4th Joint Dutch-Brazil School on Theoretical Physics

February 11-15, 2019

São Paulo, Brazil



The Joint Dutch-Brazil School on Theoretical Physics is now in its fourth edition with previous schools in 2007, 2011 and 2015. This edition of the school will feature minicourses by Juan Maldacena (IAS Princeton, USA), Zohar Komargodski (Simons Institute, Stony Brook, USA) and Ronald Kleiss (Radboud U, The Netherlands), as well as student presentations. The school is jointly organized with the Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics (DRSTP) and is intended for graduate students and researchers in the field of high-energy theoretical physics. This school in São Paulo will be preceded by the XX J. A. Swieca School in Campos de Jordão.

There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.


  • Eric Bergshoeff (Groningen Univ., The Netherlands)
  • Nathan Berkovits (IFT-UNESP/ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil)
  • Jan de Boer (Amsterdam University, The Netherlands)
  • Anamaría Font (Universidad Central de Venezuela)
  • Ronald Kleiss (Radboud Univ., The Netherlands)


Online application is now closed


  • Ronald Kleiss (Radboud U, The Netherlands)
  • Zohar Komargodski (Simons Institute, Stony Brook, USA): Quantum Field Theories in 2+1 Dimensions: Duality, Confinement, Topological Phases, Criticality, and Symmetry Breaking
We will give a pedagogical review of some of the central recent insights about 2+1 dimensional gauge theories. Along the way, we will review basic tools in Quantum Field Theory, including discrete symmetries, anomalies, applications of topology, and bosonization.
Some References:   It would be good to read http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/gaugetheory.html
And http://inspirehep.net/record/482889?ln=en (in the second reference, only chapters 1,2,3,4)
  • Juan Maldacena (IAS Princeton, USA): Toy models for black holes

See lecture notes at:
Under “Juan Maldacena”
Diving into traversable wormholes
Juan Maldacena, Douglas Stanford,Zhenbin Yang
e-Print: arXiv:1704.05333

Conformal symmetry and its breaking in two dimensional Nearly
Anti-de-Sitter space
Juan Maldacena, Douglas Stanford, Zhenbin Yang
e-Print: arXiv:1606.01857 [hep-th]

Remarks on the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model
Juan Maldacena, Douglas Stanford
e-Print: arXiv:1604.07818 [hep-th]



Additional Information

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa.  Nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan and USA can apply for an e-visa through VSF Global. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available  here

How to reach the InstituteThe school will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travellers going to Brazil. Note that the vaccine needs to be taken at least ten days before the trip to be effective. Information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil