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The Netherlands has a long tradition in theoretical physics which involves research performed at university institutes, industrial laboratories, and government institutions. The strength of this research area is, for a large part, based on the unity of methods employed in a wide range of applications. This manifests itself both in scientific research and in academic education.

To structure and coordinate the graduate education in theoretical physics, the Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics (DRSTP) was formed. The school is a cooperation between the theoretical physics groups of six Dutch universities: University of Amsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), University of Groningen (RUG), Leiden University (UL), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Utrecht University (UU) (commissioner) and of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef). In addition, there are several alessociate members.

The DRSTP was accredited in 1994 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)/Research School Accreditation Committee (ECOS) (Erkenningscommissie Onderzoekscholen) and reaccredited in 1999, 2004 and 2010.

In 2016 members of a selected review committee (Prof. Daan Frenkel; Prof. Anne Davis and Prof. Peter Wölfle) were asked to perform a review of the DRSTP in accordance with the Standard Evaluation Protocol (2015-2021). The School scored three times excellent for:
Quality of the PhD educational programme;
Relevance of the DRSTP's educational activities to society;
Viability of the DRSTP.

The School has been reaccredited for another six years (2017-2023). A detailed report from the committee members is available here.
Article Leidsch Dagblad, 1 November 2017

This recognizes and endorses the prominent role the DRSTP has been playing in the Dutch Theoretical Physics community since its inception in 1994 in maintaining high standards of excellence in both research and graduate education.

The Mission Statement provides further details about the objectives of the DRSTP.

Upcoming DRSTP events:

DRSTP National Seminar Theoretical High Energy Physics (THEP) (Friday, 17 November 2017)

THEP School 2018: 29 January - 9 February 2018

SPTCM School 2018: 12 - 23 March 2018

Upcoming Delta ITP events:

On Thu 2 and Fri 3 November 2017 a Delta ITP retreat is scheduled at Kasteel Woerden (Woerden Castle). The schedule will start on Thursday afternoon and will feature a joint dinner at the site, and end on Friday afternoon. To spend the night in Woerden, which is highly recommended, rooms have been blocked in nearby hotels for your convience. As strongly suggested by the midterm review we intend this Delta ITP retreat to be informative, stimulating, festive and further supporting and strengthening the Delta ITP community. We aim to provide a diverse program of interest to all Delta ITP members, as well as our (industrial) partners. This includes scientific talks in the spirit of the triangle meetings, more educational and interactive sessions, strategic discussions on the future of Delta ITP, as well as some keynote lectures.
We would like to ask all Delta ITP members to make a strong effort to join us on 2 and 3 November 2017. Please register using the link on our website. More information will become available in due time.
Kind regards, Jan Pieter van der Schaar

* Delta ITP will bear all costs for the full retreat, as well as the overnight accommodation. For all staff on Delta ITP budget this might result in a small decrease in their overall (travel) budgets.


Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Holography
Time & Place: 13h30-17h00 in Marinus Ruppert building, room Paars [purple], Utrecht
Local organizer: Umut Gursoy (UU)


Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Quantum and Topological Matter
Time & Place: 13h30-17h00 in Marinus Ruppert building, room Rood [red], Utrecht
Local organizer: Lars Fritz (UU)


Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics II (fall 2017)
This fall's Delta ITP Course Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics aimed at advanced Master’s students, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, is built around the general theme of Non-equilibrium quantum field theory.

Module 3: Quantum field theory in curved spacetime
Ben Freivogel (UvA)
Lectures: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11
Exam: Dec 18, Room H.331
Location/Room: Nikhef, Science Park 105, room H.331, Amsterdam
Just tell the receptionist that you are attending this course and they will let you in.

Abstract: This module will focus on techniques and results from quantum field theory in curved spacetimes, such as the real world. Important applications we will cover include:
-Quantum fluctuations during inflation that generate the temperature fluctuations in the CMB;
-Hawking radiation from black holes and the black hole information paradox.

Other events:
On Friday 17 November 2017, there will be a Mini-symposium Holography at the Leiden University.
This meeting is serving the objective of bringing together the theoretical physics communities in Amsterdam, Leiden and Utrecht. The topic of this small symposium is holography and its applications to different physical systems.

Mini-symposium Holography
Friday 17 November, (Leiden University)
Location: Oort Building Room 276 (same floor as Lorentz Institute), Leiden University

11h30: Andrey Parnachev (Trinity College Dublin): Einstein gravity from conformal field theory
We will analyse the Regge limit of certain four point functions in CFTs and will argue that holographic CFTs must be described by the Einstein gravity.

12h30: Lunch break

14h00: Saso Grosdanov (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Generalised global symmetries in effective field theories and holography
In my talk, I will discuss the concept of generalized global symmetries and their applications. From the point of view of effective field theory, I will present a recent, comprehensive reformulation of magnetohydrodynamics and the theory of elastic media. To move beyond an effective theory of purely low-energy hydrodynamic modes, I will then discuss a way of coupling the theory of magnetohydrodynamics to dynamical, massive photons. In the second part of the talk, I will focus on holographic duality with higher-form bulk fields and show how they can be used to construct a dual of a theory with a generalised global symmetry, e.g. a plasma with dynamical electromagnetic interactions in the boundary field theory.

15h00: Coffee and tea break

15h30: Karl Landsteiner (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid): Weyl semi-metals and quenched chiral magnetic effect in holography
This talk will consist of two parts. First I will introduce a holographic model of a strongly interacting Weyl semi-metal state. I will compute the anomalous electric and axial Hall conductivities. The theory of anomalies predicts a factor of 1/3 between them. Holography reproduces this factor in quite non-trivial way along the holographic RG flow. In the second part I discuss the far from equilibrium chiral magnetic response due to the mixed anomaly in a holographic quantum quench. It turns out that the CME is strongly suppressed far from equilibrium.

17h00: Drinks and snacks

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