10-13 January 2023
50 George Square
UTC timezone
A plenary-only interdisciplinary symposium highlighting new approaches to challenges in all areas of theoretical physics.

New Directions in Theoretical Physics is a series of interdisciplinary conferences organised by the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, aiming to generate an exchange of ideas and highlight new approaches to challenges in all areas of theoretical physics. All talks in this meeting are plenary review talks and are intended to reach out to the entire community of theoretical physicists, inspire researchers and generate a valuable discussion across disciplines.

The January 2023 meeting is the fourth meeting in this series, following highly successful meetings in 2019, 2017 and 2014. This meeting will celebrate 10 years to the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and it comprises part of the decennial celebration of the Higgs Centre.

The 2023 meeting will be chaired by Neil Turok, and it will cover a broad range of topics including particle physics, quantum field theory, cosmology and dark matter, general relativity and gravitational waves, stochastic thermodynamics, entanglement, disorder, complexity and chaos in quantum systems, principles of machine learning and physics of living systems.

The conference venue is 50 George Square in the city centre campus of the University of Edinburgh. This time the conference extends over three and a half days, Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th January, consisting of review talks (all talks are 45 minutes) and discussion sessions. The list of speakers is below. In the evening of the first day (Tuesday, 10 Jan) there will be a drinks reception (6:30pm) followed by a public talk -- Higgs Public Lecture -- by ... (starting at 7:30pm). On the Thursday (12 Jan) all participants will be hosted for a conference dinner.


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  • Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton)


  • John Ellis (CERN and Kings College London)


The Higgs Public Lecture 

On the evening of Tuesday the 10th January you are invited to participate in The Higgs Public Lecture, entitled "...," by .... The lecture will be held at...

Prior to the lecture we invite you to a drinks reception.

Conference Dinner

On the evening of Thursday 12th January you are invited to ...
Please advise your attendance at the dinner by checking the correct box on the registration form, there is no extra cost to attend.


For any practical question regarding the confrence, please contact the Higgs Centre secretary Ines Foidl <ines.foidl@ed.ac.uk>

All venue information can be found here in Google maps (external link)

We expect all delegates to adhere to the Dignity and Respect Policy of the University of Edinburgh while on University premises.



50 George Square
50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
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