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Joint ERC (HoloQosmos)
Solvay-Perimeter-APC Workshop on
"Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics"

Brussels, 14 - 16 May 2018 (ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room)

The workshop is part of a series organized jointly by the International Solvay Institutes, Laboratoire APC (University Paris VII, France) and the Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Canada). The series aims to discuss, in an informal setting, recent developments at the interface of cosmology and fundamental physics. The previous edition was held by the Perimeter Institute in June 2016.

NB: Two other workshops on closely related topics are organized by the Solvay Institutes in the continuous week, please see the links below:

"Infrared Physics: Asymptotic & BMS symmetry, soft theorems, memory, information paradox
and all that".






Niayesh  Afshordi (Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada)

Vijay Balasubramanian (U. of Pennsylvania, USA)

Claudia De Rham (Imperial College, London, UK)

Gia Dvali (Ludwig Maximilians U., Munich, Germany)

François Englert (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

Willy Fischler (UT, Texas, USA)

Stephen Hawking* (Cambridge U., UK)

Arthur Hebecker (U. of Heidelberg, Germany)

Luis Ibanez (U. Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

Kyriakos Papadodimas (CERN, Geneva, Switzerland)

Gui Pimentel (UvA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Alexander Polyakov* (Princeton U., USA)
Tom Rudelius (IAS, Princeton, USA)
Jorge Santos (Cambridge U., UK)
Gary Shiu (U. of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)
Cumrun Vafa* (Harvard U., USA)
Erik Verlinde (UvA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Richard Woodard (U. of Florida, USA)

Organising and Scientific Committee

Niayesh Afshordi (Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada)
Riccardo Argurio (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Ben Craps (VUB, Brussels, Belgium)
Marc Henneaux (SI &ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Thomas Hertog (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Elias Kiritsis (APC, Paris, France)
Thomas Van Riet (KU Leuven, Belgium)



Practical information for attendees

Fee and registration

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required (limited space).
To register, please click on ‘Click HERE to register’ at the top right of the webpage.
May 7, 2018 is the deadline for registration.


Name badges and WIFI codes will be distributed on site on Monday 14 May from 8:45 a.m.


The workshop will be held at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) - Campus Plaine - Bld de la Plaine - 1050 Brussels
(Building N.O. - 5th Floor - Solvay Room). Click HERE for the map of the Campus.


A banquet will be held on Tuesday 15 May at 7:30 p.m.
For those who wish to attend, there will be a 50 Euro banquet fee to be paid cash on the first day of the workshop.

Please send an email to Isabelle Van Geet ( if you wish to attend.

Getting here

Metro line 5 (direction "Hermann Debroux") - Station "Delta". Delta is the metro station on the campus.
Click HERE for the map of the metro.

For more information about public transport in Brussels go to the STIB's website.

If you come by car, please click HERE for directions.

Travel and accommodation

Attendees will have to arrange and pay for their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs.

Please see below links that might help you find accommodation in Brussels.


Brussels City Center:

Hôtel Atlas - Sleep Well - Bed & Brussels - - Hotel Saint-Nicolas

Hotel Queen Anne - Hotel Bloom - Max Hotel - Metropole Hotel - Plaza Hotel


Hotels close to the venue:

U-Residence: 1.6 km (20 minutes walk - tram number 7: 12 minutes)

Hotel Brussels: 1.5 km (18 minutes walk - tram number 94: 14 minutes)

Hotel Barsey by Warwick: 1.2 km (15 minutes walk - tram number 94: 11 minutes)

Hotel Ibis Styles Hotel Brussels Louise: 1.9 km ( 23 minutes walk - tram number 94: 16 minutes)

Hotel Capital: 1.5 km (19 minutes walk - tram number 94: 16 minutes)



***For any enquiries, please contact Isabelle Van Geet (