5th Valencia Winter Workshop - Dec. 13-15, 2021

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Though still struggling with the COVID-19 nightmare, we are back and ready to face a new edition of the Valencia Winter Workshop on Theoretical Physics. This time this event will take place at the Seminar Room of the Department of Theoretical Physics of the University of Valencia and, at the same time, it will be broadcasted live from our BigBlueButton meeting room and also via our YouTube channel. On site and online participation is thus very welcome. 

Like in previous editions, this meeting is intended to bring together researchers with common interests on the geometric structure of space-time, quantum properties of gravity, cosmology, and astrophysics who collaborate with the host group via active projects (FunFiCO-777740, i-COOP20462, PROMETEO 2020/079, FIS2017-84440-C2- 1-P,  PID2020-116567GB-C21, …) or have close ties with them. 

Fundamental questions about the foundations of gravitation, the role of quantized fields in curved space-times, cosmological and astrophysical signatures of gravity within and beyond General Relativity, and recent developments on other topics, will be reviewed in a series of invited/contributed talks, and open discussions. 

The idea of the workshop is to encourage everyone, from seniors to less-experienced students and postdocs, to present some results obtained during the year 2021 that they find particularly relevant/interesting/easy to discuss in a relaxed atmosphere, possibly using the pdf of a paper already on arXiv or some scanned handwritten notes of a current work in progress, and addressing a few simple questions: 

  1. What is it about?
  2. Why is it important? (An explanation of what is unique and/or timely about this topic and the difference it might make with respect to previous work). 
  3. Perspectives. 

The contributions are NOT expected to last 60 minutes. Rather 15-25 minute conceptual presentations with minimal calculations (if possible) are encouraged for everyone. The subsequent discussion and questions could extend as much as needed, depending on the audience participation. To be more concrete, for students we expect talks of about 20' (+10' of discussion), and for postdocs/seniors up to 30'(+15' of discussion) at most. All non-essential calculations could be provided to those interested for their individual analysis. The idea is to have talks not too focused on technicalities (if the topic allows, obviously) but have more discussions which could lead to new works/collaborations in 2022 and beyond. 

The workshop programme appears below: Click on each item for more information.  

If you are an online speaker or simply want to participate in the discussions, please join us via BigBlueButton (no need to install anything, just click).


  • Flavio Bombacigno.
  • Florencia A. Teppa Pannia.
  • Gonzalo J. Olmo.  
  • Andreu S. Masó. 
  • Antonio Ferreiro de Aguiar.
  • Sergi Nadal. 
  • Adrià Delhom I Latorre. 
  • Pau Beltrán Palau.

This meeting is organized by the Quantum Black Holes, Supergravity and Cosmology group at the Department of Theoretical Physics & IFIC of the University of Valencia & CSIC, Spain.

Photo of this post by  Pepe Serrador, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

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