Organisers: Jan de Boer (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Sunil Mukhi (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra Research Institute), Andy Strominger (Harvard University), and Neil Lambert (CERN/Kings College, London)
Black holes have played an extremely important role in string theory during the last several years. Remarkable new developments have thrown light on the challenges of understanding black hole entropy and addressing the puzzle of information loss. More generally their study poses fascinating theoretical challenges for any theory of quantum gravity, and they are instrumental in applications of the gauge-gravity duality to strongly coupled systems at finite temperature.
The aim of the this workshop will be to review recent progress and to identify the most pressing open problems, to stimulate interaction and collaboration among participants, and hopefully trigger further outstanding developments in the field.