Nanyang Technological University

International Workshop on Exceptional Symmetries and Emerging Spacetime

10th to 12th November 2014, NTU

The International Workshop on Exceptional Symmetries and Emerging Spacetime will be held from 10th to 12th November 2014 at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


In supergravity theories, the U duality is a different kind of symmetry from the standard ones used in particle physics. There are indications that even larger exceptional symmetries could be fundamental in our understanding of the fundamental theories. The exceptional symmetries are also connected in a significant way to the spacetime symmetries.


Chaired by Prof Lars Brink of the Chalmers University of Technology, the workshop will discuss various issues with leaders in this field.  The distinguished speakers include Professor François Englert, Nobel Laureate for Physics 2013 and many others.  ​

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Professor François Englert (Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2013) is a Belgian theoretical physicist who won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics with Professor Peter Higgs for the discovery of the Higgs particle.


Professor Englert is a Professor Emeritus at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) where he is member of the Service de Physique Théorique. He is also a Sackler Professor by Special Appointment in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University and a member of the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University in California. He was awarded the 2010 J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics (with Gerry Guralnik, C. R. Hagen, Tom Kibble, Peter Higgs, and Robert Brout), the Wolf Prize in Physics in 2004 (with Brout and Higgs) and the High Energy and Particle Prize of the European Physical Society (with Brout and Higgs) in 1997 for the mechanism which unifies short and long range interactions by generating massive gauge vector bosons. He has made important contributions in statistical physics, quantum field theory, cosmology, string theory and supergravity. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award in technical and scientific research, together with Professor Peter Higgs and the CERN.

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