Rethinking Beyond the Standard Model

Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese

Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese

Christophe Grojean (DESY and Humboldt University), Geraldine Servant (DESY and U. hamburg), Jean Orloff (LPC, Clermont-Ferrand)

School now confirmed for  July 25-August 6, 2022. Please visit the new school webpage here.


 ** Cargese 2020 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, 20122014 and 2018 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.


  • Advanced Topics in QFT: Marco Serone (SISSA, Trieste, IT)
  • Advanced Topics in Cosmology: Daniel Baumann (U. of Amsterdam, NL)
  • Collider Physics and BSM: Nathaniel Craig (U.C. Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Dark Matter beyond WIMP: Yonit Hochberg (Hebrew U, Jerusalem, IL)
  • Effective Field Theories for Phases of Matter: Alberto Nicolis (Columbia U., New-York, USA)
  • Higgs and Cosmology: Ruth Gregory (Durham U., UK)
  • Modern Methods for Amplitudes in QFT & Gravity: Jan Plefka (Humboldt U., Berlin, DE)
  • Out of Equilibrium Phenomena in Cosmology: Mark Hindmarsh (U. of Sussex, UK & U. of Helsinki, FL)
  • Topological Defects and Semi-classical Solutions: Jose-Juan Blanco-Pillado (U. Basque Country, Bilbao, ES)

Registration: On-line registration will open on December 1, 2019 and will close on February 29, 2020. The student selection will be announced around mid-March, 2020. 

Advisory Committee: lecturers of the 2018 Cargese summer school:  Asma Abada (LPT, Orsay, FR), Alessandra Buonanno (MPI for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, DE and U. of Maryland, USA), Vitor Cardoso (IST, Lisbon, PT and Perimeter Institute, CA), Roberto Contino (SNS, Pisa, IT), Mikko Laine (AEC, Bern, CH), Marco Peloso (Padova University, IT), Ira Rothstein (Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, USA), Joshua Ruderman (CCPP, NYU, USA), Jesse Thaler (CPT, MIT, Boston, USA), Raffaele Tito d'Agnolo (IPhT, Saclay, FR), Giovanni Villadoro (ICTP, Trieste, IT).

Organizers: Christophe Grojean (DESY, Hamburg and Humboldt University, Berlin, DE), Jean Orloff (LPC/IN2P3 and UCA, Clermont-Ferrand, FR) and Géraldine Servant (DESY and Hamburg University, DE). School secretary: Marine Hebert (LPC/IN2P3 and UCA, Clermont-Ferrand, FR). In case of any question, contact us at this address.

Support: the school is partly supported by l'Université franco-allemande (Deutsch-Französischen Hochschule).

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