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Third ERC (HoloBHC)
Solvay Workshop on "Holography"

Brussels, 22 - 25 May 2018 (ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room)

The workshop will start on 22 May at 9:00 a.m. and finish on 25 May at 12:30 p.m.

The holographic principle, which postulates dualities between quantum gravity and gauge theories without gravity, has led to tremedous advances over the past years in our understanding of gravity, gauge theories and string theory. This workshop aims at gathering the community working on the topic of holography in relationship to black holes, lower dimensional models, entanglement and top-down string models. Short talks from the local Belgian holography community will take place in addition to the plenary talks of international speakers in order to encourage mutual interactions and transfer of knowledge.


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

"Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics".

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



Dionysios Anninos (UvA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Tatsuo Azeyanagi (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Marco Baggio (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Netta Engelhardt (Princeton U., USA)
Fridrik Gautason (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Monica Guica (IPhT, Saclay, France)

Michael Gutperle (UCLA, Los Angeles, USA)
Diego Hofman (UvA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Jiang Long (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

Dario Martelli (King's College London, UK)

Emil Martinec (Chicago U., USA)

Javier Matulich (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

Mark Mezei (Simons Center, Stony Brook, NY, USA)

Joris Raeymaekers (I. of Physics, Prague, CR)
Max Riegler (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

Gabor Sarosi (U. Pennsylvania, USA
& VUB, Brussels, Belgium)
Fidel Schaposnik (ULB, Brussels, Belgium
& IBS, Daejeon, Korea)

Wei Song (Tsinghua U., Beijing, China)
Julian Sonner (Geneva U., Switzerland)

Alberto Zaffaroni (Milan Bicocca U., Italy)

Organising and Scientific Committee

Nikolay Bobev (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Geoffrey Compère (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Stéphane Detournay (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)

Frank Ferrari (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Marc Henneaux (SI & ULB, Brussels, 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 Tuesday 22 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 Wednesday 23 May at 7:00 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 (