Jul 9 – 21, 2018
Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese
Europe/Paris timezone

** Cargese 2018 International Summer School **


Among the major scientific breakthroughs of recent years, the discovery of the Higgs boson and the detection of gravitational waves are spectacular successes crowning decades of effort by a large community. These discoveries reinforce two fundamental concepts in physics: the generation of the mass of elementary particles and the dynamics of space-time. At the same time, they open up new fields of exploration for understanding these concepts at the quantum level. Moreover, the cosmological observations show that the current description of the matter and its interactions is incomplete. Among the open questions are: the nature of dark matter which constitutes most of the matter of the universe today; the absence of antimatter in the cosmos; the origin of the acceleration of the expansion of the universe today and in the first moments just after the Big Bang. All these questions are related to particle physics in the primordial universe and require a coherent quantum theory treatment including gravity effects. All these topics will be covered during the next Cargese summer school, targeted particularly at advanced graduate students and young postdocs, with a strong interest in particle theory, cosmology or astroparticles. The school will share the same spirit as the 2010, 2012 and 2014 schools. There will be three 1.5 h lectures per day given by leaders in the field and followed by discussion sessions in the afternoon. Students will also have the opportunity to present their work in short talks if they wish.


The school will take place at the Institute for Scientific Studies in Cargese, Corsica.


  • Theory of Higgs physics and beyond: Roberto Contino (SNS, Pisa)
  • Collider physics: Jesse Thaler (CPT, MIT, Boston)
  • Naturalness and new approaches to fine-tuning problems: Raffaele Tito d'Agnolo (EPFL, Lausanne)
  • Neutrino physics: Asma Abada (LPT, Orsay)
  • Gravitational Waves overview: Alessandra Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam and U. of Maryland)
  • Effective Field Theory approach and Post-Newtonian formalism: Ira Rothstein (Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh) 
  • Fundamental physics with GW astronomy: Vitor Cardoso (IST, Lisbon and Perimeter Institute)
  • Particle production during and after inflation: Marco Peloso (U. of Minnesota, Minneapolis)
  • Thermal Field Theory and cosmological phase transitions: Mikko Laine (AEC, Bern)
  • Axion physics: Giovanni Villadoro (ICTP, Trieste)
  • Dark Matter: Joshua Ruderman (CCPP, NYU)

Registration: On-line registration will open on December 4, 2017 and will close on February 28, 2018. The student selection will be announced around mid-March, 2018. 

Advisory Committee: lecturers of the 2014 Cargese summer school: Paolo Creminelli (ICTP, Trieste), Celine Degrande (CERN), Enrique Fernandez (IFT, Madrid), Gian Giudice (CERN), Gundrun Hiller (Dortmund U.), Alejandro Ibarra (Technical U. Munich), Olivier Mattelaer (CP3, Louvain U.), Alex Mitov (Cambridge U.), Andrea Wulzer (CERN&EPFL), Giulia Zanderighi (CERN & Oxford U.). Steering Committee: Gilad Perez (Weizmann Institute, Rehovot) and Andreas Weiler (Technical U. Munich).

Organizers: Christophe Grojean (DESY, Hamburg and Humboldt University, Berlin), Jean Orloff (LPC, Clermont-Ferrand) and Géraldine Servant (DESY and Hamburg University). School secretary: Catherine Pinty (LPC, Clermont-Ferrand). In case of any question, contact us at this address.

Support: the school will be partly supported by CNRS and by the COST Action "Connecting insights in fundamental physics" (CA15108) that is part of the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

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