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COST Action 22113 – Kick-off meeting

This is the first official meeting of the COST Action (no. 22113) “Fundamental challenges in theoretical physics”. The meeting provides a chance for participants of this program to meet, to get acquainted with the topics they are working on, and to learn from the lectures and discussions with prominent invited speakers.

Dates: May 13-15, 2024
Place: University of Padova


  • Zoltan Bajnok (Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Budapest)
  • Jan de Boer (University of Amsterdam)
  • Ruth Britto (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Paweł Caputa (University of Warsaw)
  • Alejandra Castro (Cambridge University)
  • Lorenzo di Pietro (University of Trieste)
  • Ben Hoare (Durham University)
  • Grigory Korchemsky (IPhT, CEA Saclay)
  • Magdalena Larfors (Uppsala University)
  • Emanuel Malek (Humboldt University)
  • Marcos Mariño (University of Geneva)
  • Vasilis Niarchos (University of Crete)
  • Niels Obers (Niels Bohr Institute)
  • Jan Rosseel (Institut Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb)
  • Stanislav Smirnov (University of Geneva)
  • Jacob Sonnenschein (Tel Aviv University)
  • Dmitri Sorokin (INFN Padova)
  • Irene Valenzuela (CERN)
  • Konstantin Zarembo (Nordita)



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Poster session and best poster prize

Participants presenting a poster may be eligible for a best poster prize, of the amount of 600 Euro before tax (unless they opt out). The eligibility criteria are 1) being a member of the Action 2) not holding a tenured or tenure-track position and 3) not being a member of the Action Management Committee or Core Group.

The posters will be evaluated during the event by a panel consisting of members of the Action Core Group who are present at the meeting. The best poster prize will be announced on Tuesday evening during the gala dinner.

The list of posters will be published below in the coming days.



Registration deadline: April 15, 2024
Conference fee: 220 EUR (covering 3 lunches, coffee breaks, the reception on Monday evening and the dinner on Tuesday).

To register, please fill in this form and follow the instruction for the payment of the conference fee; you will be issued an invoice in a few days.

If you are not a member of this Action, please first apply to join.

Please note that it is no longer possible to apply to present a poster and/or receive financial support. Those who have applied will be notified in the next few days.


Venue and accommodation

The meeting’s activities will take place in the city centre of Padova (for reference, close to Piazza Antenore). Participants (including speakers) are requested to arrange their own accommodation. A few hotels in the area are:

Hotel Majestic Toscanelli **** – An elegant hotel in the city centre (5 min walk)
Albergo Verdi *** – A comfortable hotel in the city centre (10 min walk)
Hotel Donatello *** – A comfortable hotel in a nice area of town (10 min walk); we have a 15% discount code for reservations made before April 13
Hotel Giotto *** – A budget hotel in a nice area of town (10 min walk)
Hotel Casa del Pellegrino *** – A budget hotel used by pilgrims of St Anthony (10 min walk)
Hilton Garden Inn **** – A modern hotel just outside the center (15 min walk)

Tip: in Padova it is easy to get a good simple breakfast in a cafe for 3 Euro or so (coffee and pastry, and 3 Euro more for some fresh juice); it’s usually not worth paying for hotel breakfast unless you are very keen on having eggs and bacon.

Padova is well-connected to long-distance trains through a high-speed line. The closest airport is Venice Marco Polo Airport. The cheapest way to reach Padova (station) from Marco Polo airport is the public operated bus service, which costs 10 Euros, see here for the schedule. The fastest way is a chauffeur service which takes about 40-45min and costs around 90 Euro; you can book by emailing for instance this service landomas@landomas.it. Shared transportation (shuttle) costs around 40 euros, see for instance here.

Gala Dinner

All participants are invited to the conference gala dinner, which will take place on the evening of Tuesday, May 14, at the Caffè Pedrocchi, a historic venue in the centre of Padova famous for its architecture. The dinner is included in the registration fee; participants who would like to bring one or more guests to the dinner should inquire with the organisers at cost@math.unipd.it



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Scientific committee: Riccardo Borsato, Nihal Buyukcizmeci, Saskia Demulder, Sibylle Driezen, Boris Pioline, Diego Rodriguez-Gomez, Paolo Rossi, Fiona Seibold, Alessandro Sfondrini, Piotr Sułkowski, Nicolaos Toumbas

Local organizers: Alessandro Sfondrini, Andrea Guerrieri, Elvira Pedone (secretariat)


This meeting is organised under the patronage of the Mathematics Department and of the Physics and Astronomy Department of Padova University. The meeting is organised in the framework and  with the financial support of COST Action CA22113 and with additional  financial support by Padova University under the MSCA Seal of Excellence @UniPD 2022 program, project CluES (Guerrieri / Sfondrini).