Bootstrap 2019

Conference Date: 
Monday, July 15, 2019 (All day) to Friday, August 2, 2019 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
String Theory


Quantum field theory (QFT) is a universal language for theoretical physics, describing the Standard Model, gravity, early universe inflation, and condensed matter phenomena such as phase transitions, superconductors, and quantum Hall fluids. A triumph of 20th century physics was to understand weakly coupled QFTs: theories whose interactions can be treated as small perturbations of otherwise freely moving particles. However, weakly coupled QFTs represent a tiny island in an ocean of possibilities. They cannot capture many of the most interesting and important physical phenomena, from the strong nuclear force to high temperature superconductivity. The critical challenge for the 21st century is to understand and solve strongly coupled QFTs. Meeting this challenge will require new physical insight, new mathematics, and new computational tools. Our collaboration combines deep knowledge of novel, non-perturbative techniques with a concrete plan for attacking the problem of strong coupling. The starting point is the astonishing discovery that in numerous physical systems, there is a unique quantum field theory consistent with general principles of symmetry and quantum mechanics. By analyzing the full implications of these general principles, one can make sharp predictions for physical observables without resorting to approximations. This strategy is called the Bootstrap, the topic of this three week program.

Sponsorship for this event has been provided by the Simons Foundation.

  • Nima Afkhami-Jeddi, Cornell University
  • Nathan Agmon, Harvard University
  • Soner Albayrak, Yale University
  • Nikhil Anand, Johns Hopkins University
  • Antonio Antunes, University of Porto
  • Bruno Balthazar, Harvard University
  • Connor Behan, Stony Brook University
  • Nathan Benjamin, Princeton University
  • Carlos Bercini, ICTP- SAIFR
  • Diego Berdeja-Suarez, University of Oxford
  • Ryan Bilotta, Cornell University
  • Damon Binder, Princeton University
  • Joao Caetano, Stony Brook University
  • Dean Carmi, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Simon Caron-Huot, McGill University
  • Hongbin Chen, Johns Hopkins University
  • Shai ChesterWeizmann institute of Science
  • Minjae Cho, Harvard University
  • Chang-Ha Choi, Stony Brook University
  • Cameron Cogburn, Boston University
  • Scott Collier, Harvard University
  • Miguel CorrelaÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Miguel Costa, University of Porto
  • Gabriel Cuomo, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Parijat Dey, Uppsala University
  • Rajeev Eramilli, Yale University
  • Liam Fitzpatrick, Boston University
  • Jean-Francois Fortin, Laval University
  • Barak Gabai, Harvard University
  • Marc Gillioz, SISSA
  • Vasco Goncalves, ICTP- SAIFR
  • Andrea Guerrieri, ICTP- SAIFR
  • Alfredo Guevara, Perimeter Institute
  • Tobias Hansen, Uppsala University
  • Thomas Hartman, Cornell University
  • Yifei He, Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Aditya Hebbar, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Simeon Hellerman, Kavli Institute
  • Johan Henriksson, University of Oxford
  • Alexandre Homrich, ICTP- SAIFR
  • Kuo-Wei Huang, Boston University
  • Luca Illesiu, Princeton University
  • Mikhail Isachenkov, Institute des hautes etudes scientifiques
  • Yikun Jiang, Cornell University
  • Denis Karateev, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Apratim Kaviraj, École Normale Supérieure
  • Shota Komatsu, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Petr Kravchuk, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Martin Kruczenski, Purdue University
  • Sandipan Kundu, Johns Hopkins University
  • Surya Kiran Kunumilli, Texas A&M University
  • Shailesh Lal, University of Porto
  • Edoardo Lauria, Durham University
  • Madalena Lemos, CERN
  • Daliang Li, Harvard University
  • Wenliang Li, OIST
  • Zhijin Li, University of Porto
  • Pedro Liendo, DESY
  • Ying Lin, California Institute of Technology
  • Uriel Luviano, SISSA
  • Raghu Mahajan, Princeton University
  • Alexander Maloney, McGill University
  • Andrea Manenti, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Dalimil Mazac, Stony Brook University
  • Marcco Meineri, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • David Meltzer, California Institute of Technology
  • Carlo Meneghelli, University of Oxford
  • Colin Nancarrow, Boston University
  • Kyriakos Papadodimas, International Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • Miguel Paulos, École Normale Supérieure
  • Wolfger Peelaers, University of Oxford
  • Joao Penedones, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Andrzej Pokraka, McGill University
  • David Poland, Yale University
  • Dmitry Ponomarev, Texas A&M University
  • Silvu Pufu, Princeton University
  • Jiaxin Qiao, École Normale Supérieure
  • Leonardo Rastelli, Stony Brook University
  • Marten Reehorst, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Victor Rodriguez, Harvard University
  • Junchen Rong, Hanyang University
  • Konstantinos Roumpedakis, Stony Brook University
  • Slava Rychkov, École Normale Supérieure
  • Joshua Sandor, McGill University
  • Aaditya Sargarkar, University of Porto
  • Sourav Sarkar, University of Porto
  • Volker Schomerus, DESY
  • Marco Serone, SISSA
  • Edgar Shaghoulian, Cornell University
  • Shu-Heng Shao, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Utkarsh Sharma, Johns Hopkins University
  • Adar Sharon, Stony Brook University
  • Joao Silva, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • David Simmons-Duffin, California Institute of Technology
  • Alexander Söderberg, Uppsala University
  • Andreas Stergiou,Los Alamos National Lab 
  • Ning Su, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Emilio Trevisani, École Normale Supérieure
  • Anh-Khoi Trinh, McGill University
  • Balt van Rees, Durham University
  • Kamran Vaziri, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Pedro Vieira, Perimeter Institute
  • Matthew Walters, CERN
  • Yifan Wang, Princeton University
  • Yuan Xin, Boston University
  • Xi Yin, Harvard University
  • Bernardo Zan, École Normale Supérieure
  • Zarah Zarahee, McGill University
  • Xiang Zhao, Durham University
  • Alexander Shiboedov, CERN
  • Xinan Zhou, Princeton University


Perimeter Institute is located approximately 115 kilometers from Toronto, Ontario. If you need transportation while attending the summer school, we suggest you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ).

A special rate has been negotiated with Airways Transit and information may be found below.

Airport Shuttle Service

Airways Transit connects Toronto Pearson airport (YYZ) with the Kitchener-Waterloo area providing 24/7 shared ride door to door service. Travel time between Toronto airport and Waterloo is approximately 1¼ hours. We have obtained a reduced single passenger fare of $89.00 one way, tax included for Toronto airport transfers. Advance reservations are required, and travel dates must correspond to conference dates to qualify.

Book online at

Enter booking code: BOOTSTRAP2019 (enter exactly as shown).

By phone 24 hours: +1 519 886 2121, remember to mention that you are a Bootstrap 2019 delegate.

Travel Documents and Visas

Participants need to ensure that they have the proper travel documents and visas to enter Canada. Click here for full details regarding visas, customs, tax refunds and travel.


Please reserve your accommodations soon.  A limited number of rooms have been reserved for Bootstrap 2019 participants at Wilfrid Laurier University.

This apartment style air-conditioned residence is a short walk from Perimeter Institute. Each apartment contains four private bedrooms (with single beds), two washrooms, a kitchen (with fridge and stove only) and a living room. The rate is $43.00/night/room, plus 13% HST.

Reservations can be made online at Please indicate “Bootstrap” under purpose of visit and select “Apartment Style Residence – 4 bedrooms” under residence preference.

If you have any questions, please email or call 519-884-0710, x3958

Scientific Organizers:

  • Simon Caron-Huot, McGill University
  • Leonardo Rastelli, Stony Brook University
  • Slava Rychkov, École Normale Supérieure
  • Pedro Vieira, Perimeter Institute

Scientific Committee:

  • Christopher Beem, University of Oxford
  • Miguel Costa, University of Porto
  • Liam Fitzpatrick, Boston University
  • Thomas Hartman, Cornell University
  • Jared Kaplan, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ami Katz, Boston University
  • Zohar Komargodski, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Joao Penedones, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • David Poland, Yale University
  • Silvu Pufu, Princeton University
  •  David Simmons-Duffin, California Institute of Technology
  • Balt van Rees, Durham University
  • Xi Yin, Harvard University