25 June - 29 June 2012

**Organisers**: Joseph Conlon (*University of Oxford*), Fernando Quevedo (*Cambridge/ICTP, Trieste*),

Daniel Baumann (*Cambridge*) and Steve Abel (*Durham*)

in association with the Newton Institute programme

Mathematics and Applications of Branes in String and M-theory

(3 January - 29 June 2012)

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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.

International Advisory Committee:

- Massimo Bianchi
*(Rome)* - Ralph Blumenhagen
*(Munich)* - Kiwoon Choi
*(KAIST)* - Mirjam Cvetic
*(UPenn)* - Keith Dienes
*(Arizona)* - Michael Dine
*(UC Santa Cruz)* - Emilian Dudas
*(Ecole Polytechnique)* - Gia Dvali
*(Munich)* - Alon Faraggi
*(Liverpool)* - Mariana Grana
*(Saclay)* - David Gross
*(KITP)* - Luis Ibanez
*(Madrid)* - Shamit Kachru
*(Stanford)* - Renata Kallosh
*(Stanford)* - Gordy Kane
*(Michigan)* - Elias Kiritsis
*(Crete)* - Zygmunt Lalak
*(Warsaw)* - Dieter Luest
*(Munich)* - Jan Louis
*(DESY)* - Hans-Peter Nilles
*(Bonn)* - Burt Ovrut
*(UPenn)* - Stuart Raby
*(Ohio State)* - Javier Redondo
*(Max-Planck-Institut für Physik)* - Graham Ross
*(Oxford)* - Nati Seiburg
*(IAS)* - Gary Shiu
*(Wisconsin)* - Eva Silversteign
*(Stanford)* - Sandip Trivendi
*(Mumbai)* - Angel Uranaga
*(Madrid)* - Cumrun Vafa
*(Harvard)* - Hermann Verlinde
*(Princeton)* - Edward Witten
*(IAS)*

Speakers will include:

- Bobby Acharya
- Ignatios Antoniadis
- Ralph Blumenhagen
- Mirjam Cvetic
- Alon Faraggi
- Mark Goodsell
- Mariana Grana
- James Gray
- Thomas Grimm
- Luis Ibanez
- Gordon Kane
- Dieter Lust
- Fernando Marchesano
- Liam McAllister
- Hans-Peter Nilles
- Burt Ovrut
- Stuart Raby
- Michael Ratz
- Javier Redondo
- Sakura Schafer-Naemki
- Gary Shiu
- Angel Uranga
- Cumrun Vafa
- Timo Weigand

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