International Solvay Institutes

Amsterdam-Brussels-Geneva-Paris Doctoral School

The aim of the Amsterdam-Brussels-Geneva-Paris Doctoral School on “Quantum Field Theory, Strings and Gravity” is to provide first-year PhD students with advanced courses in theoretical physics that help bridge the gap between Master-level courses and the most recent advances in the field. Responsible for the organization as well as for teaching the courses are the ULB, the VUB, the University of Amsterdam, various institutions in Paris led by Ecole Normale Supérieure, and various institutions in Switzerland led by the Swiss network "SwissMap" (ETH, U. Bern, U. Geneva, CERN).


The program typically starts at the end of September/beginning of October and consists of three times three weeks of lectures in three cities among Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva (CERN) and Paris (depending on the year), with a one-week break between the segments. This way, the students are exposed to several institutes, each with their own research and teaching culture, and to professors from the various institutes. Last but not least, they get to meet fellow students from neighboring institutes and countries, who will be their peers and colleagues throughout (and possibly beyond) their PhD studies.

Participating institutions

The School is partly supported by the International Solvay Institutes. Students from institutions other than the participating ones are also encouraged to apply, but the number of available places is rather limited since the aim is to keep the total number of students at a reasonable classroom level.

2017 Doctoral School

REGISTRATION:

If you wish to register, please download and complete the application form below and send it
to Isabelle Van Geet at isabelle.vangeet@solvayinstitutes.be before July 31, 2017.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM 'DOCTORAL SCHOOL 2017' HERE.

 

ACCOMMODATION IN BRUSSELS:

There is a wide range of housing possibilities, from youth hostels to hotels and apartment:

Bed & Brussels

Booking.com

Meininger Hotel

2 G O 4 Hostel

Airbnb Brussels

 

If required, we can assist you in getting a bed (in shared multi-bedrooms) at the Meininger Hotel.

If you wish to make a booking, please contact Isabelle Van Geet before 30 June 2017.

 

*Course details and schedules will be available soon.

Brussels (2 - 20 Oct)

 

 

Paris (6 - 24 Nov)

 

Amsterdam (4 - 22 Dec)

 

 

Previous Doctoral Schools

2016 Doctoral School

Brussels (3 - 21 Oct)

String Theory I by Alberto Lerda

String Theory II by Marco Billò

Advanced Quantum Field Theory by Adel Bilal

General Relativity and Black Holes by Glenn Barnich

Quantum Hall physics and field-theoretic dualities by Dam Thanh Son (2016 Solvay Chair in Physics)


*Please click here to see Adel Bilal's lecture notes to print and take with you to the class.

Click here to see the schedule

 

Amsterdam (31 Oct - 18 Nov)

String Theory II by Elias Kiritsis
Supergravity by Antoine van Proeyen
Susy QFT / CFT by Nikolay Bobev
Quantum Fields in Curved Space-Time by Guilherme Pimentel

Introduction to AdS/CFT by Kyriakos Papadodimas

Click here to see the schedule

Geneva (28 Nov - 16 Dec)

4d N=2 susy QFT by Wolfgang Lerche
Lie algebras by Matthias Gaberdiel
Large N by Marcos Marino
Foundations of AdS/CFT by Ben Hoare
Applied AdS/CFT by Julian Sonner

 

Click here to see the schedule

 

2015 Doctoral School

Paris (5 - 23 Oct)

Quantum Field Theory by Adel Bilal
General Relativity by Luc Blanchet
2d Conformal Field Theory
Supersymmetry

Amsterdam (2 - 20 Nov)

Introduction to Supergravity by Antoine van Proeyen
Introduction to String Theory by Marco Billo & Alberto Lerda
Supersymmetric Gauge and Conformal Field Theories by Nikolay Bobev
Black Holes and Quantum Gravity by Bartek Czech
Cosmology

Geneva (30 Nov- 18 Dec)

String theory II by Boris Pioline and Julian Sonner
AdS/CFT by Kyriakos Papadodimas
Topological Strings by Hans Jockers
Instantons & large N by Marcos Marino
Lie algebras for physicists by Axel Kleinschmidt

 

2014 Doctoral School

Brussels (13 - 31 Oct)

Advanced Quantum Field Theory by Adel Bilal

General Relativity, Cosmology and Black Holes by Glenn Barnich

String Theory I by Alberto Lerda

String Theory II by Marco Billò

Physics of the Early Universe by Viatcheslav Mukhanov (2014 Solvay Chair in Physics)

*Please click here to see Adel Bilal's lecture notes

Click here to see the schedule

 

Paris (3 - 21 Nov)

Introduction to Supersymmetry by

Ullrich Ellwanger (7 lectures)

Introduction to Supergravity by

Antoine van Proeyen (8 lectures)

Introduction to Superstrings and D-branes by

Pierre Vanhove and Costas Bachas (8 lectures)

N=2 supersymmetric gauge theories by

Amir Kashani-Poor (5 lectures)

Geneva (1 - 19 Dec)

Intergrability in QFT and AdS/CFT by Niklas Beisert

QFT in curved space by Matthias Blau

2d CFT by Matthias Gaberdiel

Large N and instantons in QFT by Marcos Marino

Introduction to AdS/CFT by Kyriakos Papadodimas