooguri (Caltech/IPMU)
Kyriakos Papadodimas (CERN)
Joao Penedones (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)
Enrico Rinaldi (Brookhaven/RIKEN)
Dan Roberts (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)*
Paul Romatschke (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Andreas Schaefer (University of Regensburg)
Masaki Shigemori (Queen Mary University of London/Kyoto University)
Herman Verlinde (Princeton University)
Nico Wintergerst (Stockholm University)
Toby Wiseman (Imperial College)

*: to be confirmed
Please use this format. In addition to invited talks, we might be able to prepare several slots for short talks (20 - 30 minutes) and a poster session. The registration deadline is February 28, 17:00 JST. If you just want to hear the talks, registration is not mandatory. However, in case the auditorium becomes full, please give seats to registered participants.  

Hotel accommodations can be found at the homepage of Yukawa Institute (here) or other commercial websites, including Airbnb. We recommend participants to reserve accommodations well in advance, as soon as the registration is confirmed, because in early April Kyoto is flooded with tourists coming for cherry blossoms. Note that Osaka is within commuting distance, by Keihan and Hankyu railways. Otsu is another possible option. 

Financial Support
We may or may not be able to support local expenses and transportation cost in Japan. In case you request financial support, please register by the end of January. Please note that there is no guarantee, because the budget is tight. Please note also that the support can be payed only after the arrival at YITP. [Closed on Feb 1]

We plan to have an Ohanami Party (Flower Viewing Party; wikipedia) at Kamo River, if the number of participants is not too big. The details (cost etc) will be announced later.

Public Lectures
We organize public lectures by Hirosi Ooguri, Koji Hashimoto and Jun Nishimura on 8 April 2017. All lectures will be delivered in Japanese. 

Adam Brown (Stanford), Valentina Forini (Humboldt U., Berlin), Guy Gur-Ari (Stanford), Masanori Hanada (YITP/Hakubi Center), Yasuaki Hikida (YITP), Goro Ishiki (Tsukuba), Jun Nishimura (KEK), Masaki Shigemori (QMUL/YITP), Tadashi Takayanagi (YITP)

Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University
The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University
This workshop is also supported as a priority issue (Elucidation of the fundamental laws and evolution of the universe) to be tackled by using Post 'K' Computer.

Cherry Blossoms
In Kyoto, average first bloom is on March 28, average full bloom is on April 5. This web pagemay be useful.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact Masanori Hanada (hanada_at_yukawa.kyoto-u.ac.jp).