July 25, 2022 to August 6, 2022
Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese
Europe/Paris timezone

The school will start on Tuesday July 26 (participants are expected to arrive on Monday July 25).

 ** Cargese 2022 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: Enrico Pajer (Cambridge U, UK)
  • BSM Physics: Anson Hook (U. of Maryland, 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) - to be confirmed
  • Higgs and Cosmology: Michael Geller (Tel Aviv U, IL)
  • Modern Methods for Amplitudes in QFT & Gravity: Jan Plefka (Humboldt U., Berlin, DE)
  • Topological Defects and Semi-classical Solutions: Jose-Juan Blanco-Pillado (U. Basque Country, Bilbao, ES)
  • Out of Equilibrium Phenomena in Cosmology: to be announced

Registration: The on-line registration closed on March 25, 2022. The student selection has been announced on April 22, 2022. 

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: Raffaele Tito D'Agnolo (IPhT, CEA-Saclay, FR), Christophe Grojean (DESY, Hamburg and Humboldt University, Berlin, DE), Jean Orloff (LPC/IN2P3 and UCA, Clermont-Ferrand, FR),  Géraldine Servant (DESY and Hamburg University, DE), Giovanni Villadoro (ICTP, IT). 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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