SCSC09, London, October 1st and 2nd

This is the second edition of what is meant to be an annual meeting between young researchers (both PhD students and postdocs) working in the fields of String theory, Cosmology and more generally high-energy theoretical physics.

The aims are to:

  • Bring together graduate students from British and French universities working in the area of string theory, string-inspired gravity and cosmology,
  • Encourage future collaborations and discussion,
  • Hold a series of review talks on current issues in string theory and theoretical cosmology,
  • Give graduate students an opportunity to prepare and deliver a pedagogical 30 minute review talk on research level topics.
Link to previous editions: SCSC08 (Institut Henri Poincare, Paris)

This year edition will be held at Imperial College, South Kensington, London on Thursday 1st of October in the afternoon and on Friday 2nd of October the whole day.

Practical details

  • Lunch will be at the participants' expense and possible at the local cantine or any of the numerous cafes and pubs in the area
  • Coffee breaks will be provided by the organizers.
  • The conference will be occurring in Lecture theatre 2 in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College.
    • Directions to the South Kensington campus can be found here. A map of the campus is here.
    • Lecture theatre 2 is in the basement
  • Please arrive at lecture theatre at 14:00 on the Thursday. 
  • Transport for London with maps and tube times is available here
  • There will be a 2.5 hour gap in between lectures finishing and dinner commencing for those that have not yet signed into their hostels. 
  • For those attending the dinner please bring either £16 or  £19 in cash depending on if you want 2 or 3 courses for dinner. A receipt will be issued for those who need it. 

Social events

  • On the Thursday night everyone is invited to the Queen's Arms at 18:30
  • A conference dinner will be scheduled on Thursday night at 20:30, at the Prince Regent (again at the participants' expense). Registration for the conference dinner can be made electronically at with the e-mail's object stating [Conference dinner]. You can either meet us there or those of us who are at the pub will walk together from there.
  • Below is a google map with the location of the pub, the dinner and the physics department

  • View SCSC09 Map in a larger map

Reimbursement details

The FRIF covers accommodation expenses and meals. The Ambassade de France covers the travel. There are different procedures for each.
  • For the FRIF: please send to Isabelle Nicolai, (or by postal mail) the FRIF secretary, copies of the train tickets or pdf files of the electronic tickets as well as restaurant and hotel receipts and banking details (RIB). 
  • For the Ambassade de France: please fill out the form provided by the organisers at the conference with banking details (RIB) and either send electronic tickets to conference address (with subject line "Train tickets") or original tickets to William Rubens at the theory group. For bank transfers we will need international bank details eg IBAN


Registration is done electronically at the following address: and there is no registration fee. The e-mail's object should contain the string [Registration] so as to facilitate treatment of data by the organizers. If you would like to speak or to attend the dinner you need to register by September 15th. Also, there are only 40 places available and are distributed on a first come first serve basis. So the sooner you register, the better.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is done electronically at the following address: The e-mail's object should contain the string [Abstract] so as to facilitate treatment of data by the organizers. Abstract submission deadline is fixed at September 15th

Funding and Accommodation

Limited funding is available and will be directed in priority to travel expenses of French PhD students participants, then to non-Londonian UK participants. Participants should make their own travel arrangements and Expense claim forms will be handed out at the conference. Travel expenses will be covered up to 150 euros per person, including a one night-stay at a nearby hostel. If funds are still available, funding of UK participants who come from outside London will be attributed on a first come first serve basis. Funding has been made possible by the French Embassy and FRIF in France.

Possible Hostels:

- Halpin House Hostel Hostels Tel: 020 7373 4180| 96-98, Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5AB

- Meininger Hostel Hostels Tel: 020 7590 6900| Baden-Powell House, Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5JS

- London Hostels Association Ltd Hostels Tel: 020 7373 5701| Belvedere, 6, Grenville Place, London, SW7 4RT

- London Hostels Association Ltd Hostels Tel: 020 7373 5151| Regina Hostel, 110, Gloucester Rd, London, SW7 4RJ

- Acacia Hotel Hostels Tel: 020 7823 7103| 14, Queensbury Place, London, SW7 2EA

- More House Hostel Hostels Tel: 020 7584 2040| 53, Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London, SW7 2EH

Sponsors and Acknowledgments

The Organising Committee kindly thanks the FRIF, the French Embassy in London, IOP and Imperial College, London for their support.

Organizing Committee

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