"Black Holes, Quantum Information, and Dualities"

June 7 - July 2, 2021

Applications now closed

Applications due: March 1, 2021 - 5 p.m. MST

Recommenders: Please submit your letters via our Letter of Reference Submission Form

Poster for TASI 2021

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Lecturers and Topics

  • Ahmed Almheiri (IAS) — Black Hole Information Paradox
  • Horacio Casini (Bariloche) — Entanglement in QFT
  • Henriette Elvang (Michigan) — Scattering Amplitudes
  • Netta Engelhardt (MIT) — Quantum Information in AdS/CFT
  • Patrick Hayden (Stanford) — Introduction to Quantum Information
  • Alex Maloney (McGill) — CFT2 and AdS3
  • Natalie Paquette (IAS) — Mathematics of String Dualities
  • Eric Perlmutter (IPhT Saclay) — Bootstrap for AdS/CFT
  • Mukund Rangamani (UC Davis) — Introduction to AdS/CFT
  • Monika Schleier-Smith (Stanford) — Quantum Gravity in the Lab
  • Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra Research Institute) — String Theory and Black Holes
  • Dam Son (Chicago) — Dualities in Many-Body Physics
  • Douglas Stanford (Stanford) — Dualities for Low-Dimensional Gravity  
  • Brian Swingle (Brandeis) — Entanglement Dynamics
  • Irene Valenzuela (Harvard) — The String Landscape and the Swampland
  • Michael Walter (Amsterdam) — Tensor Networks, QI and AdS/CFT
  • Helvi Witek (UIUC) — Gravitational Waves

Scientific Organizers: Thomas Faulkner (UIUC), Veronika Hubeny (UC Davis)

Local TASI Organizer: Oliver DeWolfe

The program will consist of a pedagogical series of lectures and seminars. Lectures will be given over a four-week period, three or four lectures per day, Monday through Friday. The audience will be composed primarily of advanced theoretical graduate students. Experimentalists with a strong background in theory are also encouraged to apply. Some post-doctoral fellows will be admitted, but preference will be given to applicants who will not have received their Ph.D. before 2021. The minimum background needed to get full benefit of this TASI is a knowledge of quantum field theory and some familiarity with the Standard Model and issues beyond it. We hope to provide some subsidy, but students will need partial support from other sources. Rooms, meals, and access to all facilities will be provided at reasonable rates in beautifully located dormitories at the University of Colorado.

COVID-19 Impacts

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the format for TASI 2021 is not yet determined. If possible consistent with university and government health requirements, we will have TASI 2021 in a hybrid model where some students and lecturers attend in person, while those who prefer attend remotely. If this is not possible, TASI 2021 will take place entirely online. TASI 2020 took place entirely online, including social aspects, and was successful in that format.

Applying to TASI

The application form is now open. Apply today for TASI 2021 via our online application.

Recommenders: Please submit your letters via our Letter of Reference Submission Form

All forms and letters will be due by March 1, 2021.


The TASI 2021 wiki will be available in May 2021. Please check the wiki often for updates as the month of June progresses.

As per the laws of the State of Colorado and the policies of the University of Colorado Boulder, all registrants should hereby be aware that some portion of the registration fee will be used to purchase alcoholic beverages.

TASI is supported by the University of Colorado, Boulder and The National Science Foundation.