Quantum Gravity 2020

COVID-19 information for researchers and visitors

Conference Date: 
Monday, July 13, 2020 (All day) to Friday, July 17, 2020 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Particle Physics
Quantum Foundations
Quantum Gravity
Quantum Information

Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will now take place virtually.

The conference “Quantum Gravity 2020“ has a deliberately broad scope. We aim to include participants from all current approaches to quantum gravity, as well as researchers working on the phenomenology of quantum gravity. The main goal of the meeting is to assess the progress made and to constructively and openly discuss open questions in our understanding of quantum gravity.

A second goal is to work towards combining the insights gained in the various approaches. In its overall goal as well as the format, this conference will differ from more specialized meetings that focus on specific quantum-gravity approaches.

We hope that this inaugural conference “Quantum Gravity“ can make a contribution to bridging the gaps between quantum gravity approaches, and bring the entire community together for a constructive and fruitful exchange.

The deadline to register for this event is April 30, 2020.  Registration will close before this date if capacity is met. Registration for this event is now closed.

Scientific questions about the event should be sent to QG2020@perimeterinstitute.ca 
Administrative questions should be directed to Stephanie Mohl smohl@perimeterinstitute.ca

Sponsorship for this event has been provided by:


  • Freddy Cachazo, Perimeter Institute
  • Sylvain Carrozza, Perimeter Institute
  • Clifford Cheung, California Institute of Technology
  • Netta Engelhardt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Steve Giddings, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Daniel Harlow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ted Jacobson, University of Maryland
  • Etera Livine, École normale supérieure de Lyon
  • Renate Loll, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Hermann Nicolai, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Monica Pate, Harvard University
  • Alejandro Perez, Centre de Physique Theorique de Luminy
  • Malcolm Perry, University of Cambridge
  • Mairi Sakellariadou, King's College London
  • Frank Saueressig, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Sumati Surya, Raman Research Institute
  • Herman Verlinde, Princeton University
  • Aron Wall, University of Cambridge
  • Silke Weinfurtner, Nottingham University


  • Niayesh Afshordi, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Ivan Agullo, Louisiana State University
  • Chris Akers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Cesar Arias, University of California, Davis
  • Seth Kurankyi Asante, Perimeter Institute
  • Ivana Babić, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Angel Ballesteros, Universidad de Burgos
  • Glenn Barnich, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Heliudson Bernardo, McGill University
  • Emil Bjerrum-Bohr, Niels Bohr Institute
  • Martin Bojowald, Pennsylvania State University
  • Francisco Borges, Perimeter Institute
  • Suddhasattwa Brahma, McGill University
  • Robert Brandenberger, McGill University
  • Timothy Budd, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Luca Buoninfante, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Cliff Burgess, Perimeter Institute & McMaster University
  • ChunJun Cao, University of Maryland
  • Steven Carlip, University of California, Davis
  • Alicia Castro, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Venkatesa Chandrasekaran, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lin-Qing Chen, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
  • David Craig, Oregon State University
  • Sean Crowe, Jagiellonian University
  • Erik Curiel, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
  • Marco de Cesare, University of New Brunswick
  • Nick Early, Perimeter Institute
  • Joshua Erlich, William & Mary
  • Llorenç Espinosa-Portalés, Instituto de Física Teórica
  • Renata Ferrero, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
  • Sebastian Fischetti, McGill University
  • Guilherme Franzman, NORDITA
  • Laurent Freidel, Perimeter Institute
  • Tobias Fritz, Perimeter Institute
  • Markus Fröb, Leipzig University
  • Nava Gaddam, Utrecht University
  • Rodolfo Gambini, Universidad de Montevideo
  • Marc Geiller, École normale supérieure
  • Ghazal Geshnizjani, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Elliott Gesteau, Perimeter Institute
  • Mahdis Ghodrati, Yangzhou University & Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • Flaminia Giacomini, Perimeter Institute
  • Serena Giardino, University of Szczecin
  • Cecilia Giavoni, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
  • Lisa Glaser, University of Vienna
  • Finnian Gray, Perimeter Institute
  • Giulia Gubitosi, University of Burgos
  • Shahar Hadar, Harvard University
  • Hal Haggard, Bard College
  • Sabine Harribey, Centre de Physique Théorique
  • Aaron Held, Imperial College London
  • Yannick Herfray, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Sergio Hoertner, University of Amsterdam
  • Vahid Hosseinzadeh, Institute for Fundamental Research in Science
  • Xuyao Hu, New York University
  • Viqar Husain, University of New Brunswick
  • Anna Ijjas, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
  • Michael Imseis, University of Waterloo
  • Ding Jia, Perimeter Institute
  • Josh Kirklin, University of Cambridge
  • John Klauder, Retired from the University of Florida
  • Benjamin Knorr, Perimeter Institute
  • David Kubiznak, Perimeter Institute
  • Folkert Kuipers, University of Sussex
  • Ohkyung Kwon, University of Chicago
  • Wei Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Stefano Liberati, SISSA
  • Pedro Jorge Martínez, Instituto de Física La Plata
  • Alex May, University of British Columbia
  • Christoph Minz, University of York
  • Seyed Faroogh Moosavian, McGill University
  • Javier Moreno, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso
  • Harish Murali, Purdue University
  • Yasha Neiman, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
  • Dominik Neuenfeld, Perimeter Institute
  • Kevin Nguyen, Harvard University
  • Daniele Oriti, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Naritaka Oshita, Perimeter Institute
  • Qiaoyin Pan, Perimeter Institute
  • Martin Pauly, Heidelberg University
  • Sylvie Paycha, University of Potsdam
  • Gustavo Pazzini de Brito, Brazilian Center for Research in Physics
  • Roberto Percacci, SISSA
  • Antonio Pereira, Fluminense Federal University
  • Włodzimierz Piechocki, National Centre for Nuclear Research
  • Alessia Platania, Heidelberg University
  • Axel Polaczek, University of Sheffield
  • Daniele Pranzetti, Perimeter Institute
  • Jorge Pullin, Louisiana State University
  • Pratik Rath, University of Califronia, Berkeley
  • Manuel Reichert, CP3-Origins University of Southern Denmark
  • Katarzyna Rejzner, University of YKatarzynaork
  • Chris Ripken, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
  • Vincent Rivasseau, Université Paris-Saclay
  • Shan-Ming Ruan, Perimeter Institute
  • Guilherme Sadovski, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
  • Mustafa Saeed, University of New Brunswick
  • Robert Santacruz, University of New Brunswick
  • Marc Schiffer, Heidelberg University
  • Marc Schneider, Pennsylvania State University
  • Arvin Shahbazi-Moghaddam, University of California, Berkeley
  • José Diogo Simão, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • Ashmeet Singh, California Institute of Technology
  • Tejinder Pal Singh, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  • Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute
  • Thomas Sotiriou, University of Nottingham
  • Sebastian Steinhaus, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • Christian Steinwachs, University of Freiburg
  • Vincent Su, University of California, Berekely
  • Tadashi Takayanagi, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Johannes Thürigen, University of Münster
  • Jessica Thomas, American Physical Society
  • Tomasz Trzesniewski, Jagiellonian University
  • Deepak Vaid, National Institute of Technology Karnataka
  • Manus Visser,  University of Geneva 
  • Jinzhao Wang, ETH Zurich
  • Yixu Wang, University of Maryland
  • Yoshiyuki Watabiki, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Wolfgang Wieland, Perimeter Institute
  • Edward Wilson-Ewing, University of New Brunswick
  • Michael Florian Wondrak, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Gabriel Wong, Fudan University
  • Yigit Yargic, Perimeter Institute
  • Cedric Yu, New York University
  • Yasaman Yazdi, Imperial College London
  • Jose A. Zapata, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
  • Yun-Long Zhang, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate ground transportation arrangements on your behalf.

If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

Boulevard Limousine (estimated travel time 1hr) The fare for Boulevard Limousine for one passenger is $127.00 to the Toronto Airport.  The fare for one passenger from the Toronto Airport to Waterloo is $145.00.  To make reservations, please visit their website or call 519-886-8090.

Airways Transit (estimated travel time 1hr) Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo International Airports with the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service. To make reservations online please visit their website of contact them by phone 24 hours: 519-886-2121.

0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr) Approximately $160.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656. 
Note: One or more passengers can split this $160.00 rate.

City Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr) $90.00 flat rate for one-way:  Kitchener-Waterloo to Toronto International Airport.  Call 519-747-7777

Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. 

Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401. 
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London. 
  • Proceed West on Highway 401. 
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West. 
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East.
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west. 
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo. 
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead. 
  • Travel forward another 200 meters, and ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right-hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake). 
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

Please note that parking is extremely limited at Perimeter Institute and you must have a parking permit to park in the lot long term.

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate hotel accommodations on your behalf.

If you need accommodations while attending the conference, we offer suggestions for lodging below.  When booking your reservation, please indicate that you will be attending a conference at Perimeter in order to receive the best possible rate.

Delta Waterloo 110 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
Phone: 1-888-890-3222
Distance from PI: 450 m

Comfort Inn 190 Weber Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
Phone: 519-747-9400
Distance from PI: 2.3 km

Walper Terrace Hotel 1 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1
Phone: 519-745-4321
Distance from PI: 3.7 km

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo 105 King Street East Waterloo, ON N2G 2K8
Phone: 519-744-4141
Distance from PI: 3.8 km

Four Points by Sheraton 547 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7
Phone: 519-884-0100
Distance from PI: 4.3 km

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 14 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone:  519-772-9800
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Homewood Suites by Hilton 45 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2G8
Phone:  519-514-0088
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Courtyard by Marriott 50 Benjamin Road East Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-884-9295
Distance from PI: 5.6 km

Hotel Laurier Various addresses in downtown Waterloo
Phone:  519-884-0710 ext. 2771

From May until August, Hotel Laurier offers accommodations for individuals, families and groups. With nightly, weekly and monthly rates, Hotel Laurier is an affordable option. Guests can select comfortable air-conditioned apartments with four or five single bedrooms or dormitory style residences with either a semi-private or private washroom.

University of Waterloo Conference Centre 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2J 4C1
Phone:  1-800-565-5410
Distance from PI:  1.3 km

The Conference Centre accommodations include single and double rooms.  Each floor consists of 24 rooms with 2 large washrooms per floor (1 male and 1 female). Guest rooms are not air conditioned, but a limited number of fans are available on a first come first service basis. Rooms are available between May-August.

Scientific Organizers:

  • Bianca Dittrich, Perimeter Institute
  • William Donnelly, Perimeter Institute
  • Astrid Eichhorn, University of Heidelberg & University of Southern Denmark
  • Steffen Gielen, University of Sheffield
  • Robert Myers, Perimeter Institute

Scientific Advisory Committee:

  • Glenn Barnich, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Emil Bjerrum-Bohr, Niels Bohr Institute
  • Robert Brandenberger, McGill University
  • Freddy Cachazo, Perimeter Institute
  • Steve Carlip, University of California, Davis
  • Fay Dowker, Imperial College London
  • Laurent Freidel, Perimeter Institute
  • Razvan Gurau, Centre national de la recherche scientifique
  • Veronika Hubeny, University of California, Davis
  • Ted Jacobson, University of Maryland
  • Stefano Liberati, SISSA
  • Etera Livine, École normale supérieure de Lyon
  • Renate Loll, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Donald Marolf, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Hermann Nicolai, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Daniele Oriti, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Roberto Percacci, SISSA
  • Harvey Reall, University of Cambridge
  • Mairi Sakellariadou, King's College London
  • Frank Saueressig, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Ralf Scheutzhold, Helmholtz Zentrum, Dresden Rossendorf
  • Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute
  • Andrew Strominger, Harvard University
  • Tadashi Takayanagi, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Herman Verlinde, Institute for Advanced Study