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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 (U. of Waterloo/Perimeter Institute,
Waterloo, Canada)

Vijay Balasubramanian (U. of Pennsylvania, USA)

William Cottrell (Stanford U, California, USA)

Claudia De Rham (Imperial College, London, UK)

Gia Dvali (LMU, Munich, Germany & NYU, USA)

François Englert (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

Willy Fischler (UT, Texas, USA)

Arthur Hebecker (U. of Heidelberg, Germany)

Luis Ibanez (U. Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

Kyriakos Papadodimas (CERN, Geneva, Switzerland)

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

Organising and Scientific Committee

Niayesh Afshordi (U. of Waterloo/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

We have reached the maximum capacity of the conference room and can no longer accept new participants.


Name badges and WIFI codes will be distributed on site on Monday 14 May from 9:00 a.m.

Poster presentations

Attendees will have the opportunity to present a poster during the workshop.

A title and a short abstract (maximum 500 words including references) of the proposed contribution
should be sent in a Word document format using the template below to Isabelle Van Geet by
email at, before 27 April 2018.

Word template: abstract.doc

Size of poster board: 114cm x114cm (suitable for A0 and A1 portrait poster)


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 Wednesday 16 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.

Coffee Breaks and Lunches

Coffee breaks will be provided twice a day.

Attendees will have to arrange and pay for their own lunches.

There is a canteen on the Campus, alternatively you can find many restaurants and cafés at the Cimetière d’Ixelles.

Click HERE for a map.

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 (