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CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
WOMEN
IN
PHYSICS
CANADA
Perimeter and the Institute for Quantum Computing
co-organized Canada’s first-ever conference aimed
at addressing the pronounced gender imbalance in
physics, and encouraging female undergraduates
and recent graduates to continue their scientific
careers. With talks and workshops from both early
career and senior physicists, it provided inspiration
and information, as well as initiating the creation of a
peer support network, all of which are important to
young physicists’ continuing success.
FUNDAMENTAL
ISSUES
IN
COSMOLOGY
Over 100 string theorists and cosmologists, from
students to luminaries,met in summer 2011 to tackle
major unresolved questions about the early universe.
Two conferences − “Holographic Cosmology v2.0”
and “Challenges for Early Universe Cosmology”
– were held a month apart, with collaborative
research time between the gatherings. The
program exemplified Perimeter’s interdisciplinary
and innovative approach to stimulating progress in
the field, and by all accounts was a major success.
Plans are underway for a follow-up gathering next
year at the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics.
COLLOQUIA
AND
SEMINARS
Perimeter provides a rich environment for knowledge exchange, with 233
seminars and 30 colloquia held over the last year. The Institute hosts eight
active weekly seminar series, fostering collaboration with researchers
around the globe.
Speakers of the past year included Yakir Aharonov (Chapman and Tel-
Aviv Universities), Patrick Hayden (McGill University), Renate Loll (Utrecht
University), William Unruh (University of British Columbia), Erik Verlinde
(University of Amsterdam), Sandu Popescu (University of Bristol), Sir
Anthony Leggett (University of Illinois), Andreas Albrecht (University of
California), Robert Brandenburger (McGill University), and many more.
PERIMETER
INSTITUTE
RECORDED
SEMINAR
ARCHIVE
Scientists and students all over the world can access over 5,800 talks,
lectures, and colloquia online via the Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar
Archive (PIRSA) at www.pirsa.org. PIRSA has become an important
resource for the international community and site traffic continues to
rise year over year. Last year, more than 50,000 unique visitors from 151
countries accessed nearly 500,000 pages on PIRSA. In 2010-11, recording
and archiving technologies were substantially upgraded to enhance image
quality and make PIRSA more accessible.
Perimeter Distinguished Research Chair Leonard Susskind and Hong Liu
during the “Holographic Cosmology v2.0” conference.
Participants at "Women in Physics Canada"
Photo credit: Peter Kovacs, courtesy of the Institute for Quantum Computing