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This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Gerard 't Hooft sharing the Nobel Prize in Physics “for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions.” On this occasion, Utrecht University will host an international conference entitled ‘’t Hooft 2019 - From Weak Force to Black Hole Thermodynamics and Beyond’, beginning Thursday July 11 until Saturday July 13.

Event details of ’t Hooft 2019 - From Weak Force to Black Hole Thermodynamics and Beyond
Start date 11 July 2019
End date 13 July 2019
Time 08:30

As Professor Gerard ‘t Hooft relishes lively debates, he was keen on us inviting speakers with perspectives that differ from his own – we expect stimulating discussions!

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)
  • Elena Castellani (Florence)
  • Sebastian De Haro (UvA)
  • Dennis Dieks (Utrecht)
  • Michael Duff (Imperial College)
  • Peter Galison (Harvard)
  • Ted Jacobson (Maryland)
  • Renate Loll (Nijmegen)
  • Klaas Landsman (Nijmegen)
  • Juan Maldacena (IAS)
  • Tim Maudlin (NYU)
  • Laura Mersini-Houghton (UNC)
  • Malcolm Perry (university of Cambridge; tentative)
  • Dean Rickles (Sydney)
  • Carlo Rovelli (Marseille)
  • Andrew Strominger (Harvard)
  • Leonard Susskind (Stanford; participating by video conference)
  • Jos Uffink (Minnesota)
  • Jeroen van Dongen (UvA)
  • Christof Wetterich (Heidelberg)

Regular participants pay 100 euros for a three-day conference which includes a basic lunch and several coffeebreaks on each day; students pay a reduced fee of 50 euros. Because of a generous grant by the Delta ITP, students pay a reduced conference-fee of 25 euros. Members of the Netherlands' Physical Society (NNV) and/or Delta ITP pay a conference-fee of 50 euros.


Organising committee

Guido Bacciagaluppi, Utrecht 

Fedde Benedictus, Utrecht / Amsterdam 

Sebastian De Haro, Amsterdam / Cambridge 

F.A. Muller, Rotterdam / Utrecht 

Damon Moley, Utrecht 

L.T.G. Theunissen, Utrecht 

David Baneke, Utrecht 

Contact information

The organisation is done together with the Netherlands’ Physical Society, the NNV.