Keynote Speaker


Professor Carlo Rovelli


We are delighted to annouce that this year's keynote will be given by Prof. Carlo Rovelli.

Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist and author, known for his work on loop quantum gravity and the concept of time as well as for his bestselling book 'Seven Brief Lessons on Physics'.

Like Copernicus, he was an undergraduate at the University of Bologna and a graduate student at the University of Padua, where he obtained his PhD. He was then a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rome, Trieste and Yale before taking up an academic post at the University of Pittsburgh. He then moved to Marseille, where since 2010 he has run the Quantum Gravity group at the Centre de physique théorique.

He is known for his research on loop quantum gravity, along with Lee Smolin and Abhay Ashtekar, and showed that the theory predicts that area and volume are quantized on small scales. Carlo has put forward a timeless formalism physics, suggesting that time is a consequence of thermodynamics rather than a fundamental physical quantity. He has developed a formulation of classical and quantum mechanics which does not make explicit reference to time. As well as this, he works on the history and philosophy of science, and has written a book about the Greek philosopher Anaximander in which he analyses the main ideas of scientific thinking.

Carlo is well known for writing the book 'Seven Brief Lessons on Physics', which has been translated into over 40 languages and has sold over a million copies worldwide. In addition to this, he has written the award winning book 'Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity' and his latest book is called 'The Order Of Time' and explains his work on timeless formalisms of physics.

We are looking forward to hearing him speak at the Graduate Student Conference this year!