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  DRSTP NEWSLETTER - Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The DRSTP Newsletter is published every second Thursday of the month, except for the months June and July.
An overview of DRSTP events is available at:
DRSTP Events calender.

Next issue: 9 August 2018

This newsletter contains:

1. DRSTP Symposium Trends in Theory 2018 (Thursday 16 + Friday 17 May 2019)

2. Delta ITP Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics (Spring 2018)

3. Community Building Day, DIEP (Friday, 25 May 2018)

4. Lecture Course Lorentz Professor 2018

5. Theoretical Physics Summer School Utrecht (20-31 August 2018)

6. Grants and awards

7. PhD Defense

8. National seminars

9. Local seminars/colloquia/news and events

1. DRSTP Symposium Trends in Theory 2018 (Thursday 16 + Friday 17 May 2019)
13th biennial symposium of the Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics
The symposium is organized to give an overview of research activities in theoretical physics in the Netherlands.
We hope to welcome all members of the DRSTP on this occasion.
Save the date!!

2. Delta ITP Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics I (spring 2018)
This spring's Delta ITP Course Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics I, aimed at advanced Master’s students, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, is built around the general
theme of "Spontaneous symmetry breaking".
Lectures will take place on Mondays at 11:15-13:00, followed by a study/exercise session 13:45- end.
The course will be divided into three 5-week modules; for each one there are four lectures (3hrs each) and four exercise sessions (3hrs each). At the end of the module there is an exam.
All exams will be marked pass/fail. You need to pass all three exams to receive credit for the course. Registration is obligatory.

Module 1: finished

Module 2: finished

Module 3: Spontaneous symmetry breaking and non-perturbative dynamics
Irene Valenzuela (UU)
Lectures: May 14 [May 21 is Pentecost]
Lectures are in Utrecht on Monday's: 11h00-13h00; 14 May in BBG 223
Exercise sessions: 13h00-19h00 in MIN 018
Exam: May 28 (13:30-16:30) BBG 023

Further details and route description:

3. Community Building Day, DIEP (Friday, 25 May 2018)
The Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP) is a new interdisciplinary research centre across the fundamental sciences with the purpose of furthering the understanding of emergent phenomena.
Save the date: May 25th 2018
Integrated in the NWA Route 5 community day on Friday 25 May, DIEP invites all those who try to connect different levels of reality: those who coarse-grain or fine-grain their theories, those who build microscopic theories in order to understand emergent phenomena at a larger scale, those who model physical systems at different scales, those who try to understand how novel behaviour such as self-assembly takes place, those who try to understand how classical physics emerges from the quantum world and those who think about the philosophical aspects of emergence.
More information on the DIEP initiative and registration for the community building day is most conveniently done on these webpages:

4. Lecture Course Lorentz Professor 2018
This year the Lorentz Professorship will be held by Prof. Tom Lubensky (University of Pennsylvania)
“Lectures on Elasticity”
Tuesday May 15 14:00 -16.00 hrs: Lecture II: Sample Materials
Tuesday May 29 14:00 -16.00 hrs: Lecture III: Elasticity of Topological Mechanical Networks
De Sitterzaal, room 032, Oort Building, Niels Bohrweg 2, 2333 CA Leiden

5. Theoretical Physics Summer School Utrecht (20-31 August 2018)
This two week course is an advanced bachelor course aiming to refresh and deepen the knowledge in core subjects of theoretical physics such as thermal and statistical physics, quantum mechanics and electrodynamics.
Complemented with a lecture series by Utrecht University researchers on current topics in various fields of theoretical physics.
The Institute for Theoretical Physics in Utrecht ranks among the leading institutions in the world in the field of theoretical physics.


6. Grants and awards
(UvA): Projectruimte grant for Wouter Waalewijn,

(RUG): NWO's Domain Science Grant for Prof. A. Mazumdar,
1.5 mln VICI for Prof. Chris van den Broeck,

(UU): NWO Start-Up grant for Dr. T. Grimm,

(Delta ITP) The last work of Anton Quelle (former UU PhD student) and Cristiane Morais Smith (UU), together with the Swedish team (Thomas Kvorning and Hans Hansson) is making its way.... Martijn Calmthout... published in the Volkskrant 3 May 2018

Press release:

ITP website:

7. PhD Defense
Drian van der Woude (UU)
Date and Time: Monday 4 June 2018 at 12h45
Location: Academy Building, Domplein 29, Utrecht
Thesis title: Primordial non-gaussianity in the effective field theory of large scale structure
Promotor: Prof. S.J.G. Vandoren
Co-Promotor: Dr. E. Pajer

Guido van Miert (UU)
Date and Time: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 at 14h30
Location: Academy Building, Domplein 29, Utrecht
Thesis title: Dirac cones and defect charges
Promotor: Prof. C. Morais Smith
Co-Promotor: Dr. C. Ortix

8. National seminars
* Mark Kac:
Speakers, titles, abstracts and locations will be published on our website as they become known, and announced by e-mail one week ahead of each seminar.
The Mark Kac seminar is supported by FOM ( and is an activity of the STAR stochastics cluster (

* International Center for Workshops in the Sciences:
Anyone engaged in scientific research, anywhere in the world, can propose a workshop. In fact, the Center welcomes diversity of background and nationality in submissions.
We have two venues in Leiden, dedicated to groups of different sizes: The Lorentz Center@Oort for groups of up to 55 participants and the Lorentz Center@Snellius for smaller groups of up to 25 participants.
For detailed guidelines and advice, see the Lorentz Center website.

* Delta ITP:
Theoretical Cosmology Meetings:
Delta ITP Holography Meeting:
Quantum and Topological Matter Meetings:

9. Local seminars/colloquia/news and events

Last update: 10-05-2018, 10.32