Hawking Radiation Conference

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August 24, 2015
August 29, 2015
Laura Mersini-Houghton

During the week of Aug. 24-29, 2015, Stephen Hawking, along with a group of the world’s most renowned physicists, will attend an historic conference on Hawking Radiation in Stockholm, Sweden. Conference participants will be discussing one of the most pressing and complex questions in the field and, arguably, the world today: whether singularities in black holes exist and whether Hawking radiation has bearing on their existence.

In association with the conference, Stephen Hawking will present a public lecture entitled “Quantum Black Holes” on Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre. Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will provide opening remarks for Hawking’s lecture. This lecture is open to the public.

The conference is co-sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill, The Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita), the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Physics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, and The Julian Schwinger Foundation. Nordita is jointly hosted by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University.

Laura Mersini-Houghton, theoretical physicist and associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNC, has convened the conference in collaboration with an organizing committee that includes Malcolm J. Perry, professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, and Yen Chin Ong, a fellow at Nordita.

Other conference participants include:

  • Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge
  • Jim Bardeen, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Philip Candelas, University of Oxford
  • Steve Christensen, UNIX Packages LLC
  • Ulf Danielsson, Uppsala University
  • Paul Davies, Arizona State University
  • Fay Dowker, Imperial College London
  • Michael Duff, Imperial College London
  • Larry Ford, Tufts University
  • Katie Freese, Nordita
  • Steve Fulling, Texas A&M University
  • Jim Hartle, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Gerard t’Hooft, Utrecht University
  • Gary Horowitz, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Werner Israel, University of Victoria
  • Claus Kiefer, University of Cologne
  • Jorma Louko, University of Nottingham
  • Charles Misner, University of Maryland
  • Emil Mottola, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Jack Ng, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jerome Novak, French National Centre for Science
  • Don Page, University of Alberta
  • Leonard Parker, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Roger Penrose, University of Oxford
  • Joe Polchinski, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Carlo Rovelli, Aix-Marseille University
  • Philippe Spindel, University of Mons
  • Kelly Stelle, Imperial College London
  • Andy Strominger, Harvard University
  • Bo Sundborg, Stockholm University
  • Paulo Vargas Moniz, Universidade da Beira Interior
  • Francesca Vidotto, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Bob Wald, University of Chicago

A full conference program is available online.


U.S., Canada and U.K. media inquiries should be addressed to:
UNC Communications and Public Affairs contact: Thania Benios, 011 +1 (919) 962-8596, thania_benios@unc.edu

Scandinavian media inquiries should be addressed to:
Nordita contact: Elizabeth Yang, +46 8 5537 8473, eyang@kth.se


“Quantum Black Holes,” public lecture by Stephen Hawking, Aug. 24, 2015


Conference poster


Conference manuscript, published 2016

Update July 21, 2015: Tickets for Stephen Hawking’s lecture are now sold out.

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