Universiteit van Amsterdam
String Theory
Group


POSITIONS
 19931996 Postdoctoral Research
Associate
State University of New York at Stony Brook
 19961999 Postdoctoral Research
Associate
University of California at Berkeley
 19992000 Senior Researcher
Lorentz Institute, Leiden and Spinoza Institute, Utrecht
 2000
Full Professor
Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam
EDUCATION
 19841989
Undergraduate Studies, University of Groningen
 1989
MSc in Physics (cum laude, GPA 9.3)
 1989
MSc in Mathematics (cum laude, GPA 9.4)
 19891993
PhD studies, University of Utrecht
 June 9, 1993 PhD degree
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
 1984
First place and gold medal, 15th International
Physics Olympiad,
Sigtuna, Sweden
 1984
Silver medal, 28th International Mathematics Olympiad,
Prague, Czechoslovakia
 19951996
James Simons Fellowship, Stony Brook
 19961998
Miller Fellowship, Berkeley
PhD STUDENTS
 Robert Duivenvoorden (2004,
thesis)
 Jeroen Wijnhout (2005,
thesis)
 Rutger Boels (2005,
thesis)
 Ilies Messamah (2009,
thesis)
 Sheer ElShowk (2009,
thesis)
 Marco Baggio (exp 2013)
 Kristian Holsheimer (exp 2014)
 Daniel Mayerson (exp 2015)
 Natalia Pinzani Fokeeva (exp 2015)
TEACHING
 Teaching assistant in various
courses (19891993)
 A graduate course on conformal field
theory (with P. van Nieuwenhuizen, 1994)
 A graduate reading course on string
theory (Berkeley, 1998)
 A course on string theory (with N.
Obers and R. Dijkgraaf, 1999 and 2001)
 An intensive twomonth project on
Cosmology and Inflation (kleine werkgroep, 2002)
 various other projects and courses
(see education links on the left)
PUBLICATIONS
 See publication link on the left
ORGANIZATION OF SCHOOLS/CONFERENCES
 Workshop ``NonCommutative Gauge
Theory'', Leiden, November 2226, 1999
 Amsterdam Summer Workshop,
String Theory and Quantum Gravity, July 2001
 Amsterdam Summer Workshop, String
Theory and Quantum Gravity, July 2002
 Workshop, Branes and Cosmology,
Lorentz Center, Leiden, November 1822, 2002
 Amsterdam Summer Workshop, String
Theory and Quantum Gravity, June 2003
 Workshop, Time and String Theory,
August 11September 7, Aspen Center for Theoretical Physics
 Summer School, String Theory, from
gauge interactions to cosmology, June 719, 2004, Cargese, France
 Amsterdam Summer Workshop, String
Theory and Quantum Gravity, June 2005
 Amsterdam Summer Workshop, String
Theory and Quantum Gravity, July 2006
 Summer School, Strings and Branes:
The present paradigm for gauge interactions and cosmology, May 22
June 3, 2006, Cargese, France
 Amsterdam part of
BrusselsParisAmsterdam PhD school, November 2006
 Director of the 2007 "Spring School
on Superstring Theory and Related Topics",
Trieste, March 2230, 2007
 Amsterdam part of
BrusselsParisAmsterdam PhD school, November 2007
 Director of the 2008 "Spring School
on Superstring Theory and Related Topics",
Trieste, March 27April 4, 2008
 Summer School, String Theory, Theory
and Particle Physics: the LHC perspective and beyond, June 16 June
28, 2008, Cargese, France
 Conference "Eurostrings 2008", June
30July 4, Amsterdam
 Amsterdam Summer Workshop, String
Theory and Quantum Gravity, July 2008
 Amsterdam part of
BrusselsParisAmsterdam PhD school, November 2008
 Director of the 2009 "Spring School
on Superstring Theory and Related Topics",
Trieste, March 23March 31, 2009
 Amsterdam part of
BrusselsParisAmsterdam PhD school, NovemberDecember 2009
 Director of the 2010 "Spring School on Superstring Theory and Related Topics",
Trieste, March 22March 30, 2010
 BaisFest, June 15/16 2010
 Summer School, String Theory:
Formal Developments and Applications, June 21 July 3, 2010, Cargese, France
 Amsterdam Summer Workshop on String Theory and Quantum Gravity, June 2010
 Amsterdam part of
BrusselsParisAmsterdam PhD school, NovemberDecember 2010
 DRSTP School on Theoretical High Energy Physics, Campo Jordao, Brazil, February 2011
 Conference on Cold Materials, Hot Nuclei and Black Holes: Applied Gauge/Gravity Duality, Trieste, Italy, August 2011
 Amsterdam part of
BrusselsParisAmsterdam PhD school, NovemberDecember 2011
 Conference on Branes and Black Holes, King's College, London, May 2012
 Summer School, Gauge Theory and String Theory, June 4 16, 2012, Cargese, France
 Amsterdam Summer Workshop on String Theory and Quantum Gravity, July 2012
 Lorentz Center Workshop "Holographic Thermalization", Leiden, 812 October 2012
 Amsterdam part of
BrusselsParisAmsterdam PhD school, December 2012
COMMITTEES, ETC
 19861987 VicePresident of
the Physics and Mathematics Student Association FMF,
Groningen University
 19871988 President Dutch
Physics Students Foundation
 19871990 Student Member of
the Executive Committee of the Dutch Physical Association
NNV
 19881990 Member Organizing
Committee EPS8, Amsterdam
 19881990 President of
Organizing Committee of ICPS'90, Amsterdam (International
Conference of Physics Students)
 19992000 Interimcoordinator,
Spinoza Institute, Utrecht
 20032008 Coordinator Master
Program Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam
 20062008 Member Educational
Committee DRSTP
 20062007 Member BKO (Basis
Kwalificatie Onderwijs) implementation commitee, FNWI,
University of Amsterdam
 20062011 Organizer National Seminar HighEnergy Physics
 20072010 Director "Spring
School on Superstring Theory and Related Topics", Trieste
 2009
Coordinator/Organizer GRAPPA, center for GRavity and AstroParticle
Physics Amsterdam
 20092010 Member ITFA moving
committee
 2010
Member NORDITA program committee
 2010 Member CAN (Committee Astroparticle hysics Netherlands)
 2010
Substitute member "Universitaire Onderzoekscommissie"
 2010 Director, Graduate School of Sciences, University of Amsterdam
 2012 FOM Group Leader FOMA20
 2012 Chair, Graduate Studies Committee
 2012 Member Editorial Board of The Scientific World Journal
GRANTS
 FOM project Holographic Aspects of
String Theory, 1999
 FOM project Strings, Black Holes and
Holography, 2000 (with R. Dijkgraaf).
 FOM Programme String Theory and
Quantum Gravity, 2001 (with R. Dijkgraaf, B. de Wit, G. 't Hooft, E.
Bergshoeff , B. Schellekens).
 FOM project Holography and
Topological Invariants, 2001 (with R. Dijkgraaf).
 FOM project String Theory and
Cosmology, 2002 (with R. Dijkgraaf).
 Marie Curie Fellowship, L. Cornalba,
20022004
 FOM project String Theory Beyond
Supergravity, 2003 (with K. Skenderis).
 FOM project Supersymmetric Gauge
Theories and Matrix Models, 2004 (with R. Dijkgraaf).
 FOM project Topological Computations
for Supersymmetric Gauge Theories, 2008 (with R. Dijkgraaf)
 Marie Curie Fellowship, T. Quella,
20072009
 FOM Programme A String Theoretic
Approach to Cosmology and Quantum Matter, 2009 (with E. Verlinde,
J.P. van der Schaar, K. Skenderis, M. Taylor, E. Bergshoeff, S.
Vandoren, K. Schalm, A. Achúcarro, J. Zaanen)
 FOM project An Entropic View on Gravity and the Cosmos, 2010 (with E. Verlinde)
 Structural UvA support for GRAPPA (with R. Wijers and S. Bentvelsen), 2010
TALKS/LECTURES (SINCE 2004)
 Snaartheorie, talk at Praedinius
Gymnasium Groningen, February 13, 2004.
 Strings and Matrices, March 23,
overview talk, Fourth Eurogrid Meeting Random Geometry: theory
and applications Les Houches, march 2226, 2004
 Wrapped Branes and NonPerturbative
Gauge Theory, March 25, Strings, Gauge Fields and Duality, University
of Wales, Swansea, 24th 27th March 2004
 Wrapped Branes and NonPerturbative
Gauge Theory, Berkeley,
April 22, 2004
 NonPerturbative Gauge Theories,
lecture series on May 13,14,
18th Nordic Network Meeting on Fields, Strings and Branes,
Groningen, the Netherlands, May 1315, 2004
 The Topological G_2 String, June 14,
2004, lecture at
String Theory, from gauge interactions to cosmology, Cargese
summer school, June 719, Cargese, France
 String Theory and NonPerturbative
Gauge Theory, lecture
series on June 22 and June 25, Modern Trends in String Theory, Oporto,
Portugal, June 2126, 2004
 Aspects of Nonperturbative SYM and
String Theory, overview
lecture, August 26, 37th International Symposium Ahrenshoop on the
Theory of
Elementary Particles: Recent Developments in String/MTheory and
Field Theory, 2327 August, 2004
 The Topological G_2 Strings,
Berkeley, October 13, 2004
 The Topological G_2 Strings, CERN,
November 9, 2004
 The Topological G_2 String, IU
Bremen, November 18, 2004
 Nonperturbative Quantum Field
Theory and String Theory, November 26, 2004,
review talk at 1st Vienna Central European Seminar on Particle Physics
and
Quantum Field Theory, Vienna, Austria, November 2628, 2004
 Supersymmetric Gauge Theories I,
Utrecht, December 8, 2004
 Supersymmetric Gauge Theories II,
Utrecht, December 10, 2004
 Supersnaren, talk at Viva Fysica,
meeting for high
school students and teachers, January 14, 2005
 The topological G2 string, talk at
Physics
Department, University of Munich, February 10, 2005
 String Theory: an update, talk at
Santiago de
Compostela, March 29, 2005
 The topological G2 string, talk at
Santiago de
Compostela, March 30, 2005
 The topological G2 string, talk at
Trinity
College, Dublin, April 4, 2005
 Issues in supersymmetric gauge
theories, invited
plenary talk at conference "Beyond the Standard Model," Bad
Honnef, 1417 April.
 Supersnaren, talk for first year
students, April 22, 2005
 The topological G2 string, talk at
the
StringCosmology workshop, Uppsala, April 2528, 2005
 J. de Boer, The topological G2
string, talk at the
Bernardfest, Driebergen, May 2728, 2005
 Black holes and random partitions,
talk at workshop on
random partitions and CalabiYau crystals, Institute for
Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam, June 2, 2005
 Tweegesprek: 100 jaar Einstein 
relativiteitstheorie
revisited? together with Ralph Wijers, at annual UvA alumnidag 2005.
 Quantum gravity as an emergent
phenomenon,
talk at the university of Berkeley, Sept 27, 2005
 Quantum gravity as an emergent
phenomenon,
talk at university of Barcelona, Barcelona, October 20, 2005
 Quantum gravity as an emergent
phenomenon,
talk at DESY, Hamburg, November 9, 2005
 The topological G2 string, talk at
Queen Mary,
London, November 17, 2005
 Quantum gravity as an emergent
phenomenon,
talk at University Tor Vergata, Rome, November 18, 2005
 Voorbij het standaard model, talk at
the VvTP
symposium 2005 Elementary Particle Physics  ever heard of Higgs?,
University of Delft, November 22, 2005
 What is the dual of a dipole,
invited talk at the
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, December 15, 2005
 String Theory", talk for first year
students, March 17, 2006
 "On the origin of gravitational
thermodynamics", talk at the international conference
WORKSHOP ON BLACK HOLES, BLACK RINGS AND TOPOLOGICAL STRINGS
Munich, 31 Mar – 4 Apr 2006 (talk given on April 3)
 On the origin of gravitational
thermodynamics, talk at the international conference
"Cosmology, Strings, and Black Holes", Kopenhagen, April 1821 2006
(talk given on April 18)
 Supersnaren, de theorie omtrent
materie, ruimte en tijd, 8 September 2006,
lezing voor stichting JC van der Meulen, sterrenkundige organisatie,
te Hoorn
 GaugeGravity Duality, series of
lectures at:
Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, Advanced String Theory School, from
17th  23rd Sept, 2006
 Topological G2 Strings, talk at the
international conference
"MTheory in the City", November 911, 2006 (talk given on November 9)
 KaluzaKlein Compactification,
series of lectures for PhD students for the
BrusselsParisAmsterdam PhD school, November 1324 (lectures on
November 13,14,15)
 Ruimte, Tijd en de Quantumwereld van
Snaren, op 13 December 2006, voordracht voor de
stichting Sociaal en Cultureel Werk, Holten.
 "Black holes and modular
invariance", talk at ENS, Paris, January 11, 2007.
 "Black holes and modular
invariance", talk at Durham, January 19, 2007.
 "Black holes and modular
invariance", talk at the Swiss Geneziss
meeting, Zurich, February 2nd, 2007.
 "Black holes and modular
invariance", talk at Swansea, February 23rd, 2007
 "Snaartheorie", voordracht voor de
WoltersNoordhoff sciencedag, Ede,
14 maart, 2007
 "Strings, black holes and AdS3",
talk the conference
"String and M theory approaches to particle physics and cosmology",
Florence, March 2123, 2007 (talk given on March 22nd)
 "Black holes in string theory",
series of lectures at
the "Spring School on Superstring Theory and Related Topics",
Trieste, March 2230, 2007 (4 talks given on March 2730).
 "Black holes in string theory",
series of lectures at
the IPM String school and workshop, April 918, 2007. (3 talks given
on April 10 and 11).
 "Snaartheorie", voordracht voor 1e
jaars studenten, highlights, Amsterdam,
20 april 2007.
 Emergence of spacetime and
gravitational entropy II, talk
at the international Sowers Theoretical Physics Workshop 2007
“What is String Theory?”, May 14  18, 2007, Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg.
(talk given on May 15).
 Voordracht over olympiades, SLO
forum, Eschede, 24 mei, 2007.
 "Resolving black holes using AdS/CFT",
talk at Strings 2007, Madrid, June 2529, talk given on June 27.
 "Multicenter AdS black holes", talk
given at the
International Conference on Symmetries of String Theory
Ascona, Switzerland, August 2631, 2007; talk given on August 29.
 "Multicenter AdS3 black holes",
talk at the international conference
"Progress of String Theory and Quantum Field Theory", Osaka, December
710, 2007. Talk given on Dec 9.
 "Gravity as an emergent
thermodynamic phenomenon", talk at the
7a Trobada de Nadal de Física Teòrica a la Universitat de Barcelona,
December 19+20, 2007, Barcelona, talk given on December 20.
 "Black Hole Microstates", series of
four onehour
lectures, RTN Winter School on Strings, Supergravity and Gauge
Theories Search, January 2125, 2008, CERN, Geneva.
 "Introduction to the AdS/CFT
Correspondence," talk at the
workshop "Integrability in the AdS/CFT correspondence", Utrecht,
January 2931, 2008.
 "Snaartheorie", voordracht voor 1e
jaars studenten, highlights,
Amsterdam, 29 Februari 2008.
 "Black Hole Microstates", series of
three onehour
lectures, Spring School on Superstring Theory and Related Topics,
Trieste, Italy, March 27April 4, 2008.
 "Black hole boundstates in AdS3",
talk at the conference:
String Theory, From Theory to Experiment, April 611, 2008
Jerusalem, Israel.
 "Black hole boundstates in AdS3",
talk at DAMTP,
Cambridge, UK, April 23, 2008.
 "De toekomst van de theoretische
fysica", voordracht bij de
studenten conferentie "Fysica Voorspeld", 4 Juni 2008, Nijmegen.
 Quantization of gravitational
solution", talk at the
conference: Gravitational Thermodynamics and the Quantum Nature of
Space Time, Jun 16, 2008  Jun 20, 2008, Edinburgh, UK.
 Black Hole Microstates, talk at the
Cargese Summer
School "Theory and Particle Physics: the LHC perspective and
beyond", June 16 to June 28, 2008, Cargese, France.
 Black Hole Quantization, talk at the
workshop "Emerging
Directions in String Theory", June 2327, 2008, Banff, Canada.
 "Macroscopic quantum effects in
supersymmetric black holes",
talk given at the CERN THEORY INSTITUTE Black Holes: A
Landscape of Theoretical Physics Problems, 25 August  5 October
2008, Geneva, Switzerland. Lecture given on Sept 30.
 "Black Hole Berry phase", talk given
at the CERN THEORY
INSTITUTE Black Holes: A Landscape of Theoretical Physics
Problems, 25 August  5 October 2008, Geneva, Switzerland. Lecture
given on Oct 1.
 "Black Holes as Effective
Geometries", series of lectures
at: The 22nd Nordic Network Meeting on "Strings, Fields and
Branes" 2729 November 2008, Stockholm, Sweden.
 "Brownian Motion in AdS/CFT",
lecture at the London
Triangle seminar on String Theory, December 10, 2008, Queen Mary,
London, UK.
 Brownian motion in AdS/CFT, talk at
5th (1st Iberian) Workshop on Gravitational Aspects of Strings and
Branes, Gijón (Asturias), 35 February 2009.
 Brownian motion and AdS/CFT, talk at
Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, February 17, 2009.
 Black Holes as Effective Geometries,
series of four onehour
lectures, Spring School on Superstring Theory and Related Topics,
Trieste, Italy, March 2331, 2009.
 Macroscopic quantum effects near
black holes, talk at Institute for Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg,
April 23, 2009.
 Macroscopic quantum effects near
black holes, talk at
Workshop on "Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics",
Brussels, 1316 May 2009
 Macroscopic quantum effects near
black holes, talk at the 4th International Sakharov Conference on
Physics, Lebedev Institute, Moscow, May 1823, 2009.
 A bound on the entropy of
supergravity?, talk at Spinoza Institute, Utrecht, June 12, 2009.
 Quantum Aspects of Black Holes, talk
at 14th Itzykson Meeting on String Theory, Saclay, June 1719, 2009.
 Brownian motion and AdS/CFT, talk
given at 39th Summer Institute, Ecole Normale
Superieure, Paris, August 1728, 2009
 Brownian motion and AdS/CFT, talk
given at the workshop on the FluidGravity
Correspondence, Munich, September 27, 2009
 Assorted comments about black
holes, talk given at the conference "A New Year
of String theory," Tel Aviv, September 2125, 2009
 Quantum Aspects of Black Holes,
talk at the international workshop "Branes,
Strings and Black Holes" September 28November 1, 2009
 Voorbij Tijd en Ruimte, Cosmologie
volgens de Snaartheorie, Science Cafe Nijmegen, 6 November 2009
 Quantum Aspects of Black Holes,
talk at the workshop "Holography and Universality of
Black Holes", McGill, Montreal, November 68
 Quantum Aspects of Black Holes,
talk given at the second SUPERFIELDS meeting in Padova,
Italy, on December 16, 2009
 Holography, quantum gravity and
black holes, general physics colloquium, AlbaNova/Nordita,
Stockholm, February 18, 2010
 (Non) geometric Aspects of Black
Hole Microstates, talk at Strings 2010, College Station, Texas, USA,
March 1519, 2010
 (Non)Geometric aspects of black
holes and their microstates, series of four onehour
lectures, Spring School on Superstring Theory and Related Topics,
Trieste, Italy, March 2230, 2010.
 Why
Black Holes are Difficult, talk at Inaugural Workshop on Black Holes in
Supergravity and M/Superstring Theory, Penn State, USA, September 2010
 Black
Holes and Exotic States, talk at Crete Conference on Gauge Theories and
the Structure of Spacetime, Kolymvari, Crete, September 2010
 Black Holes and Exotic States, talk at London Triangle Seminar, King's College, London, October 2010
 Holography, Quantum Gravity and Black Holes, general physics colloquium, Trondheim, November 2010
 Black Holes and Exotic States, talk at Desy, Hamburg, November 2010
 Tijd, talk at Antropologisch Congres van de Tijdsbeleving, Student organization Kwakiutl, Amterdam, December 2010
 Holography, neutron stars and quantum effects near black holes, talk at Liverpool HighEnergy Physics group, December 2010
 Introduction
to AdS/CFT, series of lectures at the 16th summer school Jorge Andre
Swieca of Particles and Fields, Campos do Jordao, Brazil, February 2011
 Holography, Entanglement and Thermalization, talk at conference "Great Lakes Strings 2011", Chicago, USA, April 2011
 Holography, Entanglement and Thermalization, talk at workshop "Gauge Theories, Strings and Geometry," Brussels, May 2011
 Some recent results on microstate geometries, talk at IPMU, Tokyo, May 2011
 Holography, Entanglement and Thermalization, talk at NBI, Copenhagen, June 2011
 Time, Space and Gravity, evening talk at the annual SRON meeting, Dalfsen, June 2011
 Introduction
to AdS/CFT, series of lectures at Les Houches Summer School
"Theoretical physics to face the challenge of LHC," August 2011
 Some
lessons from AdS/CFT, talk at ESF Exploratory Workshop "Gravity as
Thermodynamics: towards the microscopic origin of geometry",
Trieste, Italy, September 2011
 String theory and black holes, review talk at 17th European Workshop on String Theory, Padova, Italy, September 2011
 Comments on extremal black holes, talk at workshop "String Theory, Holography and Beyond", Seoul, Korea, September 2011
 Antimatter, introduction, antimatter theme evening Biosfeer Student Organization, Amsterdam, September 2011
 Black holes in string theory, talk at Nikhef theory group, Amsterdam, October 2011
 Holography and black holes, Colloquium at TSU Andronikahvili Institute of Physics, Tbilisi, Georgia, October 2011
 Supersymmetric
solutions and their entropy, talk at Workshop "The supersymmetric, the
extremal and the ugly  solutions in string theory", Saclay, November
2011
 Lifshitz vs Lifshitz, talk at workshop "Paris meeting on holography at finite density", APC, Paris, November 2011
 Extremal black holes in string theory, talk at ICTP, Trieste, December 2011
 Holographic Renormalisation, talk at KITP conference "Gravity, Black Holes and Condensed Matter," Chicheley Hall, April 2012
 Holographic Nuclear Matter, talk at Spinoza Institute, Utrecht, May 2012
 Some Thoughts on Black Hole Microstates, talk at KITP conference "Black Holes and Information," KITP Santa Barbara, May 2012
 Some
Thoughts on Black Hole Microstates, talk at "Branes and Black Holes (A
London Satellite Meeting)," King's College, London, May 2012
 Chiral
Symmetry Restoration in Holographic QCD?, talk at the workshop
"Applications of GaugeGravity Duality," Technion, Haifa, Israel, June
2012


