14th Joburg School on String Theory

Recent trends in CFT and the Gauge/Gravity correspondence


This is an informal PhD school, where international experts on diverse topics of modern String Theory research will present lectures on their research areas. It is aimed at PhD and advanced MSc students who already have a solid background in Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity. Postdocs working in the field are also welcome to attend.

The school is a continuation of the PhD schools associated with the annual Joburg Workshops on String Theory. Click here for a list of past schools and workshops.


The invited lecturers at this year's school will be:

Raghav Govind Jha (Jefferson Lab): Introduction to Tensor Networks for Classical Computation of Spin Models and Gauge Theories

Yang-Hui He (London Institute for Mathematical Sciences/Oxford University): An inexpert Introduction to machine-learning for the Mathematician

Marc Henneaux (Collège de France): Asymptotic structure of gravity

Pratik Roy (University of the Witwatersrand): Holographic entanglement entropy


Registered participants



Participation in the school is free but participants are expected to cover their costs through their home institution. There might be limited support available for PhD students from South African Universities.

To apply to attend the school, please write to [email protected] , providing your University, level of study and the name and contact details of your supervisor. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29th, 2024. Please indicate whether you would require support, and we will notify you if there is a possibility.

We are grateful to the University of Pretoria and the University of the Witwatersrand for financial and administrative support, and to the National Institute for Computational and Theoretical Sciences (NITheCS) for financial support.

Organisers: Konstantinos Zoubos (UP), Vishnu Jejjala (Wits)

Local organising committee: Divania Carelse, Laila Tribelhorn, Konstantinos Zoubos


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