There exist two Standard Models in physics both of which are known to be inadequate.
The Standard Model of particle physics is accommodated but not explained by the formalism of the quantum field theory. A deeper theoretical toolkit is needed to understand inter alia the quantum instability in the Higgs field, the apparent unification of gauge couplings at high energies, the presence of multiple generations and the hierarchical structure of fermionic masses.
The Standard Model of cosmology provides a beautiful fit to precision data but is built around the idea of inflation, with no detailed microscopic understanding of the physics responsible for inflation. Cosmology furthermore tells us that a quarter of the universe's energy density is in an unknown form of dark matter.
String theory is a consistent theory of quantum gravity and provides a candidate theory of fundamental interactions. String phenomenology is the branch of string theory that aims to connect this subject to particle physics and cosmology. The ultraviolet consistency of string theory motivates new ideas for low energy physics and provides a rich structure of constraints on low energy theories, going beyond the requirements of low energy effective field theory.
String Pheno 2012 will be the 11th annual String Phenomenology conference, following on from the successful 2011 conferences in Madison, Wisconsin. It also marks ten years since the original String Phenomenology conference in Oxford in 2002. The conference brings together researchers aiming to connect fundamental and observable physics, through the study of string compactifications, effective actions, supersymmetry breaking, model building, Standard Model constructions, cosmology and inflation.
We hope research will be stimulated by the results from the LHC and actively encourage younger researchers to apply. Financial support for younger researchers may be available subject to funding.