New Directions in Theoretical Physics 4: Programme, Registration and Accommodation

50 George Square

50 George Square

50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh

New Directions in Theoretical Physics is a series of international conferences organised by the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, aiming to  highlight new opportunities and stimulate an exchange of ideas across all areas of contemporary theoretical physics. All talks are plenary reviews aimed at a broad audience of theoretical physicists, intended to inspire and to promote valuable cross-disciplinary interactions.

The January 2023 meeting, New Directions in Theoretical Physics 4, is the fourth meeting in the series, following highly successful meetings in 20192017 and 2014. This meeting will celebrate 10 years since the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and is part of the decennial celebrations of the Higgs Centre.

Registration deadline for in-person attendance: 21 December 

Registration deadline for on-line attendance: 9 January


  • Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton) Elementary particles

  • Ryan Babbush (Google) Quantum algorithms

  • Celine Boehm (Edinburgh and Sydney) Dark matter

  • Latham Boyle (Perimeter Institute) Dark energy

  • Michael Cates (Cambridge) Soft condensed matter

  • Laura Cadonati (Georgia Tech) Gravitational waves

  • Cynthia Chiang (McGill, UKZN) Cosmic dawn

  • Tamara Davis (Queensland) Dark Energy

  • John Ellis (CERN and Kings College) Particle Physics

  • Michael Figurnov (DeepMind) Protein folding

  • Vera Guelpers (Higgs Centre, Edinburgh) Lattice QCD

  • Nigel Goldenfeld (UC San Diego) Turbulence

  • Ava Khamseh (University of Edinburgh)

  • Nana Ama Browne Klutse (Legon, Ghana) Climate Science

  • Priya Natarajan (Yale) Galaxy formation

  • Wilfrid Ndifon (AIMS, Rwanda) Mathematical Epidemiology

  • Prosper Ngabonziza (Louisiana State University) African Light Source

  • Prince Osei (AIMS, Ghana) Building STEM in Africa

  • James Peebles (Princeton) Cosmology

  • Roger Penrose (Oxford) Mathematical Physics

  • David Romps (Berkeley) Climate Physics

  • Gavin Salam (Oxford, CERN) Collider Physics

  • Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla (AIMS, Senegal) Climate Science

  • Kendrick Smith (Perimeter Institute) Real time radio astronomy

Higgs Public Lecture 

A Higgs public lecture titled: "Two ways to learn about the universe," will be delivered jointly by recent Nobel prize winners, James Peebles (Princeton) and Roger Penrose (Oxford), followed by a discussion chaired by Michela Massimi (Edinburgh). and will be held in the evening of Tuesday, 10th January at 50 George Square (same venue as conference).

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


During the Conference


Zoom: *Passcode: Physics23

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



Registration Form - New Directions 4