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Speaker series

We are happy to announce an online seminar series that we are running in conjunction with the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, featuring talks by Francesca Vidotto, Lee Smolin, Chris Smeenk, Fay Dowker, on the intersection of quantum gravity and cosmology. The first lecture is on February 3rd. Full details are here:

Please join us via zoom!

Talk – Mike Schneider

We are pleased to announce a talk by Mike D. Schneider (Pittsburgh), Trans-Planckian Philosophy of Cosmology, on November 25, 2020, at 11.15am Chicago time (5.15 UTC), via zoom. Find full details at Hope to see you there!

Or follow our YouTube livestream:

Talk on 11 November: Robert Brandenberger

  • Wednesday, 11 November 2020 over Zoom at 17:15 UTC — Robert Brandenberger (McGill): Is inflationary cosmology consistent with fundamental physics?

Abstract: The inflationary scenario has become the paradigm of early universe cosmology. However, recently challenges have been raised as to whether the scenario can be compatible with fundamental physics. I will review the inflationary scenario, introduce the challenges (Swampland Criteria and Trans-Planckian Censorship Conjecture (TCC)), and show that there are alternatives to inflation which are in agreement with current observations, and also satisfy both the swampland criteria and the TCC.

Zoom Meeting ID: 915 9958 6401
Password: 599357

Or livestream on our YouTube channel:

Video from Foundations of Cosmology and Quantum Gravity meeting published!

We are very happy to announce the first set of talks from the conference that we co-organized in January 2020, held at NYU Abu Dhabi. So far talks by: Daniele Oriti, Baptiste Le Bihan, Béatrice Bonga, James Read, Chris Smeenk, Robert Brandenberger, and Mairi Sakellariadou, with more to follow soon. Go to our YouTube channel.