ICTP Colloquium 15 March

Agnese Bissi to speak
Agnese Bissi Colloquium

Agnese Bissi, a researcher in ICTP's High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics section, will present an ICTP Colloquium on "The conformal bootstrap: from boiling water to quantum gravity". The talk will take place in ICTP's Budinich Lecture Hall on Wednesday 15 March at 16:00 hrs CET and will also be livestreamed on ICTP's YouTube channel.

Conformal field theories are ubiquitous in theoretical physics, and they are used to describe phenomena from statistical to high-energy physics. In her talk, Bissi will present the conformal bootstrap, a powerful tool to constrain and solve conformal field theories using consistency conditions and symmetries. She will discuss recent developments on applying the conformal bootstrap to a class of conformal field theories that are dual to quantum gravity theories.

The talk will be followed by a question/answer session and light refreshments will be served in the lobby shortly after. For more information, please see

In addition to her role within ICTP, Agnese Bissi is Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics at Uppsala University (Sweden). Following her PhD from the Niels Bohr Institute within the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), she was selected for two prestigious post-docs: the first at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford (UK), and a second one at the Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature of Harvard University (USA). In the period 2017-2020 she held the position of Assistant Professor at Uppsala University (Sweden).

Her research interests include conformal field theories and quantum gravity theories with particular interest to the conformal bootstrap. In the last 10 years, Bissi has been invited to present her ground-breaking research more than 200 times, at international conferences and university seminars in Europe, USA, South America and Asia.