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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.

The Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics (DRSTP) was established in 1993 to structure and coordinate the graduate education in theoretical physics. 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 associate 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 2017 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 over the period 2010-2016, 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 accredited for another six years (2017-2023). A detailed report from the committee members is available here.
This report presents the review and assessments by the committee, based on the information in the provided documentation and gathered during the site visit on 3 February 2017 in Utrecht. 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.

* Reaccreditation News, 29 November 2017
* Article Leidsch Dagblad, 1 November 2017

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

Upcoming DRSTP events/defenses:

DRSTP Symposium Trends in Theory, 16 + 17 May 2019

Upcoming Delta ITP events:

Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics (spring 2019)

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Holography
Friday, 26 April 2019
Speakers: Sean Hartnoll (Stanford); Philippe Sabella-Garnier (Leiden)
Time & Place: 13h00-17h00 in Koningsberger Building, Budapestlaan 4a-b, Utrecht, room ATLAS

13:30                 Tea/coffee

14:00 - 15:15      Sean A. Hartnoll (Stanford): Deep quantum geometry

15:15 - 15:45      Tea/coffee

15:45 - 17:00      Philippe Sabella-Garnier (Leiden): Thermalization in integrable field theories

Abstract: Perturbations of states in integrable or free field theories are not expected to thermalize due to the constraints imposed by the existence of an extensive number of conserved charges. In this talk, I will show that this is indeed the case when the perturbation probing the system satisfies a simple no-go condition. I will present examples of how this condition applies in 2D CFTs, in higher-dimensional free field theories, and in the transverse field Ising model. At the same time, I will also show how perturbations that do not obey this no-go condition easily thermalize in all of these models.

17:00 - end         Borrel (drinks and snacks) in hallway/kiosk between Koningsberger- and Minnaert building

Organizer: Umut Gursoy

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Quantum and Topological Matter

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Theoretical Cosmology

Last update: 24-04-2019, 11.09