Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity

The first "Giersch International Symposion", took place at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. The new conference series, funded by STIFTUNG GIERSCH gives young scientists the opportunity to learn from well known, exceptional reasearchers and to expand their networks.

This year, the conference was held form September 19-30 with its main focus on quantum gravity. The first week (Sep 19-23) had a traditional conference supplemented with introductionary lectures aimed at students. The second week (Sep 26-30), organized by FIAS together with the graduate school "HGS-HIRe for FAIR", provided student lectures that coverd a broader range of topics related to research at FIAS.

Over the span of two weeks, internationally recognized scientists from a current area of research have been brought together with young up-and-coming scientists to exchange ideas, discuss, and form networks. Nobel Prize winner Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gerard ‘t Hooft was able to be won as the guest of honor. He was appointed a FIAS Senior Fellow Laureate at a ceremony on September 28. 

Therefore in the first week of the symposium, scientists from all over the world came together to exchange their latest findings and jointly discuss ways for finding experimental evidence of quantum gravity. In the second week, participating students and young scientists were able to deepen their knowledge in specialist fields like quantum field theory, cosmology, or big data. Renowned scientists including the Leibniz and Lise Meitner award winner Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reinhard Stock, Director of the Zuse Institute of Berlin Prof. Alexander Reinefeld, and the new FIAS Fellow Laureate, Nobel Prize winner Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gerard ‘t Hooft lent them their support. 

conference webpage

The Symposium is organized by

  • Horst Stöcker
  • Sabine Hossenfelder
  • Piero Nicolini
  • Ivette Fuentes

Local organisation:

Eike Schädel

Patricia Till


This conference series wouldn't be possible without the generous donation of the STIFTUNG GIERSCH.