Director Hirosi Ooguri gives summary talk at Strings 2021
July 9, 2021
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
Hirosi Ooguri, Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), was chosen to give the summary talk at the end of Strings 2021, an international conference on superstring theory attended by researchers worldwide.
This year’s online conference was hosted in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by the ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research (ICTP-SAIFR) from June 21 to July 2. More than 2600 researchers took part, 100 speakers gave plenary and review talks, and discussion sessions were held on topics ranging from the holographic principle and the black holes information paradox, new developments in quantum field theory techniques, to applications to cosmology and particle phenomenology. The conference included a special session hosted by four female researchers from different generations, on women in string theory.
Ooguri reviewed and discussed progress reported at the conference, highlighting major developments over the last year and looking forward to the future of the field.
“Strings 2021 defied all odds during the pandemic and provided venues for lively discussion among researchers by innovative uses of on-line tools. This is the fourth time for me to give the closing summary talk, the previous times being in 2004, 2008, and 2012. It was a wonderful opportunity to have an overview the developments being made in superstring theory. I look forward to applying what I learned to my own research in the coming months,” said Ooguri.
Strings 2021 website